Jura Giga 5: Setting new standards in performance and aesthetics, the Giga 5 features two ceramic disc grinders, 2.6-liter water tank, a monitored drip tray, two heating systems, a variable brewing chamber, height-adjustable coffee spout and an Intelligent Pre-Brew Aroma system that allows the coffee aroma to fully develop. It’s professional technology that lets you brew an unprecedented range of drinks in the comfort of your own home.
The machine maintainence is a breeze if you are consistent and take care of it. The Claris filter is replaced every two months and has a reminder on the top of the filter (If you use the Claris, you do not need to decalcify the machine). The brew group is cleaned weekly (pending on use) I usally clean the screen after the dump box light comes on to be emptied. I use mostly Starbucks and Illy and the oil from Starbucks can clog a screen if you do not wipe it off every so often with a paper towel (explained in manual) Every 200 pull's or within 4 -6 months you will need to drop a self clean tablet in the bypass doser. The C1000 takes care of the rest in about 30 minutes time.
Six years and 7540 shots of espresso. The only downside of this machine is that it is too easy to use so that you end up drinking more cups than you might otherwise. It's very fast to heat up, both for the main heating block, as well as for steam. The steamer wand takes some practice to get good, tight foam, but once you figure out the technique it's not difficult. The openings in the wand can clog up if you don't wipe it down right after use. I also give a short blast of steam right after that as well. After about five years we bundled it up and sent it in to the factory for cleaning and reconditioning. It came back as good as new and it's still going strong. About the only real negative aspect to the machine is that it tends to be a bit noisy, but probably no more so than someone using a fully manual pull machine and grinder.