High-Tech Coffee Center – Jura Giga 5 Review

Editor rating

4.7/5 on April 24, 2017

User's rating

25 reviews

PROS

  • Ability to make 2 programmable drinks at the same time
  • 2 bean hoppers, 2 thermoblocks, 2 pumps and 2 brewing chambers
  • Extensive menu with barista mode
  • Zero energy standby mode
  • Highly customizable coffee drinks
  • Excellent customer service

 

 

CONS

  • No water level indicator
  • High price
  • The machine size is on the big side

 

Who doesn’t love a steaming hot cup of coffee in the morning? The sun’s shining, the birds are chirping, and you’re sitting by the window, with your loved one, or alone, getting ready for your day. Those moments of serenity and peace are truly the best parts of one’s day.

What about having family over or a bunch of friends over for a cuppa? And since buying lattes every day is not only a hassle but also expensive, owning your own machine is the perfect solution.
If you’re in the market for a well-oiled, high-quality machine, have a look at Jura Giga 5 review to find out just how well it fits those standards.

Features of Jura Giga 5


1. Design

This machine is a real beauty. Elegant and stylish with clean lines and high-quality materials, it will make a spectacular addition to your kitchen. Bear in mind though it’s not in any way small, so make sure you have the countertop space to fit it.

The size of this espresso machine though has its perks. For those of you who drink a lot of coffee all day every day the huge water tank will be a very good news indeed. 87 oz should last you awhile even when having people over for coffee which you’ll want to do often as this beast is a true automatic coffee center.

On the days when a quiet morning with a perfect cup of coffee is a must you just don’t want to hear all that noise a grinder can make. Well, no more headaches with this one.

Two ceramic disk burr grinders are fast but very quiet and will take care of your coffee beans to get the perfect aroma every time. This one touch machine is usually described as “very fast, very quiet, and very capable”.

The heating system consists of two thermoblocks so your machine heats up very quickly for a great coffee in no time every time. It also has two pumps and two brewing chambers that will allow you to make two milk based coffees at the same time.

The butterfly spouts, which are highly adjustable (width 0.8-2 inches; height 2.8-6.3) will accommodate any size cups as well as travel mugs, making coffee-to-go a possibility for those days where there’s just no time to sit and sip it.
A separate water spout (adjustable up to 6.5 inches) is also included for those of your friends or family members that prefer a cup of tea every now and then.

2. Ease of use with a lot of options

What makes it so easy to get around is the extensive menu options which control everything you need. And it’s that same menu which offers many possibilities for customization of your cup of Jo.

Let’s say that the drink menu is a subsection of the menu. It offers five different settings for grinding your coffee, each tied to a different hopper.

You can choose between five settings for each coffee you make, thereby adjust brewing temperature, water volume, the amount of milk, the amount of milk foam, coffee strength, and how much coffee you’d like from each grinder.

What’s more is that you can program the machine to automatically switch on and off on certain days of the week. That’s a really handy thing to do, especially if you work multiple shifts during the week, so you can always have your coffee machine ready at different times.

For those worried about energy, the machine has a zero power energy mode that cuts off power supply so you can put it on standby without using any energy at all.

If you enter the Barista mode, you can choose between 12 additional coffee recipes, such as Irish coffee or shakerato. This is a very nice feature because there’s something for everyone. Nothing’s left out. You could either try something new or stick to your all time favorite drink, just choose one and the machine will show you the recipe and instructions. Great for those dinner parties, isn’t it?

A big rotary switch on top of the machine and the large display that shows you pictures of every drink make it very easy to choose and adjust anything. Still, want more options? Good news! For those whose mother tongue isn’t English- you can change the language of the machine as well as display color scheme, set the water hardness and descaling program.

3. Fresh coffee

It’s all about freshly ground coffee, isn’t it?. this machine won’t disappoint here either. It features not one but two bean hoppers (9.9 oz each). They are both sealed with stainless steel lids to keep your beans fresh.

Having two bean hoppers means that you can use two different types of coffee beans at the same time. This will let you program which hopper you want to use the beans from and in what proportion i.e. 25% from one and 75% from the other.  One can be decaf, and the other regular or you can have two types of beans. This feature really opens up a door to further personalized coffee.

The bean hoppers are removable for convenient cleaning or changing the beans. It also features a bypass doser for two scoops of ground coffee – handy if you want something else but not necessarily want to remove the beans.
Intelligent Pre-Brew Aroma System (I.P.B.A.S.) will pre-infuse and gently heat up the coffee grinds The result? You get aromatic, creamy rich espresso and coffee.

4. Maintenance

I’ve mentioned a subsection of the Menu which lets you choose and program your drinks, and now it’s time to bring up the other one.

The maintenance menu helps you take proper and delicate care of your machine. It ensures you don’t forget to descale it by displaying a warning message, and is helpful with installing the water filter and setting water hardness. The same menu also allows for cleaning the milk and coffee system.

You can also program the machine to rinse off automatically when you turn it on and off to keep it clean and ready for brewing.

Other Features of the Jura Giga 5 


  • An active bean monitoring will let you know when to top up beans and monitored drip tray will tell you when to empty it – fewer things you have to remember of
  • It’s able to make two drinks at the same time when steamed and frothed milk is used
  • One of the only machines on the market which brews coffee and pours the steamed/frothed milk at the same time – you can enjoy caffè latte all day and every day
  • A large tray and drex box( for 20 coffee pucks) are accessible from the front for easy emptying
  • Comes with a lot of accessories, like a water filter, rinsing agent and cleaning tablets
  • You can have a shot of hot or frothed milk for hot chocolate or chai tea or water for tea or oatmeal
  • Integrated rinsing, cleaning, and descaling program – maintenance at the touch of a button
  • 87oz water tank means less often topping up

 

Customer Reviews


Opinions of other users are a valuable asset to read before making any purchase. At the time of writing this article, out of 24 customers that took the time to write a review (the rest were busy drinking coffee), 71% gave it 5 stars. 14% agreed on 4 stars, 4% on 3, and the 12% that was left unsatisfied, left it with a 1-star review.

Pros

  • Fantastic tasting coffees with a rich crema
    Users said that it produces great tasting coffee and the variety of options it lets them have coffee shop quality coffee in their own homes – it’s like having a Starbucks at the touch of the button!
  • Easy to clean
    Majority said that is easy to clean and the cleaning programs available from the menu help a lot in keeping it well maintained and clean
  • Quality materials
    Users mentioned that the machine looks very professional and is made of high-quality materials and components  that will last
  • Great customer support
    Jura customer service is great and always willing to help, feeling you well looked after

Cons

  • No visible water indicator
    Customers have complained about it not being precise about how much water it has left in the tank and the machine sometimes fails to inform you to top it up.
  • Expensive
    The price was reported to be too high, and people have questioned if it’s worth it.

Conclusion


Hopefully, you came to the end of the Jura Giga 5 review with new and refreshed knowledge. You should now be able to make a decision with more confidence, as you’re familiar with everything the machine has to offer.

Overall, it’s high quality and durable, giving you everything you might want from a machine like this. Pricewise this machine is expensive but what you get in return is a high-end, high quality fully automatic espresso machine with a wide range of features. The only concern you might have if you’re going to be able to use it fully.

For someone who can afford it and has a need for the high-capacity machine, this is a great choice. With proper maintenance, it will last decades saving you trouble with trying to find and replace an espresso machine every couple of years.
Whatever you decide to choose, it will surely be your loyal companion. Happy shopping!

4 responses to “High-Tech Coffee Center – Jura Giga 5 Review”

  1. Helen Doyle says:

    Kat, it seems like the only thing left is for the machine to order, take delivery of and fill up the bean container itself!

    The comment on price is quite appropriate but I can see this machine being perfect for a small size business with lots of staff being coffee addicts. (I know I would like it if I was a small business!)

    For the individuals, I expect the machine would only be set for a small number of selections (unless unusual visitors arrive). And the machine is too big for a two person household.

    You have provided great information for allowing people to know about the Jura Giga 5. This will certainly help make their machine selection an easy one. Hopefully via your site.

    Ciao
    Helen

    • Kat says:

      Hi Helen,
      Wouldn’t that be perfect? I’d go even further let it bring the coffee to your bed, hehe 🙂

      I agree that it may be too much for some people, but if you can afford it and want the best super automatic this is a great choice. Jura makes smaller models as well which I’ll be reviewing, that are more suitable for smaller households. There are a lot of models to choose from so I’m sure everybody can find whatever suits them.

      I’m glad you liked my review 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

      Kat

  2. Brent says:

    That is one heck of a coffee maker!! But then again it does do a lot more than that!! I bet it has one heck of a manual to it, also. But if you are one to entertain a lot for the early morning meetings, this machine is perfect!! It even uses two different types of beans, which is very cool because I like my coffee a bit bolder than my wife does. Thank you for this review!!

    • Kat says:

      Hi Brent,
      I’m glad you liked it. Yes, this is a real coffee entertaining center. A lot of options to make a perfect drink for everybody. I like the double hopper feature as well, pretty unusual isn’t it?
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂
      Kat

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