I'm looking for a super-automatic coffee/espresso machine (no pods) that is around $1,000 (or cheaper), and meets a few specific needs. I'm eyeing a Jura or DeLonghi, but are there others I should be considering?
My girlfriend and I are interested in a new coffee-making device, and I've brought up the idea of so-called "super-automatics" to her, as I've experienced one myself in person, and think it would (more than) meet the needs of what we're after. What I'd like is help in determining what the best bang for the amount of buck we're willing to spend is!
Here are the features we're wanting:
* Brews one cup at a time
* Grinds beans on demand for each cup
* Accepts pre-ground coffee, if desired
* Brews both coffee, and espresso*
* Water reservoir (no need for it to hook into water line)
* Absolutely no pods
A few more details: the one-cup-at-a-time and griding beans on demand are key, to me, as is the ability to put in pre-ground coffee too. A Burr grinder would be a plus in the unit, but I also am not sure if that's a pipe dream period, or just a pipe dream for my price range. *While I feel like I'm fairly well versed in the lingo of coffee, I do recognize that me saying the machine should "brew both coffee, and espresso" may have some subtleties about what that really means.
Basically, I'm after a machine that will brew a traditional, fresh ground cup of coffee, and also brew an espresso with little to no fuss. I like the idea of foam/crema happening automagically too.
I own (and love) an AeroPress, along with other coffee implements, but for now I'm just after the ease of a one-button brew.
The machine I've used and seen in person (and where the above features come from) is a Jura Impressa Z5
, which, new, appears to be somewhere in the $3,000 range; however, in some corners of the internet, I've seen refurbished ("pre-brewed", as they apparently call it) ones for $1,000, though I can't quite tell if that model has been discontinued, or if it's just hard to find. I feel like the two of us could swallow $1,000 (maybe $1,500 tops) for a machine that theoretically would/should last us for quite some time and that we'd get a lot of use and enjoyment out of; $3,000 is a bit much though.
After falling down a bit of a rabbit hole with these two previous questions
, and their relevant links, it appears like DeLonghi may make at least one (maybe more?) sub-$1,000 unit that meet my above wants, such as the Magnifica ESAM3300
. I saw this question
too, though it appears a lot of the suggestions were more semi-automatics than super-automatics (this sentence could easily be mistaken for gun talk or something!)
Which is where you come in to play, dear Hive Mind. I realize you are not my barista, and that I could spend a lot of time on Coffee Geek, but, I'd like some direction: are there other units at the $1,000 or less price point that may satiate my needs, or given those needs, have I already narrowed it down to two machines (Jura vs. DeLonghi)? Is there a unit I've overlooked that may just be a few hundred dollars more that would be worth considering?
I'm open to any other super-automatic stories you may have, joyous or otherwise!