Most of us want our very first coffee machine to be both aesthetically pleasing and functional. It does not have to have all the fancy innovations that highly-advanced machines can offer. It is enough that we can enjoy an amazing cup of espresso, cappuccino, coffee, or latte whenever we feel like it.
If you feel the same way, then the Jura Impressa C60 is for you. This machine may already be an outdated appliance. However, it can still perform its most basic task – to give you an amazing drink whenever you want to.
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The Jura Impressa C60 Automatic Coffee Center
The Jura Impressa C60 has been around for many years. The Swiss brand designed the C60 as a major upgrade to its earlier design of super automatics, like the C5. And while there are now many different products that belong to various Jura coffee machine lines, the Impressa C60 remains a good choice for budget-conscious espresso drinkers.
- One rotary switch operation and 15 bars of pressure
- Stainless steel and black ABS plastic
We are not saying that the C60 is the cheapest machine you can ever buy. But if you are already familiar with Jura’s reputation, then you know that this espresso machine is the most affordable unit ever to come out of the Swiss giant’s showrooms.
The C60 has a substantial footprint that belies its lightweight characteristics. The espresso machine is not going to fit all kinds of modern kitchens. However, it should sit comfortably on a countertop with ample space.
This machine has a water reservoir that is good enough to supply several tens of cups of coffee every day. The bean hopper also has a modest size to go with the water tank. There is a water filter that helps minimize the need to manually descale the tank. The grinder is efficient, albeit with the tendency to overheat. The grind settings are also not that adequate compared to high end models. But given the C60’s price, being able to adjust the coarseness of the grind is already a big plus in itself.
Like all entry-level machines, the C60 only comes with a single boiler that can be a real issue when making milk-based beverages. Nevertheless, we laud Jura’s efforts at hastening the speed of heating either the milk or the coffee to give you drinks in less amount of time.
Drinks-wise, the C60 can only provide four different types of coffee drinks: Americano, cappuccino, latte, and espresso. On the good side, you can get a pair of coffees and espressos simultaneously without any hassle.
The machine is easy to clean, although the menus in its programming tend to complicate the process. Keeping the manual handy should help you master all the different programs of the Impressa C60.
- Reliable brewing system
- Modest customization options
- Very easy to use
- Can produce milk-based beverages
- Produces very fine foam
- Comes with a chute for decaf
- Features a tray for warming cups
- Easy to maintain and clean
- Outdated display
- Not intuitive user control system
- Not a true one-touch espresso machine
- Tendency of the grinder to overheat
- Small drip tray
- Plastic construction
Aesthetics, Footprint, and Form Factor
Owners of modern kitchens will love the elegant styling of the C60. It has a very conservative look that is washed in shiny black. The sleek façade gets a major uplift with the inclusion of well-thought chrome accents. It does not matter what kind of design theme you have in your kitchen. The Impressa C60 will never look out of place. As a matter of fact, its black finish can be a great complement to any kitchen décor.
What surprised us is that Jura was able to create a stunning machine using mostly ABS plastic. Some people may feel cheated upon learning that the C60 has more plastic than it does metal. However, the way Jura designed the C60 gives the machine the look of a premium-quality luxury appliance. Using more metal in the construction of the C60’s housing would have increased the price of the machine.
The C60 comes with a modest footprint that requires a countertop space that is 16 inches deep and 11 inches wide. It is also shorter than most of the machines we have ever tested. The C60 comes in at a surprising height of only 13.5 inches. We would like to caution you about the top-loading water tank design of the coffee machine. It may be small, but it will still require plenty of vertical space to access the water tank and fill it with water.
The user controls are very simple. You get two large knobs on the front panel of the machine. You will be using mostly the left knob for going through the different programs of the C60. Above the control knob is an LED one-liner. Every turn of the knob displays a different information on the screen.
We appreciate the arrangement of the coffee spouts. They are spaced sufficiently apart to allow the placement of two cups underneath them for simultaneous filling. We do have a gripe with the placement of the milk spout. Jura claims the C60 to be a one-touch operation. The distance between the milk spout and the coffee spout is too great to allow for the simultaneous filling of the cup with both milk and coffee.
There is an integrated cup tray underneath the spouts. The tray is smaller than we imagined.
Features and Functionalities
If you are considering the C60 for your next purchase, we suggest going through its different features. This will give you a heads up of what to expect from the machine. It should also give you an idea whether the machine is right for you or not.
We already mentioned that Jura has simplified the user controls of the C60. There are no individual pre-programmed buttons to press. You only have a knob to turn and press to make the appropriate selection. While the operation of the dial is simple enough, it lacks the intuitiveness of dedicated buttons. It can also be very easy to miss the menu or setting on the display when turning the knob.
Veteran coffee machine users may find the controls too simple for their liking. It does appeal to novice users, however. Turning the knob can also be a way to reminisce about the old days when almost everything can be set with a turn of a dial.
There are two sets of programs on the Jura Impressa C60. One takes care of the brewing process, while the other maintains the operating functionality of the system. Accessing the different menus of these programs can be a bit cumbersome because of the design of the controls. However, mastery of the control knob should make cycling through the different C60 programs a breeze.
The coffee program of the C60 gives you access to four different coffee styles. These include your regular coffee or Americano, latte, cappuccino, and espresso. There are two coffee spouts in front of the C6, allowing users to make a pair of coffee-based beverages in an instant.
If you desire a cappuccino or a latte, you will find the arrangement of the spouts to be a real nuisance. Do not make the mistake of leaving the machine unattended when making a milk-based beverage. You may find an unfinished drink when you get back.
The C60’s maintenance cycles are also programmable via the control knob. As already mentioned, you must master cycling through the different menus for you to set the correct maintenance cycle.
The C60 is a beginner’s machine. It is not right to expect the machine to give you a multitude of customization options for your drink. The most that it can provide are modest tweaks to the drink’s coffee strength, water temperature, and water volume.
The level of customization is enough for a beginner to the world of coffee machines. Fewer adjustments can translate to less errors. It can also contribute to a steep learning curve, allowing the person to get right into the process without dwelling too much on the controls.
Stainless Steel Grinder
The Impressa C60 features a conical burr grinder that is made of stainless steel. It is an efficient grinder that can do a great job of turning beans into grounds.
There are a few setbacks to using this kind of material in the construction of the grinder, however. First, it tends to produce more noise than a ceramic grinder. Second, stainless steel grinders tend to heat up faster than ceramic grinders. If you are not careful in how you operate the C60, you may end up with a coffee that has an awful burned smell.
One way to address the issue is by allowing the machine to rest in between operation. If you operate the built-in grinder immediately after someone else has made a coffee, there is a chance that your drink will not taste that great. You should wait about a couple of minutes for the grinder to cool down before you activate it again.
Like the customization options of the C60, the machine’s grinder only comes with 5 grind levels. This is enough for beginners. However, if you wish to further fine tune your coffee strength, you will find the grind settings of the C60 to be inadequate.
Modest Water Tank and Bean Hopper Capacity
The C60 can hold about 7.1 ounces of coffee beans and 64 ounces of water. This is enough for large households that enjoy more than a couple of cups of coffee every day. It should also be a good appliance for power drinkers.
We are not huge fans of single boiler systems. However, putting another boiler in the C60 will increase its price tag. What Jura did was to design its boiler to heat faster to reduce the amount of time needed for brewing coffee. The time savings get used in the steaming of milk that comes from a separate milk container.
Milk Frothing System
The single boiler design of the C60 prevents the simultaneous processing of the coffee and milk for milk-based beverages. However, Jura integrated a unique system that allows user to create fabulous milk froth straight from the milk container. The finished crema gets spewed onto your drink via the milk spout. The system utilizes an automatic milk frothing mechanism to let you create interesting milk foam.
Operation, Cleaning, and Maintenance
There is a bit of a learning curve to using the Impressa C60. With only four recipes to tweak, it does not take that long to find the sweet spot for your drink. However, the simplified controls of the C60 can make fine-tuning the beverage a bit annoying. We do appreciate Jura’s intention of making the controls as simple and easy to use as possible. Unfortunately, we cannot say that placing all the different menus and settings into a single knob is better than having a dedicated button for each of these settings and menus.
Manipulating the control knob should be simple. It is all a matter of turning the dial to the desired setting. One must keep an eye on the LED text above the knob. It is easy to miss the textual information if you are in a hurry. Once you have the chosen menu or setting on the display, all you need to do is to press the same control knob. This activates the selection.
As we already said, it would have been a lot better if there are dedicated buttons for the menus and the settings. We also think that having four different buttons that activate the four different recipes of the machine would have made the machine more ‘usable’.
The outdated LED technology user controls can also complicate the maintenance of the machine. We must reiterate that we are big fans of touchscreens and dedicated buttons. We do not see these technologies in the C60. And while the machine does come with the same automatic maintenance cycles of other Jura products, programming the correct settings can be cumbersome.
The good thing about the C60 is that it has a large drip tray and an ample-sized dregs box. The size of these two components can reduce the frequency of their emptying. And while you cannot remove the C60’s brew unit for manual cleaning, Jura does give you a more hassle-free way of cleaning the system.
We strongly recommend fitting the CLARIS Blue filter that comes with the package. This will minimize the need for manual descaling of the water tank. It is a chore that most of us are not fond of performing. The only downside to using a filter will be the added cost of the operation of the machine. While the C60 is affordable, its water filter replacements are not.
Who this Product is For? / Should You Buy This?
Jura is one of those brands that people consider as world-class. The quality of their products is well-known and these are often in the four-digit price range. The Impressa C60 gives people the chance to own a premium brand without ever breaking the bank.
The limited coffee recipes that the C60 can produce may not appeal to people who have already experienced the taste of various coffee styles. There are no barista specialties or any other fancy concoctions in the C60. What you get are the four very common hot beverages – coffee, cappuccino, latte, and espresso.
The levels of customization for each drink also suggest that the C60 is not for very demanding people. This machine is not for someone who can distinguish the difference between a 2-bean coffee and a 6-bean brew or the difference between a warm and a slightly warm drink. In other words, if you have very refined tastes and you want perfection in your coffee, then the C60 is not for you.
The inclusion of a separate milk frother can open other possibilities. As such, the machine should also be a great tool for coffee drinkers who want to experiment with their beverages.
In general, people who love ordinary coffee without making too much fuss about the intricate qualities of their drinks should get the C60. The chance of owning a luxury brand is far too great to pass up.
Jura Impressa C60 vs Jura Impressa C65
The Impressa C60 is almost identical to the C65. From the design to the operation, these two have many similarities. The only notable difference between these two is the slightly better angling of the C65’s grinder burrs. This results in faster and quieter grinding. Such an improvement does tend to hike up the C65’s price.
There is this notion that basic items are very boring. Jura defies this perception of basic items by producing a machine that looks as elegant as high-end devices. The Impressa C60 can never outperform other Jura coffee machines. However, it does a decent job of making excellent cups of amazing coffee, latte, cappuccino, and espresso every single time. Jura also made the C60 more affordable than ever, allowing ordinary people to experience what well-off families have been enjoying for many years.