The Swiss company Jura Elektroapparate AG is the most prolific manufacturer of automated espresso makers currently in the marketplace and they have not only individual machines but entire lines of machines designed for every buying niche from individual users to large corporations. Their Giga line of full-service caffeine factories, like the Jura Giga W3 Professional, are designed for offices and are sold at prices that only large corporations (and the occasional caffeine-addicted billionaire) can afford. The machines in their Ena Micro line, on the other hand, are intended for personal use and, as the name implies, are designed to fit into small spaces -- between the Cuisinart and the blender on a crowded kitchen counter, for instance.
The Jura Ena Micro 90 bean-to-cup espresso maker uses Jura's new Aroma G3 Grinder, which chops up the beans twice as fast as earlier models, not to mention more quietly, and has newly improved cutting burrs to keep the grind consistent, based on which of the six grind levels you've set on its internal dial. (You'll want to set it for a fine grind if you're making espresso; regular coffee, if anybody buys these machines for regular coffee, can take a coarser grind.) Jura's Pulse Extraction Process --- AKA PEP -- pulses hot water through the grinds at rapid intervals to intensify the flavor and maximize the aroma. An illuminated dial on top of the machine allows you to set any of ten different beverage strengths so you can fine tune the brew to your discerning but unique taste buds.
The internal water reservoir holds 36 ounces, which is less than some larger units hold, and pops out of the top, which is relatively awkward compared to units like the Gaggia Velasca Prestige, where the reservoir slides neatly out the front. The multipurpose dial can set the beverage type not just to espresso but latte macchiato, cappuccino and milk froth. The milk is sipped from a container on the side and the froth is layered in as the beverage pours.
Perfect, very compact espresso machine if it's for just 1 or 2 people max. The froth for milk-based drinks is good, though daily cleaning of the milk frother is essential.
This machine is amazing, the quality of the drinks is superb and the design is compact, super-automatic & very cool!