Jura ENA 8 Review 2022: Look at That Milk Foam!

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

Lately, I've found myself reflecting on all the Jura coffee makers I've overlooked. That's why I've decided to conduct an initial Jura ENA 8 review – I'm interested to see how it measures up to its high profile siblings.

Lately, I’ve found myself reflecting on all the Jura coffee makers I’ve overlooked. That’s why I’ve decided to conduct an initial Jura ENA 8 review – I’m interested to see how it measures up to its high profile siblings.

Who knows, maybe the ultimate Jura coffee maker has been hiding in plain sight all along! For sure, there’s only one way to find out. So, let’s dive in and see what the Jura ENA 8 has to offer!

Jura ENA 8

High Quality With A Small Footprint

Small footprint

Easy to use

Makes excellent espresso

Beautiful design

Quite expensive

Small water reservoir

Jura ENA 8 Coffee Machine Overview

The Jura ENA 8 first popped up on Coffeeness as part of my guide to the best Jura coffee makers. I seem to remember mentioning the fact that Jura’s EA series hadn’t made much of an impression on me.

That’s probably because I was still pretty starstruck by the remarkable Jura Z10. However, on closer inspection, there’s a lot to like about this compact and attractive super automatic espresso machine. 

For starters, the Jura ENA 8 offers 10 drinks at the touch of a button. These utilize the manufacturer’s revolutionary Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P.) technology.

I really can’t say enough about how impressive P.E.P. is, although I imagine other super automatic manufacturers are sick of hearing about it. Suffice to say, Jura coffee makers with P.E.P. produce the most “espresso-like” espresso that I’ve experienced from an automatic machine.

Price – the Elephant in the Room

At this point, I should probably address the elephant that’s been fidgeting in the corner of the room, staring at its toes. The Jura ENA 8 in Full Nordic White costs $1,898.00 on Amazon. 

Not even the evocative color can distract from the fact that this is a serious chunk of change for a super automatic coffee maker. What’s more, there are bigger and – potentially – better Jura machines that cost less.

Whether or not the Jura ENA 8 is worth your hard earned money isn’t for me to decide. However, I can tell you that you can expect high-quality materials, plenty of adjustable parameters and excellent espresso and milk foam. In my recent experience, all that is just par for the course with a Jura coffee maker.

With the Jura ENA 8, you’re also getting some features from the manufacturer’s more premium machines, including milk foam and coffee from the same assembly and a separate hot water spout. That means you’ll have authentic “one touch” lattes, americanos and more. You won’t have to move the cup even one inch. That’s got to be worth something, right?!

Jura ENA 8 Review -- First Impressions

Jura ENA 8 coffee maker first impressions.

As with all Jura coffee makers, you aren’t going to be asking yourself whether or not the Jura ENA 8 will look good in your kitchen. However, you might start fretting about your kitchen not looking good enough for the coffee maker!

With its sleek, elegant looks and modern design, the Jura ENA 8 is a stunning machine. Even so, I’m not convinced by the protruding cylindrical water tank. The manufacturer is obviously very proud of this feature, talking it up as “inspired by premium crystal carafes.” Ah well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I guess. 

The sophisticated design of this super automatic machine is heightened by the small user interface. You might expect a touchscreen, but the Jura ENA 8 is actually equipped with a high definition TFT color display and clearly defined operating panels. I don’t see this as a bad thing. Although we’re all addicted to prodding at screens, the ENA 8’s interface functions really well and eliminates the risk of smudges and stains.

The bean hopper is accessed via an easily removable lid, which fits seamlessly to the top of the machine. It’s nice to see a freshness seal on the lid, but you won’t have to worry about stale beans in the Jura ENA 8 – the hopper only holds about a quarter pound of coffee

That’s another positive, in my opinion. After all, it frees you up to experiment with a range of different beans without having to empty a large hopper, first.

Speaking of dimensions, everything on the Jura ENA 8 is compact, from the bean hopper to the water reservoir. That means, for example, you’ll have to empty the grounds bin after making around 10 drinks. As a fan of freshness, cleanliness and tidiness, I can’t see any problems there!

Colors

Jura ENA 8 coffee maker colors.

Jura has never shied away from using understated colors, then dubbing them with ridiculous names. My theory is that they leave the whole color naming thing to the interns. 

Anyway, aside from the aforementioned Full Nordic White ENA 8 for $1,798.95, you can also purchase this Jura coffee machine with a silver face and different colors on the sides. There are three options:

Do note that these prices fluctuate drastically depending on availability.

Size

I already mentioned the Jura ENA 8’s compact dimensions, which just happen to be one of the machine’s major selling points. After all, not everyone has space in their palatial kitchen for a huge super automatic espresso machine. 

I happen to love the limited dimensions of this Jura coffee maker. The small hopper encourages you to use fresh beans, the small water tank demands a regular supply of fresh water and you’ll need to empty the grounds bin every day. Win, win and win!

Display

Jura ENA 8 coffee machine display.

The Jura ENA 8’s TFT color display is located front and center, offering an intuitive way to interact with the machine. Clearly defined operating panels sit at either side of the 2.8 inch (7.1 centimeter) screen. 

The screen is on the small side, compared to other super automatics, but the information is clear and easy to understand. Jura has long since perfected its user interfaces, and the menu is super easy to navigate, allowing you to quickly adjust plenty of settings without the merest hint of a panic attack.

Grinder

Jura ENA 8 coffee machine grinder.

The Jura ENA 8 is equipped with an Aroma G3 grinder which is one of the best super automatic grinders I’ve had the pleasure of using. The Aroma G3 is fast, quiet and efficient, and produces really consistent ground coffee

Changing the grind on the Jura ENA 8 is simply a case of adjusting the grind wheel that surrounds the bean hopper. Remember, though: only make changes to the grind settings when the grinder is running!

Water Reservoir

Whether or not you enjoy the aesthetics of the Jura ENA 8’s cylindrical water reservoir, it’s an undeniably nifty piece of design work and fits seamlessly with the overall concept of the machine. With a capacity of just 36.8 ounces (1 liter), this round water tank is on the smaller side. Still, it’s really easy to remove, so filling it with fresh water is a breeze. 

Water Filter

Using clean, filtered water can be key to getting great tasting coffee, especially if your tap water is too hard or too soft. Although you can set the Jura ENA 8 to adjust itself to your water, you also have the option of using a CLEARYL water filter in the water reservoir. This is a fantastic option to have, not only because you can brew coffee with filtered water, but also because it’ll reduce the frequency required to descale your Jura coffee maker.

Spout Height

Jura ENA 8 coffee machine spout height.

In all of my super automatic espresso machine reviews, I try to pay attention to what size glasses can comfortably fit under the spout. After all, wouldn’t it be disappointing to sink a bunch of money into a new coffee maker, only to discover you had to buy all new glassware too? This Jura ENA 8 review is no exception, so here’s what you need to know.

The Jura ENA 8 allows you to easily move the dispensing spout assembly up and down. This means you’ll be able to fit a decent sized glass under the spout when preparing larger specialties, but it’s also important for espresso preparation. Moving the spout closer to the cup means you’ll preserve that rich, luxurious crema when the machine makes espresso. That also means you’ll end up with less splatter when brewing into a shorter cup!

Specialty Coffees

Jura ENA 8 coffee maker specialty coffees.

I was actually surprised to see that the Jura ENA 8 offers a wide range of specialty coffees. This coffee maker may be compact, but it packs quite a punch when it comes to barista style drinks. Thanks to Jura’s Pulse Extraction Process, the espresso from this machine is going to be pretty darn special. 

What’s really cool is that you’re able to adjust settings for strength, temperature and volume “on the fly.” The machine then gives you the option to save any changes you’ve made. As far as milk-based drinks go, you can select from cappuccino, latte, macchiato and flat white. Again, you’re able to easily access settings that allow you to adjust the amount of milk foam dispensed.

App

The machine isn’t fitted with WiFi Connect, so if you want to use the manufacturer’s app you’ll need to purchase the Smart Connect and plug it into the machine. The Jura Operating Experience (J.O.E.) has a terrible name, but it’s a really cool app

You’re able to tweak settings, monitor water and bean levels and schedule cleaning tasks from your phone, as well as access useful information from Jura. The J.O.E. app is also available for the Apple Watch, which means you can operate the ENA 8 from the comfort of your own wrist!

Siri

If you like the idea of asking Siri to make you a quick coffee, the Jura app has you covered. You can assign Siri shortcuts to your favorite beverages, but you will have to get up off the couch and collect your espresso once it’s ready. At the time of writing, the J.O.E. app doesn’t offer delivery! 

How to Use the Jura ENA 8 Coffee Machine

If you’re new to the world of super automatic coffee makers, you’d be forgiven for feeling a little intimidated by what seems like an incredibly complex piece of machinery. That’s why Jura coffee makers can be ideal for beginners – in my experience it’s really easy to start using a Jura machine without instructions. 

That’s not to say there isn’t a lot going on under the hood. It’s just that the Jura ENA 8’s menu is very user friendly. You’ll find yourself making selections without having to think, and the machine helps you through every step of the process.

Before you start playing with your Jura super automatic espresso machine, you’ll need to add beans to the hopper and water to the removable tank. The Jura ENA 8 will ask you to set your water hardness before its first use, and the manufacturer even supplies test strips. If you’re using a CLEARYL Smart Filter, the machine will detect it automatically.

As I mentioned earlier, every time you make a beverage selection from the Jura menu, the machine offers you the option of changing settings on the fly. I love this feature because it frees you up to quickly experiment without digging through a menu. 

That said, making more in-depth and permanent changes isn’t exactly rocket science. Once you’ve entered programming mode you can adjust the settings of all available drinks.

Jura ENA 8 Milk Foam

My reviews of Jura coffee makers always include a special mention for the milk foam quality you can get from these machines. If creamy, feather-light milk foam is your thing, you’ll be happy with the results you’ll get from the Jura ENA 8.

Setting up the milk system is easy: you simply connect the milk pipe to the dual spout, then place the other end in a milk container of your choice. What’s important to know is that you can’t actually adjust the milk foam consistency – although you can choose from a flat white, cappuccino or latte macchiato, the milk foam is going to be the same across the board. 

Still, you can adjust the volume of milk foam for each beverage, which gives you a lot of room to experiment. The Jura ENA 8 also passes the latte macchiato test; producing milk foam first, waiting for it to settle and then extracting espresso on top to create a multi-layered drink.

Jura ENA 8 Coffee Machine Cleaning

Jura ENA 8 coffee maker cleaning.

As with any super automatic machine, there’s a fair amount of daily maintenance involved in keeping the Jura ENA 8 in tip-top condition.

I don’t want to freak you out, but there are just so many potential places for mold, bacteria and other nasties to take up residence in espresso machines. So, really is worth going the extra mile.

The drip tray and grounds container should be emptied at least once a day, then rinsed with warm water. A little mild detergent won’t hurt, either. The same goes for the milk system. 

Even though the Jura ENA 8 auto-rinses the milk system after each use, you’ll still want to disassemble the whole thing and rinse it well at the end of the day. I’d also recommend replacing the milk hose every couple of months, or so.

My biggest gripe with Jura has always been the fixed brew groups it insists on using. Not being able to get to the brew group and give it a good cleaning just doesn’t sit well with me. We’ll all just have to trust the manufacturer, I suppose.

In any case, your Jura automatic espresso machine will let you know when the coffee system cleaning cycle needs to happen. Incidentally, you’ll need to use Jura cleaning tablets during this cycle.

If you aren’t using a water filter, you’ll need to descale the Jura ENA 8 every so often. Again, the machine will let you know when to perform this function, and will guide you through the process. Personally, I recommend using the water filter. You’re pretty much guaranteed better tasting coffee and you won’t need to go through the hassle of a descaling program. Jura’s descaling tablets are what you’ll need for that.

Jura ENA 8 Coffee Maker Specifications

Jura ENA 8
Manufacturer

Jura

Model number

15281/15282/15284, 15451

Product category

Super automatic espresso machine

Removable brew group

Housing material

Plastic with stainless steel parts

Color options

Full Nordic White, Metropolitan Black, Nordic White, Sunset Red

Milk frother

Cappuccinatore

User interface

Color TFT with buttons

App

User profiles

Memo function only

Removable water reservoir

Water reservoir capacity

37.2 fl oz / 1.1 l

Number of boilers

1

Pump pressure

15 bar

Maximum cup height

5.4 in / 13.7 cm

Minimum cup height

2.6 in / 6.6 cm

Grinder

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Grind adjustment levels

Infinitely variable

Bean hopper capacity

4.2 oz / 120.0 g

Pre-ground coffee bypass

Grounds discard container capacity

10

Specialty drinks

8

Pre-infusion

Adjustable coffee temperature

Adjustable milk foam temperature

Adjustable milk temperature

2-cup function

No

Pot function

Hot water function

Hot milk function

Milk foam only option

Water filter

Power consumption

1450 W

Weight

21.0 lb / 9.5 kg

Dimensions

12.7 x 10.7 x 17.5 in
32.3 x 27.2 x 44.5 cm

Warranty

2 years

Notes

Included Accessories: Instruction Booklet, Filler funnels for ground coffee, Measuring spoon, Milk system cleaning container. App connectivity with optional Jura Smart Connect (not included).

Current price on Amazon

$1,749.95

BUY NOW ON AMAZON

Jura ENA 8 vs Other Super Automatics

To get a better idea of what we’re dealing with here, let’s see how the Jura ENA 8 fares in comparison with other super automatics.

Jura ENA 8 vs Jura ENA 4

Jura ENA 4 vs Jura ENA 8 fully automatic espresso machine.

For coffee purists who turn their noses up at the mere mention of milk based specialties, the Jura ENA 4 is just the ticket. This coffee maker offers all the features of the ENA 8 with the glaring absence of a milk system. 

Although you’ll pay much less for the Jura ENA 4 – it costs $995.00 on Amazon – I think you’re playing a dangerous game by purchasing such a limited machine. Just picture the sad faces of friends or family members who ask for a latte from your fancy coffee maker, only to be told that black coffee is all that’s on the menu!

Jura ENA 8 vs Jura E8

Jura E8 vs Jura ENA 8.

The Jura E8 has to be one of my favorite super automatics. In short, the Jura E8 offers everything you’d expect from the manufacturer, including top-notch espresso and world-class design features. 

What really sets this machine apart is it’s milk system. Using a dial on the milk nozzle, you’re able to make micro adjustments to your foam. That means you have total control over the texture of your espresso macchiato or flat white. Of course, the Jura E8’s price tag is nothing to sniff at – you’ll pay $2,469.00 on Amazon for this machine.

See also: Jura E8 Review 2022

Jura ENA 8 vs DeLonghi Dinamica Plus

DeLonghi Dinamica Plus vs Jura ENA 8.

To put the Jura ENA 8’s price tag in perspective, the DeLonghi Dinamica Plus costs $1,699.95 on Amazon, which is substantially lower. 

When you consider that the Dinamica Plus has an awesome touchscreen display, makes excellent espresso and offers the fantastic LatteCrema system for milk foam, it might be hard to justify spending more on the Jura ENA 8. 

See also: DeLonghi Dinamica Plus Review 2022

Jura ENA 8 vs Other Super Automatics Comparison Chart

 Jura ENA 8Jura ENA 4Jura E8DeLonghi Dinamica Plus
TypeSuper-Automatic Espresso MachineSuper-Automatic Espresso MachineSuper-Automatic Espresso MachineSuper-Automatic Espresso Machine
Removable brew groupNoNoNoYes
Casing materialPlastic / aluminumPlastic / aluminumPlastic / aluminumPlastic / stainless steel
Milk frothing systemAutomatic cappuccinatoreNoAutomatic cappuccinatoreLatteCrema automatic
DisplayTFT color displaySymbol displayTFT color displayTouchscreen
AppYesYesYesYes
User profilesYesYesYesYes
Water reservoir capacity37.0 oz / 1.0 l37.0 oz / 1.0 l63.6 oz / 1.9 l60.0 oz / 1.8 l
Minimum cup height2.7 in / 6.9 cm3.0 in / 7.6 cm2.6 in / 6.6 cm3.3 in / 8.4 cm
Maximum cup height5.4 in / 13.7 cm4.1 in / 10.4 cm6.0 in / 15.2 cm5.3 in / 13.5 cm
GrinderStainless steel cone grinderStainless steel cone grinderStainless steel cone grinderStainless steel cone grinder
Bean container capacity4.4 oz / 125.0 g4.4 oz / 125.0 g9.9 oz / 280.0 g10.5 oz / 300.0 g
Grounds container capacityApproximately 10 servingsApproximately 10 servingsApproximately 16 servingsApproximately 14 servings
Specialty drinks1041716
Adjustable coffee temperatureYesNoYesYes
Adjustable milk foam temperatureNoNoNoYes
2-cup functionNoNoYesYes
Hot water functionYesYesYesYes
Hot milk functionYesNoYesYes
Milk foam only optionYesNoYesYes
Water filterYesYesYesYes
Weight20.7 lb / 9.3 kg18.5 lb / 8.4 kg21.6 lb / 9.8 kg21.0 lb / 9.5 kg
Dimensions (H x W x D) 12.7 x 10.7 x 17.5 in / 32.2 x 27.2 x 44.5 cm12.7 x 10.7 x 17.5 in / 32.2 x 27.2 x 44.5 cm15.0 x 12.6 x 17.7 in / 38.0 x 32.0 x 45.0 cm16.9 x 9.3 x 13.7 in / 42.9 x 23.6 x 34.8 cm
Current price on Amazon$1,898.00$898.95$2,330.00$1,499.95

Verdict: Jura ENA 8 Review

Jura coffee machines are expensive, and that’s just a fact of life. I know I said it wasn’t for me to decide whether or not the Jura ENA 8 is worth the investment. But, having taken a closer look at this machine, I just have to weigh in. As long as you aren’t on a tight budget, I believe the Jura ENA 8 offers very good value for money

Jura ENA 8

High Quality With A Small Footprint

Small footprint

Easy to use

Makes excellent espresso

Beautiful design

Quite expensive

Small water reservoir

This compact and stylish machine won’t take up much space in your kitchen. Yet, the quality of its espresso and milk foam will make a big statement. I wouldn’t say this is the ultimate Jura coffee maker. Still, I’m having to resist the urge to break out my credit card and hit the Buy Now button!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Jura ENA 8 review. What do you think … should I take the plunge? I look forward to your comments!

Jura ENA 8 Coffee Machine FAQ

The Jura app can be used on the Apple Watch to save three of your favorite beverages. You can use your watch to start the brewing process with a single tap.

You can assign Siri shortcuts to your favorite coffee specialties. Then, you’ll be able to use a range of voice commands to perfect your recipes.

You can make regular coffee with the Jura ENA 8 by selecting the coffee icon from the main menu.

The Jura ENA 8 uses a Thermoblock heater, so it takes under a minute to heat up.

Compared to the grinders in other super automatic machines, the Jura ENA 8’s Aroma G3 grinder is fast and quiet. 

Thanks to Jura’s Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P.), the ENA 8 makes excellent, full bodied espresso. It also has a nice, thick and aromatic crema.

The Jura ENA 8 is very compact and should comfortably fit in kitchens with limited counter space.

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