Best Jura Espresso Coffee Machines

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Jura Coffee Maker Buying Guide

Jura coffee makers are fully-automatic, taking the guesswork out of making a delicious latte, cappuccino, or espresso. While they’re not the cheapest coffee machines around, they’re well worth the investment if you want the best possible café drinks at home (without having to struggle with a manual steam wand).

Let’s look at the best Jura machines you can get right now, along with some advice on how to choose the right one for you.

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The brewing technology on the Jura E8 optimizes the time spent extracting flavors, delivering a delicious, aromatic cup beyond what you’d expect from most fully-automatic espresso machines.

Customization is easy, too, with tons of programmable drink recipes and fully-adjustable grind and strength parameters.

Key Features:

  • Easy to use TFT color display
  • Enhanced flavor and aroma with Pulse Extraction Process
  • Built-in grinder with 6 adjustment levels
  • 12 programmable beverage recipes included
  • 8 coffee strength levels

Specifications:

  • Model number: 15097
  • Weight: 22lbs
  • Dimensions: 17.3” X 11” X 13.8”
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The Jura Z8 uses independent pumps and heating systems for the milk steamer and group head, just like professional espresso machines. Not only does it make drinks faster than other models but the consistent pressure and temperature give you a better tasting beverage. 

You can customize 16 of the 21 recipes to match your tastes on the touchscreen display, and its one-touch drink options make it the most convenient Jura machine on the market.

Key Features:

  • Dual pumps and heating systems
  • Built-in smart water filter
  • Fast drink preparation
  • 21 drink recipes
  • High-resolution color touchscreen display
  • One-touch Americano function

Specifications:

  • Model number: Z8
  • Weight: 29.5lbs
  • Dimensions: 12.6” X 15” X 17.7”
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The Jura A1 is one of the best values you’ll find in super-automatic espresso machines from any brand. While there’s no milk frother, it’s the best option for those who want fast, delicious espresso at home. Its sleek and compact design will fit nicely into most modern kitchens, both in terms of counter space and décor.

Key Features:

  • Conical burr grinder
  • Professional 15-bar pump and ThermoBlock heating system
  • Built-in CLEARYL Blue water filter
  • Prepares classic espresso, ristretto shots, and coffee
  • Uses Pulse Extraction Process for better taste and aroma
  • Adjustable spout fits most mugs

Specifications:

  • Model number: 15148
  • Weight: 23lbs
  • Dimensions: 20.5” X 12.7” X 18.6”
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The large 64-ounce capacity of the water tank on the Jura S8 is impressive given the compact build of the machine. Choosing drinks is simple on the color touchscreen display, and you can adjust both the milk texture and the strength of your espresso shot, so you can make sure your drinks suit your tastes.

Key Features:

  • 15 included drink recipes
  • Manual control of milk foam texture
  • Programmable espresso strength and shot volume
  • Color touchscreen display
  • Large water tank and bean hopper

Specifications:

  • Model number: 15210
  • Weight: 22lbs
  • Dimensions: 11” X 13.8” X 17.3”
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The most unique advantage of the Jura GIGA 6 is the inclusion of two grinders. Use one hopper for regular and the other for decaf, or experiment with different roasts and origins. You can even mix the beans pre-brew in 25% increments for half-caf or flavor blends. 

The GIGA 6 also has more recipes and adjustment levels, making it the top choice if you want the most options possible on your Jura coffee maker.

Key Features:

  • Dual grinders can be used separately or combined
  • 10 levels of espresso strength adjustment
  • Brews espresso and steams milk simultaneously
  • 28 specialty drink recipes included
  • Built-in CLEARYL Smart filter
  • 88-ounce water talk requires less refilling
  • Large, clear drink selection display

Specifications:

  • Model number: GIGA 6
  • Weight: 40lbs
  • Dimensions: 19.6” X 12.6” X 16.3”
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The Jura E6 uses the same G3 burr grinder and pulsed extraction as high-end Jura machines and is one of the best mid-range options to include a milk frother. Its recipe list is more limited than what you’ll find on some Jura machines. That said, if you mostly drink espressos and cappuccinos, the E6 delivers delicious foam and espresso just as well as more complex models.

Key Features:

  • Easy to use controls
  • Includes pulsed extraction process for more aromatic espresso
  • 6 drink recipes with 8 strength adjustment levels
  • Quiet, precise G3 burr grinder
  • Capable of preparing 2 drinks at the same time

Specifications:

  • Model number: 15070
  • Weight: 22lbs
  • Dimensions: 17.3” X 11” X 13.8”
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The design of the Jura ENA8 is more attractive than some of their other machines, its main advantage when you’re comparing them as a group. In terms of recipe options, it’s near the middle of the pack. The ENA8 goes beyond the basics, including drinks like flat whites and macchiatos, but lacks the extensive recipe list and customization options of Jura’s top-tier models.

Key Features:

  • Aroma G3 grinder with pre-ground chute
  • Compact, eye-catching design
  • One-touch preparation of 10 drink recipes
  • Adjustable strength and shot volume
  • Spout moves to accommodate different mug sizes
  • Makes drinks in under a minute

Specifications:

  • Model number: 15284
  • Weight: 21lbs
  • Dimensions: 17.5” X 10.7” X 12.7”
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The 15109 version of the E8 is the predecessor to the one reviewed above and shares most of its excellent features. Its only major shortfall compared to the newer E8 is that it can’t make as many drinks. When it comes to taste, speed, and durability, though, it performs at the same high standard.

Key Features:

  • Makes coffee, espresso, and cappuccino
  • 6 adjustment levels on the Aroma G3 grinder
  • Brewing process utilizes Pulse Extraction Process
  • TFT color display is easy to navigate
  • Includes CLEARYL Smart water filter

Specifications:

  • Model number: 15109
  • Weight: 33.6lbs
  • Dimensions: 17.3” 11” X 13.8”
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On the other side of the spectrum, the 15270 model of the E8 includes 16 drink recipes and full customization of both shots and milk foam. The large water reservoir also makes it more convenient for entertaining, since you won’t have to stop and refill it as often.

Key Features:

  • Aromatic, delicious espresso
  • 16 drink recipes with one-touch preparation
  • Personalized strength and shot volume
  • Manual milk texture adjustment
  • 64-ounce water tank
  • Pre-ground bypass on the grinder

Specifications:

  • Model number: 15270
  • Weight: 22.3lbs
  • Dimensions: 20” X 12.2” X 16.1”
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The Jura WE8 is our top choice for offices. The large bean hopper and water tank will last for dozens of brews before you have to refill them. While it can make milk drinks, you can also disable those recipes if filling and cleaning the milk jug isn’t feasible. Along with options for customizing the drinks, you can move the spout up and down to fit bigger mugs, and the interface is easy for anyone to navigate.  

Key Features:

  • Conical burr grinder with 17-ounce bean hopper
  • Large 101-ounce water tank perfect for offices
  • One-touch preparation of 12 recipes
  • Customizable ground dosing and shot volume
  • Option to disable milk-based drinks

Specifications:

  • Model number: 15145
  • Weight: 22lbs
  • Dimensions: 17.5” X 11.6” X 16.5”
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The slim profile of the ENA Micro 5 makes it an easy way to pull perfect espresso shots at home, no matter how big or small your kitchen is. It’s perfect for couples, brewing one or two drinks at a time. Leaving off the milk frother cuts down on the maintenance and space required, and makes it a simpler machine to operate.

Key Features:

  • Touch panel with simple controls
  • Programmable cup sizes with two strength levels
  • Can brew 2 drinks at once
  • ThermoBlock boiler for precise temperature control
  • Professional 15-bar pump
  • Spout adjusts from 1.2” to 4.4” high

Specifications:

  • Model number: 15016
  • Weight: 20lbs
  • Dimensions: 12.7” X 17.5” X 9”
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If you want a smart espresso maker, you should get the Jura D6. You have the choice of using the controls on the machine or operating it through the Smart Connect app on your device. It’s smart in other ways, too, like the intelligent water system that filters out contaminants, protecting the machine while preserving the taste of your espresso.

Key Features:

  • Includes milk foamer to make 6 specialty drinks
  • Plain text interface
  • Rotary dial for customizing cappuccino foam
  • Intelligent water system with built-in filter
  • Smart Connect app lets you operate it with your phone or tablet

Specifications:

  • Model number: 15216
  • Weight: 25.3lbs
  • Dimensions: 23.7” X 18” X 16.3”
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The Jura J6 is another smart option. You can use it with the Jura Coffee app and it has the same smart filter as the D6 above. It’s our top pick for coffee lovers who make a lot of milk drinks since you have the choice of adding a cooler to expand the milk capacity.

Key Features:

  • Improved grinder is twice as fast
  • Brews using Pulse Extraction Process
  • Compatible with the Jura coffee app
  • Includes CLEARYL Smart filter
  • Rotary control on the milk frother
  • Option of adding cool control milk cooler

Specifications:

  • Model number: 15150
  • Weight: 24lbs
  • Dimensions: 16.5” X 11” X 13.25”

Jura Product Lines Overview

Jura focuses on one thing: fully-automated espresso machines for home and small office use. Within this niche, they have a few different options designed for different types of consumer.

  • GIGA line. Dual grinders set the GIGA apart from other Jura machines.
  • Z line. Z line Jura machines use dual pumps and heating systems, making it both faster and more consistent.
  • D line. Streamlined features make D line machines an excellent value. They make excellent espresso and cappuccinos but don’t have the capability for fancier recipes.
  • S line. These machines bring you high-end features in a more compact package and are another excellent mid-range option.
  • E line. These top of the line machines offer the most options when it comes to recipes and drink customization.
  • ENA line. The most compact Jura machines with frothing capability, the ENA line are also fast and efficient.
  • A line. These espresso-only machines are compact and budget-friendly, and still offer convenience features like programmability.

What to Keep in Mind When Searching for a Jura Coffee Machine

  • Recipes and customization. This is the biggest difference between various Jura machines. Some only make espresso and coffee while others can put out anything you’d find on a café menu. The more options you want, the more you should expect to pay.
  • Size and weight. Some Jura models are slim and lightweight but others weigh as much as 40 pounds or more. Make sure you check the dimensions so you know the machine will fit before you buy it.
  • Water filtration. Jura machines with built-in CLEARYL filters spare you the need to descale by preventing built-up in the lines. Blue filters are the most common, though Smart filters are becoming more common on newer models, especially those with intelligent water systems.
  • Energy efficiency. Most Jura coffee makers give you the option to customize the energy use, but you’ll still use less with a smaller machine. Features like auto-shutoff also help prevent wasted power.
  • Display. Some machines use a touchscreen display, while others pair a digital display with a  rotary switch. Both are easy to navigate though Jura users often prefer one or the other.

Jura Maintenance: How to Use the Cleaning Tablets

Most Jura brewers will alert you it’s time to clean every 180 brewing cycles. It’s also a good idea to run a cleaning cycle before you go on vacation, or any other time the machine will be sitting unused for a week or longer. This clears away any coffee dust or other residue that could go rancid if left sitting in the machine.

  1. Start the cleaning cycle. This is accessed in different ways on different Jura models, so check your manual if you’re not sure how to do it.
  2. Once the machine display says “ready clean”, press the rinse button.
  3. When the screen says “empty tray”, remove and empty the drip tray and grounds container, wiping them clean of any residue before putting them back.
  4. Put a bowl or carafe under the spout then press the rinse button again to start the machine’s pre-rinse cycle.
  5. The display will read “add tablet” after these pieces are back in place. Place the cleaning tablet in the chute under the grinder, close the door, then press rinse.
  6. Leave the machine to run its cleaning cycle for the next 15 minutes. Don’t interrupt the cycle or you’ll have to start over again to make sure it’s cleaned the machine properly.
  7. At the end of the cycle, the display will read “empty tray” again. Dump out the container under the spout, then remove and empty the grounds container again to finish the cleaning.

How often do you have to change the CLEARYL filter?

Jura recommends changing it either after 2 months or after it has processed 50 liters of water, whichever comes first.

As long as you stay on top of changing the filter, you’ll rarely (if ever) need to descale your Jura machine. This doesn’t just cut down on the amount of time spent on maintenance but can extend the lifespan of your machine by preventing clogs and leaks caused by scale build-up.

Jura Coffee Brand History

Founded in Switzerland in the 1930s, Jura has established a history of making innovative appliances for high-end households. They started making automatic coffee machines in the 1980s, pioneering many of the developments in automatic home espresso makers we enjoy today.

Jura has recently expanded its focus to also include coffee makers for offices and other commercial uses. The WE8 reviewed above is one example of this, adding features to their classic machines that make them more suitable for professional settings. They’ve continued to innovate their home product line at the same time, adding smart features and other modern touches to their popular espresso makers.

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