Jura ENA 8 – great coffee at home
3.5Overall Score
Name: Jura ENA 8
Price (RRP): $1899
Manufacturer: Jura

Jura makes excellent coffee machines. The Jura ENA 8 is its ‘home’ model – one cup (at a time) producing a great brew that you expect from an automatic coffee machine.

The new Jura ENA 8 and at $1899 sits above the ENA Micro 90 ($1299) and the E6 ($1499). While all share the Jura technology, the few hundred dollars more gives it ten programs (versus 6/7), the latest one-touch function, a milk frother system, programmable temperature and a TFT colour screen.

But it is still entry-level, and you should strongly look at higher grade Jura machines if you want a fully automatic machine capable of more coffee types.

GadgetGuy (and Girl) are no stranger to coffee machine reviews and last year the Jura S8 (review here) scored highest at 4.4-out-of-5.

Our coffee machine paradigms (some are combined)

A coffee machine needs to meet specific criteria before it gets our stamp of approval. If you are buying, you need to consider these criteria.

  • Most important – is the coffee as good as a bought one?
  • Is it easy to use? Can a Managing Director use it?
  • Construction – metal, plastic, ceramic, durability, quality
  • Looks, design, and functionality
  • Setup including changing pre-sets for temperature and cup size
  • Features – manual, automatic or hybrid, screen, button or app
  • Operation – grind the beans, tamp the grinds, pour the coffee, froth the milk
  • Flexibility – hot water for tea, hot chocolate, decaf bypass etc
  • Open choice or walled garden for supplies, e.g. beans, pods, powder
  • Performance – time to heat up, first cup time, repeat cup time
  • Types of coffee – expresso to double, decaf, soy, why bother
  • Maintenance – cleaning and waste storage/removal, ongoing costs
  • Training, support and warranty
  • Value for money – although this is not a comment on the price

Our team of caffeine junkies put the Jura ENA 8 to the test.

Jura ENA 8

Coffee quality

The panel felt the coffee (using Jura Impressa 70/30 Arabica/Robusta beans at $47.60 per kg) was on the weaker side.

They admit to using the out-of-the-box settings. The settings allow for an increase in coffee grinds (from 6-10g) and programmable coffee strengths and levels (15-80ml), so it can make stronger coffee if that is your taste.

The Jura ENA 8 makes

  • Ristretto
  • Espresso
  • Coffee
  • Cappuccino
  • Espresso doppio
  • Macchiato
  • Latte macchiato
  • Flat white
  • Portion of milk foam
  • Hot water

The consensus was that the Jura S8 reviewed last year made stronger coffee-out-of-the-box and allowed a larger coffee ground portion that was especially good for double shot coffee.

Milk attachment

The Milk attachment creates fine, creamy, feather-light milk foam. So, it is good for a Cappuccino (typically 60ml coffee, 60ml milk and 60ml foam) but not for true milk coffee like a flat white (60ml coffee and 120ml milk portion).

It was easy to store the milk container in the fridge and connect the delivery pipe as needed.

Jura ENA 8

The milk coffee drinkers quickly reverted to barista-made coffee, whereas the espresso, short and long black drinkers kept using it.

By comparison, the new Jura E8 ($2099) can provide both a portion of milk as well as milk foam and would be a better choice for milk coffee drinkers.

Ease of use

Simple – throw 125g of beans in the grinder, 1.1 litres of water in the faux crystal removable water ‘jug’, turn on, and heating is quick.

In fact, I am sure no one read the manual, and that is a good sign (except they should have to make stronger coffee).

There are a few caveats. The spent grounds container fills after about 10 cups (the E8 is 16) and while the display will tell you when to empty it – well, who looks at a screen.