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Jura E6 Review:
Perfect for Black Coffee or Cappuccino Drinkers

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By Matt Woodburn-Simmonds

There’s a perfect coffee machine out there for everyone – something that Jura is very aware of. So, instead of trying to be all things to all people, they focus on making the best machines for a very specific group of coffee lovers.

With the Jura E6, they have perfected things specifically for black coffee, cappuccino, and macchiato drinkers.

This might seem like an incredibly niche market, but I’m sure thousands of people only need these options. Or at least Jura’s market research suggests so.

So if you’re one of those people, this Jura E6 Review is for you. The 2023 version has a few more drinks options, features, and a bit of a glow-up so we put it through its paces. So let’s dive into how good your favorite drink will actually be, alongside the best (and worst) features. The goal is to help you decide if this really is the best espresso machine for you.

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At a Glance: Jura E6 Review

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Jura E6

The Jura E6 uses the full might of Jura’s proprietary brewing tech to make amazing coffee at the touch of a button. If you’re strictly a black coffee, cappuccino, or macchiato household, then this is an ideal espresso machine that will nail your favorites at the touch of a button.

On the downside, the milk customization options are limited. And for this price, you can get machines from the likes of Breville, DeLonghi, and Gaggia that have more drink options to play with.

But none of the alternatives can compete on the combination of looks, coffee quality, and ease that Jura offers.

Overall, the E6 is an amazing espresso maker and is probably a perfect match for huge numbers of foamy milk and black coffee lovers. If you’re a latte lover or looking for more flexibility, it’s likely not the right pick for you though.

Pros

  • Superb espresso and milk foam
  • Lots of black coffee options
  • Large dose
  • Easy to use and customize
  • Looks great
  • (Relatively) compact – 11″ x 13.8″ x 17.3″ (width x height x depth)
  • Easy to clean
  • J.O.E. app compatibility

Cons

  • Expensive (around $1700)
  • Only makes cappuccino/macchiato milk
  • Need to buy the WiFi Connect adapter separately to use the app

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

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Key Features Review

1. Eleven Specialty Coffee Recipes

Choose from 11 one-touch coffee recipes, although this includes hot water and milk foam so really just 9. Your options are cappuccino, espresso, 2 x espresso, coffee, 2 x coffees, then just hot water or a portion of milk foam.

2. Intelligent Pre-Brew Aroma System

Or IPBAS for short. This is Jura’s own version of pre-infusion – a process of allowing the gases to escape from the grounds before extraction resulting in better flavor.

3. 3D Brewing

Because 2-Dimensional coffee is so last year. This technology ensures the entire coffee puck is extracted evenly for fuller flavored espresso.

4. App Compatibility

Control your coffee machine from your phone and get additional customization options using the J.O.E. app. You do need to buy the WiFi Connect dongle separately though if you want to connect the E6 to the app which is annoying given the machine’s price.

5. Large Dose

Choose the best dose size for you/ your preferred drink between 5 and 16g of ground coffee. The larger dose means bolder flavors and better espressos.

6. Programmable Brewing Temperature

Get the perfect tasting coffee with 3 temperature levels for brewing and hot water.

7. Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P.)

This is Jura’s patented extraction technology that pulses the water through the puck for better extraction. It’s not just ‘another’ acronym either, it really does work.

8. Aroma Professional Grinder

Having a great grinder is the first step to truly incredible espresso shots. And Jura’s top-of-the-range grinder is super quiet and super accurate meaning you get better coffee.

Front view of the Jura E6 coffee machine
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Is the Jura E6 Easy to Use?

As with all Jura machines, the E6 is very simple to operate, even if you’ve never used a super-automatic coffee machine before.

The color screen is slick and clear which makes cycling through the drink options and settings simple. Unlike some of the pricier Jura models, there’s no touchscreen. Instead, there are 6 buttons along the sides of the screen for making your selections or any adjustments, as needed.

Adjusting the settings is very easy:

As it’s grinding, you can adjust between 10 different strengths, visualized on screen as ½ a bean at the lowest and 5 beans at the highest. Then you can adjust the volume in 0.5oz increments for the perfect espresso or coffee.

We always find the factory settings on super-automatics to be too high straight out of the box. So if your first coffee from the E6 doesn’t blow you away, take some time playing around with and reducing the settings.

There are also 3 different coffee temperature settings. For this, we always stick with Jura’s factory setting and never had a complaint. But there’s hotter or colder if you prefer.

The milk is also easily adjusted in 0.5oz increments, but you can’t change the foam or temperature. For cappuccino or macchiato, the milk is perfect. But latte or flat white lovers will find that there’s too much foam.

You do have to open and close the switch for milk or hot water (the dial on the right of the machine). The E6 will prompt you to do this though. It’s not exactly taxing, but it does take away from the “one-touch coffee drinks” loved by so many.

Any time you adjust the size or strength of your coffee the Jura E6 will ask if you’d like to save these settings. So you can adjust it once and have your perfect drink forevermore and just say no if you’re making a one-off coffee for someone else.

Close up of the color screen and hot water/milk dial on the Jura E6

Even Easier With JOE

All of the features and settings on the Jura E6 can also be adjusted from the J.O.E. app on your phone. Just as long as you buy and install the additional WiFi Connect dongle (it simply slots in just behind the water tank.)

This is more than an extra way of controlling your machine as it comes with the added bonus of user profiles. So you can have lots of custom drink recipes saved to your phone and then queue up drinks orders for guests. As the E6 doesn’t have separate profiles, this can save arguments at home (speaking from experience!)

We are still annoyed that we have to pay extra for this feature, but it’s the same on other Jura coffee makers too.

Using the JOE app to control the Jura E6
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Design & Build Quality Review of Jura E6

The Looks

Looks are never an afterthought for Jura – they consistently make great-looking espresso machines. As long as you love their style (a big plastic box with chrome accents and a beautiful screen), then you’ll love the E6.

With the updates on the 2023 model, they’ve also updated the color options. They’ve kept the classics of black, white, and silver (called platinum) but added ‘Dark Inox’ – a sleek, dark grey that I’m low-key obsessed with.

We find that the white has a nasty habit of showing up dirt. And it’s a full-time job to keep finger marks off the platinum/silver version. So, for longevity, we prefer the black or grey options.

The color screen is a nice size and looks good too. I know some people think buttons are a little outdated but you can barely see them. Plus, I kinda prefer the tactile feedback of pushing buttons but maybe that’s the ‘old’ millennial in me.

It’s only 11 inches wide, which is still big, but not huge for an automatic coffee machine. Maybe more importantly it’s only 13.8 inches tall. So there’s no need to worry about those cabinets getting in the way when you refill the bean hopper.

As an added bonus, the bean hopper is big at 9.9oz plus a hefty 64oz water carafe giving you extra time between refills. The water tank also lifts off for easy refilling.

The Build

When buying a Jura, you can expect high-quality parts inside a high-quality case. They’ve set the bar high so we expect nothing less. 

But, on the off chance you get very unlucky, the Jura E6 coffee machine comes with a 2-year warranty. However, it’s unlikely you should need it as Jura machines have an incredible reputation for build quality that is hard-earned and well-deserved.

The newest version of their Professional Aroma Grinder is also quiet and excellent. All the removable parts are well-built and slot perfectly into their assigned places on the machine.

Jura uses mostly plastic in all their builds, as do nearly all super-automatic espresso machines. I know some people don’t like plastic near their coffee but we have no issues at all with the build.

Close up of the Jura E6 logo and branding
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Beans, Grounds, or Pods?

The Jura E6 automatic coffee machine works best with whole bean coffee that is freshly roasted.

The Professional Aroma Grinder is superb but even great coffee machines produce bad coffee from bad beans. It’s also best to avoid overly oily beans as they can clog the grinder which is a nightmare to try and clean if it happens.

There is also a chute for pre-ground coffee to bypass the grinder. Nowadays, this is pretty common on automatic coffee makers but it’s an updated feature on the E6 as the original didn’t have it. So if you’re shopping around for a pre-owned or refurbished Jura E6 model, just double-check whether it has this feature.

We’re a fan of having the bypass chute for the occasional decaf or to try something new before committing. Or maybe you have a guest (*cough mother-in-law*) who doesn’t appreciate your specialty coffee beans so you don’t want to waste them, no judgment.

To get the best results from your shiny new automatic espresso machine, you need to start with the best espresso beans.

Check out the top choices from experts throughout the coffee industry:

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How Good is the Coffee from the E6?

Jura machines have the best overall espresso quality of any super-automatic espresso machine manufacturer. A tall claim but we’ve yet to find another company that knocks them off this perch.

The E6 has all the toys to achieve coffee shop quality drinks. There’s the superb grinder, up to 16g dose, intelligent pre-heating, 3D brewing, and pulse extraction.

All this proprietary tech produces perfect coffee quality. It’s why people pay the high price tag for these machines – they’re worth it.

Where the Jura E6 coffee maker knocks it out of the park is with the black specialty coffees. Excellent crema, rich flavorful espresso with great depth and nuance – what’s not to love?

You don’t need to turn the grinder to the finest setting or set the strength to full in order to achieve this either. Having wiggle room to dial in according to your beans is not as common on bean-to-cup machines as you may think so this is a big plus. Jura coffee machines excel where it matters most for coffee lovers.

What About the Milk Foam?

Where the Jura E6 falls down is milk foam customization options – it’s just not possible to tailor it to suit your preferred espresso drink. All you can change is the volume of milk in your cup.

That said, it’s perfect for what it’s designed to make – cappuccino and macchiato. In these instances, you will get great microfoam at a lovely temperature.

So, as long as foamier drinks are your jam, you’ll have a great time.

Jura E6 making a cappuccino
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Bells and Whistles

Putting together a Jura E6 review of the bells and whistles is a little odd as, at this price, it doesn’t really do anything out of the ordinary.

There are limited coffee drink options with a superb level of customization and the machine is app compatible. Nowadays, these things are all fairly run-of-the-mill in the world of super-automatic espresso machines.

What makes the Jura E6 (and other Jura machines) stand out is the quality of their product. Quality in terms of the machine itself and the espresso brewed. Oh, and the looks and ease of use too. All those abbreviations and confusing tech really do result in extremely good coffee.

All the bells and whistles are on the inside – nothing flashy, just exceptional. Like a German saloon car.

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Is it Easy to Clean?

The Jura E6 coffee machine cleaning is as automatic (and simple) as it can be.

There are some bits you still need to do yourself though. You’ll need to empty the puck bin (it can hold 16 pucks) and drip tray, plus clean the milk hose (if you use it). Everything will flash up on the screen for you and none of these tasks will take more than 30 seconds to complete.

The drip comes out easily and comes apart which actually makes it much easier to rinse in the sink rather than one big piece.

The E6 comes with a CLEARYL Smart filter as standard which should last around 2 months (or up to 50L) before needing to be replaced. Not only does this improve the coffee flavor (it’s 98% water after all) but also minimizes descaling needs down to every few months. Although, it’s only really needed if you have medium-hard or harder water.

When it’s time to descale, the Jura E6 screen will inform you and then take you through the steps. Overall, it should take around 25 minutes and is incredibly simple. The downside is that you have to use their proprietary cleaning materials though.

A common complaint of Jura machines is with the brewgroup. It can’t be removed to clean it yourself (unlike top competitor, Breville). This upsets a small number of people who like to *know* their brewgroup is pristine. Which is fair enough.

Jura claims that the automated cleaning keeps it in great condition. And we have no reason to doubt them – the longevity of their machines suggests they are right. You can always get it serviced every year at an approved Jura servicer if you want to ensure your home coffee machine stays in top condition.

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How Does it Compare to the E8?

Jura has a pretty extensive range but the Jura E8 might just be the best super automatic espresso machine you can buy. Period.

It’s certainly our favorite Jura based on price vs functionality. Obviously, the Z10 is our all-time favorite Jura machine, but we appreciate it’s too expensive and flashy for most people’s needs.

Compared to the E8, the E6 is considerably cheaper (around $800). So what are you losing out on for this drop in price?

Mostly, it’s about the milk.

The E8 can not only make a huge range of milk-based drinks, but it also allows you to customize the milk style too. This is a big upgrade on the E6 which is solely a cappuccino or macchiato machine and the milk is what it is.

Now, you may feel that paying an extra $800 for more coffee beverages and adjustable milk isn’t worth it. And if that’s the case, the E6 could be the perfect machine for you. In fact, if you love a cappuccino, macchiato, or black coffee and never deviate then there’s no reason to spend the extra. The E6 is the right coffee machine for you.

If you want to take things a little bit further and you never drink milky coffee at all then the Jura E4 might be an even better alternative. This option is purely for espresso and black coffee fans.

It really doesn’t matter which of the Jura E series you opt for – they’re all quality coffee makers.

Pick Your Winner

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Top Competitors

If you’ve been shopping around the $1600-1700 price point, you’ve likely come across the Gaggia Babila and DeLonghi Dinamica Plus. But how do they stack up against the Jura E6?

Jura E6 vs DeLonghi Dinamica Plus

The Dinamica Plus is the best De’Longhi espresso machine in our opinion. It looks great, it’s simple to use, has an amazing array of drink options (including iced coffees), and has a good selection of customization options.

It also comes with a 2-year warranty as standard and the excellent build quality of DeLonghi.

The downsides are that the quality isn’t always the best. We’d even go as far as to say that the coffee pot function is terrible. And the milk system can’t nail flat white milk foam.

But it’s the same price as the Jura E6 and does a lot more things for that price too:

At a touch, you get flat white and latte options plus the TrueBrew Over Ice drinks. The “over ice” function isn’t just a gimmick either, it works really well as long as you use the exact number of ice cubes suggested on the screen. Being able to make iced coffees is still a rarity on espresso machines. 

However, compared to the Jura E6, the coffee quality lags well behind. It’s not quite as pretty either and cleaning is a little more of a hassle.

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Verdict

If you don’t need many coffee options but want those coffees to be of higher quality then the E6 is the machine for you.

On the other hand, if you want lots of choices and are happy to accept a slight dip in overall coffee quality, then you’ll love the DeLonghi Dinamica Plus.

Want to take a deeper dive into all the differences between Jura and DeLonghi? Check out our in-depth comparison here:

Jura E6 vs Gaggia Babila

The Gaggia Babila is a great-looking espresso machine that offers a raft of coffee drinks at the touch of a button. It also has either automatic or manual milk frothing, depending on your preference.

It has a stainless steel case which is a huge plus not only aesthetically but also if you’re worried about the durability of the E6’s plastic. Plus, it has two boilers and an excellent ceramic grinder.

Those who love to tinker with their coffee can adjust pre-infusion, dose, temperature, and (most excitingly) flow rate.

The flow rate control allows you to adjust the speed the water moves through the puck. It’s brilliant for fine-tuning your espresso shots or long coffees to your exact preferences.

On the downside, adjusting all these settings is more awkward than on the E6. So while you may be able to get as good, or maybe even better, espresso from the Babila than the E6, it’s going to take some serious work.

Verdict

If ease of use is an absolute must and you only drink black coffee, cappuccino, or macchiato, then the Jura E6 is the better espresso machine for you.

However, if you’re happy to spend a little time really nailing the settings or foaming your own milk, then the Gaggia Babila has more options and can produce espresso that’s just as good as the E6. Overall, the Babila is a tremendous investment for those willing to put in a little effort.

Which Machine is Best for You?

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Final Thoughts on our Jura E6 Review

Cappuccino, macchiato, and black coffee lovers will adore the Jura E6.

Amazing coffee and perfect milk are available at the touch of a button and a twist of a dial. It’s hard not to love this machine.

When it comes to incredible quality from a super-automatic espresso machine, Jura remains firmly on top. So if quality is what you’re after then it’s well worth spending the money to equip your home with one – you won’t be disappointed. 

As long as you like your milk foamy, you won’t even notice the lack of options on the Jura E6.

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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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