It feels pretty good to say "wow, that was easy," and that about sums up my experience with the Jura-Capresso Impressa J9 One-Touch-Super-Automatic Espresso Machine. A cappuccino, you know that drink your girlfriend made you pay $4 for the other day? Five minutes out of the box and I'd made one with the push of a button, it was that simple. Being a one touch machine, after I filled up the water and beans it was ready to go. Now, because I'm partial to milk drinks, I also connected the milk container that comes with the machine so I could use the J9's dual spouted milk Frother, which dispenses both milk and coffee. And yes, it does look as cool as it sounds.
Connecting the container took me all of about 30 seconds after I managed to find the rubber adapter needed to connect it to the machine. It's a tiny little black piece that comes packaged with the container. So, if you find yourself saying "how's the hose supposed to stay in?" don't fret, you probably just forgot to connect that adapter to your hose.
The J9's power switch is located near the back of the machine on its right side and its’ on button is on top of the machine to the left of the rotary dial. The machine takes a few seconds to boot up its display, but after that you're good to go. Right off the bat you've got access to any of four pre-programmed drink options, plus milk and hot water.
Additional drinks can be selected by turning the rotary dial.
Because I was feeling particularly adventurous I checked out "Expert mode" in the programming menu, accessed via the conveniently labeled P button. In "Expert mode," you can adjust a drinks' strength, temperature, and volume to your heart's content. After goofing around with it for a bit, I decided to go back to the original settings and found that I was able to restore factory defaults as easily as I had changed them. For those of you whose inner Batista has a need to tinker, go for it!
I can happily say that I was impressed by both the quality and simplicity of the J9, not to mention that it's quite a snazzy looking machine. At the end of the day, it really doesn't get any easier than one button.