Jura Coffee and Espresso Machine Reviews
So you’re considering a Jura coffee machine? Then you have A LOT of options. Seriously. The people in this Swiss company are overachievers.
The overwhelming feeling of choosing a Jura for yourself is close to having a panic attack. That’s why this time we did the work for you. We took a hard look at all of the Jura coffee machines to make sure you have the right information. These machines come with quite a price tag. So if you’re going to invest this much money, let’s make sure you get the perfect model!
Our Jura coffee machine review looks at the top 10 super automatics for home. Keep reading to see which one’s right for you.
How to buy the right Jura coffee machine from the sea of options
Many people prefer the convenience of great-quality specialty coffees at home, without a lot of effort. If you fall into this category, you know a Jura coffee machine is an excellent choice for you. But understanding the difference between Jura models is crucial here. While each one has coffee-making magic, you’ll want to know if it’s the right magic for you.
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There are several things to ask yourself before you choose an automatic espresso machine. It’s important to understand what is a good fit for you, compared to what is just being ‘sold’ to you.
What’s Your Budget?
There is a wide price range in the Jura family. Each Jura espresso machine comes with its own set of pros and cons (and price tag!). And these can range from hundreds to several thousands of dollars.
Set yourself a budget and then look at each Jura coffee machine’s price to see if it fits that budget. Aside from which machine has the best features for you, price should be a key consideration in deciding which Jura coffee machine to buy. And remember, there are opportunities out there to purchase a Jura coffee machine refurbished rather than new. That can save you a lot of coin.
(Don’t believe us? Check this article on how to save money with refurbished machines)
What Size Machine Works For My Home?
Like their price tags, Jura coffee machines come in many different sizes, shapes, and weights. Some can fit snugly into a little condo kitchen; others need their own corner of the room.
Make sure you aren’t going to fall in love with a machine that just doesn’t fit your home.
Is There a Lot of Maintenance Required?
Jura does a really good job when it comes to innovation and convenience. All of their machines have self-cleaning programs that prevent scaling and other issues that are regular challenges with coffee machines.
You will need to make sure that you use the right cleaning product for your machine and that you run the cleaning program regularly to keep it in tip-top coffee shape.
Jura Espresso Machine Lingo
The people at Jura have created a language all their own. To make life simpler, we thought we’d interpret some of the more… ahem… interesting terms they use and explain what they really mean!
“The Aroma+ Grinder”
“Aroma” is a coffee tribe word that describes how your grinds influence the quality of your coffee. The Aroma settings are illustrated by a picture of coffee beans under the “Aroma” profile in the settings, as displayed on the screen.
This indicates how strong your brew will be due to the fineness of the grind. Typically you get a choice of 1-5 settings – our recommendation is to start at the lowest and experiment. While Jura grinders may not always be the same in each machine, these days most of them have, at a minimum, the Aroma+ Grinder.
And no matter what, Jura grinders tend to be quick, quiet, and treat the coffee beans with respect and love.
Intelligent Pre-Brew Aroma System (IPBAS) makes great coffee – but it sounds like a chronic disease that creates embarrassing body noises! The short of it is that this process adds a small amount of water to the coffee prior to brewing.
You do this all the time with things like pour over coffee, by putting in a bit of water to puff up the ground coffee, thereby pre-infusing them a little. Thankfully, it’s not as complicated as it sounds!
Another acronym – but this time, the actual name sounds like the cure to the aforementioned disease: Pulse Extraction Process. It is an advanced technology that allows for extraction in half the time, by rushing hot water through the coffee to pre-infuse it.
“CLARIS Filter System”
Even though it also has a weird name (although not as weird), this is a feature you will love. It is the anti-scaling technology that filters out hard minerals and stops calcium deposits from building up on the heating component.
“Fine Foam Technology”
Perhaps the engineers at Jura have a collective sense of humor. The name Fine Foam Technology sounds like it should be walking the red carpet or something, all dressed up in sequins.
What it really means is that it froths the milk twice, in separate chambers – and then slowly runs the compacted milk foam into your drink – thus the fine foam part. It has a creamy, delicate consistency.
“IWS (Intelligent Water Systems)”
What is it with all the acronyms? And what makes it intelligent – did this water system graduate from Harvard? Is it Mensa material?
The name notwithstanding, this is a great feature. Intelligent Water System is detection technology that runs internal tests based on your water (how hard it is, etc) and makes sure everything is in tip-top shape. If not, it figures out what needs to happen and notifies you of maintenance that needs to be done, such as when it’s time to change the filters, run a cleaning cycle, etc.
The TFT (short for Thin Film Transistor) is the display screen you use to run the coffee machine. It is paired with a Rotary Switch which lets you customize settings. This feature lets you choose from all of the specialty drinks available and – like magic – you press the button and you get the espresso beverage you are dreaming of.
The Bypass Doser is a small chamber that lets you bypass the regular brewing process – where you already have beans in the hopper to make your espresso.
You can use this to switch coffee types – like when that decaf person in your life wants a coffee while you were just about to make your own caffeinated brew. Or in the evening if you want a coffee, but know that you’d better go decaf.
Jura Vs. ‘X’ – Some Common Comparisons That We Need To Clear Up
Comparison shopping is a good way to find out what espresso machine is right for you. It’s good to understand how different brands stand up to each other.
- Jura vs Delonghi – Delonghi is a great brand – especially if you are just starting your great-coffee-at-home journey. It has a range of affordable coffee machines, but overall Jura is of higher quality with a much larger range of features. However, that does come with a higher price tag. Jura is more for the dedicated coffee connoisseur, while Delonghi is for someone who simply wants good coffee at home. Except – and there is always an exception or two – while the Jura 8 vs Delonghi would be a tough comparison, the Delonghi Magnifica vs Jura might be worth comparing. The Magnifica is one of the few from Delonghi that can live up to a Jura coffee machine – and its price tag reflects that.
- Jura vs Gaggia – Gaggia is also a great brand and is worth a look. Some of their machines are comparable in both features and price.
- Jura vs Krups – Jura hands down make better quality machines that make better espressos and coffees. Krups focuses on offering affordable espresso and coffee machines. If Jura is way out of your budget, then these Krups coffee machines may be better choices for your home.
A look at the 10 Best Jura Coffee Machines
There are quite a few Jura coffee maker reviews for the at-home machines to go through here. So, maybe pull a double shot of espresso, put your feet up and settle in to find out which one of these babies is for you. There is, of course, the option for a commercial automatic coffee and espresso machine at home, but that seems like overkill given what the Jura home machines offer.
The Jura Z6 is like something out of the movies, where the coffee machine comes to life and takes over the world. It is an exceptional product that makes great coffee – and its price tag reflects that.
This is a high-end item. It is important to keep in mind that you can get a refurbished Jura Z6 as well. While more and more of the 17 coffee machines now have its Pulse Extraction Process, the Z6 was one of the first. It gives you exceptional espresso and barista-quality crema.
And, it has a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use milk system. You can make your latte extra hot or make a cappuccino with drier milk foam. There are 10 different settings for milk and froth, all at the touch of a button.
It also comes with the Intelligent Water System, as well as the RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) chip that lets you know when your filter needs to be replaced.
It’s worth considering a refurbished Jura Z6 – by going the refurbished route, you can save a bit of dough and still get a great machine.
The Z6 is best suited for coffee lovers with a large budget, a need for multiple coffee options, and a big counter.
While it makes a range of delicious coffee beverages, unless you’re an A-list celebrity (for whom this would be chump change) or you live so far away from a coffee shop that you NEED this – you’d better make sure you are going to use it enough to justify the price tag.
Read our full Jura Z6 review.
The E8 has been Jura’s best seller for years, and its recent upgrade makes it better than ever. It’s truly a thing of beauty.
You can adjust your brew strength and temperature with the touch of a button, and the LED screens walk you through the process of what to do, when to do it, and what is going on with your coffee. It also has Jura’s spectacular Aroma G3 Grinder and Pulse Extraction Process for the richest and most flavorful espresso.
This machine is stylish and productive. It’s best suited for the great-coffee-at-home tribe member with a coffee-loving partner who wants a fantastic cup of coffee every time, but who doesn’t want all of the hassle and effort of a less-than super-automatic coffee and espresso machine.
The D6 is a newer Jura model that was added to the line-up as a less expensive alternative to the popular E line. It keeps the same attractive style and high-tech features, like the P.E.P and Easy Cappuccino frother, but uses a plain text display and Rotary Switch in place of the color screen to keep costs low.
It offers six one-touch specialty coffees, each of which is fully customizable. However, if you’re a latte lover, be aware that the D6 is more of a cappuccino machine. It excels at producing an airy milk froth rather than a creamy microfoam.
Despite its affordability, we were pleased to see the D6 still includes Jura’s patented Intelligent Water System. This system helpfully monitors your water quality and alerts you when it’s time to replace your filters.
The ENA Micro 5 brings you double the deliciousness with the ability to make two shots at once.
This Jura coffee and espresso machine is quite similar to the ENA Micro 1 – with the added benefit of being able to make a double shot with one press of a button (or if you are kind and like to share – two single shots). It is a small, sleek machine – and while not flashy (it won’t be the centerpiece of your kitchen, but it’s not an eyesore either), it has a nice, if unimpressive, look.
It is an easy-to-use machine and makes great coffee at the touch of a button. And, like all Jura machines, it comes with a good quality burr grinder, which we all know is important for the quality of your coffee. It is a bit pricier than the ENA 1 – so you better make sure you need two shots at once if you are going to spend that kind of money.
The ENA Micro 5 is best suited for those who want two espressos made at once (roommates, couples, people with a neighbor who drops by all the time). It’s for small spaces and if you are a latte lover, it’s likely not for you.
You’ve heard of farm to table, right? Well, think of the ENA Micro 90 as coffee bean to beverage. The ENA Micro 90 is a step up from others in the ENA Micro Line – and it is more sophisticated, which is good because it also has a higher price tag than the <90 numbers in the line.
It has an Aroma G3 grinder which is twice as fast as the other grinders in the line. It’s quieter and has six fineness adjustments so it can create a grind that works for the beans you are using, and for the taste you want. And it is the only coffee machine in this line with Pulse Extraction Process (PEP).
Typically found in more expensive Jura machines, Pulse Extraction Process (PEP) pulses water through your ground coffee in short bursts to extract increased intensity and aroma. This makes a deep, thicker crema for espresso and gives regular coffee a deeper, richer flavor.
It also has 10 coffee strength settings – meaning you can be specific about how you want your coffee. And it has a bypass doser for pre-ground – which is awesome for that one friend (we all have one) who insists on decaf (really, dude – what’s the point of drinking coffee if it’s decaf?).
It has nine programmable drink buttons that will make you a range of drinks from espressos to macchiatos. And it has a milk frother. Hooray for choice! This beauty creates a fine micro milk foam that is both delicate and substantial. It prompts you to do a rinse after making a milk-based beverage – and you can do it with just the push of a button!
This is a great machine best suited for coffee-lovers who want quite a few options, along with being able to make kick-ass espresso and coffee drinks from a single button.
There are those who say that the A1 is the new ENA Micro 1 – although the ENA Micro 1 is still around and kicking, and available to purchase. And keep in mind that Jura itself helps its customers by offering factory refurbished espresso machines (1).
This is where Jura introduces Pulse Extraction Process (PEP) into the more basic Jura line. PEP makes amazing coffee and that makes this machine worth the upgrade from an Ena Micro 1. It also has the multi-level Aroma G3 grinder – and we all know how important a good grinder is to making great coffee.
This is a surprisingly simple coffee maker that will make a good, complex shot of espresso with one touch. It has the sleek, compact Jura style and will fit in just about any kitchen. Without a milk frother built in, this machine is best suited for a coffee purist who prefers their coffee straight up.
Read our full Jura A1 review.
The Jura E6 climbs up the scale of price. It’s not the most expensive, but it’s also not the most cost-effective machine in the Jura family. However, it’s sleek and stylish, and you can hook it up to your Smartphone with Bluetooth and an app.
It has Pulse Extraction Process (PEP) brewing and seven different drink settings, and they are only the press of a button away! Selecting and customizing your drink is easy with the full-color TFT display.
The E6 is best suited for the serious coffee fan who is willing to invest in great espresso. Plus, wants the convenience of one-touch brewing. Additionally, the ability to control it via an app will appeal to techies. Finally, it offers enough coffee drink choices to work in a small office or busy home.
Read our Jura E6 review to learn more.
8. Jura GIGA 6
Dimensions (wxhxd): 12.6 × 16.3 × 19.6 in
- Water tank: 87 ounces
- Display: Touchscreen Color Display
- Available drinks: Espresso, Coffee, Cappuccino, Caffe Latte, Caffe Barista, Lungo Barista, Espresso Doppio, Macchiato, Cortado, Latte Macchiato, Americano, Flat White, Pot of Coffee, Cold Brew Pot of Coffee, Milk, Milk Foam, Hot Water
The Giga 6 is as fancy as it gets from Jura. This is the absolute top of the line, with more features than you could shake a stick at. It would be the very rare home user that would get their money’s worth out of this model, but it’s the perfect choice for a busy office full of coffee lovers.
It offers 28 different coffee drinks. Sure, it’s nothing compared to the 43 pre-programmed drinks the Jura Giga W3 Professional can make, but it’s a great number since some of these dirnk aren’t available with lower-end Jura machines. That’s because unlike most models, the Giga 6 has three different brewing methods available. It can make a single espresso as easily as it can brew a pot of coffee, and it can even make cold brew!
What makes the Giga line so great for offices is that it essentially doubles every aspect of the Z line. That means you get two grinders, two pumps, and two milk frothing systems. You can prepare two different specialty coffees at the same time, even using two different coffee beans. Count on this machine to eliminate any and all coffee-related arguments at your workplace!
The S8 is a new high-end addition to Jura’s line-up. It pairs the advanced technology typically reserved for the GIGA and Z lines with the more compact frame and style of the E line.
It includes the fast and quiet Aroma G3 grinder and offers 15 different customizable specialty drinks at the touch of a button So you’ll get an almost infinite number of ways to satisfy your coffee craving! And with the P.E.P and Fine Foam technologies, you know that whatever you choose will be perfectly prepared.
The most visible high-tech feature of this model is the 4.3” color touchscreen display, which makes programming your favorite drink a piece of cake. Colorful graphics and fun animations guide you through the whole process. Read our Jura S8 review to learn more.
The ENA 8 is a new one-cup model designed to be compact and efficient while still offering the luxurious feel of a Jura machine. This is evident in the full-color display, which makes it both high-tech looking and easy to use. And check out that cylindrical water tank, crafted to mimic a crystal carafe!
Though small, the ENA 8 still includes Jura’s best brewing technologies, including the Pulse Extraction Process, Aroma G3 grinder, and Fine Foam system. This allows you to easily make a wide range of specialty coffee drinks, from a simple espresso to a creamy latte macchiato or trendy flat white.
The lone sacrifice made on this machine, which keeps it compact and more reasonably priced, is that it can only brew one drink at a time. For busy households with lots of coffee drinkers, this could be a deal breaker, but for everyone else, this is a great value espresso machine.
Read our full Jura ENA 8 review to learn more.
In the end, it’s all about budget, personal taste, and preferences. Any Jura machine in your home will make great coffee. And it’s always a good day when you can start your morning with an excellent cup of coffee.
At the top of the price range is the Jura Z6, one of the brand’s most advanced machines. Sure, you’ll pay a pretty penny for it, but if you want all the bells and whistles Jura offers, this model is the way to go.
The Jura E8 is in the middle of the price range, and it provides a variety of options for the customization of your coffee, which you can even control with an app. The nice balance of features and price offered by this model is why it has long been Jura’s best seller.
The Jura D6 sits in the lower half of the Jura price range, but unlike the other inexpensive models, it includes a milk frothing system. That’s why we think it offers great value. If you’re after a great cappuccino at an affordable price, look no further.
Jura coffee machines last between 5 and 7 years. This is similar to a lifespan of Saeco and Delonghi super-automatic coffee and espresso machines. To make sure they reach their maximum, you should follow the manufacturer’s maintenance specifications.
How often you should clean your Jura machine depends on how much you’re using it. Your Jura coffee machine will alert you when it needs cleaning. This is usually after 180 brewing cycles.
Jura is better than Saeco if you have a larger budget. However, both brands are excellent, as they produce long-lasting super-automatics that come fully-warranted.
Jura makes regular coffee. That is, Jura machines have an option of Americano coffee.
Jura machines are made in Switzerland (like Miele coffee makers).
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