Before we review the Jura-Capresso Impressa Z5, let’s get it straight right from the start. No machine from Swiss manufacturer Jura is for the casual espresso drinker. These machines are known for their ease of use, their extreme reliability and also, of course, their hefty price tags. However, if you are a real connoisseur in search of a near perfect super automatic espresso machine, the Impressa Z5 may well prove to be the last stop in your journey.Jura-Capresso Impressa Z5 – Overview This is a one touch super automatic coffee machine. At the touch of a button it does absolutely everything that needs doing to turn a pile of coffee beans into the hot beverage of your choice. It grinds, tamps, brews and gets rid of the coffee grounds. Here are some of the most significant features:
- Informative Three Line LED display
- One Touch Cappucino/Latte System
- Bean sensor and refill indicator
- Electronic water level sensor
- Water hardness selector
- Three standby modes
- Triple insulated thermal milk container keeps milk cold for up to 8 hours
- Pre-set programs to adjust coffee strength, coffee volume and amount of frothed milk
- 8 Pre-set beverage buttons (programmable)
- 2 year / 6,000 cup warranty
One Touch Features
The first feature we just had to try out was the One-Touch Cappuccino System. Yep, you don’t even need to move the cup. No messing around with a little cup under a milk frother. The Impressa Z5 has a dual nozzle system, with one outlet dispensing the coffee and the other the milk. Another great addition to the nozzle system are the two extensions. There’s a long one if you prefer to use a wide cappuccino cup, and a short one for those who prefer a nice tall latte glass. This is the easiest cappuccino or latte you’ll ever make, and it comes out beautifully.
These are the type of features that set a super automatic machine in this price range apart from cheaper machines. Another feature that latte/cappuccino fans will adore is the stainless steel milk container, which can keep milk cold for as long as 8 hours. That means that the machine is ready to produce a frothy drink for you anytime during the day without you having to hunt for milk in the fridge every time you feel like having a latte.
Buttons and a rotary dial allow you to choose the drink you want and make it to perfection. The buttons choose the drink, while the dial can override the ultimate strength of the drink with 5 settings, ranging from extra mild to extra strong. The fact that you can re-program the buttons adds even more versatility to the machine, and once you’ve programmed it to your liking you can create your favorite drink exactly like you want it by simply pressing the right button.
As far as noise levels are concerned, this is a very quiet machine (quiet being relative, of course, as no coffee machine will ever be whisper quiet), especially when taking into account everything it has to do before the coffee runs into your cup. We would happily have lived with a fair level of noise for the push button ease of the machine, but even here the Jura Impressa Z5 justifies its price tag by being as subtle as you can expect it to be.
The Impressa Z5 features various sensors. There’s an invisible beam that will keep tabs on the amount of beans you have left, letting you know when it is time to refill. Another one monitors the water level, preventing the machine from running dry, while the third adds safety to the machine by not allowing the grinder to run without the safety lid in place.
Cleaning and maintenance is a key part of keeping your espresso machine running for longer. The machine has an indicator that lets you know when it is time to run the simple automated tablet cleaning program. You don’t need to remove any parts from the machine to perform this clean, making the maintenance of your Z5 that much easier.Jura-Capresso Impressa Z5 – Final Words
It is hard to fault the Jura-Capresso Impressa Z5. Yes, it is expensive, but in customer reviews of this product phrases like “worth every penny” and “pricey but well worth it” pop up all the time. Chances are you wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t ready to pay $2000+ for a great super automatic espresso machine anyway.
In our opinion, you can pay a lot more, but you’ll have a hard time finding a better, more well thought out super automatic espresso machine than the Z5. In all the runs we gave it, through the various presets and the one touch cappuccino function, the machine produced one cup of divine hot beverage after the other without fail. And with divine we mean just that…the drinks this machine produces are rich and tasty.
One slight complaint may be that the foam produced by the one touch cappuccino system is not always perfect. You have to balance this against the one-touch convenience, which is the major draw of a super automatic machine.
To get the most out of this machine you will need to spend some time learning how it works and program the buttons for your own unique needs, but this is to be expected. Once you’ve done that, you are in true one touch coffee heaven.
The machine comes with a 2 year/6,000 cup warranty. Not only does Jura customer service have a very good reputation, but the machines are also known for their reliability. This is as close to the perfect super automatic espresso machine as you can hope to get.
+ Great one touch features
+ Delicious drinks without fail
+ Automatic sensors for beans and water level
+ Thermal milk container
+ Acceptable noise
+ Customer service
- Recommended extras like water filters or descaling tablets add to the running costs
- There is a learning curve to setting the machine up like you want it
- One touch cappuccino system produces decent but not always perfect foam
Watch this video overview of the Jura Impressa Z5