Roger Federer’s patronage aside, Jura is famed for their automatic coffee machines. The bean-to-cup Jura e8 fashions quality coffee as easily as its predecessors, with added features formerly only available in expensive models: The pulse extraction process (PEP) feature provides deeper flavor and espresso crema as if handcrafted. With 16 grams per brewing cycle, the e8 has one of the highest espresso machine dosages I’ve seen, including the market leader Gaggia Velasca. The steamer is capable of warming milk all the way up to producing the finest micro-foam. Finally, the RFID smart water filter outmodes descaling.
I personally trust Jura because whether it’s from the entry-level d6 in my office kitchenette or the e8 in the executive boardroom, basic cups are consistently good. The brand has developed other appliances since its founding in Switzerland in 1931, but coffee machines are their award-winners (The e8 won a 2016 Red Dot Design Award). Jura actually sold 398,000 units in 2019, an 18,000 annual increase; their 2020 target is 420,000 –at least one of those will be shipping to my house!
Before Buying a Jura e8
This espresso machine is 13.6” x 11” x 17.5” and 21 lbs. It is substantial, but compact considering its capabilities.
The Jura e8 is for coffee fans who love the bells and whistles as well as a simple cup of joe. If you drink a variety of different coffee drinks everyday and want what is basically a comprehensive coffee shop at home, the Jura e8 is pitch-perfect. My friend loves entertaining, and her e8 allows her to provide her guests an assortment of after-dinner coffee options. It’s the coffee equivalent of a full bar.
If all you want is basic coffee and espresso or prefer to leave the specialties to your local shop, the Jura d6 and e6, as mentioned, make the exact same high-quality coffee or espresso without the price premium.
Features & Benefits
Pulse Extraction Process (PEP):
The Pulse Extraction Process is perhaps the flagship feature of the Jura e8. PEP forces water through the coffee in short intervals to optimize extraction timing. There is also a short pre-infusion that quickly wets and swells the coffee before the full brew process starts. By deeply extracting from the beans, PEP is designed to provide a comprehensive flavor. When a professional barista is making espresso, the extraction time is usually about 30 seconds by hand. For flavor optimization, you don’t actually want a Jura e8 espresso extracted too quickly.
I love espresso crema. It’s like having a perfectly complimentary cream without the calories. Since crema is simply suspended micro-bubbles of gas that attach to the fats and oils of the beans, the pressurization that PEP adds to the brewing process results in substantial e8 espresso crema. I’m also a big fan of the aroma that comes from this process, which I think is a fair balance of earthy and floral.
And while the Jura e8 isn’t cheap, PEP is the same brewing technology used in far more expensive machines, all at the literal touch of a button. If you aren’t having espresso, you can use the regular coffee option, also at a touch of a button and at a shorter brew time. If you aren’t sure of the exact size of your mug, just press the button again to stop the pour and the machine will save that amount in its programming. You can choose oz or ml, and the spout is adjustable.
TFT color screen and 12 drink options:
The Jura e8 is pretty high-tech, which I think makes it more user-friendly and definitely convenient. A thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display sits at the top face of the machine with three buttons on each side of it.
You can also download the Jura Operating Experience (JOE) app for your phone or tablet and control it from there. This is such a fun app and it sort of makes you feel like you have a servant. Before I even leave my bed in the morning, I tell Siri to make my flat white, and by the time I get to the kitchen, my drink is ready for me. I’ve actually saved custom drinks in my app, which is a bit like adding to the already 12 drink options.
The Jura e8 offers the following drinks at a touch of a button:
- Espresso macchiato
- Regular coffee
- Espresso doppio
- Special coffee
- Flat white
- Latte macchiato
- Milk coffee
- Hot water for green, white, herbal teas (I don’t know much about teas, but apparently different teas are optimized in different temperatures)
- Hot water for other teas
The e8 offers eight levels of strength and temperature options of “normal” and “high.” To use the milk steamer, you will place the pick-up tube that is attached to the machine into your own jug of milk. All three of these controls can be used to personalize a regular cup of coffee as well.
The e8 milk steamer is much higher level than the ones in past models, with the ability to control milk amount and frothing. The Jura e8 is actually the first Jura coffee machine that gives us such nuanced milk capabilities. The adjustable lever above the milk spout controls for density, which I have not seen in many other machines, Jura or otherwise. The steamer allows for intervals, up to 16 seconds, between when the coffee pours and when the milk pours depending on how incorporated or layered you want the coffee and milk to be. The lever on the spout that controls the level of frothiness is my favorite part. It can make warm milk, fine froths, airy froths and fine micro-foams. I think the Jura e8 makes the milk-coffee affiliation truly fun to experiment with.
My preference, usually, is to use the automatic drink options (flat white, please!). However, when there is time to experiment, I do enjoy that there are so many ways to modify one drink. I like to think of it as a machine that either let’s you be your own barista, or let’s you be the customer. Strangely, my favorite, the automatic flat white option, will make the espresso first then pour the milk. They usually do it the other way around at coffee shops, but I find it tastes just as good. I wanted to note this for fellow flat white lovers who may have more delicate palates than me! The latte option will indeed poor the milk first, as per protocol.
The adjustable spout is about four and a half inches under the dual coffee spouts and six inches under the milk and coffee spouts to the right. The removable drip tray will catch any spillage, can hold up to 16 brewing cycles and the machine will alert you when it’s full. Finally, the auto-on and auto-off options range from 15 minutes up to nine hours. Only 15 watts of power are used when it’s on idol, so the e8 is a genuinely good energy saver.
Coffee grinder and dosing:
As mentioned, the Jura e8 doses up to 16 grams in a single grind cycle. This is about five grams more than most machines and the actual amount that an espresso machine used by professional baristas would have at a high-end coffee shop. There are six levels of grind size, the coarser grind being best for regular coffee and the finest grind being best for espresso. Due to this generous dosage capability, you can have two espressos, double or single, in just one grind. It’s quite nice not to have to wait for second cycle!
The anatomy of the machine makes this part of the coffee making process very straightforward. There is a 10 oz hopper on the top of the machine where you’ll load your beans. The gasket seal on the hopper for freshness. There are two flip-doors behind the lid of the hopper, the left of which is a chute for loading pre-ground coffee –perfect for decaf. To the right of that is the aforementioned magic lever to adjust grind size.
RFID water filter and reservoir:
Just as with every other feature on the e8, even the water filter works with smart technology. The filter comes with a radio-frequency identification chip, which is designed to provide a self-sufficient filtration system. If used properly, there is no need for descaling. This quality is such a time saver, and for me, gives peace of mind that there’s no limescale buildup impairing my e8 espresso machine.
Something else that gives the Jura a leg up? This system is exclusive to their brand of machines. The CLEARYL Smart system, Jura claims, provides optimum water quality. As mentioned, I find Jura to make consistently great tasting coffee, and it may very well be partly because of the water filtration system. Taste aside, it’s good to know that the water is clean! Moreover, the Intelligent Water System (IWS) automatically detects that the filter is attached so there is no need to manually sync it with the machine.
The Jura e8 water reservoir holds 64 oz of water, or the equivalent of ten 6 oz coffees. The e8 also comes with a hardness test strip to be used before you start the machine. This measures the water’s mineral content, to which you can easily change the settings to accommodate.
Cleaning tablets and maintenance:
Hygiene is really important to me when it comes to choosing an espresso machine that makes milk drinks. However, to be frank, I hate taking things apart to clean them. Mercifully, this is not necessary to keep the E8 clean. It’s simply a matter of taking one of the cleaning tablets, which the E8 is packaged with, dropping it in the tablet pod and running a cleaning cycle. Other machines, such as the De’Longhi, tend to have more steps than this. Some may find that the cleaning and maintenance supplies are Jura specific to be mildly inconvenient, but I don’t mind considering how much time it saves me.
Also, ten minutes after you make a milk based drink, the machine will run an automatic rinse of the frothing device. You can also manually turn this on any time you think the device needs a bit of a clean. There is additionally a deeper cleaning option in which you may use the milk cleaning solution and allow water to run through the machine. Make sure you place the water container beneath the frother to catch the water.
I wanted to see if other people had the same journey with this machine as I did, so I scoured the internet for reviews and it turns out people also generally enjoyed the Jura e8 coffee machine. While there is the occasional critical review, most tend to be quite favorable. Some themes in the typical Jura e8 review include coffee addicts raving about how the e8 ultimately saves them money since they no longer have to buy their specialty drinks at the shop and hobbyists who have become connoisseurs due to the drink modification options that allow them to experiment with different coffee drinks. As the e8 costs a pretty penny, I will note that most people have find it to be worth the price of admission. Below are a few reviews that sum up the overall reception to the Jura E8.
Alternatives to the Jura e8
Understandably, everyone has different priorities when it comes to what they are looking for in an automatic coffee machine and what they are willing to pay. I personally prefer the Jura E8, but below are three alternatives that fill the same general coffee and espresso machine needs with some key differences.
The e6 espresso machine is just one model down from the e8, and is less expensive. If you want about half of the capabilities of the e8, say milk drinks don’t interest you, this is definitely the better choice. Compared to the e8, the e6:
- is more affordable (around a $400 difference)
- comes with the PEP grinder, but not the steamer
- has a slightly smaller water tank, 63 oz
Check out the e6 on Amazon!
Now let’s say you do want the milk steamer, but generally just need a little less than what the e8 offers. The Eletta is D’Longhi’s answer to the e8. It makes perfectly good coffee, is generally less expensive, and simply lacks the smart technology of the e8. Compared to the e8, the Eletta:
- is often slightly more affordable (around a $200 difference)
- comes with a steamer
- doesn’t come with smart technology capabilities
Look into the Eletta here!
The main difference between the Breville and the Jura e8 is that it is a semi-automatic coffee and espresso machine, whereas the e8 is automatic. If you aren’t interested in your machine automatically controlling the volume of water pushed through the grounds, then don’t spend the premium on a fully automatic espresso machine. The Breville makes perfectly good coffee. Compared to the e8, the Breville BES920XL:
- is more affordable (usually about $500 less)
- also comes with a steamer
- is semi-automatic
The Breville BES920XL is available on Amazon!
That wraps up this Jura e8 review! That the e8 saves me time without sacrificing options is the most important quality to me. Every feature of the machine has smart technology capabilities, so you don’t have to do much more than press a button. I save hassle when I tell Siri to make my flat white before I even get out of bed. Relatedly, most fans tout the versatility of the Jura e8. PEP, strength and temperature controls, and the frother give a range I haven’t seen in many machines.
If these are your main priorities as well, I highly recommend the Jura e8.
Check out the Jura coffee machine e8 here!
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