Jura E6 Coffee Machine Review: Is It Right For You?
Amongst Jura’s impressive range of bean-to-cup coffee makers, the E6 sits proudly in the middle of the pack. Jura E6 features more advanced espresso customization than the entry-level models, plus options for milk frothing. Yet, it’s without the bells and whistles that would push it into the next price bracket.
So is this the right coffee machine for you? Read the full Jura E6 review to find out.
Summary: The Jura E6 Coffee Machine
- Prepares customizable espressos, coffees, and cappuccinos
- PEP (Pulse Extraction Process) creates rich crema
- Automated cleaning cycles for easy maintenance
I get a great, fresh cup of coffee or espresso every time! So easy to use. Even the cappuccinos are fantastic.– Ronnie, Customer
The Jura E6 Coffee Machine Review
The Jura E6 automatic coffee machine is part of the popular E line, aimed at those who want a little more espresso quality but without the premium prices. The Jura E6 is less feature-packed than its E8 sibling, but the price will be much easier to swallow. Let’s see if this is the right coffee maker for you.
Design – 4.5/5
One look at the E6, and you'll instantly recognize it as a Jura machine. The Swiss brand has a unique, modern aesthetic that applies to all its espresso machines, from entry-level to commercial.
This starts with the minimalist front panel. With the E Line, Jura has eliminated clutter by installing a TFT display. This gives you access to the menu for drinks and settings, operated by streamlined buttons on each side. (If you love all things tech and sleek, check out our review of the Jura S8, which features a touchscreen display).
The single, rotary dial on the front switches on the milk foam and hot water.
With a footprint of 28 cm, 44 cm, and a height of 35 cm, the E6 is on par with many Jura coffee machines. So, it's about average for an espresso machine with a built-in grinder. In this space, Jura has managed to fit a generous 63 oz water tank, a bean hopper that holds 9.9 oz of coffee, and a coffee grounds container big enough for around 16 servings. These specs mean you can make more drinks without refilling or emptying the machine.
Brewing System – 4/5
As with any super automatic espresso machine, your drink journey with the Jura E6 starts with the grinder. The Aroma G3 is the standard in many of Jura's machines now (though it's worth noting that the D6 still uses the Aroma G2). Jura claims that Aroma G3 is twice as efficient as the previous model, meaning it's more convenient and has less chance of heat transfer to the fresh coffee beans (1).
There are just 6 levels of grind settings, which is less than ideal if you’re a serious espresso lover. But more frustrating is the lack of a bypass chute for ground coffee, which is a convenient feature if you like the occasional decaf.
The PEP or Pulse Extraction Process is Jura’s own bit of brewing tech. It pumps the water through the coffee grounds in short bursts, rather than one long stream, helping to provide a richer, more flavourful espresso.
With PEP you’ll have deeper flavour, more crema, and better in-cup temperatures.
During the espresso brewing process, the PEP works hand-in-hand with the machine's Intelligent Pre-Brew Aroma System (IPBAS), adjusting the pre-infusion to match the amount of coffee beans used (2). This is especially important when you consider the dosing capacity. Unlike other automatic coffee makers, which max out at around 10 g, the Jura E6 will dose up to 16 grams in a single cycle.
Thanks to the integrated milk system, you can make a cappuccino from start to finish without moving your cup. It's not entirely fuss-free, as you will need to turn the rotary dial to switch on the milk frother as part of the brew cycle. It may surprise you that there is no milk jug at this price, but you can use the tube with any milk container.
Coffee Quality and Versatility – 3.5/5
The Jura E6 automatic coffee machine has its pros and cons for versatility, but let's start with the good. You have a range of settings for each drink, including the drink volume, two different coffee temperature settings, and a very versatile ten coffee strength settings.
You also can adjust the volume of milk foam when making a cappuccino.
The downside is that your coffee options are limited, and your only choices are espresso, regular coffee, and cappuccinos. Though the Jura E6 has fine foam technology, which is said to make more dense microfoam, there's no option for lattes or other milk-based drinks (3). There's also no way to adjust the milk temperature if you like your drinks piping hot.
You, of course, have a hot water option for hot chocolate or tea, which has an expanded three temperature settings. You can also fill your espresso cup with just frothed milk if you so desire.
The double coffee spouts and the large dose capacity will allow you to make two espresso shots or two coffees on the same grind and brew cycle. For cappuccinos, you'll be limited to just one coffee cup at a time due to the single milk spout.
Cleaning and Maintenance – 4/5
In keeping with the machine's general ease of use, the Jura E6 has a range of maintenance programs to make cleaning less painful. The machine will prompt you when any of these are required, but you can also start them manually at any time.
The rinse cycle will quickly clean the machine, ensuring you don't end up with any stale coffee residue. After making a milk-based drink, you'll be prompted to rinse the milk system, which flushes out the fine foam frother.
You should also empty the removable drip tray, empty the coffee grounds container, and rinse the water tank at the end of the day. If you've been using the frother, you should do a daily deep clean of the milk pipe. The nozzle for the frother is also removable, and you can place it in the dishwasher.
You can save yourself a lot of pain for long-term maintenance by using a CLEARYL smart water filter in the Jura E6. It removes any contaminants that could affect the coffee flavour and prevent limescale buildup in the machine (4). This water filter connects via RFID with the intelligent water system, so the machine knows exactly when it needs replacing. It also prevents the descale alert from coming on.
After every 180 coffees or 80 machine starts, you'll have to do a deep clean. This is important for cleaning the brew group, which you can't remove on a Jura coffee machine.
Value for Money – 3.5/5
The Jura E6 is missing a few features that we'd like to see at this price, but there's no doubt that you're buying a quality coffee machine. With the PEP brewing system, options for customizing your brew, and incredible ease of use, you will end up with a perfectly brewed espresso every time.
Jura machines are built to last.
But be aware that this comes with a cost. They're not cheap to run if you stick to the recommended maintenance products, such as Jura brand cleaning tablets and CLEARYL filters.
Do Not Buy If…
- You want more drink options – If variety and convenience are at the top of your wishlist for a coffee machine, you might consider upgrading to the Jura E8. It’s a big jump in price but offers an extra ten one-touch coffee drinks, more levels of customization for espresso temperature and strength, and a bypass chute if you want to use your own pre-ground coffee.
- You’re on a budget – If you’ve got your heart set on a bean-to-cup machine, but the budget doesn’t quite extend to a Jura coffee maker, take a look at the Gaggia Anima Prestige. It’s one of the more affordable one-touch machines but still backed by a quality brand.
- You don’t need a super automatic coffee maker – You can really slash the price if you don’t mind frothing your own milk. The Gaggia Brera espresso machine still features a built-in grinder and one-touch brewing for espressos and lungos, the only difference is that you’ll need to use the included pannarello wand for lattes and cappuccinos.
Check out the Home Grounds Jura coffee and espresso machine reviews to see how the Jura E6 stacks up against other offerings.
Whether or not the Jura E6 coffee machine is right for you comes down to what features you consider must-haves in a super-automatic. It's an excellent machine for espresso lovers who want great-tasting coffee at the touch of a button and the occasional delicious cappuccino. But if you're looking for a wide range of speciality coffees, you're not going to get the variety you're looking for here.
Jura makes some of the more expensive coffee makers. Still, their reputation for durability means you're getting a super-automatic espresso machine that will offer consistent coffee making for years to come.
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