How does this product stack up? You'll have to read the review to find out. But I'll preface by saying this - the Jura-Capresso S9 has become our standard bearer benchmark for consumer super automatics. As such, our rating at the end of the review reflects how it rates against other super automatics. If the rating seems a bit high, keep this in mind - against a Rancilio Silvia, or an Isomac Tea, it'd probably garner a 4 or 5. Against other super automatics, the rating this machine gets is well deserved.
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As I saw the shot develop, well, it was no La Marzocco; heck, it wasn't even a Silvia. But as the crema formed, it had the look of "real" crema, not that false blond stuff that so many super autos seem to churn out. The crema wasn't as dark as I'd expect from a handcrafted shot, but it was a pleasing medium-dark golden brown, and looked like real crema, not "pressurized adapter" fake stuff.
The shot wasn't spectacular, it was on the thin side (the too fast extraction), but it was something I'd rank higher than pod espresso, and even higher than any "crema enhancer" espresso that you might get from a machine like the Solis SL70 (with the pressurized baskets) or a Saeco or Starbucks Barista.