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What is the Best Jura Coffee Machine?

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By Matt Woodburn-Simmonds

Jura is one of the best coffee machine manufacturers in the world. The combination of style, reliability, and coffee quality makes this premium brand worth every penny. They’re incredibly simple to use and clean too. For home use, they have a big lineup of super-automatic espresso machines ranging from around $1000 all the way up to around $5000.

For us, the Jura E8 is the best Jura coffee machine currently available. It’s the perfect blend of price, quality, looks, and usability. Though, if money is no object then the Jura Z10 is the most impressive home espresso machine on the market right now. Then there’s the Jura E4 which offers black coffee drinkers amazing quality without paying for features they won’t use.

If you’re looking for the simplicity of great coffee at the push of a button, there’s a Jura for pretty much every coffee lover. We’ve spent years testing the whole Jura range so you can find the best espresso machine for your life. Here we share our reviews and break down the features that set this manufacturer apart.

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Quick Summary: Best Jura Coffee Machine

Our Top Pick: Jura E8

Jura E8 making a milky coffee drink

Espresso Quality: 10/10

Milk Quality: 9/10

Drinks Options: 9/10

Value for Money: 9/10

Or read our full review

If Money is No Object: Jura Z10

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Espresso Quality: 10/10

Milk Quality: 10/10

Drinks Options: 10/10

Value for Money: 7/10

Or read our full review

Best for Black Coffee: Jura E4

Jura E4 espresso machine

Espresso Quality: 10/10

Milk Quality: N/A

Drinks Options: 4/10

Value for Money: 8/10

Or read our full review

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Jura Coffee Machine Reviews

1. Jura E8 – Overall Best Jura Coffee Machine

Pros

  • Easily customizable
  • 16 coffee drinks
  • Professional Aroma Grinder
  • Large 16g dose
  • Customizable milk foam and temperature

Cons

  • Dongle to connect to app is extra

Average Rating

  • Espresso Quality: 10/10
  • Milk Quality: 9.0/10
  • Drinks Options: 9.0/10
  • Value for Money: 9.0/10
  • Overall Rating: 9.0/10

The Jura E8 is a “one-touch” coffee lover’s dream. It packs in all the fun, abbreviated technology that makes Jura coffee machines extra special.

Price-wise, the E8 falls at the pricier end of the spectrum. But it’s worth it for the impressive list of features and serious coffee-making machinery that it includes: 

It comes with 16 different drinks pre-programmed – each coffee has 10 strength options. Plus you can play with the milk volume, water temperature, and shot volume to easily get your preferred beverage exactly how you like it. Once you’ve customized your drink, it’s a one-button-and-go type machine.

The Professional Aroma Grinder comes with 6 options. Whilst some might feel this isn’t enough, it will almost certainly satisfy 99% of coffee lovers. For most people who mainly want to alter their coffee’s strength and the amount of milk, it’s brilliant.

The only downside is there is only one boiler. So there is a slight delay between brewing coffee and foaming milk. This is not ideal if you’re looking to make a few milk-based drinks at the same time as, at this price point, you’d expect a dual boiler system.

A single boiler is, however, fairly standard across the Jura coffee machine family. And, thanks to the thermoblock heating system, the time between coffee and milk dispensing is incredibly small. Realistically, for home use, you are never likely to need to make enough coffee in a row to run into significant difficulties. Not unless you’re hosting a party and everyone suddenly wants a latte from your amazing coffee machine.

Overall, the E8 espresso coffee machine is the perfect balance of technology, options, and price.

2. Jura E4 – Best for Black Coffee Drinkers

Pros

  • Pulls great quality espresso
  • Packed with technology
  • Can brew two coffees at once
  • Compact
  • 16g max dose
  • Compatible with J.O.E. app

Cons

  • No milk frothing
  • No adjustable temperature

Average Rating

  • Espresso Quality: 10/10
  • Milk Quality: N/A
  • Drinks Options: 4.0/10
  • Value for Money: 8.0/10
  • Overall Rating: 8.5/10

At first glance, it may appear that there isn’t much difference between the Jura E4 and the cheaper ENA 4. Both are black coffee specialists with a limited menu of exceptional coffees.

But the differences are mostly “under the hood” so you have to look a little deeper:

The E4 has Intelligent Pre-Heating and 3D Brewing – fancy tech that ensures all levels of the coffee puck are extracted equally. Whilst brewing in 2 dimensions would actually be more impressive, the ENA 4 doesn’t have either of these features. The E4 also has the larger 16g brew unit which gives greater depth of flavor.

Now, whether 3D Brewing makes a substantial difference is maybe up for debate but the Intelligent Pre-Heating is a biggie for us. It essentially allows the grounds to “bloom”, removing the CO2 in the grounds, which leads to better-tasting espresso. This makes a noticeable difference in the quality of your finished drink.

It’s hard to say with absolute certainty that you’ll feel this is worth the extra $300 over the ENA 4. But for us, the coffee is far superior so it is well-deserving of the “Best for Black Coffee Drinkers” award (even if we did award it ourselves!)

(Read our full Jura E4 vs ENA 4 comparison for more details.)

The other benefit of the Jura E4 is for couples who don’t want to brew separately. Being a dual-spout coffee machine, you can brew 2 x espresso or 2 x coffee at the same time.

Overall, you get the ease of single-serve machines but with the quality of fresh beans, which is a BIG leap in quality. So if you’re looking to treat yourself to a nice upgrade to your home coffee setup, this is a great option.

3. Jura Z10 – The Best Machine if Money is No Object

Pros

  • 32 programmed drinks options, 8 of which are cold brew
  • Special grinder adjusts automatically to coffee type
  • Can be controlled remotely
  • Near endless customization options
  • Superb espresso and milk foam
  • Beautifully designed
  • Exceptional build quality

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Milk container sold separately

Average Rating

  • Espresso Quality: 10/10
  • Milk Quality: 10/10
  • Drinks Options: 10/10
  • Value for Money: 8.0/10
  • Overall Rating: 9.5/10

The Jura Z10 is one of the newest in Jura’s series of ultra-teched-up espresso machines. It has all the really cool features of its predecessor, the Z8. Plus it has the auto-adjusting grinder that first appeared in the Giga 6. But what makes it really special is the cold extraction process. 

In just 2 minutes you can have genuinely cold extracted coffee ready for that hot summer day. There are 8 such options, including things like latte and cortado, and if you chuck some ice cubes in there you’ll have perfect iced americano at the touch of a button.

This is all really really cool, but there is always a downside. The Jura Z10 is very expensive, well over $4000 expensive. And it doesn’t come with a milk container for that price. Now if that doesn’t bother you then do not hesitate as, after all, this is the only Jura espresso machine that does cold drinks too.

Ignoring the huge price tag of the Z10, it is a brilliant automatic espresso machine. The quality of the coffee is exceptional and the near-endless customization is actually useful as you don’t have to max out any of them to get a decent brew. The milk foam is great, you can adjust the foam-to-milk ratio to make whatever concoction you can dream up.

The cold brew technology works too. It may not be a “true cold brew” as it isn’t steeped for 12-24hr but that slightly sweeter style is still achieved in 2-3 minutes. We recommend buying some whiskey rocks and using them to chill your coffee down for full enjoyment.

Oh, and you can sit and do all this from your bed or sofa via the app too. If you like iced coffee then you really won’t find a better machine.

4. Jura Giga 6 Review: The Best Machine for Your Office

Pros

  • Sleek and impressive design
  • 28 programmed drinks options
  • Infinitely customizable
  • Whisper quiet
  • Has a smartphone app
  • Dual Bean Hoopers, Grinders, and Brew Units
  • Built-in A.I. and machine learning

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • All the options can be a bit intimidating
  • No cold drink coffees
  • It’s a big machine that needs a lot of space

Average Rating

  • Espresso Quality: 10/10
  • Milk Quality: 9.0/10
  • Drinks Options: 9.0/10
  • Value for Money: 7.0/10
  • Overall Rating: 9.0/10

The Jura Giga 6 is, quite frankly, a ridiculous piece of kit. It’s like if Iron Man built a coffee machine.

From the sleek design to the insane customization levels, having this fully automatic machine makes a statement. A statement that says ‘I can customize your coffee to a level of precision you’ll almost certainly not be able to taste’ whilst also saying ‘I’m the best, and I know it.’

Yes, the Giga 6 makes brilliant coffee. And yes it is insanely cool to hone into the minutiae of the brewing process. Will you use all these features? Probably not. But that doesn’t stop it from being incredibly cool to have them available to you.

As the piece de resistance, the Jura Giga 6 even has built-in A.I. and machine learning. So, over time, it can better customize your drinks from your selections and preferences. You can even view how many of each drink you’ve had if statistics is what gets your blood pumping.

There are only 2 downsides:

First is the biggy: that big price tag. And the other is that all these extra automatic features mean extra maintenance.

So, for the everyday home coffee lover, the Jura Giga 6 isn’t worth the extra money over the other Jura coffee machines on this list. Especially when compared to the Z10 which has more drinks options.

However, if you’re looking for a coffee machine for the office that really makes your employees excited, then this is the Rolls-Royce of coffee machines. That is the perfect analogy too:

Rolls-Royce doesn’t make better-value cars than its competitors. But there’s something about owning one that can’t be quantified. Owning the Jura Giga 6 is exactly like that. Just owning something this impressive brings a certain gravitas that simply can’t be explained in dollars.

5. Jura S8

Jura S8

Pros

  • 15 customizable drinks
  • 16g dose
  • Professional quality milk frothing
  • Milk frother auto-cleans
  • Can be operated by the app
  • Very simple to use

Cons

  • Not substantially better than the E8 for the price

Average Rating

  • Espresso Quality: 10/10
  • Milk Quality: 9.0/10
  • Drinks Options: 9.0/10
  • Value for Money: 7.5/10
  • Overall Rating: 8.5/10

The S8 is Jura’s “mid-range” offering. It has more functionality than the E8 but without the dizzying array of options that the Giga 6 and Z10 offer. The S8 is the top-of-the-line machine before we head into the “money is no object” realm of the Giga 6 and Z10.

You can choose between 15 pre-programmed drinks, compared to 32 on the Z10. Plus there’s no milk temperature or foam customization, the coffee spouts are not width adjustable, and you have to move your cup from the coffee spout to the milk one – hardly a complex operation. The cold drinks are also only available on the Z10.

If these are all things you can live without, then save your pennies and opt for the Jura S8 over the Z10.

The touchscreen display makes choosing and customizing your drink very simple. And the P.E.P. technology, active bean monitoring, and high-quality grinder mean you get coffee shop quality specialty coffees, no matter what you choose.

Playing with all the settings is easy, so you’ll quickly get your perfect cup of joe. Plus you can do this from the comfort of your smartphone if you prefer.

The only downside with the S8 – which comes with most Jura coffee machines – is the pricey maintenance. Almost everything about cleaning and maintenance is automatic – the machine does most of it itself and will inform you when the filters need to be changed. But you do need to buy specially designed filters, tablets, etc. which all add up on top of an already expensive machine.

Overall, it’s a really impressive coffee machine. As long as you’re happy with the outlay and running costs you’ll be delighted with the coffee it produces for years to come.

6. Jura ENA 8

Pros

  • Compact espresso machine
  • 10 programmable drinks
  • Auto-cleaning
  • One touch operation
  • Superb coffee quality

Cons

  • Not much cheaper than Jura E8
  • 10g Max dose
  • The power button is on the back

Average Rating

  • Espresso Quality: 8.0/10
  • Milk Quality: 8.0/10
  • Drinks Options: 8.0/10
  • Value for Money: 9.0/10
  • Overall Rating: 8.5/10

Are you in love with the design and customization of Jura coffee machines but horrified by the price? Especially if there are a bunch of functions and tech that you won’t use?

Enter the ENA 8, the best budget Jura coffee maker… if your budget is $2k anyway!

This is a stripped-back version of our top pick, the Jura E8. Some of the bells and whistles have been removed to bring you a more affordable option. (For an even more stripped-back machine, see how the ENA 4 and ENA 8 compare.)

For starters, you also only get a max dose of 10g instead of the E8’s 16g which makes a big difference with longer coffee drinks.

With 10 drink options vs 17 on the E8, there’s a significantly smaller choice of pre-programmed coffees. But all the most popular ones are still there and the level of customization is exactly the same. So if you’re not looking for one of those 7 missing drinks, you aren’t losing anything.

It’s a good bit smaller too which is both a pro and a con depending on the size of your kitchen. Whilst it takes up less space, it also means a smaller bean hopper and water tank capacity. You can still get quite a few coffees before re-filling, but if it’s going to be in heavy use then this could be an issue.

The cleaning and maintenance are also just as simple. And the quality of the coffee produced is as good as some of the better Jura coffee machines.

Overall, the stripped-back version of the E8 is still a fantastic coffee machine. However, whilst it’s a cheaper model, it isn’t THAT much cheaper. So if you have room in the budget, you have to ask whether it’s worth sacrificing the functionality.

It’s the ultimate “trade-off” machine in the Jura range. Whether the ENA 8 or E8 is the better coffee machine for you, really depends on your individual circumstances.

7. Jura E6 Automatic Coffee Center

Pros

  • P.E.P. technology creates high-quality espresso drinks
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to clean
  • 16g max dose
  • Superb touch screen display
  • Fitted with Aroma G3 conical burr grinder

Cons

  • Only one type of milk foam

Average Rating

  • Espresso Quality: 10/10
  • Milk Quality: 8.0/10
  • Drinks Options: 8.0/10
  • Value for Money: 8.0/10
  • Overall Rating: 8.5/10

The Jura E6 automatic coffee machine is the entry-level offering in the Jura coffee maker portfolio for milky coffee drinkers.

You still get the fabulous P.E.P. brewing technology, 11 pre-programmed drinks, fine foam frother, 5-16g dose, and all the ease and customization you’d expect. Plus the touchscreen display is pretty and easy to use.

The drinks list doesn’t include lattes, for some reason. And you do get a little less customization compared to the higher-end machines. But you are also paying $800 less – a not insignificant sum of money.

The other feature that you miss out on is the option to bypass the grinder and use pre-ground coffee. (Update: the newer models appear to have this feature so check before buying.) We are a fan of this in the other machines for the odd occasions you, or a guest, want decaf coffee. However, whilst it’s really handy, you need to consider how often you’d use it.

It’s still a really good bean-to-cup coffee machine. You just need to weigh up whether you feel that it’s worth losing a bit of functionality for the saving.

The Jura E6 automatic coffee center was the first Jura coffee machine in their E line. Despite having fewer features, it is still fairly expensive compared to the E8. That said, you do get a hell of a lot of functions and a seriously high-quality machine.

For us, you’re better off spending more and getting the E8 and all the wonderful extra functions that it comes with.

But if you’re a cappuccino person rather than a latte lover, and you love the Jura machines, then there really is no need to spend the extra and you’ll love the E6.

8. Jura ENA 4

Pros

  • Budget friendly
  • Relatively compact
  • Simple to use and clean
  • Fantastic grinder
  • J.O.E. app compatible
  • Can fit travel mugs

Cons

  • No milk frothing capabilities
  • Only 10g max dose
  • Not much cheaper than the E4

Average Rating

  • Espresso Quality: 8.0/10
  • Milk Quality: N/A
  • Drinks Opyions: 4.0/10
  • Value for Money: 8.0/10
  • Overall Rating: 8.0/10

Jura truly excels at minimalist design and the Jura ENA 4 is another shining example of this: They’ve stripped back nearly everything they can think of without stopping it from being a top coffee machine.

The result is a super-automatic espresso machine that only brews 2 types of espresso drinks (espresso and lungo), but it does so extremely well. Basically, if you’re a fan of single-serve coffee machines but want to seriously upgrade the quality of your espresso, this is the one for you.

You can either use the simple display to select your perfect coffee or connect with the J.O.E. app and customize it from there. At just the touch of a button, you will get a perfect coffee every time.

It is expensive for limited features. But if you only drink black coffee, love espresso, and hate fiddling with lots of options then this is the perfect machine for you.

It’s also surprisingly small, the footprint is about the size of an A4 sheet of paper, which is good for such a feature-packed Jura coffee machine.

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How to Decide Which Jura Coffee Machine to Buy

There are a few factors that go into your choice of super automatic coffee machine, depending on your needs.

You don’t want to be paying for features you won’t use or have a machine that isn’t suited to the style of coffee you drink. So we’ve outlined the main things to consider when comparing Jura coffee machines.

5 key questions to ask yourself when choosing the best Jura coffee machine for you

What is Your Budget?

Jura coffee makers are not budget machines. It isn’t easy to find one under $1000 and some go upwards of $5000.

However, you do tend to get what you pay for. So, as some of the best quality automatic coffee machines out there, they are definitely worth the money.

If you’re set on having one of the amazing Jura super fully automatic coffee machines in your life, set a ceiling for what you’re happy to pay. Do this first, before you fall too in love with one that is well outside your price range. This is the best way to avoid heartbreak.

Check the Dimensions

How much free countertop space do you have?

You don’t buy Jura coffee machines to hide them away in a cupboard. They look too good, plus they tend to be quite heavy so moving them around isn’t a lot of fun.

Set aside the area for your Jura espresso machine and give it a quick measure so you can make sure your dream machine will fit nicely.

What Type of Coffee do you Drink?

Are you an espresso purist or a flat white lover? Or maybe you can’t cope with the day until you’ve had your latte or cappuccino? 

Not all Jura superautomatic coffee machines can make all types of coffee. So make sure the machine you’re looking at is set up to make your favorite beverage.

The flip side of this is if you’re purely a black coffee and espresso drinker, like me, then paying extra for milk frothing you’ll never use is a little pointless. Unless, of course, you are more generous in accommodating your guest’s coffee needs than I am.

How Many People will use the Machine Daily?

Some Jura coffee machines can make 2 drinks at once. Others, just one. And then there is Jura’s professional automatic coffee machine range which can handle 200 coffees a day.

If you have a full family of 6 who needs their coffee in the morning, making one at a time simply isn’t going to cut it. But, if it’s just yourself and an occasional second person, then why pay for one of the more expensive Jura coffee machines just to pour two coffees at once?

Cleaning and Maintenance

Yes, these machines are “super-automatic” but sadly they aren’t self-cleaning. To make your Jura coffee machine last, you’ll need to descale it every so often and clean out the grinders to ensure you’re consistently getting the best coffee.

Some require more cleaning than others. So, if you don’t really want to put much effort into keeping it running smoothly, keep that in mind when reading our Jura coffee machine reviews.

Not sure if a Jura machine is right for you?

See how they stack up against Breville, another giant of the espresso making world.

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Quick Comparison Table

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Jura E8
  • 11 x 13.7 x 17.5 inches
  • 16 pre-programmed drinks
  • Has a milk frother
  • WiFi compatible (not included)
$$$
Jura E4
  • 11 x 13.8 x 17.6 inches
  • 5 pre-programmed drinks
  • No milk frother
  • WiFi compatible (not included)
$$
Jura Z10
  • 12.6 x 15 x 17.7 inches
  • 32 pre-programmed drinks
  • Has a milk frother
  • WiFi connect included
$$$$
Jura Giga 6
  • 12.6 x 16.3 x 18.9 inches
  • 28 pre-programmed drinks
  • Has a milk frother
  • WiFi Connect included
$$$$$
Jura S8
  • 11 x 13.7 x 17.5 inches
  • 15 pre-programmed drinks
  • Has a milk frother
  • Bluetooth compatible, not included
$$$$
Jura ENA 8
  • 10.7 x 12.7 x 17.5 inches
  • 10 pre-programmed drinks
  • Has a milk frother
  • Bluetooth compatible, not included
$$$
Jura E6
  • 11 x 13.8 x 17.3 inches
  • 7 pre-programmed drinks
  • Has a milk frother
  • WiFi compatible, not included
$$$
Jura ENA 4
  • 10.7 x 12.7 x 17.5 inches
  • 4 pre-programmed drinks
  • No milk frother
  • WiFi compatible, not included
$
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How to Get a Jura For Less

Let’s address the elephant in the room: buying a Jura coffee machine is going to set you back some serious cash.

I remember the first time I saw the price of one. There was an audible gasp and a few choice words questioning how they could justify the price tag. But then I got the chance to try the Jura A1 (sadly discontinued now) and that’s when the penny dropped for me:

Jura packs a heck of a lot of technology into their sleek coffee-making boxes. The espresso and microfoam quality are impressive for a super-automatic machine.

And whilst we think the price tag is warranted, that doesn’t mean we won’t take a bargain when we find one!

You have a few options. First, you can keep your eye out on key sales events throughout the year like Black Friday or Amazon Prime Day. But we scour the sales every year and almost never see Jura coffee makers so it’s a long shot that may not pay off.

The second option is to look for a refurbished model.

We’re a big fan of the quality, testing, and warranty offered by 1st in Coffee on their refurbed models. They offer some discontinued models but also returned or ex-display models from the current range.

All are factory refurbished and tested to ensure they’re in full working order. Unlike online marketplaces like Facebook or Gumtree, 1st in Coffee also includes a 1-year warranty so you know you’re not buying a dud.

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Jura Professional Models

The range of Jura coffee machines doesn’t stop at your front door. They also offer a selection of professional machines, designed with cafes and restaurants in mind.

Each of these top-end Jura machines features the same amazing technology that you can get at home. But they are more focused on delivering high volume at speed to keep up with busy business demands.

Currently, there are 4 dedicated professional Jura coffee makers in production:

Each of these is aimed at businesses using single-serve machines and looking to upgrade their coffee offering by using fresh coffee beans but with the same ease of use.

Being professional machines, they are very expensive and honestly far beyond anything you’re going to need at home. Unless you also make 100+ coffees a day – no judgment here.

There is also the new Jura Giga 10. While this is allegedly an espresso machine for home use, it’s so big and clearly designed for heavy use that we feel it’s really a professional machine.

It’s also so expensive that we haven’t been able to get our hands on one to test it yet. Hopefully soon though as it looks amazing.

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J.O.E. App Compatibility

Do you find yourself lying in bed wishing your coffee was already made? Or traveling home, fueled by the idea of a waiting cup of fresh coffee? Well, with the J.O.E. app (and a well-placed cup) this is all possible.

One of the ways Jura has made creating and saving your perfect coffee easier is with their painfully named J.O.E. App (Jura Operating Experience.)

This allows you to save specific drinks to your phone and send them to your machine when you need a brew. So, you don’t have to endlessly fiddle with settings from one person to the next or worry over competing user profiles. You can even use your Smart Watch which still makes me feel like I’m living in the space age.

The annoyance is that not all the Jura models come with connectivity as standard. This is easily remedied by buying Jura WiFi Connect or Smart Connect – a dongle that allows you to connect via WiFi or Bluetooth respectively. But they haven’t made it easy so you often have to trawl the fine print to work out which option you need for your favorite Jura coffee machine (or check our comparison table.)

You would be completely justified in feeling a little irritated that this isn’t a standard feature on all compatible machines. But we feel it’s absolutely worth the extra $50 or so to make getting your perfect coffee even easier.

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Special Jura Technologies

Like all tech types, Jura loves an acronym.

We’ve listed out the main ones you will see when you buy Jura coffee machines so you don’t need to endlessly Google what they mean.

Aroma Grinder

Most of the Jura coffee machine family is fitted with stainless steel conical burr grinders, for example, the Aroma+ or Aroma G3. These are backed up with easy-to-understand illustrations to help you get the precise grind size you need.

Energy Save Mode (E.S.M.)

Found on most Jura coffee makers, Energy Saving Mode allows you to customize the energy output settings to minimize energy usage when your machine isn’t in use. E.S.M technology can be programmed to save as much as 40% of energy output – saving the planet and your electricity bill.

Fine Foam Technology (FFT)

A finely textured milk foam is created by frothing twice. The result is a professional quality microfoam with a long-lasting consistency.

Intelligent Pre-Brew Aroma System (I.P.B.A.S.)

This feature is a bit of a mouthful, but IPBAS basically allows your coffee to “bloom”. This is when you add a small amount of water before starting extraction to allow the gases to escape.

Jura machines with this feature will always automatically do this and adjust the water according to the amount of coffee you’re using.

Intelligent Water System (I.W.S.)

Used with the CLARIS filters, this automatically senses when a filter is being used. The filters reduce calcium build-up in the machine, meaning less frequent or no descaling and making your Jura coffee machine last longer.

Coffee is 98% water so the water quality matters for taste as well as the longevity of your espresso machine.

Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P.)

This does exactly what it sounds like it does. By pulsing the water through the coffee grounds. Jura has increased the control over extraction time allowing their coffee machines to be more precise. This is especially good for shorter drinks such as ristretto

Product Recognising Grinder (P.R.G.)

The grinder will automatically adjust to whatever specialty you are brewing. This might be a very fine adjustment between espresso and ristretto, or a much larger one between lungo and cold extraction. There are currently only 2 Jura coffee makers with the P.R.G., the Z10, and Giga 6. Yes, two of the most expensive ones available.

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Don’t Forget About the Beans

Don’t forget that a coffee machine is only as good as the beans that you put in it.

So, once you’ve bought the best Jura coffee machine, you also need the best espresso beans for the perfect match.

We’ve compiled a list of the top coffee beans for espresso, with recommendations from across the coffee industry. Any one of these will make a great pairing to use in your shiny new Jura super automatic coffee machine.

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What About Jura’s Competition?

Jura aren’t the only kids on the super-automatic espresso machine block. So, how do they measure up to the competition?

De’Longhi

DeLonghi has been making espresso machines for a long time. But they only recently started looking seriously at the high-end super-automatic espresso machine market. The shift away from budget machines hasn’t had any growing pains though with great top-end machines being released.

They have an extremely extensive range of espresso makers. While they aren’t as beautiful, or as easy to use as a Jura machine, they are still excellent. For a more affordable price, you can enjoy superb quality coffee from one of the best DeLonghi espresso machines.

Psst… Want to see how Jura and DeLonghi fare in a head-to-head battle including their most closely related machines? Then this is the guide for you:

Saeco/Philips

Saeco and Philips are the same company, though the Saeco brand is used exclusively for high-end espresso machines.

There are a lot of similarities between Saeco and Jura In terms of design, milk storage, and customization. Saeco only produces 4 machines at the moment, so your options are limited. But with big, gorgeous touch screens and serious espresso, they’re a quality alternative.

Breville/Sage

Breville (Sage in Europe) have taken a slightly different approach to espresso.

Their top offering, the Oracle Touch is an incredible machine for any espresso enthusiast looking for super-automatic ease. But the rest of the Breville espresso machine range is more tailored to the home barista who wants more control.

Both practically and aesthetically, Jura and Breville are very different espresso making machines. It’s likely you’ll fall into one camp or the other.

Gaggia

Gaggia is another old espresso giant offering a dizzying array of machines from entry level all the way up to Jura levels of expensive. This can make buying a Gaggia a little confusing to say the least.

Their top-of-the-range models are fantastic coffee machines. They maybe aren’t as easy to use or as beautiful as those offered by Jura, but they do tend to be a little cheaper. They also often don’t pack the same punch in terms of technology or customization. But they’re superb where it matters: the coffee quality.

There are plenty of Gaggia espresso machines that give Jura a run for their money. Check them out here:

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Our Verdict

Jura espresso machines are all at the upper end of the market when it comes to price. But they’re also some of the best-looking machines you can buy and they all make superb coffees.

If you’re set on having a Jura in your life, the price probably won’t worry you. And you’ll be very pleased with the resulting cups of rich, aromatic black gold that your machine produces at the touch of a button or even a tap on your smartphone.

There are other great super-automatic espresso machines that are cheaper and also make superb coffee. But they tend to be very different stylistically and almost none can match the ease of cleaning and maintenance that Jura offers. Nor the sheer number of ways in which you can tinker with your coffee to get it just right.

Jura is kinda like the Apple of the coffee world. Yes, their products are more expensive and tie you into their technology. But they work extremely well, look fantastic, and are all designed to be as user-friendly as possible. That is worth paying for.

All you have to do is decide which is the best Jura coffee machine to keep you caffeinated.

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Matt Woodburn-Simmonds

Matt's coffee obsession started in 2006 when working as a Barista. A tendency to turn up to work hungover kickstarted his coffee journey which quickly turned into a love affair. As he moved on to work as a Restaurant Manager and Sommelier, the obsession continued to grow. Now, his passion is helping others to enjoy better coffee at home.

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