Welcome to the world of Jura super-automatic espresso machines — the pinnacle of coffee innovation.
Jura E8 super-automatic espresso machine combines the precision of Swiss engineering with cutting-edge technology.
Do you want velvety lattes? Aromatic espressos? Creamy cappuccinos? Jura E8 will make them with a touch of a button.
I've used this super-automatic espresso machine for a month to get to know everything about its intuitive interface and customizable settings.
Today, I'll talk about my experience using the Jura E8 so you can decide if this is the coffee machine to take you to coffee nirvana.
Jura E8 Review – My Ratings & Top Features
I rate Jura E8 4.8 out of 5. Jura uses a lot of innovative technology, for example, the G3 Aroma Grinder, the Pulse Extraction Process, and Intelligent Water System.
Despite my initial doubts, these are more than marketing gimmicks. They work together to create flavorful coffee drinks.
If you want a coffee machine that makes drinks with the touch of a button, this is one of the best devices you can go for.
Who Should Buy The Jura E8?
Jura E8 is a great choice for coffee lovers who want convenience and quality.
It’s a good choice for both busy professionals and home baristas who want to get flavorful drinks with minimal work involved.
It’s also an excellent option for coffee drinkers who like to switch up their coffee drinks and want a machine that can make a wide range of brews.
Finally, it’s a solid espresso maker for those who like technology and aren’t afraid of learning how to use the machine’s modern features.
Why I Decided To Review The Jura E8?
I had my eye on Jura espresso machines for a while. Once Jura upgraded one of their most popular models, the E8, I had to try it.
I spent a month using this machine, learning about its programmability, and experimenting with different drinks.
I have to say, Jura didn't disappoint, and my only regret was not trying it out earlier.
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Level Of Experience Needed
I'm a home brewing enthusiast who's used and tested several espresso machines over the years. I started with Nespresso Vertuo and recently upgraded to Rocket Espresso Appartamento.
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Espresso & Latte
What’s It Like To Live With The Jura E8?
Here’s my experience living with this super-automatic machine for a month.
I’ll talk about the first time I made espresso and frothed milk and explain everything you should know about this coffee device.
What’s In The Box?
Jura E8 box contains:
My order was processed in 2 business days, and I received it well-packaged in a cardboard box with plenty of bubble wrap. All the components in the box were well secured.
Jura doesn’t offer free shipping, which would be nice considering the price of their coffee machines.
Instead, the shipping fee depends on your zip code and the espresso machine’s weight.
Pulling My First Espresso Shot on the Jura E8
Here’s how I pulled my first shot on the Jura espresso machine:
- I plugged in the machine.
- I filled the bean hopper with my favorite coffee grounds.
- I pressed the on/off button.
- I filled the water tank, did a water hardness test, and attached the water filter to the cartridge.
- I waited for the machine to do a few rinsing cycles.
- I placed the cup under the coffee spouts.
- I pressed the coffee button and waited for the espresso machine to finish dispensing my drink.
Overall, it was easy to get decent espresso out of the coffee machine. The second time I brewed coffee took even less time, as I didn’t have to go through all the preparation steps.
I was surprised at how easy it is to use the Jura E8 espresso machine.
Sure, I had to resort to checking the user manual here and there, but the initial start was very easy. You can dive right in and make drinks pretty much straight out of the box.
Here’s the technology Jura E8 uses to make flavorful coffee drinks:
Overall, all this technology really makes a difference, and you’ll have a delicious espresso with a rich crema on your first try.
Moreover, the coffee flavor was better than many other super-automatic espresso machines I tried.
First Time Frothing Milk
Here’s how I frothed milk on the Jura E8 for the first time:
- I poured milk into a milk container.
- I placed the milk frother pipe into the milk container.
- I pressed the latte macchiato button.
- The preset amount of steamed milk flowed into the glass.
- I waited a bit for the hot milk to separate from the milk foam to get traditional latte macchiato layers.
Overall, it was also extremely easy to make milky espresso drinks, and I loved I didn’t even have to move my glass between the milk and coffee spouts.
Jura E8 uses a Professional Fine Foam milk frother, which is a flexible silicone hose. You attach one end of the milk tube to the milk frother and the other to the milk jug.
Finally, you don’t have to choose the correct amount of steamed milk for your milk-based beverages.
Jura coffee machines will automatically make the needed texture when you choose which milk-based beverages you want.
For example, a flat white will have a smooth microfoam, and a cappuccino will be more aerated.
How Much Control Do You Have Over The Jura E8?
You have an impressive amount of control over the Jura E8, especially considering this is a super-automatic coffee machine.
You can choose between 10 coffee strength settings, with adjustable dosing between five to 16 grams. You can choose between three levels of brewing and hot water temperature.
You can also adjust the grind size, shot, and milk volumes. The Jura even lets you select the time length between pouring the milk and the espresso pour.
For example, the longer you delay the milk and espresso being poured, the drier your milk foam.
One concern I had was that it would be challenging to make all these adjustments, considering how many options I could choose between. I'm happy to report that wasn't the case.
The LCD display makes changing the settings very simple, and I liked that the settings can be changed both before and during the brewing process.
How Does It Handle Different Roasts?
Jura E8 handles different roasts well. Its customizable settings and adjustable parameters allow users to adapt the machine to suit different bean profiles.
The E8's temperature control feature is especially valuable for darker roasts. Dark roasts often require slightly lower water temperatures to avoid over-extraction and bitterness.
By adjusting the temperature settings, you can get a balanced and flavorful cup.
Medium roasts also benefit from the E8's programmability. You can fine-tune the coffee strength and water volume to match the beans' characteristics and ensure a rich and satisfying brew.
Finally, lighter roasts can be more delicate and nuanced but are also compatible with the E8.
The coffee machine’s adjustable extraction time lets you extend the brewing process slightly, which brings out the intricate flavors without overwhelming bitterness.
Overall, unlike many other brands of semi-automatic machines and fully-automatic espresso machines, Jura E8 can be used with all kinds of coffee beans, thanks to the E8's programmable features.
Look, Feel, and Size Of The Machine
A lot of super-automatic machines are huge. Luckily, Jura E8 is smaller than most other fully automatic machines with dimensions 11 × 13.8 × 17.6 in.
The E8 comes in four different color options (mostly variations of black and silver, so no bright colors here).
Each color model feels modern and high-end, which is great considering its expensive price tag.
There are two spouts at the center of the machine. One spout is for ristretto, espresso, and coffee, and the other for milk specialty drinks.
Each coffee spout is adjustable, so I could fit different mugs.
The milk outlet can be raised to give over 6 inches of space so that you can make a specialty drink in your travel mug.
The coffee spout can't go as high, but the good news is that it can be lowered to 2.6 in, which is great for using espresso cups and means fewer splashes.
Finally, the hot water dispenser has a range of 4.4 to 6.2 in, which is also a decent range.
There’s an LCD display at the top of the machine, which gives the machine a modern feel. The removable 64 oz water tank with the Clearyl Smart water filter is located in the back.
It’s a large size; however, the Jura goes through more water than the other machines I used, mostly due to its automatic cleaning programs, which purge water after a single grind cycle.
The bean hopper is located on top and fits 10 oz of whole beans.
I loved that it has a silicone gasket that seals the beans nicely, so I didn’t have to worry about the coffee's freshness, which ensures great espresso.
Moreover, there’s a pre-ground coffee chute, which is useful when you want decaf coffee.
Overall, the Jura's build quality is on par with other expensive machines. The material used is plastic with stainless steel parts.
However, I found it's a fingerprint magnet and needs cleaning often.
Moreover, I often had milk residue and coffee smears on the edge of the steam wand. I had to keep a cloth nearby and wipe the machine a few times a day, which can get tedious.
What Drinks Can It Make?
Jura E8 can make 17 drinks:
In reality, it makes 10 drinks, most of which have a double espresso option, plus milk froth and hot water.
Still, this is an impressive range of drinks. Considering the various customization options, you won’t get bored any time soon.
How Easy Is the Jura E8 To Use?
Jura E8 is very easy to use, primarily thanks to the LCD screen. The screen lets you know when it's time to clean the machine, empty the used puck container, and descale.
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This isn’t a touchscreen color display. There are six buttons located around it, and each button corresponds to the display selection, which makes use easy.
The buttons also mean there are fewer smudges.
Jura E8 has a smart algorithm that remembers your favorite drinks and preferences when making espresso and keeps them displayed on the home screen, which is a nice touch.
Another feature that facilitates ease of use is the Smart Connect wireless attachment. You download the Jura app on your smart device and connect it to the great machine.
Then, you can make excellent espresso from wherever you are. For example, use it to make coffee in the morning while scrolling your phone in bed.
How Long Does It Take? (From Heat Up To First Sip)
Jura E8 takes around two minutes from heat up to the first sip.
This espresso machine uses a Thermoblock heating system, so it takes around a minute to heat up and just under a minute to make espresso.
In case you want a milk drink, you’ll have to wait around 50 seconds longer for the auto frother to make your milk froth.
Does It Have A Water Filtration System?
Yes, Jura E8 has a water filtration system. Jura calls this “Intelligent Water System.”
Essentially, the espresso machine uses a Clearyl water filter with RFID tags that remove limescale and other impurities from your water.
It’s worth noting the water filter makes a big difference in your coffee flavor.
The machine uses RFID technology to communicate with the water filter and lets you know when the filter has to be changed.
This helps you have better coffee and prolongs the life of your device by preventing mineral buildup that can lead to clogs and performance issues.
How Hard Is It To Clean and Descale?
It's very easy to clean and descale this fully-automatic espresso machine. Moreover, if you use the Clearyl water filter, you don't even need to descale.
If you aren't using the water filter, you'll need to descale after 200 drinks. Descaling takes around 40 minutes, so plan in advance.
The Jura coffee maker does an automatic rinse cycle each time you turn it on and off. You should clean the wand after each use, or the milk can curdle. Unscrew it and clean it in the dishwasher.
You’ll also get cleaning tablets with the device for a deeper clean of the milk system.
You place the tablet in the rinsing receptacle, and the device dispenses hot water to dissolve the tablet and sucks it up the tube.
You should also empty the drip tray and the container puck box as needed. This is usually every few days for the puck box and every other day for the drip tray.
Overall, the cleaning functions are easy to perform, except for the brew group. It’s fixed, which means you can’t remove and rinse it.
My Favorite Parts About The Jura E8
I liked that the puck container holds 16 pucks. If you make two drinks a day, you won’t have to empty it for over a week.
I also liked that the LCD display isn’t a touch screen. It was extremely easy to use, and it made the device easily programmable.
Finally, I love that I can completely operate the super-automatic espresso machine from the app.
My Least Favorite Parts About The Jura E8
I didn’t like the machine’s price tag. E8 and similar Jura coffee machines are more expensive than most other automatic machines.
However, I have to admit the price tag is worth it, considering the coffee quality and the ease of the coffee-making process.
I also didn’t like that this is a single-boiler super-automatic espresso machine. This means you’ll have to wait between brewing and steaming.
However, the wait time is negligible, and you’ll have milk-based drinks in under two minutes.
Jura E8 Vs Similar Machines
Jura E8 Vs S8
Jura E8 falls in the middle of the Jura lineup, while the S8 is at the high end.
Both E8 and S8 have the PEP extraction process, pre-ground bypass, programmable options, automatic cleaning, and a tube that can froth milk.
The bean hopper and water reservoir are the same size — 10 oz and 64 oz.
The main difference between these models is in the display. The S8 has a larger touchscreen display, while the E8 display is TFT with buttons.
S8 has 15 drinks compared to E8’s 17, and all the programmable options are the same. Essentially, E8 gives you more for less money.
Jura E8 Vs E6
Jura E6 only has 11 specialty drinks compared to E8's 17. Both machines have intelligent preheating, 3D brewing technology, PEP, and Wi-Fi connection.
The machines have an almost identical design, with the same TFT display. However, the E6 doesn't have a one-touch brewing function and has a less advanced milk frother.
Overall, E6 is the better option if you don’t need a ton of drink options and have a lower budget.
Jura E8 Vs Z10
Jura Z10 is at the very top of the Jura machine lineup, so it comes with a top price tag compared to other espresso machines. Z10 can make 32 drinks, which even includes cold brew.
Both models use mostly the same technology to brew coffee — the PEP, HP3/CX3 milk system for making milk drinks, intelligent preheating, and 3D brewing.
However, the Z10 has a more advanced grinder and a larger touchscreen color display.
Both coffee makers have the same programmable options. You’ll get the same double espresso flavor, and the identical milk system will create good milk froth.
Overall, the Z10 is worth the money only if you really want a massive number of drink options or if you can’t live without cold brew.
Jura E8 Vs ENA8
Jura E8 and ENA8 are very similar, with the ENA8 being less expensive compared to E8. Both machines make coffee-shop-quality drinks.
However, ENA8 has a smaller footprint, which comes with a significantly smaller water tank (37 oz compared to E8’s 64 oz).
ENA8 is a nice machine with solid build quality. I especially loved its diamond-patterned cylindrical water tank, which makes it look more stylish than the E8.
Both machines will make great coffee, but ENA8 can only make 10 drinks, compared to E8’s 17.
Jura E8 Vs DeLonghi Dinamica Plus
The main difference between the Jura E8 and the DeLonghi Dinamica Plus is in their grinders. Jura’s grinder has six settings, while Dinamica’s has 13, which is a large difference.
More settings are always better when it comes to getting the perfect coffee.
Dinamica Plus doesn’t have as many programmable options as the E8.
You can adjust the temperature on the Dinamica, but on the E8, you can adjust the coffee strength, temperature, and milk volume.
Dinamica Plus also has TrueBrew Over Ice technology, which is great if you love iced coffee. The machine brews coffee for iced drinks without resulting in a watered-down brew.
This is a feature that most Jura machines need to improve upon.
Finally, Dinamica Plus has LatteCrema technology, which creates excellent texture for latte art. You don’t have as much control over the milk frothing on the Jura E8 espresso machine.
Jura E8 Vs DeLonghi Eletta
DeLonghi Eletta and Jura E8 come at a similar price point.
However, the Eletta is a larger model, which means a larger water tank and bean hopper (67 oz and 14 oz compared to E8's 63 oz and 10 oz).
The Elleta has 13 grind settings compared to E8’s six. I loved that it has a larger cup clearance of up to 6 inches. The cup clearance on the E8 is only up to 4.5 in.
Jura E8 has a sleek design and more programmable features than the Eletta coffee maker.
However, the Eletta has a milk system with a container that automatically froths milk and dispenses it into your cup. You can detach it and store leftover milk in the fridge as needed.
Overall, both machines are easy to use and can make great coffee. Think about how much space you have and what kind of frothing system you like better.
People Also Ask (FAQs)
Yes, you can make a latte with a Jura E8. Jura E8 makes various milk-based drinks with a touch of a button.
Jura E8 is made either in Switzerland or Portugal.
Yes, you can use Jura E8 without a filter. However, then you’ll have to descale the coffee maker after 200 drinks.
You change filters in Jura E8 every three months. The machine will let you know when it’s time to change.
You clean the Jura E8 after every 180 brewing cycles. You should also clean the milk frother after every use.
There are four generations of Jura E8. The newest generation has 17 drink options, more programmable features, and a better grinder.
Jura E8 Review: Final Thoughts
Jura E8 makes delicious brews. Out of all Jura machines, the E8 provides excellent value for money.
You get a wide range of coffee drinks that are easily programmable, and it has all the advanced Jura technology without the high price tag other models come with (such as the S8 and Z10).
Overall, this is a great choice if you want to press a button and get your drink.
However, if you want to learn how to make pucks and control every aspect of brewing, this isn’t the coffee model for you.