Category Archives: Superautomatic

Crew Review: Jura GIGA 5 – Redux!

Jura GIGA 5Last, but in no way whatsoever least, in our series of refreshed Jura espresso machine reviews is the GIGA 5, an almost-ridiculously featured one-touch superautomatic that offers functionality like no other home machine available on the market.

In addition to its dapper case design, gorgeous, full color TFT navigation screen and one-touch cappuccino functionality, the GIGA 5 also rocks unique features such as dual coffee bean hoppers — which you can use to custom blend your beans — and an integrated Barista Menu that offers nearly 30 different programmable and customizable beverages, plus a slew of somewhat quirky guided recipes.

Crafting your cappuccino or latte macchiato at the touch of a button, the GIGA 5 is pretty much the top of the line where superautomatic espresso machines are concerned. We think the GIGA 5 is the machine of choice for gourmet home kitchens, small office break rooms or as a complementary service in a business environment such as a car dealership, art gallery or design studio.

But its singular features and exceptional functionality does come at a relatively high cost; if there has to be a drawback on this machine, it would be its price tag. Otherwise, it’s hard to go wrong with this gem!

Want to learn more about it? Watch Chris guide us through a comprehensive review, explanation and demonstration of the GIGA 5.

Crew Review: Jura GIGA 5 – Redux!

Crew Review: Jura Impressa J9 – Redux!

Jura Impressa J9Next in our series of revamped reviews of Jura’s series of superautomatic espresso machines is the Impressa J9, a seriously sexy superauto that features Jura’s first implementation of the TFT screen. A gorgeous piece of eye candy, this full color menu is incredibly intuitive, with both programmable buttons and the rotary dial navigation Jura is known for. In addition to the fetching menu screen, the J9 also features one-touch cappuccino functionality, a sleek case design and luxe finishes like a polished stainless steel drip tray.

After having the Impressa J9 around for awhile and getting to know it much, much better, it was time for a redux! In this comprehensive review video, Chris takes us through the usual explanation of features and specs, provides tips and trick for making your favorite coffee on it, then demonstrates how simple it is to make a delicious espresso-based drink at the touch of a button.

The Impressa J9 is the superautomatic for you if you reside squarely where both form and function meet. It’s not only an excellent espresso machine, it looks darn great doing it … and who doesn’t love that? Check it out!

Crew Review: Jura Impressa J9 – Redux!

Brewin’ with Brandi: Winter Magic Coffee a la Jura GIGA 5

Jura GIGA 5This summer, we started filming Brandi as she tried out the rather unique drinks included in the Barista menu of the ultra-sophisticated Jura GIGA 5. From pepper-infused espresso to a souped-up latte macchiato, sampling these recipes was quite an adventure.

At long last, we’ve reached the end of the menu, topping it off with an interesting gem called Winter Magic Coffee. With ingredients such as chocolate hazelnut spread and ground ginger, we weren’t quite sure what to think. But we took it on anyway and were pleasantly surprised.

Like many of the drinks incorporated into the Jura GIGA 5′s Barista menu, it is an interesting answer to a question we had never even thought to pose: Will ginger and cardamom meld well with the flavor of espresso? Watch as Brandi rocks it out, again, and then both she and Gail give their feedback on the flava!

Recipe: Winter Magic Coffee a la Jura GIGA 5

If this drink intrigues you and you don’t happen to have a GIGA 5 at your disposal, here’s the recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon chocolate-hazelnut spread
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 pinch of ground ginger
  • 1 pinch ground cardamom
  • 1.5 oz of espresso
  • steamed milk to taste

Directions

  1. In your serving mug, combine the chocolate, honey, ginger and cardamom together, then stir well until smooth.
  2. Add the espresso and again stir until everything is well incorporated.
  3. Top with steamed milk to taste and serve!

Crew Review: Jura Impressa Z7 – Redux!

Jura Impressa Z7While we affectionately refer to Jura’s Impressa Z7 as ‘the elder statesman’ of their one-touch superautomatic espresso machines, it is by no means outdated! At one time, it was their most sophisticated espresso machine, offering an array of programming features and one-touch cappuccino functionality.

Then came along the TFT-enhanced models like the J9 or the big daddy, the GIGA 5, and the Z7 seemed downright simple in comparison. But rather than considering it simplistic, we prefer to accentuate how streamlined it is — and even though there are other show ponies now available, it’s still a solid choice.

With Jura’s intuitive menu interface, the ability to program a selection of different drinks and the upgraded automatic frother technology that produces a finer, denser foam, there is a lot to love about the Impressa Z7. So we asked someone who truly loves it — and has for a long time — to refresh our review! Watch as Chris takes us through all of the features and specs, then demonstrates crafting a delicious latte macchiato at the single touch of a button.

Crew Review: Jura Impressa Z7 – Redux!

 

Field Trip: Nuova Simonelli Talento Overview with Ryan

Nuova Simonelli TalentoDuring our recent field trip to Nuova Distribution, the US arm of Nuova Simonelli, we had the opportunity to interview one of their master technicians, Ryan, on the ins and outs of the uber-sophisticated Talento commercial superautomatic espresso machine.

As a follow-up to Brandon’s comprehensive review and demonstration video, Ryan speaks to the design approach and methodology that makes the Talento such an excellent choice for certain commercial environments. With a high level of control on the part of the administrator and extensive troubleshooting tools for techs, the Talento is designed to provide worry-free espresso based drinks in environments that may not be conducive to lengthy barista training.

He also shares with us the technical decisions behind elements of the machine’s design, specifically around the brew group functionality, and then dives deeply into guiding us through the machine’s internal menu — how to program it, the different options and settings available, what each sub-menu is designed to do and more!

If, after watching Brandon’s video review, you wanted more detail on the Talento, this video is right up your alley. And if you want even more info on or want to discuss whether or not  this machine is the right fit for your business, contact us!

Field Trip: Nuova Simonelli Talento Overview with Ryan

Crew Review: Jura ENA 9 One-Touch – Redux!

Jura ENA 9 One-TouchWhen Jura released their ENA series of superautomatic espresso machines a few years ago, they were a unique offering in terms of both ease of use and footprint. Designed to fit into the space of a legal-sized sheet of paper, they were targeted toward folks with limited kitchen counter space. But one thing this series of streamlined machines was missing was a true one-touch model … until the ENA 9, that is!

Released a few years after the initial round of machines, the Jura ENA 9 has the super-intuitive interface of previous ENA models, paired with Jura’s one-touch cappuccino functionality. Since we have spent a considerable amount of time with it over the past couple of years, we thought it was time to refresh our review! And what better way to do that than by having Chris offer his perspective on this popular superautomatic?

Watch as he guides us through all of the ENA 9′s features and specs, provides his own tips and tricks on getting the best cup and then demonstrates making a one-touch cappuccino. While Jura has released newer model variations since the ENA 9, this one-touch still offers excellent features for the price.

Crew Review: Jura ENA 9 One-Touch – Redux!

Crew Review: Nuova Simonelli Talento

Nuova Simonelli Talento While there are several superautomatic espresso machines designed for home use, there is a relatively smaller selection in the commercial space. If your business requires exceptional ease of use and consistency, yet cannot support lengthy barista training, then a machine like the Nuova Simonelli Talento is well worth your consideration.

How does it differ from its residential-oriented counterparts? Like most commercial machines, it comes down to the robustness and quality of the components used to build it. Commercial-grade equipment is designed specifically for high volume wear-and-tear, so you can rely on it to consistently create what may be your business’ most important product. Some environments like large hotels with room service, high school cafeterias or even fast food restaurants lend themselves better to a superautomatic because, with little training on part of the operator, tasty espresso-based drinks can be crafted to order.

In addition to its exceptional build quality, the Nuova Simonelli Talento also features sophisticated programming for up to twenty different types of drinks and the option of using a one-touch cappuccino function or an automatic steam wand. During our field trip to Nuova Simonelli’s US headquarters, Brandon dove deep into this sophisticated superauto! Check out his full review and demonstration in this comprehensive video.

Crew Review: Nuova Simonelli Talento Commercial Superautomatic Espresso Machine

Crew Review: Jura ENA Micro 9 – Redux!

Jura ENA Micro 9Designed to fit into the footprint of a legal sized sheet of paper, the Jura ENA Micro 9 features Jura’s updated brew technology and one-touch cappuccino functionality. We love that it also has a lower clearance, so you can more easily access its water tank and bean hopper even if you have lower cupboard clearance.

In this refreshed review, Chris guides us through the features and specifications of the Jura ENA Micro 9, then demonstrates how to craft a cappuccino. Check it out!

 

Crew Review: Jura ENA Micro 9 – Redux!

Crew Review: DeLonghi PrimaDonna De Luxe Espresso Machine

DeLonghi PrimaDonna De LuxeWe’ll admit that we weren’t deeply in love with DeLonghi’s superautomatic espresso machines. For a long time, we felt like their grinders were on the louder side of the spectrum, their coffee wasn’t quite hot enough and their automatic milk frothing was just a smidge shy of amazing.

But all of that changed a few years ago with the release of their new series of machines. Their coffee quality improved, their grinders toned down a bit and their automatic milk frothing reached that heavenly nexus between temperature and foam density that cappuccino dreams are made of. With their newest model, the PrimaDonna De Luxe, they’ve taken their recent functional improvements and wrapped it in a gloriously gleaming stainless steel case.

Featuring intuitive programming, a front loading water reservoir and optional one-touch cappuccino functionality, the PrimaDonna De Luxe is both flexible and refined. Watch as Gail guides us through all of its specs and then demonstrates both one-touch and standard cappuccino creation.

Crew Review: DeLonghi PrimaDonna De Luxe Espresso Machine

Crew Review: Jura ENA Micro 1 – Redux!

Jura ENA MIcro 1In the world of gourmet coffee, the holy trinity might very well be freshly roasted – freshly ground – freshly brewed. Okay, so it’s all about being fresh, and committing to that will mean truly delicious java on a consistent basis. But we also get that sometimes our lives are busier than we might like and convenience has to reign supreme over handcrafted quality.

Jura understands this quandary and, instead of passing judgement, they’ve devised an Automatic Coffee Center that will hopefully bridge the gap between convenience and quality: The ENA Micro 1. Instead of using a capsule to produce a single cup of coffee on the go, you can select your favorite coffee and grind the beans freshly prior to brewing, all at the touch of a button. With an updated brew chamber and pressure system, you’ll be able to craft delectable drip coffee one cup at a time!

Watch as Chris takes us through a refreshed tour of this popular machine, including its features and specs, then brews us a cup of coffee. The ENA Micro 1 is the machine for drip brewed coffee and/or Americano lovers everywhere! And, if you occasionally have a milk drinker over for a cuppa, you can always meet their needs by picking up a Jura Automatic Milk Frother on the side.

Jura ENA Micro 1 – Video Review