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Jura-Capresso 13187 Impressa E8 Super-Automatic Espresso Machine, Black

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  • 1450-watt automatic espresso machine with 18-bar pump and ThermoBlock heating unit
  • Solid-steel conical burr grinder; LED display; 64-ounce removable water tank
  • Dual Frother Plus for steaming milk; electronic water-level sensor; auto shut-off
  • Cleaning tablets, Clearyl filter, water-hardness indicator strip, scoop, and video included
  • Measures 11 by 13-3/5 by 17 inches; 1-year limited warranty for household use

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Product Description

Combining dramatic aesthetics with advanced technology, this fully automatic coffee center brews superb espressos, cappuccinos, lattes, and long crema coffees. The machine features an 18-bar power pump with a 1450-watt stainless-steel lined ThermoBlock heating system. The unit's integrated, professional, solid-steel conical burr grinder offers consistent and aroma-saving grinding with six fineness settings for any type of bean--from light to dark roasts.

In addition, its separate funnel for pre-ground coffee allows for making decaf or flavored coffee drinks--great for entertaining. A two-step pre-infusion cycle moistens and conditions ground coffee for maximum flavor extraction with perfect crema topping. The unit's fast, easy-to-use Dual Frother Plus provides continuous steam output and offers two settings, one for latte (steaming milk) and one for cappuccino (steaming and frothing milk).

For added convenience, the espresso machine’s programming functions are easy to use. Simply touch the 1-cup button once, twice, or three times for mild, regular, or strong coffee, and turn the rotary dial to select the cup size from 1 to 8 ounces. The 2-cup button always produces twice as much coffee. So, if the cup size is set to 7 ounces it will brew a total of 14 ounces. The unit's frother can be used to release hot water for Cafe Americano or a cup of tea, and its hot water function is programmable from 1 to 16 ounces. An eight-digit LED display dialog system gives short, simple instructions like "ready", "heating", "steam ready", "fill water", and "clean unit". Selecting from "continuous-on" or "auto-off" from one half-hour to nine hours in one-hour increments ensures the machine stays on as long as needed.

Other useful features include a 64-ounce removable water tank, an 8-ounce bean container, a height-adjustable coffee spout, a five-level water hardness selector, and an automatic hot-water rinse cycle that cleans and pre-heats all vital brewing parts. Moreover, its Clearyl water-care system removes chlorine, lead, aluminum, and copper for better tasting coffee, and an electronic water-level sensor makes sure the machine never operates without water. Accessories include a measuring scoop, Clearyl filter, water hardness indicator strip, cleaning tablets, and a video with detailed tips on brewing, frothing methods, and cleaning. Designed in classic black matte with a silver metallic middle section, the espresso machine makes for a beautiful addition to any home or small office. The unit measures 11 by 13-3/5 by 17 inches and carries a one-year limited warranty.

Features

  • 64 ounce removable water container with water filtration system
  • 8 ounce bean container
  • 8-step programming dial (Filter, Hardness, Aroma, Auto-Off, ML./OZ., Rinse, Stats, Language)
  • 8-digit LED display
  • Stainless steel ThermoBlock system (no purging): water and coffee never come in contact with aluminum
  • Power: 1450 watts and 18-bar pump delivers hot crema-rich coffees
  • LED display visible from all angles
  • Seven languages available
  • Illuminated chrome plated control dial
  • Two step pre-infusion for maximum aroma
  • Cup size selector from 1 ounce to 8 ounce (16 ounce for 2-cup button)
  • Height adjustable dual coffee spouts
  • Commercial grade, solid-steel conical burr grinder with 6 fineness settings
  • Grinds from 5 to 15 grams of coffee for any coffee strength
  • Three coffee strength settings (Mild, Normal, Strong) and two aroma settings (Standard, Robust)
  • Separate ground coffee funnel
  • Unlimited hot water and steam output, programmable
  • Automatic cleaning cycles for all functions
  • Patented water filtration system
  • Made in Switzerland
  • Measures 11 by 13-3/5 by 17 inches
  • One-year limited warranty

Product Information

Product Dimensions 16 x 11 x 13.5 inches
Item Weight 27 pounds
Shipping Weight 27 pounds
Manufacturer Capresso
ASIN B00066814A
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number 13187
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3.6 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #354,386 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#105 in Kitchen & Dining > Coffee, Tea & Espresso > Espresso Machines > Super-Automatic Espresso Machines
Date first available at Amazon.com August 28, 2001

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I bought this machine about two years ago. At the time I thought it was pricey, but decided that in the long run, it would pay off. It has.

PROS:
CONVENIENCE. There is nothing like coming down in the morning, pressing a button, and having a good coffee, which is freshly ground for you while you wait. The separate boilers allows you to immediately switch from foaming milk to producing espresso.
EASE. My partner and parents (who wouldn't touch my Gaggia classic because it was too complicated) all use this machine without hesitation.
DURABILITY. After two years, our well-used machine (2-3000 cups) has not needed a repair.
VERSATILITY. The coffee bypass is extremely convenient, given that my partner and I frequently prefer different roasts - it is very simple for one of us to grind our own and use the bypass to produce our preferred cup.
ECONOMY. The initial price tag for this machine is high. But when you compare it with the cost of buying 1-2 cappuccinos per day from your local barista...you can quickly see that the machine pays for itself.

CONS:
COFFEE QUALITY: Very very good, but I suspect that the pressures are just not quite high enough to make the coffee of nirvana. Still very good.
FOAM QUALITY: We've never been able to produce the perfect foam from this machine, but again the quality is high enough, and the convenience makes it worth it.
REGULAR MAINTENANCE: The machine does require regular (about every 5 wks) cleaning and descaling, using tablets purchased from the manufacturer. It's a slight inconvenience, but the procedures are easy to follow and take about an hour each.
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OK, this thing ain't cheap. I mean, how can you ever justify spending $1000 on a coffee maker?? I named mine Miss AnniBirthenTine. She was so expensive, that she was my 'Anni'versary, 'Birth'day, and Val'enTine's day gift all rolled into one item! That being said, I admit I have a bit of an unhealthy relationship with my coffee maker. I love her. Fine. I said it.

One thing I have noticed is that Miss Anna is smarter than I am. She tells me when to clean her, fill her with water, etc. And, I love that. She's clean and polite - never demanding. Here and there she does some things I am not sure of, but nothing has been serious. For instance, I also experienced what the reviewer who gave one star said - intermittent coffee - part way through she would just turn off. I did not call customer service, but instead did some troubleshooting on my own. I came to the conclusion that the beans I bought were a bit oily (which is warned against in all the manuals and videos) and were jamming the works. I ran it through a clean cycle with a tablet and she has been a happy coffee maker since.

Miss Anna has been a part of our family since early Jan 2005. I drink Capuccinos every morning and use the hot water a lot during the winter for tea and soup. When I am feeling rather saucy, I even make espresso with half and half. YUM. You would have to rip this thing out of my cold, dead arms to get it away from me. I love Miss Anna. When I am away on vacation, I am sad about the mediocre swill people call coffee that I have to settle for until I return home. As long as I don't think about the money, I love this thing more than I can describe.
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I have to say, I *love* my E8! I tried one at a store and, after a lot of research, settled on Jura Capresso because of the cleaning cycle feature (most others you have to remove the "brew group" once a week or so and manually clean it - I was *so* not going to do that!). I settled on the E8 versus other JC's because of the price and the features... the higher-end models' extra features (none of which directly affect the quality of a single cup) were worth the additional cost, especially since I live alone.

I've no complaint about the temperature of the coffee, as long as I pre-heat my cup. A little hot water out of the spiget does the trick. I use a decent coffee bean from a local store and have excellent results. I did have to play around with the grind settings, but I expected that.

The frother (I don't have the fancy add-on) does a better-than-decent job of frothing/foaming milk; however, it's not as good as a coffee-house machine wielded by a pro, with perfect-temperature milk and a cold pitcher. However, it works much better than any home-based espresso machine I've encountered, and much better than what one often gets from a disaffected coffee counter person.

The flavor is rich and full - like cafe crema or espresso ought to be. While, again, a true barista with a true pro machine and the best beans can indeed produce a better cup, this is far better than what I typically get in a high-end coffee shop. That's part of what originally sold me on it - I found out the store that I sampled it at used "cheap supermarket beans" (as they put it).

One does have to be careful with the beans; if they're oily, they'll cling to each other and not make their way down the hopper. The solution?
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