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Jura Z8 vs Z10:
Should You Splash Out for the Newest Model?

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By Matt Woodburn-Simmonds

When it comes to making high-end automatic espresso machines, Jura doesn’t mess about. And at the peak of what they do, you’ll find the Z line Jura coffee machines – home of all the top gadgets, tech, and all-around cool coffee-making toys. The full Z series is where you’ll find the best machines for home use. So how can you possibly decide between the Jura Z8 vs Z10?

As the current top model, the Jura Z10 is undoubtedly a better super-automatic espresso machine than its predecessor, the Z8. It has more drink options, a better grinder, better extraction, and cold brew options too. Whilst the Jura Z8 has been discontinued, all is not lost as you can still get some great offers on used or refurbished models. So it’s still a superb espresso maker, particularly if you’re more budget-conscious.

To help you decide which one will work best in your home, we put them both to the test. We compared the specs, technology, drinks options, and everything else you need to know to help you decide whether you’re team Z8 or Z10.

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Our Top Choice

Jura Z10 making espresso

Jura Z10

Espresso machines don’t come much better than the Z10.

Not only does it come packed with all of Jura’s top coffee gadgetry, but it can also make cold brew at the touch of a button.

The only drawback to this great machine is the hefty price tag. But if it’s within your budget, it’s 100% worth it.

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Comparison Chart: Jura Z8 vs Z10

If you’re just here for the headline differences, this chart should help you separate the key differences between the two machines:

Infographic comparison chart of Jura Z8 vs Z10
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Overview of the Two Machines

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Jura Z8

The Z8 has now been discontinued but it’s not all bad news: You can pick up an absolute bargain (as super-automatic espresso machines go) for an otherwise great machine.

This is a slick, high performing coffee maker that will suit a huge number of people’s requirements.

It just lacks some of the finesse and options of the Z10.


  • 21 pre-programmed specialty coffees
  • More affordable
  • Intuitive display
  • Comes with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty


  • Discontinued model
  • Fewer drinks options
  • Missing some of Jura’s latest tech
Jura Z10 Diamond Black

Jura Z10

The Z10 is the best of the best. And it can do something that no other fully automatic coffee machine can do: make cold brew coffee.

OK, it’s not technically cold brew. But it is deliciously creamy, cool (not cold) coffee so I can see why they call it that.

It’s sleek, it performs incredibly, and it makes great tasting drinks.

Just as long as you can stomach the price tag.


  • Extensive range of 32 pre-programmed specialty coffees
  • Can make cold brew
  • Houses Jura’s best grinder
  • Has all the latest tech
  • Comes with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty


  • Expensive
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The Similarities

Being just one generation apart, there are plenty of areas where the Jura Z8 and Z10 are almost identical. So if one of these is a top priority for you, save yourself some cash and opt for the cheaper Z8.


The Jura Z8 and Z10 are exactly the same size: they’re both 15 inches tall, 12.6 inches wide, and 17.7 inches deep. Even as automatic coffee machines go, this makes them on the large side.

That said, 12.6 inches isn’t that wide when compared to other coffee machines. When shopping for a mid to high-end espresso machine, this is a pretty normal amount of counter space needed. The depth is less of an issue as most countertops are easily deep enough to fit these coffee makers.

Given their identical dimensions, unsurprisingly this means the bean hopper and water tank are also the same size. They both have a 10oz bean hopper and a huge 81oz water tank. The water tank is so big that unless you’re a heavy user, we’d recommend not completely filling it so the water stays fresh.

When considering where to house either machine, keep in mind that the bean hopper loads from the top. So try not to put it somewhere with overhead cabinets.


These two machines look surprisingly similar. Probably because the Z8 is one of the best-looking espresso machines so there wasn’t much room for improvement when designing the Jura Z10.

If we’re being picky, the water tank looks a little nicer on the Z10 (and doesn’t show scratches as easily.) Plus, the touchscreen is a little sharper although it’s the same size as the Z8’s. But they both look like premium coffee machines.

The bean hopper cover looks a little slicker on the Z10. But given it’s on the top of the machine and not that obvious, this is a very minor detail that definitely doesn’t constitute a “glow up”.

Overall, they are two of the best-looking automatic coffee machines out there.

Jura Z10 touchscreen
Jura Z10’s touchscreen is sharper
Touchscreen on the Jura Z8 espresso machine
Touchscreen on the Jura Z8 is the same size

Dose Size

Both the Z8 and Z10 have the larger brew group found in most Jura coffee machines. This means you can have a range of 5-16g of coffee per dose. These larger doses are key to getting the deep, rich flavor from your espresso. This is one reason why Jura espresso machines stand out from the super-automatic machine crowd.

It’s only Jura’s budget-friendly ENA series that doesn’t have larger brew groups. Instead, they have a maximum of 10g (if this is what you’re looking for, check out our Jura ENA 8 review.)

Coffee Strength Levels

As both the Z8 and Z10 have the same capacity for coffee, it may not come as a surprise that they both offer 10 coffee strength levels in their customization options.

That said, coffee machine manufacturers often do some strange things. And not all Jura machines with the 5-16g brewgroup have the same number of strength levels (for example the Jura E4, reviewed here.)

Coffee Temperature Options

You get 3 temperature options for your coffee and hot water on both the Z10 and the Z8.

We almost never use the lowest setting as it tends to yield thin, watery coffee that is cold and unpleasant.

However, if you like green tea or maybe a cooler americano/caffè barista, you might find the lower water temperature is a nice option for these drinks. When splashing the cash on premium coffee machines, it’s always nice to have options.

Milk Customization

You’ll be greeted with an incredible array of customization options on both the Jura Z8 and Z10.

The volume and temperature of milk and milk foam can be set to your perfect levels. You can also set the interval that the machine waits between pouring the milk and coffee on drinks like the latte macchiato.

It’s either incredibly overwhelming, or an absolute dream come true depending on your point of view.

But, if you love the standard drinks as they are, you don’t have to adjust any settings. Having this level of milk customization is well beyond what you’ll find on many other coffee machines.

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Milk customization options are the same on both the Z10 (pictured) and the Z8
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The Differences

Now you know all the (many) ways in which the Jura Z10 and Z8 are the same, let’s look at the differences between the two. And the differences are big, so buckle up:

Cold Brew Specialty Coffees

What might make the Z10 the perfect Jura coffee machine over the Z8 is the ability to have “cold brew” coffees at the touch of a button.

If we’re being pedantic, these aren’t technically “cold brew”. They’re brewed at room temperature using a coarser grind over a longer time than the hot options. So it has that smooth, sweet flavor of cold brew but they’re not cold extracted over 12 to 24 hours like “true” cold brew.

That being said, they’re very impressive. And, currently, the Z10 is the only home espresso machine that makes anything resembling cold brew (different from the iced coffees on some of the top DeLonghi espresso machines.)

It takes around 2 minutes to get your cold coffee and you can make all the standard drinks with this as a base. By cold, we mean whatever temperature the water in your tank is which is a little odd at first. For something cooler, just pop in some ice (or our preferred option – whiskey stones).

Honestly, the flavor is so good that we can’t get too upset with Jura for calling it “cold brew”. If you’re a fan of chilled, delicious coffee, the Jura Z10 will be your ideal next coffee machine.

Jura Z10 making cold brew coffee - a unique capability for super automatic coffee machines
Cold brew coffee being made by the Jura Z10 – Buy Now

Coffee Drink Options

This is never a straightforward calculation as every coffee machine manufacturer counts as many possible things as “drinks” including different temperatures of water. This only helps their marketing material and not you or I, the coffee drinkers.

So, the Jura Z8 lists 21 specialty coffee drinks and the Z10 lists a massive 32. But are these different Jura coffee machines really offering very different options? The following table breaks down the available drinks on the Jura Z10 vs Jura Z8 so you can see which one has your favorite:

DrinksJura Z8Jura Z10
2 x Espresso
Espresso Doppio
Cold Brew Espresso
2 x Coffee
Jug of Coffee
Cold Brew Coffee
2 x Ristretto
Caffè Barista
2 x Caffè Barista
2 x Americano
Cold Brew Cortado
Cold Brew Macchiato
Latte Macchiato
Cold Brew Latte Macchiato
Latte Macchiato with Extra Shot
Caffè Latte
Cold Brew Caffè Latte
Caffè Latte with Extra Shot
Cold Brew Cappuccino
Cappuccino with Extra Shot
Flat White
Cold Brew Flat White
Flat White with Extra Shot
Portion of Milk
Portion of Milk Foam
Hot Water
Hot Water for Black Tea
Hot water for Green Tea

It’s a long list so let’s break it down to make it a little easier as a direct comparison:

Since only the Z10 has cold brew drinks, let’s remove those 8 cold brew options leaving 24 hot drinks. And we’ll also remove the different water temperatures, milk portion, and portion of milk foam. So, we’re left with 20 hot coffee options.

The Z8 has the same milk options plus an extra hot water one. So, when we remove them, we’re left with 16 hot coffee options.

The Z8 has a ristretto as a one-touch drink but, interestingly, the Z10 does not. Whilst you can program the espresso on the Z10 to be a ristretto, that involves a few extra steps.

Conversely, the Z10 offers cortado and espresso doppio which the Z8 doesn’t. Plus, it has a bunch of “extra shot” options built in as standard.

Other than this, they offer all the same base coffees. So you have to ask yourself what drinks you actually need. If you’re a fan of a flat white with an extra shot, then the Z10 is great. But, if you’re never going to use the cold coffees or extra shot options, the Z8 may well be the better machine.


The Z8 uses the Aroma G3 Grinder which is a full 2 generations behind the spectacular Product Recognizing Grinder (P.R.G.) on the Jura Z10.

Don’t get us wrong, the Aroma G3 is still a good grinder and is found in several great Jura espresso machines, including the ENA series. It has a continuous scale for adjusting grind sizes, is pretty fast, and is also reasonably quiet. Compared to plenty of other quality coffee machines, it’s still miles ahead.

But tech moves fast. And the P.R.G. on the Z10 plays in a different league.

Although it only has 5 settings, it will automatically adjust the grind depending on the type of espresso drink you are making. So you don’t have to adjust to coarser grind settings for longer coffees and finer ones for espresso. This is especially important for the cold brew options.

But if you’re not vibing with the settings the Z10 chooses for you, you can override this in the “product settings” menu for each coffee drink.


The Jura Z8 is a dual-boiler machine. This means it has a dedicated boiler for brewing coffee and one for steaming the milk.

In theory, this should result in better espresso quality and better milk foam as the temperature will be more stable than from a single-boiler coffee machine.

However, the upgraded Z10 has moved to a single boiler. In fact, very few Jura espresso machines have two boilers.

This seems a little weird and like a step backward but Jura claims that they’ve developed a new steam valve that rapidly adjusts the temperature back down after using the boiler to steam the milk. This removes the need for separate boilers.

We put both machines through their paces and never found a noticeable difference in milk quality between the Jura Z8 vs Z10. So, whilst I’m only a humble barista and not an engineer, I guess this means their fancy new valve works and the Z10 can perform just as well. Even as a single-boiler coffee machine.

Brewing Technology

Both the Z8 and Z10 boast Jura’s special Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P.). This uses pulses of pressurized water to extract better flavor rather than a constant flow.

But the Z10 has an extra piece of tech to get even more deliciousness from your coffee beans.

The Z10 has “3D Brewing” technology. It’s designed to get an even extraction from the whole coffee puck, leading to better balance and more flavorful coffee.

It also has Intelligent Pre-Heating (pre-infusion) technology that the Z8 doesn’t. Pre-infusion is important to allow the CO2 trapped in the grounds to escape. Improving this makes a big difference to the flavor quality of your espresso.

The result of all this tech is apparent – I found a noticeable difference and better espresso from the Z10 than the Z8. The Z8 is still really good but having a better grinder, better pre-infusion, and better extraction leads to a real jump in the final espresso shot flavor. Which ultimately is the most important part of any espresso machine.

WiFi Connectivity

This last one is just a small difference between the Jura Z8 and Z10. But it’s worth noting if only because it’s something that greatly annoys me about some Jura machines.

Both the Jura Z8 and the Jura Z10 have the capability for WiFi connectivity and to use the J.O.E. smartphone app. Which is great and allows you to customize and save your exact coffee recipes on your phone. Then, you can order them to the machine from anywhere in the house. Basically, everything you’d expect on a top-quality automatic coffee machine.

But only the Z10 comes with WiFi Connect included (the little plastic dongle needed for the connection.) This is something you’d expect, especially on such an expensive machine. So it really annoys me that the Z8 doesn’t include it.

Don’t get me wrong, it only costs around $60 for Jura WiFi Connect so it hardly pushes the Z8 close to the Z10’s price. But it’s frustrating as many low-cost coffee machines include a similar feature as standard.

Ordering drinks to the Jura Z8 using the JOE app
Ordering drinks to the Jura Z8 using the JOE app (works the same for the Jura Z10)

Want to explore some alternative options? Check out these recommended articles:

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Who Wins the Jura Z10 vs Z8 Battle?

On the face of it, the Jura Z8 vs Z10 fight is very simple:

Overall, the Z10 is the better espresso machine with better coffee-making abilities, more options, and a better grinder. Whilst the Z8 is still a superb option, it’s clearly been superseded by the newer model.

If, however, you don’t actually want all the new features of the Z10 but still fancy a top-of-the-line Jura super-automatic espresso machine, then a second-hand or refurbished Z8 could be a great deal for you. All while saving some cash.

In other words, choose the Jura Z10 if you want:

  • Better tasting espresso
  • Cold brew coffee
  • A wider range of coffee options

And choose the Jura Z8 if you want:

  • A quality coffee machine for a lower price

Check the latest prices of the Jura Z10 at Amazon | 1st in Coffee | Refurbished Models

Check the latest prices of the Jura Z8 at Amazon | Refurbished Models


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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