After using it for a while and we began to see milk coffee drinkers ‘drift’ away, and we suspect that if we had tested the 1.1L Cool Control Wireless Milk Cooler (about $250) that would have stopped the defection.
You see, most milk coffee is between 180-340ml (less 90ml coffee) and quickly exhausts the glass canister capacity. Official cup capacity (if you can call them that and they don’t need to be filled) are Espresso/single shot (100ml), small (280ml), medium/regular/double shot (400ml) and large/triple shot (500ml). These roughly equate to 8, 12, and 16-ounce standard cups.
But a second issue emerged. Flat white coffee drinkers wanted it hotter than the 45-50° milk portion it produces. It seems that most baristas aim for 55-65°. We found the comment usually from the first milk coffee drinker (the second cup is a little hotter) and if the cup is cold to touch (and it is in August) – so, warm the cup.
Now here is the real issue – the E8 2019 can provide both heated milk as a portion and frothed milk – something the ENA 8 could not (it allowed milk to settle out of the foam). But if you want hotter milk (adjustable), then there are two options.
First, make an Espresso on the highest temperature and then sparingly add heated milk from the milk dispenser. Second, buy the Z6 at $2,990 with an integrated milk system and ten programmable temperature levels.
The casing is piano black ABS – it is a fingerprint magnet. There are some faux metal parts. It looks well-made and 28.0 x 34.6 x 44.4 cm x 9.8kg is quite stable and robust.
The water tank holds 1.9L (the ENA 8 is half that) and the coffee bean container 280g (to keep beans fresh).
It uses a single aluminium Thermo block boiler, and that means one brew at a time. More expensive units have two boilers for almost continuous use and of course, milk temperature streamer control.
We love the 15-bar PEP (Pulse Extraction Process) that applies pulsing pressure through the coffee grinds. It makes Espresso especially good or as one staff member said “Bitching good coffee”.
Power-wise it consumes 1450W in use (it defaults to stay on to keep the thermo block quick delivery boiler ready). In use that is 75 cents an hour at peak rates. You can set it to switch off automatically if not used for 15 or 30 minutes or in increments from 1-9 hours.
The harder the water and the more calcium in it means the more frequently you need to descale and run the automatic cleaning programs. When you test the water hardness, the result determines the program time between descaling. Most maintenance messages are time-related. Rinsing means using the machines hot water and cleaning means using a cleaning tablet to clean and sanitise.
- Rinse the machine
- Rinse the fine foam frother
- Clean the fine foam frother
- Change the water filter
- Clean the machine (or change the coffee grounds container)
- Descaling the machine (a CLARIS Smart filter negates that need)
Over a four week use, we did not find the cleaning regimen onerous, but we learnt the hard way that the milk system needs proper cleaning and correct temperature storage.
GadgetGuy’s take – Jura E8 2019 is as good as a bought one although it makes us want even more
We realise now that the ENA 8 2019, while suitable for most as a home or small office system has its limits. That is more of a revelation to us as we explore more coffee machines.
And we thought the S8 is pretty good (and it incrementally is), but if you are a dedicated milk coffee drinker, you are going to need to look at the Z-series from $2,990 to $4,490 for programmable milk/foam temperatures.
We think it is a perfect home system for casual coffee drinkers who don’t pretend to be coffee snobs.