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Jura A9 IMPRESSA Review for 2019 | Espresso Perfecto

Jura A9 IMPRESSA Review for 2019

The Jura A9 IMPRESSA doesn’t even look like an espresso machine.

It looks more like a beautiful, modern piece of kitchen art- literally the perfect combination of form and function.

Using it is also like living in the future. It’s so intuitively automated that it is like having your own espresso making robot in your kitchen.

With a super-automatic machine like the A9, you can expect the machine to do all the heavy lifting, from grinding the beans, tamping, extracting the espresso and even steaming and frothing the milk for a latte macchiato or cappuccino.

This particular machine even does most of it’s own maintenance and cleaning on an automated schedule.

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Best Suited For: On the whole, the Jura A9 satisfies all requirements for an automatic espresso maker. This is a great model to consider if you are looking for a machine that is easy to maintain, high-quality, and factors intuitive use in its design.

Making high-quality, cafe-esque espresso is really an easy at-home experience with Jura, and especially the A9. Let’s dive into the features to better understand what’s on offer.

I have a full over 6000+ word guide on all the Jura coffee machines. I highly recommend it if you are looking to buy a Jura.

Pros:
  • The A9 incorporates all the best tech in a great super-automatic package, including a thermoblock heating system, fine foam frothing technology, pre-infusion and a built-in butt grinder.
  • The Jura A9 come with a great energy saving feature that switches into a standby mode after 5 minutes of inactivity, and turns off completely after 2 hours. This helps save on your electricity bill and conserves energy, a definite win-win.
  • Some of us coffee lovers will wander into tea territory from time to time, and the A9 eliminates the need for a separate kettle. One press on the touch screen dispenses hot water for a perfect cup of tea.
  • The overall design of the A9 is modern, sleek and cool. Every effort has been made to keep the machine streamlined and the quality high. It features a brushed stainless outer casing and well made spouts and moveable parts.
  • The A9 is easier than most automatic espresso machines to clean and maintain. If you use the included water filter on the reservoir, no extra descaling is required. The coffee and milk circuits automatically clean themselves after use, so you can basically walk away and forget about it.
  • The wide variety of drinks the A9 offers require different sized mugs. The cup spout is conveniently adjustable so you can slide it up and down to make room for both small demitasse espresso cups and taller travel mugs.
Cons:
  • While the A9 is a well-made machine, it has one small issue that potential buyers should be aware of. Since the milk is automatically frothed and dispensed, it might not be the scalding hot temperature you prefer.

Jura A9 Impressa Review

Display + Settings

One of the features that sets the A9 IMPRESSA apart is its advanced technology. The color touch screen on the top of the machine is like controlling the brewing via smartphone app. You can swipe back and forth to see the menu choices, then press the picture of the drink you want.

The picture selection is uniquely intuitive for users who aren’t sure of the difference between a macchiato and a cappuccino. Guests and espresso newbies will find the illustrated touch-based control a fun and easy way to try new brews on demand.

12 pre-programmed coffees are included on the touch screen display, with “new” drinks such as the latte macchiato doppio and cappuccino doppio. Doppio is a double shot of espresso, making for a stronger, more intense drink, which is my personal preference.

Built-in Grinder with Aroma Plus

Jura has invested a ton research and development in their conical burr grinders, and it shows in the finished product. They’ve perfected the angle and engineered the burrs to grind absurdly fast, which eliminates the long wait time of some machines. I love that this company knows that a minute or two off the wait time is valuable for die-hard coffee fans (me included!).

They are also known for being pretty quiet. One of the true tests of grinder quality is how noisy they are and the tone of the noise. The Jura grinders have a soft grinding noise, but nothing too abrasive.

There is also a powder chute next to the grinder that allows you to bypass the beans in the hopper for one-off brews of pre-ground coffee. This is really useful for the occasional decaf or special blend.

Jura Fine Foam Technology

The A9 really is a no-experience needed kind of machine. Never used a frothing wand before? Not an issue.

For milk-based espresso drinks like lattes and cappuccinos, you just pour the milk into the insulated Jura carafe and attach the tube connected to the machine (you can use any container, but the Jura carafe is pretty great). The A9 then pulls the milk through the machine, frothing it perfectly, and adding it to your drink at the perfect stage.

After you set up the machine, you can actually walk away from the A9 and come back to find your latte waiting for you. This is insanely cool to me since it makes the long wait times in cafes and coffee shops a thing of the past. It’s like living in the future, Jetson’s style.

HeatThermoblock Heating System

The A9 uses Thermoblock technology to heat the water used for brewing. This means the water is heated as it is pulled through a special metal coil. Water is heated on demand rather than keeping a full reservoir up to temp.

Thermoblock heating delivers a faster heating process, so I’m not surprised a high quality machine like the A9 includes it in its design. It’s a fine example of one of those little extra upgrades I mentioned before.

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Jura A9 Impressa Hot Features:
  • 12 Specialty Coffees prepared at the touch of button.
  • Color Touch Screen is like controlling your selection by smartphone.
  • Monitored Drip Tray warns you when the collection area needs to be emptied.
  • Programmable Coffee Strength lets you fine-tune your brewing.
  • Adjustable Cup Spout is illuminated and allows for cups up to 5.5 inches tall.
  • Aroma Plus Grinder perfectly grinds beans for perfect taste and aroma, but twice as fast.
  • Automatic Milk Frother makes perfect foam every time.
  • New Drinks include the latte macchiato doppio and cappuccino doppio.
  • Measurements are 9.4 x 17.5 x 12.7
  • Weight is 23 lbs.

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About the Author Michael York

I am a die-hard espresso fan. I love every form of the drink from straight espresso shots to lattes and cappuccinos. I currently use a Breville BES870XL Barista, it is an awesome machine. BUT, my dream machine is definitely an Italian Quickmill Andreja. Those bad boys make badass espresso. I love answering your questions, leave a comment or question below!

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