Jura D6 Review 2022: Jura on a Budget

After working as a professional barista for many years, Arne Preuss founded Coffeeness.

After touching on the JURA D6 automatic coffee maker in a couple of previous articles, I decided it’s time to go ahead and put together a JURA D6 review for you.

After touching on the JURA D6 automatic coffee maker in a couple of previous articles, I decided it’s time to go ahead and put together a JURA D6 review for you.

This particular model is what I would consider the base model of JURA coffee makers, even though there is another model that’s a little lower on the totem pole.

In today’s review, I’ll go in depth about the strengths and weaknesses of the Jura D6. That way, you can make an informed decision about whether or not this is the right automatic espresso machine for you.

Jura D6

An affordable entry level Jura coffee maker!

Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P.)

App compatible with optional Smart Connect

Unbelievable milk foam

Easy to clean

No bypass for ground coffee

A little loud

Jura D6 Coffee Maker Overview

So, what makes this JURA automatic coffee maker special? Well, for one, It’s a JURA coffee machine. Back in the day, I was a little put off by the price tag of these machines but didn’t realize at the time just how great they really were.

Since then, the Swiss JURA brand has grown on me and I’ve come to appreciate that these machines can serve up some of the best espresso and coffee in the industry.

This is partially due to the P.E.P. (Pulse Extraction Process). It’s a technology where the water gets forced through the coffee puck in short pulses, resulting in optimal extraction and the best possible flavor for your cup of joe.

As always, my complaint about all Jura machines is the lack of a removable brew group. I truly wish Jura would incorporate this feature into their designs, but they hold fast to what they’ve come up with.

As I said above, I consider the Jura D6 coffee maker to be an entry level machine in the JURA lineup. It sells for $995.00 on Amazon right now. The functionality and specifications are what I expect from super automatics in that price range.

If you’ve never owned a super automatic espresso machine, you will certainly enjoy the features and professional barista standard coffee the JURA D6 has to offer.

Jura D6 First Impressions

Jura D6 espresso.

My first thought when looking at this machine is that it has sort of a retro vibe going on with its styling. I’m sure retro wasn’t what JURA was going for in the design, but it does indeed look classic with its rotary switches, clean lines and plain text display.

It makes all the specialty coffee drinks I would want to see in a starter machine; espresso, coffee, double cups of those drinks, and cappuccino. Of course, you can also dispense hot water and milk foam separately, if you’d like. That’s super convenient for tea and hot cocoa drinkers.

The rotary switches are pretty straightforward, too. One to select and customize the drink you want to make, and the other to switch between hot water and the milk system. If that’s not your thing, you can always purchase the optional Smart Connect module and control everything from your iPhone, tablet, or Apple Watch.

Jura D6 Features

Let’s take a closer look at the features that stood out during my JURA D6 review. 

Colors

Jura D6 coffee maker colors.

Firstly, the JURA D6 comes in two color options. You can get the platinum version with its silver panels on the front, or a glossy piano black version that’s sure to look ultra slick in your kitchen. Personally, I prefer the platinum, but to each their own.

Display

The intuitive plain text display isn’t anything fancy, but it’s nothing if not perfectly efficient. It’s easy to understand and operate, too. If you’re a person that likes no fuss controls, then the D6’s display set up and controls are sure to please.

Grinder

Next, let’s talk about the grinder. I don’t need to tell you how important grinding fresh coffee beans is in your quest for the perfect cup of espresso or coffee. 

The JURA D6 has an integrated AromaG2 grinder that does a great job of grinding your whole beans thanks to a perfected cutting angle. It’s also adjustable, so you can achieve the ideal fineness of grounds. And that translates to great flavor and full aroma in the cup.

Do remember only to adjust the settings on the grinder while the machine is operating.

Water Reservoir

Jura D6 water tank.

The water tank on the Jura D6 holds 64 ounces (1.9 liters) of water. However, the fun doesn’t stop there. This model is equipped with an Intelligent Water System (I.W.S) that JURA developed over the last few years.

Jura Clearyl water filter pack.

The D6 uses a CLEARYL smart water filter to ensure perfect water quality for exceptional taste when brewing coffee. Not only does it remove substances and heavy metals that can impair flavor or those lovely coffee aromas, but it also removes limescale. What that means is that you won’t have to descale your machine as often.

Furthermore, the water filter is detected automatically when inserted and wirelessly linked to the coffee machine via RFID technology. This RFID technology automatically detects the filter and can let you know when it’s time to swap it out for a new filter cartridge. 

Spout Height

There are two kinds of spouts on the Jura D6; a double one coffee and a single one for milk. What’s more, the coffee spout is adjustable according to your cup height. It can go as low as 2.5 inches (6.4 centimeters) for your single shot espresso or raise to 4.3 inches (10.9 centimeters) for larger cups.

In practical terms, lowering the spout will prevent splashes and preserve that delicious crema we all love! Were the coffee to fall from a higher point, such as when the spout is adjusted for taller cups, the crema would dissipate.

Specialty Coffees

Jura D6 specialty drinks.

The Jura D6 offers five options for specialty coffees. Well, the JURA website says seven, but I don’t consider hot water and milk foam specialty coffee. I mean, it’s one thing to brew decaf, yet another to make coffee without grinds – aka hot water! Then again, I guess if all of your water was flowing out of the Alps, you might consider it a “specialty.”

Anyhow, this particular JURA coffee maker can create an amazing espresso shot or a perfect coffee, and then double cups of both of those options. For the fifth coffee option, you can take advantage of the Easy Cappuccino System and prepare yourself a stellar cappuccino using the milk frother. 

Sadly, you can’t change up the consistency of the milk foam, so a proper latte may be out of the question. Nonetheless, for the price, I’m good with the drink options that are available.

App

Another plus point for the JURA D6 automatic coffee maker is that it’s fully compatible via the Smart Connect transmitter with JURA’s app, called J.O.E. 

The Smart Connect transmitter is mandatory to make the connection between machine and app, but optional for the D6. In other words, it doesn’t come with the machine but you can pick it up as an additional purchase.

So what does J.O.E. stand for? I’m glad you asked. It’s an acronym for the “JURA Operating Experience”. The play on words is kinda silly, but it works.

The app itself is pretty nice, with options to control the D6 and adjust your preferences for each drink. You can even keep an eye on how much water and beans you have left. Not only that, you can get a helping hand to troubleshoot issues with the direct link to customer support. 

The whole thing integrates well and works smoothly between the machine and your smart device. 

Siri Knows J.O.E.

As a matter of fact, Siri and J.O.E. are best friends. The app is compatible with Siri’s voice recognition software, so if you have your hands full or you’re entertaining guests in the dining room, you can just ask Siri to start you up a fresh cappuccino. Bonus points if you have an Apple Watch and don’t need to have your phone handy!

The app will use whatever your current presets are and craft your beverage all on its own. A little bit of preparation goes a long way here. Be sure to have a coffee cup ready to go under the spout, along with connecting the milk container if that’s your preference.

Oh, and I probably wouldn’t leave the milk sitting out too long when you go to impress your friends. They would of course scoff if you brought them a cappuccino made with sour milk!

But wow, how nice it would be to lay in bed and brew a double shot of espresso that’s ready by the time you’ve walked down the hall to get it!

How to Use the Jura D6 Coffee Machine

The D6 is wonderful to use in its simplicity. If you’re setting it up for the first time, you’ll want to follow the instructions in the user manual and on the plain text display. These will guide you on how to set the water hardness and snap in the smart water filter. Once you fill the water tank and add beans to the bean hopper, you’re ready to go.

The rotary switch for choosing your coffee is self explanatory. Turn it to choose your poison, then press the switch once to start the brew (or twice if you’d like to do two cups). The Pulse Extraction Process will work its magic, and you’ll end up with a delicious coffee and espresso. 

For cappuccino, the process is a little different. Once you choose cappuccino from the rotary switch, you’ll want to connect the cappuccinatore before pressing the switch to start the process. 

The D6 will prompt you to adjust the other switch on the bean hopper side of the machine from water to milk, and the D6 will add your perfectly foamy milk to the cup. Once it dispenses the milk, the display will prompt you to swap the milk switch back to water, and your coffee will dispense into your cup. Voila! Professional quality cappuccino without ever having to move your cup!

Jura D6 Coffee Machine Cleaning

Jura cleaning tablets for the D6.

After all this coffee making business, you’re going to want to know how to clean your Jura D6 properly. The milk frother, pipe, and anything else that touches milk should be rinsed daily. You also would do well to give the water tank, tray, and spent grounds container a quick rinse each day as well. Allowing them to dry out, from time to time, is a good idea, too!

For a good deep cleaning cycle, which the Jura D6 is pre-programmed to do, you need only to drop a Jura brand cleaning tablet into the filler funnel and follow the prompts on the display. 

And you can greatly reduce the frequency of descaling if you installed the CLEARYL smart filter cartridge. That glorious thing filters out limescale and makes keeping the D6 in top shape a breeze.

Jura D6 Milk Foam

Jura D6 milk foam.

As I said earlier, one of the drawbacks of this machine is that you can’t dispense just hot milk for a latte. The milk system only has one setting and zero chill. Thankfully, though, the fine foam technology creates a top quality foam consistency for a cappuccino. 

Jura D6 Accessories

No Jura D6 review would be complete without exploring the available accessories for the machine. So, what kinds of accessories are available for the Jura D6? Let’s take a look!

Smart Connect Transmitter

Jura Smart Connect Transmitter.

Of course, the first one you want to pick up is the Smart Connect Transmitter so you can control the Jura D6 from your smart device.

The device is available on Amazon and 1st in Coffee, so see who has the better price today and go for that.

Glass Milk Container

Jura Glass Milk Container.

A Jura Glass Milk Container is optional, but nice as well. You can store any unused milk back in the refrigerator for your next cappuccino instead of washing an extra cup each time.

Like the Smart Connect Transmitter, you can purchase it at Amazon or 1st in Coffee.

Cup Warmer

Jura Cup Warmer.

Another nice addition would be the Jura cup warmer. Coffee always tastes best when it’s fresh and hot. The cup warmer will hold your cups at 131ºF (55ºC), which is perfect for serving espressos and cappuccinos. It can accommodate cups up to 3.5 inches (8.8 centimeters) and holds four to six, depending on the type of cup.

Available on both  Amazon and 1st in Coffee.

Jura D6 Coffee Maker Specifications

 Jura D6
TypeSuper-Automatic Espresso Machine
Removable brew groupNo
Casing materialPlastic / aluminum
Milk frothing systemAutomatic, cappuccinatore
DisplayPlain text display
AppYes
User profilesYes
Water reservoir capacity64.0 oz / 1.9 l
Minimum cup height2.5 in / 6.4 cm
Maximum cup height4.3 in / 10.9 cm
Pump pressure15.0 bar
GrinderAromaG2 burr grinder
Bean container capacity7.0 oz / 200.0 g
Grounds container capacityApproximately 16 servings
Coffee drinks prepared at the touch of a button5
Adjustable coffee temperatureYes
Adjustable milk foam temperatureNo
2-cup functionYes
Hot water functionYes
Hot milk functionNo
Milk foam only optionYes
Water filterYes
Weight19.2 lb / 8.71 kg
Dimensions (H x W x D) 13.6 x 11.0 x 16.3 in / 34.5 x 27.9 x 41.4 cm
Current price on Amazon$995.00

Jura D6 vs Other Super Automatics

Now, what’s a good JURA D6 review without a little comparison with other machines in the same ballpark? Let’s take a quick look at a few other options and see how they measure up to the D6.

Jura D6 vs Jura E6

Jura E6 vs Jura D6 fully automatic espresso machine.

The Jura D6 and E6 coffee makers have lots of things in common: a similar fine foam frother, an adjustable coffee spout, customizable drink options and stunning good looks. Also, they both have the I.W.S. and CLEARYL water filter I mentioned earlier. 

The main difference between these machines is the Jura E6 has some extra programmable options and a user friendly TFT color display that looks similar to the Jura J.O.E. app. In addition, the Aroma G3 grinder is a step up from the D6 and is a little quieter in operation. 

Oh, and at $1,576.00 it costs quite a bit more than the $995.00 D6.

Check out: Jura E6 Review 2022

Jura D6 vs DeLonghi Dinamica

DeLonghi Dinamica vs Jura D6.

Next up, we have the DeLonghi Dinamica. I’ll admit, I love these machines too. This particular model is again similar to the D6 insofar as you can customize your drinks, and the text display and functionality seem pretty similar as well. 

One big difference between these two machines is the Dinamica sports a TrueBrew Over Ice feature that allows you to brew a full bodied iced coffee that doesn’t taste watered down. 

Another thing that sets these two machines apart is the milk frothing system. The Dinamica has a built in steam pipe so you can manually steam the milk for your coffee drinks that require it. That’s a bonus since you can choose the texture of your milk for the perfect cappuccino or latte.

The Dinamica costs $999.95 on Amazon, which is a similar price point to the Jura D6.

Check out: DeLonghi Dinamica Hands On Review 2022

Jura D6 vs Philips LatteGo 3200

Philips LatteGo 3200 vs Jura D6.

Selling for $799.00, the Phillips LatteGo 3200 is the most affordable machine on this list, and I’m willing to bet that’s why it has more reviews on Amazon than the other automatic espresso machines. The D6 and 3200 have exactly the same drink options, but that’s essentially where the similarities end.

The Phillips 3200 has a removable brew group and a carafe style milk frothing system, as opposed to the D6’s cappuccinatore. That makes it much easier to clean to be sure, but I would have to do a side-by-side test to truly determine which milk system is better. 

Aside from that, the D6 has a leg up with its text display since the 3200 operates only with buttons. In contrast, the 3200 wins in the grinder department with a ceramic burr grinder, something you usually find in much more expensive machines.

Both machines, however, have a similar footprint.

Check out: Philips LatteGo 3200 Review 2022

Jura D6 vs Other Super Automatics Comparison Chart

 Jura D6Jura E6DeLonghi DinamicaDinamica PlusPhillips LatteGo 3200
TypeSuper-Automatic Espresso MachineSuper-Automatic Espresso MachineSuper-Automatic Espresso MachineSuper-Automatic Espresso MachineSuper-Automatic Espresso Machine
Removable brew groupNoNoYesYesYes
Casing materialPlastic / aluminumPlastic / aluminumPlastic/stainless steelPlastic/stainless steelPlastic/stainless steel
Milk frothing systemAutomatic, cappuccinatoreAutomatic, cappuccinatoreSteam pipeAutomatic, LatteCrema milk systemAutomatic, LatteGo milk system
DisplayPlain text displayTFT color displayTouchscreenTouchscreenTouchscreen
AppYesYesNoYesNo
User profilesYesYesYesYes Memo function
Water reservoir capacity64.0 oz / 1.9 l64.0 oz / 1.9 l60.0 oz / 1.8 l60.0 oz / 1.8 l60.0 oz / 1.8 l
Minimum cup height2.5 in / 6.4 cm2.6 in / 6.6 cm3.3 in / 8.4 cm3.3 in / 8.4 cm3.3 in / 8.5 cm
Maximum cup height4.3 in / 10.9 cm4.4 in / 11.2 cm5.3 in / 13.5 cm5.3 in / 13.5 cm5.7 in / 14.5 cm
Pump pressure15.0 bar15.0 bar15.0 bar19.0 bar15.0 bar
GrinderAromaG2 burr grinderAromaG3 burr grinderStainless steel conical burr grinderStainless steel conical burr grinderCeramic disc grinder
Bean container capacity7.0 oz / 200.0 g9.9 oz / 280.0 g10.5 oz / 300.0 g10.5 oz / 300.0 g8.8 oz / 250.0 g
Grounds container capacityApproximately 16 servingsApproximately 16 servingsApproximately 14 servingsApproximately 14 servingsApproximately 12 servings
Coffee drinks prepared at the touch of a button575165
Adjustable coffee temperatureYesYesYesYesYes
Adjustable milk foam temperatureNoNoYes (manual)YesNo
2-cup functionYesYesYesYesYes
Hot water functionYesYesYesYesYes
Hot milk functionNoYesYesYesYes
Milk foam only optionYesYesYesYesYes
Water filterYesYesYesYesYes
Weight19.2 lb / 8.71 kg21.2 lb / 9.6 kg20.0 lb / 9.0 kg21.0 lb / 9.5 kg17.6 lb / 8.0 kg
Dimensions (H x W x D) 13.6 x 11.0 x 16.3 in / 34.5 x 27.9 x 41.4 cm13.8 x 11.0 x 17.6 in / 35.0 x 28.0 x 44.7 cm17.3 x 9.5 x 14.2 in / 43.9 x 24.1 x 36.0 cm9.3 x 16.9 x 13.7 in / 23.6 x 42.9 x 34.8 cm14.6 x 9.7 x 17 in / 37.1 x 24.6 x 43.3 cm
Current price on Amazon$995.00$1,584.98$999.95$1,900.00$774.99

Verdict: Jura D6 Review

In short, the JURA D6 automatic coffee maker is a decent entry level machine for those who are new to the automatic espresso machine world. It also fits the bill for people who would love to be able to say they own a JURA machine without forking over thousands of dollars for options they may not use.

Jura D6

An affordable entry level Jura coffee maker!

Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P.)

App compatible with optional Smart Connect

Unbelievable milk foam

Easy to clean

No bypass for ground coffee

A little loud

Coffee lovers who would prefer more drink options would probably do best with a more expensive model. But for the price, the Jura D6 is a great introduction into the world of JURA espresso machines.

Its simplicity and quality are all wrapped up into one decidedly retro looking package.

Do you have any questions or comments about this JURA D6 review? Let me know in the comments!

Jura D6 Coffee Machine FAQ

Yes. JURA included the Pulse Extraction Process in the D6, which creates an extraordinary cup of espresso by pulsing the water through the coffee puck. Right now, I think JURA machines in general produce some of the best espresso around with spot on consistency. 

Not so much. The milk settings make for excellent cappuccinos, but you won’t get the proper milk texture for a latte. There’s only one setting for frothing milk and it can’t be adjusted. You can, however, dispense milk foam only so you may be able to experiment a little with the machine. 

You need the optional Smart Connect transmitter, but yes, the D6 JURA coffee maker is fully compatible with JURA’s J.O.E. app.

Yes, the J.O.E. app is available for Apple WatchOS 5.0 or higher. 

Yes, the JURA J.O.E. app is integrated with Siri’s voice activation software. As of iOS 12, you can even make Siri shortcuts for your favorite drinks. So go ahead, ask Siri to make you a cappuccino! Please have her make me one as well!

The setup of your new D6 JURA automatic coffee machine is a snap. Make sure you choose a good spot for your new coffee maker that doesn’t block any of the ventilation slots. Then, open the bean hopper cover and the aroma preservation cover below it. Fill the container with your favorite coffee beans, then close both covers. 

Next, turn the machine on. Choose the language, then set the hardness of your water (there’s a test strip included in your package). Follow the prompts to fill your water reservoir and prime your filter cartridge. The system will fill with water, then rinse out everything. 

Once that’s completed, the display will show CAPPUC. Your new JURA fully automatic espresso machine is ready to go!

Using your JURA D6 is pretty straightforward. For example, let’s go over how to prepare an espresso. First, get your cup in place and turn the rotary switch until you see ESPRESSO. Then, press the rotary switch once and your espresso will start brewing. 

For a cappuccino, turn the rotary switch until the display says CAPPUCC. Attach the milk container and press the rotary switch to get everything going. The machine will tell you to switch from water to milk, then will prompt you to switch back when the milk is finished dispensing. Next, the coffee will dispense. Once that’s completed, you have a fresh cappuccino to enjoy. 

Cleaning the D6 JURA espresso machine couldn’t be easier. It will let you know when it’s time to do it, too. The brew group isn’t removable and doesn’t need to be thanks to a built in cleaning cycle. 

Once you see the notification that it’s time to clean, touch the maintenance symbol for two seconds to initiate the program. Empty the drip tray and coffee grounds, reinsert it into the machine and pop a mug under the spout. 

Touch the maintenance symbol again and follow the prompts to add a JURA brand cleaning tablet into the filler funnel. Empty the drip tray once it’s done, and you’re good to go. 

To turn on your JURA machine, press the I/O button on the top of the machine. You’ll find it toward the back behind the filler funnel cover. 

The JURA D6 coffee grinder is a little louder during operation than a more expensive JURA fully automatic coffee machine. In comparison, it’s not as loud as a Phillips 3200. Regardless of noise, though, it’s still worth it if you want the experience of a JURA coffee machine without shelling out thousands of dollars.

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