Price (RRP): $1899
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.
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
- Espresso doppio
- 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.
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.
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.