Jura is a premium brand that specialises in automatic coffee machines. With the majority of their models costing over £1000 - and some as much as £3700 - their target market is coffee enthusiasts who are willing to pay more for the best coffee. On this page, we'll go through some of the best Jura bean-to-cup coffee machines, along with reviews of why we think they are excellent models.
Who are Jura?
Jura is a Swiss brand that specialises in producing coffee machines, although they also build other home appliances. The company first began producing automatic espresso machines back in the 1980s, and since then has grown to a medium-sized company with approximately 600 employees.
So what makes Jura bean-to-cup machines stand out from others in the UK? Firstly, Jura is not a budget company. At the time of writing, the cheapest model is the ENA Micro 1 - which has an RRP of over £600. Other models can cost thousands of pounds. Their machines are certainly not for coffee-lovers looking for a bargain or budget machine!
The company also places a heavy emphasis on design. As you'll see in the upcoming list of the company's best models, Jura machines are always sleek and stylish. The company knows that making coffee is often as much about the experience as it is about the actual taste.
That doesn't mean their machines don't produce excellent espresso though. With over 30 years experience building espresso machines, many of their models make tasty and aromatic espresso, cappuccino and latte.
There are a number of Jura machines on the market in the UK (you can see an up-to-date list from Jura here) and many of them produce great espresso - at a price! For this reason, we've compiled a list of what we think are the best Jura coffee machines that also provide value for money.
Jura Bean-to-Cup Coffee Machine Reviews - Our Top 3 Models!
1. Jura ENA Micro 1 Aroma Plus
The ENA Micro 1 is the "baby" of the Jura range - although it's certainly not cheap even by bean-to-cup standards. It's a stylish model with a unique angled design - and is the only Jura machine to make it onto our list of the top 10 bean-to-cup coffee machines. So what makes this model stand out?
Firstly, the ENA Micro 1 is a compact machine. This means it's great for small kitchens or if you don't want a bulky coffee machine taking up your worktop. Despite the small size, we think it retains Jura's famous style - so it's not a model that will ruin your kitchen's decor.
Inside, the Micro 1 has a burr grinder, 15 bar pump and a 1.1 litre water tank. There are several options for customising your coffee, such as water quantity and coffee strength. It's an espresso-only machine though - a milk frother isn't included so you can't make cappuccino or latte (although you can buy a separate milk frother for this).
Additionally, the model has a "zero energy" setting, which you can use to disconnect all power without using the plug socket, and an energy saving mode. It's also been rated "A" for energy efficiency.
If you want to be a Jura coffee machine but can't afford one of the more expensive models, the Micro 1 could be an excellent choice. It's also great if you want a high-quality espresso machine but don't have a lot of space in the kitchen.
2. Jura E6
If you're looking to spend a bit more on a coffee machine with more functions than the ENA Micro 1, the Jura E6 could be an option to consider. It's an excellent coffee machine that makes fully automated espresso, has an easy-to-use TFT display, and a built-in milk frother for cappucino and other milky drinks.
One of the things we liked about the E6 in our review was the company's new Pulse Extraction Process technology. This pulses water through the ground coffee, leading to a fuller taste with a rich crema. There are also several options for customising your espresso, including coffee strength and length.
The milk frother does a decent job of whipping up soft and frothy milk for cappuccino. It's not fully automated when making milky coffees - you'll need to make the espresso first then add the milk - but the frothing is all done for you. Our only complaint is that the milk is lukewarm rather than hot.
Other features include a built-in water filtration system, various cleaning modes and an attractive design. There are also two adjustable spouts for making dual espressos.
In summary, the Jura E6 is pricier than the Micro ENA 1, but is a step up in terms of features - especially if you want milky coffee. It's not perfect, but produces wonderful espresso and is easy to use.
3. Jura IMPRESSA F8
Moving up from the ENA Micro 1, we have the IMPRESSA F8. This is a much more feature-rich model that's capable of producing two cups of espresso simultaneously.
As you would expect, the F8 is an attractive model. It has the stylish black design seen on most Jura machines, while the silver coffee dispensers provide a classy counter-point. The model has an LCD display for viewing selections and there is a rotating switch to select your desired coffee from 13 options.
The F8 can make a variety of drinks, including latte macchiato and cappuccino. It does this using Jura's "fine foam technology," which provides a light topping of frothed milk with just the right texture.
Other features include the Aroma+ grinder and a thermoblock heater. The water tank also has space for a filter to prevent hard water ruining the excellent coffee taste.
The IMPRESSA F8 is a stylish model that's capable of producing a variety of excellent coffees. While it's more expensive than the ENA Micro 1, it's also far more versatile with the milk frothing system, two cup dispenser and LCD screen. So if you're looking for an automatic Jura coffee machine the F8 could be the perfect option.
4. Jura IMPRESSA Z9
Another of our favourite models from Jura is the IMPRESSA Z9. This is the most expensive model on this list, but has a one touch design to allow you to make outstanding latte, cappuccino or espresso whenever you want a coffee.
While the Z9 has the classic style we've come to expect, it also comes with a high-resolution screen. This is used to select your drink preferences - either from the built-in options or your own saved presets.
The Z9 also has a number of advanced features. These include a wireless connection, which can interact with the Jura Cool Control system to warn you when the milk level is low, and integrated cleaning programmes that mean you don't need to manually clean the brewing unit. The milk frother can automatically make creamy milk for cappuccino and lattes.
There's no doubt that the IMPRESSA Z9 is an excellent bean-to-cup coffee machine. It can make a variety of coffee types in rapid time, has a range of advanced features and minimises time spent cleaning. The only major downside is the price - but this is to be expected with top-end Jura coffee machines.
Jura are a premium bean-to-cup coffee machine manufacturer that produces a range of excellent models. While their machines are always expensive - Jura simply don't do budget options - the high-quality espresso output and variety of useful features often means they also provide value for money.
If you don't have a large budget, the ENA Micro 1 is probably the best option. It's a compact model that still produces tasty espresso. The machine also has the classic Jura style that means it'll look great in any kitchen.
When it comes to balancing performance and budget, we think the IMPRESSA F8 is one of the best Jura options. It can make a variety of types of coffee, including espresso and cappuccino, yet is still one of the least expensive Jura bean-to-cup coffee machines.