Jura ENA 8 Espresso Machine Review for 2020

Jura ENA 8 Review

Automatic coffee making machines have been around for quite a while now and they are in demand more than ever. Just bring in good quality coffee beans and you are all set to enjoy some delicious coffee any time of the day.

One of the huge benefits these machines have to offer is, they handle everything for you. You don’t have to have barista-like skills to make a great cup of coffee at home. No wonder this set-it-and-forget-it styled coffee has become so much popular. 

The Jura ENA 8 is a good quality automatic coffee machine that comes with all the features you need. It shares the same Jura technology that the E6 and the ENA Micro 90 features but the ENA E8 comes with ten different programs. 

This machine also features one-touch functionality and there is a good quality milk frother with programmable temperature as well. So, you can operate it with an intuitive color touch screen as well. 

But is it an expensive machine? 

Micro E8 has been around for only a few months and it has become popular among the people. Does it deserve all the attention or should you pass it by and look for other options? 

We are going to find everything about this in, Jura ENA 8 Review 2020! 

Pros

  • Can accommodate different cup sizes.
  • AromaG3 grinder is there for better flavor preservation
  • Optimal use of coffee beans. 
  • Different coffee specialty recipes. 
  • Very compact footprint. 
  • Intuitive TFT touchscreen.
  • Pulse extraction.
  • An inbuilt burr grinder.
  • Volumetric dosage control for coffee volume and strength per shot.

Cons

  • Small bean hopper and water reservoir.
Jura ENA 8 Metropolitan Black Automatic Coffee Machine
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Jura ENA 8 Metropolitan Black Automatic Coffee Machine
  • COMPACT ONE TOUCH: Prepare 10 barista quality specialties including espresso doppio, cappuccino, flat white and latte macchiato at the touch of a button
  • PERFECT ESPRESSO: Ultimate coffee quality thanks to JURA's exclusive Pulse Extraction Process
  • CONICAL BURR GRINDER: Fast and precise AromaG3 grinder grinds whole beans to the optimum fineness
  • ECO FRIENDLY: JURA is always freshly ground, not capsuled - fresh taste with very limited waste - single serve machine
  • CAPACITY: 37 ounce cylindrical-shape, easy-grip water tank, 4.4 ounce bean container, optional pre-ground chute

Why Jura!

Jura has been sound since 1931 and it has never looked back in terms of innovation and quality. Each year the brand sets a new standard that becomes the industry benchmark. If you are looking for durability, looks, performance, and convenience, all in one package…then Jura is the right choice for you.

The company uses high-end materials for the development of their products and also provides its customers with quality services. But these products come at a high price.

The brand has been producing state-of-the-art coffee machines for quite some time now. If you are not very experienced in the art of coffee making but still want to make the best cup just like your local cafe serves, then Jura should be your choice. 

Multiple functions come in these coffee machines and most of them feature energy-saving modes to keep your utility consumption under control. So, these machines keep several aspects under check.

Still, thinking over it? Let’s get to the in-depth review and find out how real all these claims are!

Comparison Chart

FeaturesJura ENA 8Jura E8Jura S8
TasteRich and creamyRich and creamyTrue cafe-style coffee
Water Tank4.5 cups (37 fl oz)8 cups (64 fl oz)8 cups (64 fl oz)
User-friendlinessTFT touch display with buttonsTFT touch display with buttonsSimple touch display 
ConstructionStainless steel body with a few plastic accentsStainless steel body with a few plastic accentsStainless steel body with a few plastic accents
FrothingNice, thick, and creamySlightly airierThick and creamy
GrindingInbuilt Aroma G3 grinder with 4.4 oz bean hopperInbuilt Aroma G3 grinder with 10 oz bean hopperInbuilt Aroma G3 grinder with 10 oz bean hopper
MaintenanceInbuilt rinsing and descaling programsInbuilt rinsing and descaling programsInbuilt rinsing and descaling programs
ValueMeets the valueSlightly expensiveExpensive
Additional featuresJura’s signature P.E.P, 10 different specialties, cappuccino frother, and programmable strength and volume of coffee.Jura’s signature P.E.P, 16 different specialties, fine foam frother, and programmable coffee volume and strength.Jura’s P.E.P, 15 different coffee specialties, fine foam frother, programmable coffee volume, and strength.

Jura ENA 8 Review

Taste

To judge the taste, we had to try out all three coffee machines and they did a great job. It was indeed tough to choose a winner amongst them. However, the Jura ENA 8 won the taste test as the coffee it produced was very rich and aromatic. If you are looking for such attributes then certainly this machine is the perfect choice for you. 

On the other hand, the coffee that E8 produced was similar to the ENA 8, but the final result was bolder than the ENA 8. It was because the frothing of the E8 machine had more air and less cream. 

The S8 was exquisite when it came to a highly rich taste. This machine produces a taste that you would get in a cafe. If you are looking for that true barista-like cup of coffee then you need to choose the S8, hands down.

Water Reservoir Capacity

Jura ENA 8 Tank
Jura ENA 8 Tank

Are you a coffeeholic? You’d need a machine with huge water storage capacity. Anything over 5 cups would be suitable for you. If you are frequently accompanied by others, this demand doubles and you will need a machine that comes with a bigger water reservoir. 

If that is the case, the Jura ENA 8 is not going to work for you. It only comes with a water reservoir capacity that can hold up to four and a half cups. Now, if you are a frequent coffee drinker, you need to manage a couple of refills a day. But if you are frequently joined by other coffee drinkers then this machine will fail. Therefore, it is not a good option for office set up as well. 

Both the other two machines the E8 and the S8 come with a larger water reservoir capacity and they both can hold up to 8 cups. So you will get through the day without many refills. So both machines are better suited for office setups. 

User-friendliness

The ENA 8 is extremely user-friendly because it comes equipped with an intuitive touch screen. There are buttons on this screen and you only have to press once to achieve what you desire; to get that perfect cup of coffee. 

This intuitive touch screen makes your life extremely familiar with this machine. Every great-tasting cup of coffee is just a push of a button away. Ths touchscreen also serves to be a medium to display other information as well, such as low water indicator and descaling requirements. 

The other two machines also come with a similar kind of touchscreen as well. You don’t have to do much to use this touch-sensitive input as it is very easy to use with a clear display of information. The touch screens also provide you with other alerts about the cleaning and maintenance of the machine as well as refills. 

Construction

Jura ENA 8 Design
Jura ENA 8 Design

If you are interested in buying a machine that comes with a slightly smaller footprint then you need to choose the ENA 8. You can place it anywhere on your kitchen counter or inside the cabinet effortlessly. Jura has used quality stainless steel in the construction of this nice looking machine. 

This machine is slightly heavy so you can’t drag it much. The controls are very easy to access and the bean hopper of this machine is right on top with a capacity of 4.4 oz. Its water tank capacity is 37 oz. 

On the other hand, the E8 comes with a larger water tank having a capacity of 64 oz and a bean hopper that is 10 oz in measurement. Jura has used stainless steel in the construction of this machine as well and if you are looking for a durable machine; this is the ideal option for you. 

The S8 also has the same designs and construction features as the E8 and both match in terms of the water reservoir and bean hopper capacity. But you will have to compromise for an overall footprint because both E8 and S8 are almost double the size of an ENA 8.

Milk Frothing

Jura ENA 8
Jura ENA 8

The ENA 8 comes with a cappuccino frother that is excellent when it comes to producing a more creamy and rich flavor. It means that if you are a huge fan of high-quality flavoring cups of coffee then this machine will work very well for you.

The E8 machine also comes with a fine foam frother. But the frother is not going to produce any fruitful results for you if you don’t like airy frothing. You should heat the milk further to improve that taste.

However, S8 has the same kind of frother and it produces a high quality flavored frothing which is as creamy as anyone would like. The froth that this machine produces is very close to what you get from a cafe. 

So the E8 is our least favorite in terms of frothing and cream. But both the other two options are sensational in what they can add to the final cup. 

Coffee Grinding

Jura ENA 8 Grinding
Jura ENA 8 Grinding

The ENA 8 comes with an inbuilt coffee grinder that comes with a 4.4-ounce capacity. The burr grinder is very simple to use and it comes with Aroma G3 technology with these technical features, the grinder can preserve the flavor and aroma of your coffee beans. It also produces up to 60% less residual grounds. Therefore, your grinder wastes coffee and uses it optimally to provide you with the best tasting cup. 

Both the E8 and the S8 also feature this same kind of Aroma G3 Burr Grinder. So the flavor preservation and optimal coffee consumption features are there in the other two machines as well. The only difference between the ENA 8 grinder is that its bean hopper is almost half in capacity and size as compared to the other two.

Maintenance

Most Jura machines come with built-in features associated with cleaning and maintenance. You can use various settings to clean your machines. You can do that with the machine’s water reservoir as well as the bean hopper. 

Descaling the machine also requires you to just go through the process in the instructions manual and you will run through it with just a few clicks. It is recommended that you use the descaling tablets for this purpose and your machine comes with these. 

The other two machines are also very simple to clean and descale and you don’t have to go through a lot. Jura machines are the simplest to clean and descale and is the huge advantages of owning a Jura. The ENA 8, the E8, and the S8 all come with these inbuilt cleaning and maintenance features that keep your machine clean and run for a long time to come.  

Value for Money 

When talking about value for money, the ENA 8 meets the value as it is loaded with some of the best features that you will need to get that perfect cup of coffee. It doesn’t come with a larger water reservoir and bean hopper, but if your coffee consumption is not abundant, you can easily spend a day with a couple of refills. But it is a good choice for homeowners. 

The E8 and the S8 both machines come with a water tank and bean hopper capacity, that is more than what the ENA 8 has to offer. But for a larger bean hopper and water tank, you are also paying a substantially higher price. It makes both these machines slightly expensive. 

This higher price might not be a thing for you if you have high consumption patterns or if you are looking for a machine that you can place in your office. E8 and S8 work for value for money if you have high coffee consumption patterns. Otherwise, the ENA 8 is a good enough machine that you will get without spending too much. 

Other Features

Some of the worth-mentioning other features include Jura’s very own P.E.P. With this feature, you can use the machine for pulse extraction and allows you to optimize your extraction time. 

The machine also provides you with an option to program the strength and volume of your coffee in each of your shots. So there are some customizable features. Both these features are available in all three machines that we are comparing here. 

The ENA 8 comes with a cappuccino frother that can produce very creamy results. The fine foam frother of E8 is not that great but the one of S8 is extraordinary. 

Apart from that, the ENA 8 can make 10 different specialty coffees while the E8 can make 16 and the S8 can make 15. So these are some features together double capacities of the water tank and bean hopper that result in a higher price tag. 

Who Should Buy It?

If you are looking for a good quality coffee maker for your home where you are the only coffee drinker and want to taste a range of different high-quality cups then the Jura ENA 8 is a good choice for you. 

You will spend a day with a couple of refills if you drink coffee a lot. But if you are looking to cater to some of your friends as well or are looking to place it in an office then you should look for another option. 

This machine is very easy to descale and maintain. You don’t have to worry about any messy work associated with the cleaning process. It looks very elegant on the kitchen counter and you can even place it in your cabinet.

There are 10 different specialty coffees you can make from it and with the volumetric dosage, you can alter the volume and strength of coffee in each of your shots. All the information is available on the screen and you are just a push of a button away from everything. 

Who Shouldn’t Buy It?

It’s very simple, the machine only lacks power in terms of bean hopper and water reservoir capacity. So it is not going to serve very well if the consumption rate increases significantly.

If you don’t want to control the volumetric strength and volume of your coffee shots. There is nothing wrong with the taste that it produces and the dream content in the cups. The only issue is that it cannot serve too many avid coffee drinkers.

You will also have to compromise on the variety of specialty coffee because it can only manage 10. Several other machines can easily manage double that number. So there are a few hiccups here and there and you need to keep that in mind before finalizing your decision. 

Pros

  • Can accommodate different cup sizes.
  • AromaG3 grinder is there for better flavor preservation
  • Optimal use of coffee beans. 
  • Different coffee specialty recipes. 
  • Very compact footprint. 
  • Intuitive TFT touchscreen.
  • Pulse extraction.
  • An inbuilt burr grinder.
  • Volumetric dosage control for coffee volume and strength per shot. 

Cons

  • Small bean hopper and water reservoir.

The Verdict

The Jura ENA 8 coffee maker is the optimum option for you to consider because it has all the features you need in a good quality coffee machine. It comes with a cappuccino frother that can produce very creamy frothing. There is a burr grinder present on the machine and with the highly intuitive touch controls, the machine is uncomplicated to use. 

Our only concern with this machine is, it doesn’t come with enough bean hopper and water reservoir capacity to serve a small group of people. But if you want a good quality machine for yourself or another person at your home then the ENA 8 will work very well for you. 

It can produce an extraordinary rich taste and you won’t have to wait much to get your cup. It does a splendid job in creating those cafe style recipes and provides you with an experience and feel that will be with you for the entire day. You also get some control over your cup with the volumetric dosage feature.

So what do you think about this machine? Do you think it is good enough for your money or is a 64-oz water reservoir too small for you? Leave your comments and suggestions in the space given below! Let’s hear your side of the story.