On the A9, instead of buttons, drinks are selected using a color touchscreen display. It’s like smartphone control of your own personal cafe. So you or your guests make a drink by pressing a picture of it. Not quite “Hey Siri... make me a cappuccino” but almost as good. The pictures are very helpful when entertaining at home or in business settings. It’s a perfect conference room machine. Drink names can be a little confusing for the uninitiated but with this machine even an espresso newbie can walk right up and select their drink by picture. Speaking of business environments, this machine fits right in with a sleek and modern design. A good fit for boardrooms to upscale homes with the high-gloss piano black finish on the front panel. Beyond selecting drinks, the touchscreen provides other information and control. It lets you know when it’s time to empty the drip tray and add beans or water. And, it gives access to various cleaning cycles, maintenance items and power saving settings.
So let’s talk the basics. The A9 is a bean to cup machine. From intense ristretto to espresso and regular coffee, beans are ground fresh right before brewing. The revolutionary Aroma+ grinder uses high quality conical burrs engineered to grind fast. The grinder is adjustable to match the bean type, roast level and beverage being made. Typically, you’d set it finer for espresso and coarser for longer coffees. Up top there’s a bypass doser for pre-ground coffee. Most people will keep some pre-ground decaf around for guests who prefer that. After a specialty coffee is selected and during grinding you can change the coffee strength by touching the display. The next time you prepare the same product, that strength setting is used. During preparation you can change the amount brewed using the arrows on the touch screen. That affects only the volume brewed for that cup and is not saved. To permanently change the amount brewed, press and hold a drink for about 2 seconds until “Enough Coffee?” appears. Once you have the amount you want touch “Save” and it’s stored for that beverage. Following coffee brewing, spent grounds are ejected into an internal box which sits on top of a large drip tray. The box has a capacity to hold the grounds from about 10 brewing cycles. The 37 ounce water tank has the capacity for at least 15 espressos. But for heavy use situations, you’ll want the A9 near a water source for easy refilling. As for maintenance, Jura makes it easier than most. Use the included water filter and no descaling is required. The machine performs automatic rinsing of coffee and milk circuits. Now Jura does suggest hand cleaning of internal milk components after use for best performance.