Price (RRP): $2,650
The Jura S8 automatic coffee machine can make coffee even a hipster barista would be proud of. That is the opinion of the entire GadgetGuy team after trying it for a month.
Damn – it must go back to Jura. The tears were real. It has saved Gadgeteers hundreds of dollars getting their daily fix. Caffeine is the drug of choice around here.
So, begins a review of this device. Does it make great coffee? Check. Would we buy it? Check. Would we throw out capsule machines? Absobloodylutely.
Believe it or not, GadgetGuy has reviewed dozens of coffee machines since 1999 under the guise of ‘serious’ research. These brands include Miele, Gaggia, Saeco, Tefal, Krups, Segafredo, Map, KitchenAid, Lavazza, Nespresso, De’Longhi, Breville, Russel Hobbs, Sunbeam, Kmart, Aldi, Woolworths, and of course Jura.
The list of brands is not to boast. In fact, it was because we are tight and don’t want to pay for our daily fix. We thank the generosity of the companies in feeding the addiction. Alas, all but the Aldi had to go back after a review (and it is now cactus).
Those with longer corporate memory have voted that the Jura S8 automatic coffee machine makes coffee even a hipster barista would be proud of.
Let’s look at coffee machine review paradigms
A coffee machine needs to meet certain 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
Now a review that comprehensive would be several thousand words long. Frankly dear reader, you don’t want that. So, we have encapsulated (poor choice of word in a coffee capsule driven market) the best, and there was little of the not so best into this review.
Review: Jura S8 automatic coffee machine
The Jura S8 is a fully automatic coffee machine. It uses fresh coffee beans, milk and water.
At $2,650 it is in the middle of the range starting at $1,299 for the ENA Micro 90 to the $8,300 Giga X8c commercial machine. There are sixteen models – roughly half consumer and the other commercial.
So rather than asking what you are missing by spending more let’s explore what you get by spending less.
Coffee comes in many styles. The entry-level ENA Micro 90 has four styles – latte macchiato, cappuccino, coffee, and espresso (with milk and foam) – in all six ‘products’.