Sunday, February 7, 2010

Cheap! Jura-Capresso 13421 ENA4 Automatic Coffee and Espresso Center, Ristretto Black

Jura-Capresso 13421 ENA4 Automatic Coffee and Espresso Center, Ristretto Black

Product Description
The Jura-Capresso ENA4 is the world's slimmest Automatic Espresso and Coffee machine, only 9.5-inches wide. If you want the freedom to choose any coffee bean you like, the genuine flavor of the bean in your cup and the option to adjust the strength of the coffee to suit your taste….then look no further. Make ENA, which comes from the Greek meaning number ONE, your first choice.. The ENA4 is environmentally friendly and economical to use With an innovative zero energy switch the ENA4 draws no standby energy and when the unit is used infrequently the Energy Save Mode can be switched on to reduce power consumption to an absolute minimum. ENA4 has single button operation. Simply turn and push a button and enjoy. Programming the ENA4 is simple and intuitive. The programming and maintenance buttons are concealed behind an elegant panel. With the Rotary Switch and the interactive display, navigating through the programming mode or the automatic cleaning and maintenance program is a snap. The ENA4 has Platinum front and top panels and Ristretto Black side panels.

  • Espresso machine with stainless-steel-lined thermoblock and 18 bars of pressure
  • Grinds, tamps, brews, and cleans in under 60 seconds--at the touch of a button
  • Conical steel burr grinder; pre-ground coffee funnel; removable water tank; frother
  • Customizable strength, temperature, and amount; rotary dial for easy programming
  • Measures 17 by 9 by 14 inches; 2-year limited warranty

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Weak Coffee
I gave this machine 2 stars because we just didn't like it. My husband and I admit lay like stronger coffee. We could NOT get the coffee strong enough unless we did 2 (double shot) espressos. So needless to say we were burning threw the coffee.

Now I will say this machine did work well and was very easy to use. I really hated to give it up, but we tried all sorts of coffee's and it didn't seem to help.

We have gone back to drip coffee and bought a Cuisinart Grind and Brew. So far that coffee has been great. Cuisinart DGB-900BC Grind-and-Brew Thermal 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker, Brushed Chrome/Black

Jura Capresso ENA4
I've had the machine for about a month now. I think it makes terrific coffee. I bought it because of its size because my old one took up a lot of space. What I didn't realize is that one way they made it less wide was to put the water container in the back. Makes it very difficult to take it out for refilling and since it's smaller it needs to be refilled more often than my last one. So, iit needs to sit away from the wall and you need to reach behind to get it out. Can be difficult with a cabinet overhead and wires behind the unit.

convenient...ok coffee quality
this is a good machine for lazy people like me... i want 1 cup NOW...i don't want to perk a brew or go to a coffee shop... so...the capresso fills that... only makes a mediocre cuppa joe... it does NOT make a real makes a small cup of strong coffee that utilizes the best of a first press... will NOT get what you'd expect from an espresso bar...

secondly...the coffee comes out warm...and...there is no temperature control... i don't mind my black coffee the temp it is...but...if you add any cold ceamer from the fridge or use a cold makes the coffee too cold... so...if you like hot coffee...this is NOT the machine for you...

the water and bean holders are too small... i use really good beans that are oily...each time i use the machine i use a chopstick to stir the beans so they'll go down the chute to the grinder... the water reservoir is laughably small... certainly the cabinet is big enough to accommodate a bigger water supply... and the water is in the back...which means you have to turn the machine around to fill it... it's just inconvenient and a hassle...

i haven't used the frother... the nozzle fall off so easy and i have visions of fizz and foam spraying all over the place causing a big clean-up... i'm not into that...

Three Problems.
The machine itself makes a good product BUT:

1) The water tank is MINISCULE!

2) The frother pops off with blazing (And messy!) regularity.

3) You can only select one option. For example, If I want a "normal" strength setting as my default I can't manually select 2 cups AND strong at the same time.

Frother pops off
I like everything about this machine except the frother. It seems to pop off no matter how careful I am so if you're wanting to use this part of the machine, be warned. The dial to turn off the frother is right above the frother so if it has popped off, you might have a problem turning it off since now the steam is coming out close to it. I turned it off with the power button. I have tried to be careful and turn the dial slowly so the pressure would not pop it off but that doesn't always work. I've also tried to make sure the cup was lower down since if you have it too close to the bottom of the cup it will pop off. I must not be talented enough since it continues to pop off even when I'm trying to be very careful. I hate to return this since I really like everything else about it. It's easy to use and makes a good cup of coffee and adjustable so I can have my coffee strong and my daughter can have her's weak. My son wants double coffee, no milk. It's a wonderful machine in all other aspects. You can adjust for water hardness and program it for an "energy saver" mode. It's also quieter than the last one I had. Overall, a great machine.

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