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best super auto espresso maker

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#1 japanesegeek

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Posted 02 June 2005 - 05:01 PM

A friend's wife asked for an expresso maker for her birthday. After asking her a few questions, I determined she wants a no work model, will be making herself mostly mocha lattes, and vanilla lattes for her husband.

Models that I've heard are good for super autos are the Jura-Capresso Impressa Z5 and Saeco Incanto Sirius. Anyone know if they are any good, or if there is another super auto I should look at? Thanks.

#2 phaelon56

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Posted 06 June 2005 - 07:07 AM

If price is not an issue I'd lean towards the Jura. They're made by the same people who make the Schaerer superauto commercail machiens that are well proven and in widespread use byt commercial operations (including Peet's and Dunkin Donuts). I've heard/read very positive reports re/reliability and recall seeing a favorable review at Coffeegeek.com for one of the other higher end Jura Capresso machines.

I've used a low end Saeco superauto in my office for two years. It's been okay but it's in the very lowest end of superauto's and really good just for coffee and not espresso. My intuition and observations lead me to believe that Jura has a lowe repair rate and better reliability record than Saeco but it's a highlu subjective observation.

#3 phaelon56

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Posted 07 June 2005 - 10:21 AM

I just noticed a comment at Coffegeek from head geek Mark Prince. He was discussing superauto machines in his piece about new consumer products at the recent SCAA show in Seattle.

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The Incanto Sirius. Nifty look, metal construction, and a touch screen. Too bad it's still based on the flawed Starbies Italia brew group.

Mark's a pretty sharp guy when it comes to espresso gear and I've found him to be very objective in addition to doing exhausting testing. Further evidence in favor of the Jura.

#4 japanesegeek

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Posted 07 June 2005 - 11:22 AM

Thanks everyone for the advice. I just purchased the Z5. I'll let you know if my friend's wife approves.

#5 Okanagancook

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 03:11 PM

Our Saeco coffee machine of about 12 or 13 years has packed it in and we in the hunt for a replacement. The Jura machines offer many options and a wide price range. I've been searching for reviews about reliability and haven't seen much that has been helpful. What are your experiences with these machines? Any help would be appreciated. We want a machine that does not need a lot of service because the nearest service centre is around 250 kms away.

#6 pastameshugana

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 10:43 PM

It's very low end, but I use a refurb saeco Vienna plus that I've had for three years now. My last one (refurb as well) lasted me 7, and only died then because I couldn't get it serviced in India.

I think I paid 299 for it from wholelattelove.com if I remember correctly.

On a related tangent, the espresso beans from redbirdcoffee.com are a passionate love affair of mine.
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#7 Alex

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 11:26 AM

Good timing. Our Saeco Odea Giro and backup machine Odea Go both developed serious issues in the past several months, so instead of dealing with repairs I've been on the hunt for a new one that wouldn't cost us any body parts. As mentioned upthread, the Jura machines still have a decent reputation for reliability, but pretty much any superautomatic machine is a risk. The Jura's frothing system can be odd, too; some will do so only via a milk container and plastic tubing.


I decided to get another Giro (the Plus model) because it was familiar and because I got a Seattle Coffee Gear refurb via eBay, with a two-year Square Trade warranty, for about US$360 including shipping.


The Vienna is a good basic machine, too, and less expensive than the Odea. I even bought one a couple of years ago for our faculty lounge.

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