Ah, the Jura Impressa XS90 – if we didn’t know better, we’d think it sounded like a new supercar of some description (probably an ultra ecological hybrid of some sort, given its Swiss credentials). It is, however, a coffee machine – and what a coffee machine. Jura is a company that doesn’t do anything half-heartedly, and this is a serious coffee maker.
Jura Impressa XS90 Review
You can treat yourself to 12 different types of coffee with this machine; that’s before we even look at the strength and the temperature options. You’d expect to see the espressos and “ordinary” coffee (can coffee ever be “ordinary”?). This machine, however, even makes lattes. The Intelligent Pre-Brew Aroma System means every cup tastes just perfect.
The Jura Impressa XS90 is not the cheapest coffee maker on the market, but Jura has a reputation for building machines that last. You can think of it as an investment. If you like a little engineering with your coffee, and you like a little manual control made simple, this will be the machine for you.
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It’s All In The Detail
This machine is packed with great, understated features. Take the display system, for instance. You can choose from seven languages that alert you if one of the maintenance programs needs to be activated.
The precision burr grinder has 6 settings, so you can grind your coffee beans as coarsely or as finely as you like. Of course, you can use pretty much any variety you like, too: Arabica, Robusta, decaffeinated; African, Indonesian, South American… The monitoring system keeps tabs on the level of beans in the dispenser, so the grinder does not run empty. The rotary switch lets you customize settings to suit your taste.
Care And Cleaning
We all love our coffee makers, but sometimes, let’s be honest, the descaling and cleaning can be something of a chore. So we love, love, love the integrated rinsing and cleaning program on the Impressa XS90 especially. What could be easier? You just pop one of the pills into the machine when prompted and it guides you calmly through the process. We’re also fans of the energy-saving mode.
The built-in maintenance programs are one of the aspects of this machine that makes it so durable (we’re very, very tempted to say “Jurable” at this point…). Each program takes you through all of the operating and programming steps needed to keep your Jura Impressa XS90 happily humming along. You may (very) occasionally need to send it to the manufacturer for a thorough clean, so bear that in mind.
Where Would The Jura Impressa XS90 Be Happiest?
This machine has a capacity of around 50 cups of coffee a day, making it ideal for small to medium-sized workplaces, community centers, large families, dorm room complexes and the like. It would probably fit well in staff rooms, small doctors’ messes or wardrooms (oh yes, we know how many medics love their coffee!). It would also suit a small to medium coffee shop, busy wellness salon, pet grooming parlor, or vehicle repair workshop reception area.
It’s not one of the smaller machines, so make sure you have enough counter space to accommodate it. The machine measures 15.5 x 16 x 18.5 inches and weighs 34 pounds (36.1 with shipping). (We told you this was a serious machine.) It is surprisingly complex given its robustness. It is a little on the loud side when grinding and brewing, so bear this in mind, although personally, we love to hear our coffee being made.
Remember we mentioned engineering? The 15-bar pump on this model means you get great pressure on the espresso, and indeed every coffee you make. The Jura Impressa XS90 has not one but two Thermoblock heating systems. Let’s just stay with the “twins” theme for a minute – you can also choose to dispense 1 or 2 servings of coffee or espresso at once.
The water tank holds 1.5 gallons of water or over 230 fluid ounces. Yes, that’s right: we said 230 fluid ounces – fill from the top. You do need at least five inches of clearance above this coffee maker for the water and seven inches for the beans. The hopper holds 10 ounces of coffee beans; the grounds container holds up to 40 portions before it needs emptying. This model also actively monitors the level of the coffee beans.
Pros & Cons
With all these gorgeous features, it can sometimes be difficult to work out if a coffee maker will suit. So to help you, here are some of the best aspects, and the not-quite-so-perfect aspects, of the Jura Impressa XS90.
The Jura XS90 Alternatives
Well, we can hear you saying to yourselves, that’s fine, but how do I know the Impressa XS90 is right for me? Just for peace of mind, then, let’s take a quick peek at a couple of others.
You’ll also probably find it reassuring – and not entirely surprising – that all the Jura Automated Coffee Centers are put through their paces in testing before being shipped. This does mean that there might be traces of coffee dust on the equipment, but we love the fact that this takes place – it all just adds to the thorough feel of the machines.
Jura ENA Micro 9 One Touch
This is our first alternative option to the Impressa CS90; it’s less pricey but, as with all the Jura products on the market, you get a lot of (coffee) beans for your buck. The Jura ENA Micro 9 machine is super-fast at steaming the foam since the Thermoblock 2010 heats up the liquid very quickly. Oh, and the foam technology has a lot of finesse.
The spout is height-adjustable, and, like the Jura Impressa CS90, produces two coffees at once via the dual outlet. The water filter programming when you start up the machine is also pretty rapid: we’re not quite saying blink and you miss it, but it is quick. You can also adjust the strength and the temperature of your coffee. You’ll need to allow 17 x 11.2 x 13.3 inches for this model, which weighs 32 pounds.
- Thermoblock 2010 pump heats and steams faster
- Fine foam technology
- Height-adjustable dual spout
- Programmable coffee strength and temperature
- Easier, faster water filter programming during initial start-up
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This is another Jura Impressa model, very slightly cheaper than the ENA Micro 9. This machine gives you 5 adjustable strengths for your coffee and 2 brewing temperature options. The coffee spout is height-adjustable, the machine keeps a careful eye on the level of your coffee beans to avoid you running out, and it has a cappuccino frother too.
You can make a cappuccino, espresso, coffee and more with the Jura J80. You might need to weigh up durability against price, since, as with all the Jura models, the price does mean it represents a serious investment. Size-wise, you need 17 x 11.2 x 13.3 inches, and the machine weighs 32 pounds. We’re pretty sure it will still be on your counter several years from now if you decide to buy one.
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Jura Impressa A9 P.E.P One-Touch (Renewed)
This coffee maker is part of the Renewed program. Pre-owned items are inspected and tested thoroughly by suppliers who qualify to be included in the sales program. These items sometimes ship in generic packaging, having been pre-owned. The price point can often make these products extremely attractive although the 90 day guarantee is shorter than you would get with a brand new model.
The touchscreen display on the Impressa A9 is super-easy to use, and you can choose from a dozen coffee options. These 12 choices include the glorious two-shots-in-one-cup cappuccino doppio and latte macchiato. The 15-bar high-performance pump means you know when you brew an espresso coffee, for instance, you’re getting just the right amount of pressure for maximum taste and perfect crema.
The machine is made from solid aluminum and the spout incorporates fine foam technology. We don’t think it will surprise you that the spout is both dual and height-adjustable, so whether it’s a travel mug or a china cup you’re using, it will fit right in. This was the largest of the alternatives we checked out, measuring 21.8 x 19 x 19.1 inches. It weighs just under 30 pounds.
- 12 Coffee Specialities - Including Latte Macchiato Doppio & Cappuccino Doppio | Height-adjustable dual spout w/ fine foam technology
- High-performance 15-bar pump | Hot Water Function
- Built-in Aroma+ Grinder | Thermoblock Heating System
- 8 programmable coffee strength levels | Integrated milk system cleaning program
- Self-explanatory touchscreen display
Alternatively, if you would like to stick to the Jura brand and see the best models of 2023, you can check our Ultimate Jura Coffee Machines Guide with a full comparison of machines listed below.
Would We Recommend The Jura Impressa XS90?
Yes, in a word, if you’re serious about coffee, we heartily recommend the Jura XS90. It might be a little too serious for some smaller households, and we think it might look a little out of scale in, say, a dorm room or RV, unless you’re real coffee fiends, of course! If your household on the larger side, though, it would be ideal. And if coffee is important to your business, for staff or clients or both, this machine would be a perfect choice.
To sum up, this sturdy, serious machine is well-designed and looks great. It has a solid capacity of 50 cups of coffee from one tank of water. It’s designed to last and has strong environmental credentials. And as a final comment, Jura as a company is also known for its speedy and responsive customer service. So, for all those reasons, it’s a solid 4.8 stars from us.
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Hi my name is Larry, a coffee aficionado from the US. I have already visited Colombia, Sumatra, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ethiopia and Jamaica in my pursuit of finding the best-tasting coffee beans. I currently write from Bali and enjoy the relaxed life that you can only find in Canggu. Welcome to my coffee world!
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