Pros: No mess, good espresso, fresh single serving of coffee, nice crema.
Cons: Steep learning curve, weak pump, hard to maintain, expensive.
The Jura Impressa Espresso Machine is a Super Automatic coffee making machine. The theory is that you feed it water in a reservoir on the left hand side and whole roasted coffee beans on the right hand side. Then you select what you want to make coffee, single espresso, double espresso, etc. After setting the machine to the desired setting you press one button and 30-90 seconds later you have a freshly made coffee beverage. The machine also has a frothing wand for making steamed milk to help make Latte's & Cappuccino's. Think of it as a mini Starbucks coffee making machine for the home.
I believe the Jura line to be one of the best Super Automatics available on the market today. The Jura machine is difficult to learn and I had to read 80% of the manual. It took me 2-3 days before I was comfortable with the operation of the machine. After a week my wife was comfortable using it to make espresso beverages. The machine can freak out on occasion and refuse to pump out a shot of espresso. Usually a couple of runs through the automatic cleaning cycles takes care of the problem.
The way the coffee grounds are contained by this machine is my main reason for using a super automatic. Feed the machine water & coffee beans and it tells you when the used grounds need to be removed from the internal holding bin. If I use a conventional espresso machine with a burr grinder I tend to have grounds everywhere in the kitchen, even when the grinder has a doser. This is what got my last machine banned from the kitchen.
My friends are amazed that with a press of one button they can have one single freshly brewed cup of coffee. Not too mention I can make most of the coffee beverages available at Starbucks with a push of a button. Every cup made fresh on the spot, the machine grinds the beans and pumps the super heated water through the coffee grounds. The pumps in these units appear to be the weakest link. Someone I know who drinks more coffee than me broke the pump on the Jura unit in less than 18 months.