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For the techie types, there is new research from the Coffee Science Education Centre and the University of New South Wales on how to engineer Sydney water to get the most out of a cup of coffee here.

Coffee beans are next.

A cheap bean makes a poor cup of coffee. It is rare to find the best bean at a supermarket where the price per kg is the focus. Decent coffee beans start at $40 per kg, and you may easily spend much more to get just what you like. If your family drinks a mix of black and milk coffees, then you need to find an acceptable compromise.

Jura has Impressa – a ‘medium’ blend of 70% Arabica and 30% Robusta beans from Mexico, Brazil and Uganda, and it is a good start at $47.60 per kg.

Or do the rounds of your favourite baristas and ask what coffee beans they use. If you like it buy some and experiment but go for one that all the users – black or white – will love. Or use the two-scoop bypass if you need a stronger bean.

Remember that 1kg of beans can make between 65 and 200 cups of coffee depending on the strength (from 5-16g per cup). In dollar terms, $50 per kg means from 25-80 cents a cup (plus milk).

Why are beans best?

Pods are pathetic – yes, really. Inside that aluminium and plastic pod is 5-7g of something. That is coffee, caffeine, carbs, fat, sodium, flavourings, and ‘extenders’. Generic pods cost from 33-70 cents each, so that is from $66 to a massive $140 per kg. No wonder Nespresso can afford George Clooney’s fees.

Pods have one advantage – you can buy a variety to suit different coffee drinkers including faux coffee drinkers that want a flavoured hazelnut, Cream Brulee, etc.

Most important – is the coffee as good as a bought one?

Out-of-the-box the Jura E8 2019 produces a rich, satisfying Espresso at approx. 90°. It also produces a proper milk/foam/coffee balance for a flat white or Cappuccino. It can make:

Ristretto 2 x Ristretto Espresso 2 x Espresso
Espresso doppio Macchiato Coffee 2 x Coffee
Special coffee Cappuccino Latte macchiato Flat white
Portion of milk Hot water Hot water for green tea  

Also, you can vary coffee strength (8 levels), water levels (for cup size), and delivery temperatures (two levels). You cannot change the milk temperature.

Warm-up time is quick although we left it on all day. Recovery time between cups is fast – 10-20 seconds.

We played with all settings and frankly, our advice is to leave them alone. This is important and reflects Jura’s enormous coffee expertise and the accuracy of the 15 programs and pre-sets.

The display is intuitive – all staff could able to make a coffee without training.

Green tea and decaf coffee

There is a setting for hot water (great for hot chocolate – just add hot milk) and hot water for Green tea (reduces temperature to 80°).

There is a two-scoop ‘doser’ bypass chute for ground or decaf coffee.

Milk

At home, the standard glass .5L milk canister and plastic tube is fine for a couple of cups. The glass canister can then be refilled and stored in the fridge.