Jura has released its S8 – a premium, mid-range machine that has most of its top end technology in a more compact benchtop device.

Jura is a Swiss company – precision and reliability are in its DNA. Its aim is simple – the best coffee result from an automatic speciality machine. That ‘best’ also refers to the simplicity of use and operation, not just taste.

Jura makes a range of machines from automatic commercial models Giga range from $5,490 to $8,330) to its domestic range (ENA from $1,299 to Z8 at $4,990).

George Liakatos, Managing Director of JURA Australia says, “The S8 combines the best of the compact class with elegant elements of the premium segment, including a hint of the GIGA. The S8 has an impressive range of specialties that produce a stunning result in a cup. to satisfy even the most demanding coffee connoisseurs.”

The Jura S8 automatic coffee machine  sits in the middle at $2,650 and has:

  • Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P.) for water/coffee/bean extraction
  • 15 different coffee types programmed
  • 3” colour touchscreen combining images, animations and text to allow for the creation of the perfect coffee
  • Professional fine foam frother as well as well as milk to foam variations
  • Grinder bypass for instant coffee, g. decaf
  • Different water temperature for green tea and black tea
  • Jura Coffee app for iOS and Android (phone or tablet) Bluetooth Smart Connect (A$99 option) for highly customised coffee making
  • 280g bean container
  • Filtered water to reduce scale and cleaning
  • 15 bar Thermoblock heating
  • 9L water tank

Accessories include

  • .6l Cool Control 4° temperature solid state milk fridge $169
  • Wireless upgrade Cool Control to monitor milk level $159
  • Glass milk container $39.90
  • Cup warmer cabinet $390
  • Milk system cleaner $29.90
  • Milk system cleaner fluid $12.99
  • Replacement CLARIS smart filters (every 200 cups) $20
  • Cleaning/descaling tablets $14.99/24.99

GadgetGuy’s take

The consensus from media present at the launch was that the coffee was as good as a bought one – – no more barista’s needed. The answer is simple – a $2560 machine that removes the human element!

Jura has a good share of the prestige market – as evidenced by both the quality and the price.

I suspect this is the right machine for the coffee lover that has tried cheaper domestic and capsule machines without getting the coffee result they expected. This uses real beans – any beans you like – and real milk in a system that is acknowledged as one of the best in automatic coffee machines. The touch screen simplifies use enormously.

It is available from major retailers and online.