Searching for a compact espresso machine that can make bistro-style coffee in the comfort of your own home? Meet the JASSY 19 Bar Espresso Machine JS-101 with a frothing wand, perfect for small apartments or anyone who wants to save counter space.
This magic machine comes with a rotating panarello frothing wand that allows you to whip up cappuccinos, lattes, and other Italian-style drinks. Thanks to its 19 bar high pressure and 0.9-liter water tank, you can enjoy café-quality beverages with just a push of a button. Plus, the single and double tamper basket options give you the flexibility to choose how much caffeine you want to kickstart your day.
But don’t let its budget price fool you. In this review, we’ll be examining its impressive product quality, ease of use and cleaning, and whether it truly lives up to the hype. Get ready to become your own barista with the JASSY 19 Bar Espresso Machine!
Keep reading to find out if the Jassy 19 bar JS-101 is the perfect espresso machine for you. It’s hard to find affordable machines with steam wands, so let’s start by exploring what exactly a steam wand is. You won’t want to miss this!
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What is a Steam Wand?
A steam wand is a short, long metal tube that’s attached to the side of an espresso machine. It’s connected to the water boiler. When you turn it on, dry steam is ejected out at high pressure, creating micro bubbles in milk.
Different Types of Steam Wand
A shorter steam wand, usually made of stainless steel, is designed to make frothing milk easy for beginners. They do all the work for you and are simply dunked into a jug of milk. Some will have rubber clasps to protect the user from scalding. The panarello on the De’longhi Deluxe has an additional fool proof lever to opt between steam for lattes or cappuccinos.
Longer than the panarello, pin-hole wands give you more flexibility when creating delicious milk froth. They are better at producing thicker froth too. They have tiny holes only at the bottom tip of the nozzle, that expels narrow jets of high-pressured steam out. You control how much air is drawn in and thus the level of froth by adjusting the position of the pitcher. You will see pin-hole wands in bistros and coffee shops.
JASSY 19 Bar Espresso Machine JS-101 (With Frothing Wand) Review
The Jassy 19 Bar is a beginner friendly machine that allows you to be up and running within minutes of taking it out the box. Mostly decked in dark plastic the machine won’t take up much of a footprint on the counter top with dimensions of 12.99 x 5.9 x 12.99 inches which makes it shorter yet slightly wider than the stylish De’Longhi Dedica range. The drawback to some is that the JASSY 19 Bar Espresso Machine JS-101 does not cater for tall coffee cups.
With a 51 mm pressurized tamper you can make good quality espresso with crema in under 40 seconds. These days you’ll have to pay a whole lot more for an un-pressurized tamper which edges the quality of crema.
Before creating espresso it’s a good idea to practice just resetting the machine and filling a glass with hot water. Plug the JASSY in and turn off. Rotate the dial to steam, long press down the coffee button and turn on the machine at the same time; turn off and on again. When the red light comes on the machine is reset. Use the coffee function to pour glass of water to test and not for drinking.
When the machine is on you will see the blue lights flashing which tells you the machine is heating the water. Then simply fill the tamper with ground coffee, tamp it (make it flat) and slot into the head of the machine.
Simplicity of function is continued with aplomb when it comes to creating froth and steamed milk. Press the steam button on the bottom of the 3 main buttons which will become blue. Fill a pitcher half full with milk and dip the wand under the surface. Then twist the central dial round to the Steam setting and steam sounds will start to gurgle like a professional espresso machine. Within 30 seconds you’ll have a good level of creamy froth in your jug.
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Its important to wipe down the steam gasket after un-slotting the tamper so grounds don’t get stuck in the machine. Wipe down the wand between uses too.
What a great machine for a beginner barista, a student or someone who prefers a better cup of Joe while living in a small space. Does the JASSY make bistro style cappuccinos and lattes? The difference is fractional. You get a good crema and a coffee experience as good as machines costing two or three times more.
If you were hoping to use the alternative flavors that Nespresso capsules offer, I am afraid the JS-101 is not capsule friendly. However, there are differing coffee ground flavors in abundance these days which you can find on Amazon.
Made of plastic and some stainless steel such as the drip tray, the machine follows a standard in budget espresso machine design. Unless you drop it on the floor I can’t see this robust gem cracking any time soon. So simple to use, you don’t need more than one page of instructions before you’re brewing delicious coffees within 35 seconds for your friends or family.
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