Jura Impressa C60 Review 2023: I’m Less Than Impressed!

After working as a professional barista for many years, Arne Preuss founded Coffeeness.

Shortly after I finished my Jura Impressa C60 review, I checked in online to see what other reviewers were saying about this machine. I have to say I was surprised to see so much positive reaction to the Jura Impressa C60. In fact, I started to feel like everyone else must be talking about a different automatic espresso machine!

Shortly after I finished my Jura Impressa C60 review, I checked in online to see what other reviewers were saying about this machine. I have to say I was surprised to see so much positive reaction to the Jura Impressa C60. In fact, I started to feel like everyone else must be talking about a different automatic espresso machine!

As you’ve probably guessed, I was disappointed by the Jura Impressa C60 and I just can’t recommend it. In my opinion, the best thing about this machine is the fact that it’s been discontinued by the manufacturer. However, you can still find the Jura C60 for sale online and I know a lot of folks are looking for it. 

In my Jura Impressa C60 review I take a closer look at this outdated automatic espresso machine. I also recommend other Jura coffee makers that are actually worth buying. Let’s get started!

Jura C60 Coffee Machine Overview

Before I go any further, allow me to remind you that I’m a huge fan of Jura coffee makers. In my super automatic espresso machine guide 2023, you’ll find plenty of examples of me drooling over the Swiss manufacturer’s offerings. However, Jura hasn’t always nailed it. In fact, I’d go so far as to say the Impressa C60 has let the side down somewhat.

Released in 2014, the Jura Impressa C60 was very popular in its heyday. Plus, the machine only cost around $950 back then, making it an affordable option for many. 

By the way, if you want to buy the Impressa C60 today, a used model will set you back $5,431.99 on Amazon. That’s crazy, especially bearing in mind you can pick up a brand new Jura Z10 for $3,798.95

Before I embarked on my Jura Impressa C60 review, I actually had quite high expectations. Sure, the C60 is a little dated, but Jura is known for producing machines of exceptional quality. Unfortunately, most things about the C60 just annoyed me. 

Not only that, I had a hard time getting halfway decent milk foam and espresso out of the thing. And let’s face it, that’s the most important factor to bear in mind when you’re shopping for a coffee maker.

See Also: Jura Z10 Hands-On Review 2023

Jura C60 First Impressions

As I already mentioned, I had high hopes for the Jura Impressa C60. My first impressions were of an attractive, if somewhat dated looking machine. All the hallmarks of a Jura classic are in evidence, including a sleek and streamlined design. 

Sure, there’s no fancy touchscreen, and you can’t really call the Impressa C60 a compact machine. However, for a Jura coffee maker that used to cost less than a grand, that would have been too much to expect.

The Jura Impressa C60 features a simple user interface, comprising a couple of dials, one of which also has a button. Aside from that, there’s a one-line text display. 

Listen, I’m not a devotee of huge touchscreen displays. In fact, I’ve had great experiences using machines with old fashioned user interfaces. The amazing Gaggia Babila immediately springs to mind here. However, the C60’s user interface just didn’t do it for me. I’ll talk more about that later in this Jura Impressa C60 review.

As far as materials go, I always prefer to see stainless steel housing rather than plastic. However, I’m always willing to overlook an abundance of plastic if the machine feels solid and everything fits well. 

Unfortunately, the Impressa C60 just doesn’t deliver in that regard. Jura machines are usually impeccably designed. However, in this case, the drip tray feels cheaply made and it slides around too much. Not only that, I had issues with the adjustable dispensing spout. More on that later in this Jura Impressa C60 review. 

See Also: Gaggia Babila Review 2023

Jura C60 Features

Let’s continue this Jura Impressa C60 review by taking a closer look at the machine’s many features. You won’t be surprised to hear I’ll be telling it like it is, no holds barred. However, I’ll make sure to point you in the direction of other Jura coffee makers along the way.

User Interface

The Jura Impressa C60 has a basic, one-line display. The machine uses the concept of a “one-touch button” to make drinks. This means you control the menu by turning the dial and pressing the button.

This whole concept quickly aggravated me. If I wanted to tweak an espresso to my liking, I needed to dial and click through seemingly endless menus. Then, once I had adjusted the settings for my espresso, I needed to follow the same steps – only backwards – to get back to the main menu.

To give one small example: when you’re in the main menu and choose Espresso, the menu simply says Espresso. Then, when you go into the drink settings and make adjustments, the display still only says Espresso.

This may not sound very dramatic, but I found it confusing since I wasn’t sure what menu I was in at a given moment.

If this doesn’t sound like too much trouble to you, consider the  budget friendly Jura D6 instead. It has a similar user interface, but it’s equipped with a far superior grinder. Plus, the D6 uses Jura’s awesome Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P.) brewing technology. Best of all, the Jura D6 costs an incredibly reasonable $995.00 on Amazon.

See Also: Jura D6 Review 2023

Grinder

The Jura Impressa C60 comes with a stainless steel conical burr grinder that’s altogether too loud when it’s in operation. There are five grind levels, which you can adjust via a dial in the bean compartment. Incidentally, the 7 ounce (198 gram) bean container is unusually narrow, making it awkward to add coffee beans. 

Fortunately, things have come a long way since 2014. Take the Jura ENA 8, for example. This fantastic little machine has Jura’s amazing Aroma G3 grinder on board. It just so happens the Aroma G3 is fast, quiet and efficient. Plus, it produces some of the most consistent results I’ve seen from any automatic coffee maker.

See Also: Jura ENA 8 Review 2023

Water Reservoir

Located on the left side of the machine, the Jura Impressa C60’s removable water tank has a 64 ounce (1.9 liter) capacity. I actually like how well the water reservoir integrates into the machine’s design. 

What’s more, the thing feels sturdy and features a durable handle for easy removal. I also appreciate that you can install a Claris Blue water filter in the tank. That means your coffee will taste better and you won’t need to descale the machine as often.

Spout Height

An adjustable coffee dispensing spout is something you’ll see on just about every super automatic espresso machine. This feature is particularly important when you’re preparing espresso – by lowering the spout,  you cut down on splashes and help preserve crema. 

In that regard, the Jura Impressa C60 really delivers. In fact, I was happy to be able to lower the spout to just 2.5 inches (6.4 centimeters). However, I was disappointed by the maximum clearance of just 4.3 inches (11 centimeters). Seriously, what was Jura thinking here?! From my experience, it’s almost impossible to fit taller latte macchiato glasses under the spout.

I invite you to check out the Jura S8 instead. You’ll find a maximum spout height of 6 inches (15.2 centimeters), which gives you plenty of room for tall glasses and even travel mugs. Now that’s more like it!

See Also: Jura S8 Review 2023

Specialty Coffees

By now we’re all accustomed to super automatic espresso machines that offer dozens of specialty drinks at the touch of a button. However, the Jura Impressa C60 keeps things simple by offering only espresso and coffee. 

Of course, you can create milk based drinks using the cappuccinatore, but there’s no one-touch option for that. I don’t have a problem with a machine keeping things simple. For example, the wonderful Jura E6 offers only espresso, coffee and cappuccino

However, for a stripped back machine to succeed, the quality of what’s dispensed has to be top notch. By the way, that’s certainly the case with the E6. Needless to say, you’ll find out whether or not that’s the case with this machine later in my Jura Impressa C60 review.

See Also: Jura E6 Review 2023

App

I’m not a huge fan of using my phone to control my coffee making equipment. That’s why it doesn’t bother me that the C60 doesn’t have an app. However, I am aware of how sophisticated the Jura Operating Experience (J.O.E.) app is. Incidentally, see what they did there with the name? 

Jura Z6 with App function.

Anyway, most of the manufacturer’s more recent additions work with the J.O.E. app. Higher end machines like the Jura Z6 come equipped with WiFi Connect. However, you’ll need to purchase Jura’s Smart Connect separately to use the app with more affordable models.

Once you’re set up, the app is actually very cool. You can monitor water levels, schedule cleaning programs and tweak settings from your phone or Apple Watch. You can even assign Siri shortcuts to your favorite beverages if using your fingers becomes too taxing!

See Also: Jura Z6 Hands-On Review 2023

How to Use the Jura C60 Coffee Machine

Although I ended up getting frazzled by the user interface, using the Jura C60 coffee machine is pretty straightforward. You’ll need to start by adding coffee beans to the bean container and filling the water tank. You don’t have to use a water filter here, but I’d highly recommend installing one.

Once you’re ready to start making drinks, you can go into the Jura menu and tweak a few settings. You’re able to change the water temperature for espresso and coffee, the volume of ground coffee used (strength setting) and the volume of espresso that’s dispensed. 

Oh, and you can, of course, adjust the grind setting to suit your needs. Just remember to only make changes while the grinder is running!

Espresso from the Jura C60 Coffee Machine

I set the strength setting to high and the grind setting to the finest degree possible. Anything other than that and the espresso was noticeably weak and watery.

The minimum shot volume you can select is 0.84 ounces (25 milliliters). I decided to stick with that seeing as I’m a fan of ristrettos.

Unfortunately, the espresso just came out way too quickly. Also, the crema was very light in color. The espresso tasted OK, but it was just too weak for me. Plus, seeing as I’d used the finest grind setting and the highest strength setting, I was out of improvement options.

Here’s another thing that really stood out: the pre infusion step pushed quite a bit of water through the puck.

During pre infusion, the coffee in the brewing unit comes into contact with a little hot water. However, it’s not under very much pressure, as evidenced by the sound it makes. After the pre infusion stage, the pump really gets going and the actual extraction process begins.

The whole point of pre infusion is to evenly dampen the ground coffee, therefore ensuring consistent extraction when brewing begins. However, if the water is actually flowing through the coffee during the pre infusion stage, something isn’t right.

In this case, I would bet that the machine just can’t grind coffee fine enough. Because of that, the coffee puck in the brew group can’t provide enough resistance to water under pressure. I guess that also explains why the espresso comes out so quickly.

Pulling an espresso shot with the Jura A1 Coffee Maker.

Incidentally, if you’re a purist with no need for milk foam in your life, consider the Jura A1. This affordable machine showcases the manufacturer’s P.E.P. brewing technology, and I was blown away by how good the espresso was. 

See Also: Jura A1 Hands-On Review 2023

Jura C60 Milk Foam

If you’re looking for a machine that’ll knock your socks off with its milk foam, check out the Jura E8. Sure, there’s a substantial financial outlay involved, but the quality of milk foam you’ll get from this thing is simply exceptional.

Similarly, the Jura Impressa C60 comes with an external cappuccinatore milk frothing system. However, unlike the E8, you need to move your cup to a different position after making an espresso.

The C60’s cappuccinatore is set to the side of the espresso dispensing spout. To set up the milk frother, you attach one end of the milk hose to the cappuccinatore and put the other end in a milk container. If you feel like splurging, the manufacturer sells a stainless steel milk container for $81.99. Otherwise, you can use a vessel of your choice.

Now the Jura Impressa C60 espresso machine needs to warm up. Still, that’s to be expected and it’s relatively quick.

I used a small latte macchiato glass, which didn’t completely fit onto the tray. Because of this, it seemed like the glass was always about to fall over. Ultimately, the coffee and milk spouts are both so low that they’re a disaster waiting to happen.

Making Milk Foam with the Jura E8.

I also had to angle my glass to fit it under the spout. However, seeing as the foam spout was halfway into the glass, I had a hard time removing it once it was full. 

Alright, but what about the milk foam quality? Jura calls its system a Fine Foam Frother, and It produces consistently creamy and pillowy milk foam. However, when it starts up, about 2 teaspoons (10 milliliters) of water shoots out of the spout. Consequently, the hot milk foam from this machine is disappointingly watery.

See Also: Jura E8 Hands-On Review 2023

Jura C60 Coffee Machine Cleaning

Cleaning and maintenance of your Jura Impressa C60 shouldn’t take up too much of your time. However, you will have to get into the habit of performing a few daily tasks as well as regular cleaning and descaling

For starters, disassemble the cappuccinatore at the end of each day’s use and give it a good rinse. While you’re at it, remove the drip tray and used grounds bin. Empty these before rinsing under warm water. You can even use a little mild detergent if you like.

I used to be totally freaked out by Jura’s insistence on using fixed, non-removable brew groups in its machines. However, having performed a year-long experiment on a Jura A1, I’m satisfied that the manufacturer knows what it’s doing. With that said, don’t skimp on regular cleaning of the coffee circuit. You’ll need to use Jura cleaning tablets for this.

As for descaling your C60, you shouldn’t have to worry about doing this too often if you’re using a water filter. Still, it’ll need to happen eventually and the machine will let you know when. The manufacturer insists you use Jura descaling tablets, and who am I to argue? I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether to gamble on using a more affordable universal descaler.

Jura C60 Coffee Maker Specifications

Jura Impressa c60
Manufacturer

Jura

Model number

15006

Product category

Super automatic espresso machine

Removable brew group

Housing material

Plastic

Color options

Piano Black

Milk frother

Cappuccinatore

User interface

Text display with buttons and dials

App

User profiles

Memo function only

Removable water reservoir

Water reservoir capacity

64.2 fl oz / 1.9 l

Number of boilers

1

Pump pressure

15 bar

Maximum cup height

4.3 in / 10.9 cm

Minimum cup height

2.5 in / 6.4 cm

Grinder

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Grind adjustment levels

5

Bean hopper capacity

6.7 oz / 190.0 g

Pre-ground coffee bypass

Grounds discard container capacity

16

Specialty drinks

2

Pre-infusion

Adjustable coffee temperature

Adjustable milk foam temperature

Adjustable milk temperature

2-cup function

Yes

Pot function

Hot water function

Hot milk function

Milk foam only option

Water filter

Power consumption

1450 W

Weight

21.2 lb / 9.6 kg

Dimensions

13.6 x 11.0 x 16.1 in
34.5 x 27.9 x 40.9 cm

Warranty

2 years

Notes

Included Accessories: Instruction Booklet. Model has been discontinued by the manufacturer.

Current price on Amazon

$5,431.99

Verdict: Jura C60 Coffee Machine

Overall, my experience with the Jura Impressa C60 was underwhelming. Even the strength of the Jura brand wasn’t able to change the sad facts of this inadequate machine.

Sure, you can select the strength of the coffee and the coarseness of the grind, but the resulting espresso still wasn’t good. I also thought it was shocking how much water flowed through the puck during pre infusion. That’s just not a good sign.

The build quality isn’t very great: from the narrow bean compartment to the wobbly drip tray situation. Plus, the whole milk foaming setup doesn’t work well for me because it’s too low for my cups and glasses.

Like I said at the start of my Jura Impressa C60 review, the manufacturer has now discontinued this machine. That’s a good thing, because Jura has since released a host of far superior automatic coffee makers. Do yourself a favor, and go with one of those instead. You might end up spending a little more money, but it’ll definitely be worth it. Pinky promise.

I hope you’ve found my Jura Impressa C60 review useful. Could you tell I didn’t really like this machine? What’s your experience with the C60? I look forward to your comments!

Jura C60 Coffee Machine FAQ

Although the manufacturer has discontinued production of the Jura C60, you can still find the machine online.

The C60 coffee machine doesn’t have WiFi connectivity and you can’t fit it with Jura’s Smart Connect. That means you can’t use the Impressa C60 with the J.O.E. app.

You can use the Jura app on your phone or your Apple Watch to monitor and control a Jura coffee maker.

Seeing as you can’t use the Jura C60 coffee machine with the Jura app, you can’t use Siri to interact with the machine.

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