There is a feeling behind owning an espresso machine. There is a sense of prestige, luxury and wealth that comes with saying, “I own an espresso machine.” Moreover, this feeling is heightened even more when the espresso machine is a super-automatic espresso machine. These machines are considered the elite of the espresso machine industry due to their numerous automated features and benefits. While these machines can cost thousands, due to the extensive features, there are also many super automatic espresso machines under $1,000.
What are Super Automatic Espresso Machines?
Have you ever wondered if there was a machine that can virtually almost do anything? Well, for the espresso industry, it would be a super automatic machine. These machines are built for your convenience. In efforts to minimize your efforts, these machines are trained to grind, tamp, brew, extract, steam and froth every single espresso shot. Now, this is simply just the beginning of the list of features of these machines. Without question, these machines are known to produce the most consistent shots of espresso with the highest level of preference and customizability. Have you ever dreamt of brewing a cup of espresso at the touch of your fingertips? Have you ever dreamt of brewing a cup of espresso from your cell-phone? Don’t doubt Super Automatic Espresso Machines – they are your virtual coffee and espresso-making friend.
Naturally, this does make super automatic espresso machines the machine of preference for all espresso lovers. Semi-automatic and manual machines will have their fan-bases; however, many often wish to reach the status of a super automatic espresso machine. Due to all of the features and automated abilities, these machines do tend to reach thousands of dollars. However, it is possible to find great automatic machines for less, and we have reviewed the best below.
Jura ENA Micro 1 Bean-to-Cup Coffee Machine Review
The Jura ENA Micro 1 is an espresso-only bean-to-cup machine with a compact design. It can make espresso from both ground coffee and beans, but doesn’t have a milk frother for cappuccino or lattes.
Despite being one of the cheapest Jura machines, it still has a hefty price tag. Does the quality of its espresso justify the cost? Or are there better options for espresso? Let’s find out.
- Compact bean-to-cup coffee machine with dimensions of 23cm x 32.3 cm x 44.5cm (WxHxD).
- Produces espresso from beans or ground coffee.
- Conical burr grinder.
- Touch controls for easy operation.
- 3 cup size options.
- 2 strength options.
- 1.1 litre removable water tank (accessed from the back of the machine).
- 15-bar water pump.
- “Zero-Energy” switch.
- Water filtration to remove chlorine and other substances that affect flavor.
Appearance and Design
Bean-to-cup machines tend to be bulky due to the grinder, but the ENA micro 1 is one of the most compact with dimensions of 23cm x 32.3 cm x 44.5cm. For comparison, the recently reviewed Gaggia Brera has dimensions of 45.5cm x 33cm x 42.5cm, which is considerably wider.
This compact design makes the Jura an excellent choice if you have a small kitchen. It could even be used in caravans or mobile homes.
It’s also a highly attractive model. Unlike most bean-to-cup machines, such as the DeLonghi Esam 4000.b, all buttons and controls are located on the top panel. The result is a sleek and stylish front panel that will add an aura of class to any kitchen.
Jura takes pride in producing easy-to-use coffee machines and the ENA Micro 1 is no exception. The control panel has touch buttons and an intuitive design. With only five buttons, this isn’t a machine that’s confusing to use. It’s also built with a thermoblock heating system to heat water quickly.
A downside to the compact nature of the ENA Micro 1 is that it’s only able to produce one cup of espresso at a time. If you enjoy drinking coffee with another person, you’ll need to run the brewing process twice.
To maintain the purity of the espresso, a Jura CLARIS water filter is included with the machine. The CLARIS filter uses a combination of active carbon and ion exchange to prevent unwanted substances affecting the flavour of the coffee. While this is an excellent feature, you will need to order replacement filters which adds to the lifetime cost of the machine (a warning light tells you when the filter needs to be replaced).
The water tank is located at the back of the machine, which initially sounds inconvenient. Fortunately, the tank can be removed without needing to move the Jura forward on the work-surface. The bean holder is located at the top of the machine and has a transparent lid.
Despite its focus on simplicity, the Jura comes with several coffee customization options to help you brew your perfect espresso.
The first is a grind level setting. This allows you to adjust how the beans are ground, which can be useful depending on the type of bean you want to use.
There are also options for drink size and coffee strength.
Considering this is an espresso-only machine, you would expect the espresso to be top quality. The good news is that it produces a decent – if not outstanding – espresso from both beans and ground coffee. The crema tends to lack both colour and density though.
Other Coffee Taste
The ENA Micro 1 is an espresso-only machine. It doesn’t come with a milk frothing arm, such as the one found on the Delonghi Eletta, so it can’t produce cappuccino or latte. If you enjoy these drinks you’ll need to buy a separate accessory for milk frothing.
It can, however, produce black coffee.
Ease of Cleaning
One of the great things about the Jura is how easy it is to maintain. The machine includes several programmes for descaling and cleaning. These eliminate the need to clean the brewing unit manually. The machine will even prompt you when it needs to complete its cleaning cycle, which is approximately every 80 switch-ons.
The cleaning cycle is comprehensive but does require a Jura tablet. Two of these are included with the machine, but after that you will need to purchase more to keep the machine in top condition.
You will also need to replace the water filter once it becomes ineffective. Only one filter is included with the machine, so it’s probably a good idea to buy several before you need them.
The Jura comes with a “Zero-Energy” switch. This completely disconnects the machine from the mains – but only does so once it’s finished its current operation.
It’s also rated “A” for energy efficiency.
Value for Money
Jura are a premium coffee machine brand, so it’s no surprise the ENA Micro 1 costs upwards of £600 – despite being the younger sibling of the Jura range (the actual price fluctuates depending on time of year, retailer and other factors). We think this is relatively pricey for a machine with only one espresso dispenser and no milk frother.
We do, however, think the ENA Micro 1 is one of the best compact bean-to-cup coffee machines. So if you’re short on space, or only want to drink espresso, it could still provide value for money.
This review was taken from - http://beantocupcoffee.co.uk/jura-ena-micro-1-review/
Jura Impressa C65 Automatic Coffee Center Review
Froth Milk Setting
Its froth milk setting lets you froth milk and add it to any coffee drink. You turn the steam knob and press the button that has a steam image on the front. As you twist that knob, you can get more or less foam.
Coffee Strength Options
Do you like changing up the strength of your coffee based on different factors? With the C60, you can easily make a stronger cup early in the day and then make weaker cups later. This option is also great for homes and groups that share one machine.
Bean Preservation Cover
The C60 comes with a bean hopper that holds several ounces of beans. To ensure that those beans are fresh and have all the flavor and aroma you want, Jura added a bean preservation cover to this hopper. That cover has an air-tight seal to keep odors out and to keep your beans fresher and ready for brewing.
Temperature Level Selection
Select the temperature that you want your coffee to cup out of the machine at via the rotary dial. The C60 comes with two temperature settings that let you select between hotter and cooler coffee based on your preference.
Energy Save Mode
With its integrated Energy Save Mode (ESM), you can reduce the machine’s risk of overheating and cut down on electric bills. This mode forces the machine to switch into standby mode after just two minutes of no one using it. If it goes longer without any activity, the C60 will completely shut down.
Convenient Water Reservoir
Though it performs many of the same functions as a commercial machine, the C60 doesn’t require a dedicated water line like those machines do. It comes with a 64-ounce water reservoir that you can easily remove for filling from your tap. The water reservoir also pops out for rinsing and cleaning too.
Do you need to make a larger cup of coffee to fill an oversize mug? With its volume setting, you have control over how much water and coffee it mixes and how much comes out. Fill even the largest of mugs to keep you going all day long.
If not everyone in your home likes the same type of coffee that you buy, you’ll like knowing that you can use ground coffee with this machine. Its bypass door opens easily and lets you pour the ground coffee right inside. You can still access all settings and drink options for use with that coffee.
Dual Purpose Frother
The frother on the front produces light and airy milk foam for topping your cappuccino. That frothing attachment also delivers hot water. You can press a button to get hot water for making tea or another type of drink.
While it comes with an automatic shut down feature, you can also use that feature as a timer. Change the amount of time that you want the machine to run before it turns off. This lets you know that your home is safe when you leave.
Hard water features elements that can make your coffee taste metallic or dirty. The CLEARYL filter on the C60 makes it perfect for use in homes with hard water. That filter can remove all the impurities that make your coffee taste off or wrong.
Built-In Program Settings
Hard water can also leave behind residue that builds up inside, which is why you’ll like the automatic descaling program setting that comes built into this machine. That setting descales and removes any left over residue. Other settings are suitable for cleaning and rinsing.
- Fast Changes: A great feature of the C60 is that it lets you make changes to its settings at the last minute. If you want to get a double shot, change the strength or adjust the temperature of the water, you can make those changes seconds before it starts brewing.
- Low Price: If you think that an automatic coffee machine is outside of your budget, think again. Jura offers this model at a much more affordable price than you might expect. If you drink coffee daily, this one can help you save on the amount you spend every week.
- Fine Foam Technology: Anyone who loves adding milk foam to coffee will love the fine foam technology patented by Jura. This allows the machine to produce the richest foam for topping your coffee, but that foam still has the slightly sweet flavor of the milk.
- Specialty Recipes: The C60 comes with built-in recipes for making specialty drinks like an espresso or cappuccino. It also has different settings for a traditional cup of coffee. Change up your standard cup with the addition of more or less water, extra milk or lower or higher water temperature.
- Smaller Drip Tray: The smaller drip tray found on the C60 cannot accommodate larger cups. Even if you use two smaller cups, you may find that you need to brew each one independently to prevent spills and accidents because of that small space.
- Grinder Design: With its unique grinder design, this machine requires some manual help. You may need to stir the beans or force the beans down into the hopper for the machine to grind them.
- Wasted Beans: The machine may sometimes have a hard time registering the ground beans inside and ask that you add more beans before it brews.
This review was taken from - https://www.coffeeonfleek.com/jura-impressa-c60-automatic-coffee-center-review/
Gaggia Brera Bean to Cup Coffee Machine
The Gaggia Brera is a compact and sleek automatic bean-to-cup espresso machine that offers a solid combination of professional results along with ease of use.
It’s a versatile machine that can make great coffee whether you’re a fan of espressos, lattes or cappuccinos, and with its three different strength settings, you can adjust the flavour and body of your coffee to exactly where you want it to be.
Most coffee connoisseurs would agree with me saying that Gaggia is the “godfather” of coffee machine makers. Although the storied company was recently purchased by Philips, they have definitely retained their identity in terms of turning out a high-quality, well-designed product that gets the job done.
WHAT ARE YOU BUYING?
With the Gaggia Brera, you are not only buying an espresso machine that looks good, but it’s a workhorse that can consistently turn out great tasting coffee. With the single push of a button, you can convert your favourite beans (or ground coffee) into an amazingly fresh and flavour-rich cup of coffee in just under two minutes.
The elegant stainless-steel panel on the front of the machine lends a sense of class to its look, which is further embellished by well-placed chrome accents. The one thing that I didn’t like was the plastic main control knob that felt a little cheap.
You can use coffee beans or ground coffee
The Gaggia Brera features a ceramic grinder that reduces heat transfer and ensures optimal grind quality and consistency, and the machine is also equipped with a bypass doser, which enables you to forego the grinding process altogether and use pre-ground coffee if you so choose.
Telescopic coffee dispenser
One of the most convenient features of the Gaggia Brera that really caught my attention is its telescopic coffee dispenser, which enables you to adjust the height to fit whatever size cup or mug you prefer to drink from.
The stainless steel Panarello steamer wand does a great job of producing nice, frothy milk for those specialty drinks that we all know and love such as macchiatos, cappuccinos, lattes, etc. Even if you just want a nice, super-hot cup of milk to make hot chocolate (which I often do), the Brera can deliver great results with no problem.
Its compact size is another plus that should not be overlooked; unlike its bulkier counterparts, the Gaggia Brera offers top-notch convenience and espresso quality without dominating your counter space.
- Type: Bean to cup
- Pressure: 15 bars
- Ground coffee: Yes
- Coffee beans: Yes
- Capsules: Does not use capsules
- Size: 32cm x 26cm x 46cm
- Weight: 8.3kg
- Steam or pump driven: Pump
- Espresso number: 2 cups
- Water capacity: 1.2l
HOW EASY IS IT TO USE?
Gaggia obviously put a lot of thought into user-friendliness, and it shows in the finer details of this machine’s design.
The water tank, drip tray and dregs drawer are all accessible from the front side of the machine, which makes cleaning and maintenance a surprisingly quick and easy task.
If you’re like me, you don’t like fussing with complicated or cryptic control panels, and thankfully Gaggia has simplified the programming aspects of this machine by including an easy-to-read LED display along with push-button controls.
You can customise coffee strength, aroma and volume, and the Gaggia Adapting System has the ability to automatically adjust the RPMs of the ceramic grinder to help you achieve the correct quantity of coffee grounds for every cup.
In addition, the Gaggie Brera offers programmable beverage volume, so that however you choose to adjust your settings, the machine will “remember” those preferences and keep them handy for future use.
If you’re accustomed to a busy lifestyle, the Brera will be your best friend, because it offers quick heat-up times by way of its Rapid Steam technology.
I often brew and steam back-to-back at times, and the Brera is always up for the task; with 15 bars of pressure and a stainless steel boiler, the Gaggia Brera is more than capable of delivering hot and flavourful coffee every time.
As I touched on earlier, the Gaggia Brera is remarkably easy to maintain; any time you switch the machine on or off (or when you enter/exit standby mode), the machine automatically initiates a self-rinse cycle that helps to preserve the unit and maintain optimal performance.
WHAT ACCESSORIES ARE INCLUDED?
The Gaggia Brera is very much a self-contained unit, so there aren’t many external accessories that are needed to operate this highly efficient machine.
Since I didn’t mention it earlier, it should be noted that the Brera comes with an integrated 8.8oz airtight hopper with a UV-proof lid to provide safe storage for your coffee beans. It also features a handy cup warmer that will keep your coffee nice and hot if you happen to step away from your machine for a bit after the brewing cycle has completed.
- Simply put, it makes great coffee, whether long or short, light or strong.
- Does a great job of frothing milk for lattes, cappuccinos, etc.
- Easy to clean and maintain.
- Auto-shutoff feature ensures optimal safety of unit.
- Not the quietest machine when grinding (but not the loudest I’ve seen).
- Plastic main control knob felt a little cheap.
- Drip tray will need to be emptied on a frequent basis.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU SHOULD KNOW?
If you want to brew two cups simultaneously, just press the button twice. The machine will systematically grind two sets of beans and fill two cups through each of the two spouts.
There is an indicator light that lets you know when the machine needs descaling. This setting is based on a medium water hardness, so if you live in an area with particularly hard water, you may need to increase the frequency to afford less time between warning lights.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to fine-tune the flavour of your coffee is to experiment with changing the coarseness of the grind. There are, of course, other ways that you can achieve the results you want, but this method is a personal favourite of mine.
This Gaggia Brera review has focused primarily on the features of the machine, but it should be noted that the Brera is quite energy efficient as well. It runs steady at 1400 watts when in use, and when in standby mode (which the machine automatically enters into after 1 hour), it only consumes 1 watt per hour.
WHAT CUSTOMERS SAY?
First of all, the device is one of the Best Buy bean to cup coffee machines tested by Which?. Also, the vast majority reviews on retailers’ websites are positive with an excellent average rating.
Feature-rich, energy efficient and user-friendly, there’s really not too much to complain about when it comes to the Gaggia Brera. It looks great, makes great coffee and is easy to clean. If you’re looking for an automatic bean-to-cup machine that affords outstanding convenience, the Gaggia Brera is definitely a solid buy.
This review was taken from - https://www.coffeeteaclub.co.uk/gaggia-brera-review/