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Jura E8 Review

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Last updated: December 14, 2023

Quick Answer: I only recommend the Jura E8 if you are certain you’ll make full use of its menu. You can get the Jura E6 for around $700 cheaper and it’s basically the Jura E8 with seven fewer menu items. I think for most people the Jura E6 offers better value than the Jura E8.

The Jura E8 is a mid-priced Jura machine, and towards the top end of super-automatic espresso machine pricing more generally.

In this Jura E8 review, I put the automatic coffee machine through its paces to see whether it justifies its large price tag.

Let’s get started.

Should I Buy the Jura E8?

I only recommend you get the Jura E8 if you are going to make full use of its 17 menu items.

While I like the Jura E8, I think it’s overpriced compared to some of Jura’s other machines, most notably the Jura E6.

The Jura E8 is only worth it if you are going to make full use of its menu – you are paying extra for it to specifically have a larger menu compared to the Jura E6.

With Jura machines generally, the best approach is to think about what types of coffee you’re going to make (be that espresso, cappuccino, flat white, etc) and buy the most affordable machine that offers the types of coffee you drink.

All Jura espresso machines make the same standard of espresso and a similar standard of milk foam, so their huge variations in price are only caused by them having a larger or smaller menu.

So the Jura E8 is a good buy only if you’ll make full use of its 17 menu items. If you won’t then you should consider getting a more affordable Jura model.

Incredible Versatility
Jura E8
$2,399.00

I’d only recommend getting the Jura E8 if you’re going to make full use of this large menu. You’re paying a premium to have such an extensive menu compared to other super automatics. So if you’re just going to make one or two drinks over and over again then you might want to get a more affordable machine.

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Espresso Quality
10/10
Milk Steaming Performance
6/10
Functionalities
5/10
User Friendliness
8/10
Design and Durability
7/10
Value for Money
7/10

Jura E8 Pros

Jura machines make better tasting espresso than any other super-automatic espresso machine.

Customizing your drink is easier than on similarly priced Gaggia and Delonghi machines.

Jura E8 Cons

It can only steam milk to one texture.

You can’t open up the machine and access its brew group which can make troubleshooting frustrating.

If you won’t make full use of the Jura E8’s humongous menu (I won’t, in all honesty), then I’d instead recommend the Jura E6 over the Jura E8.

The Jura E6 is the exact same as the Jura E8 except it offers three milk drinks instead of the E8’s eight. The Jura E6 is also $700 cheaper than the Jura E8.

Best for Plain Espresso Drinkers
Jura E6
$1,699.00

The Jura E6 makes the same standard of espresso and has the same build quality as the Jura S8 despite costing almost $1,000 less than it.

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I go deeper into all the differences between these two machines in my comparison of the Jura E6 vs E8, if you’re interested.

Jura E8: Key Features

Espresso Brewing System

The Jura E8 large brewing basket and patented Pulse Extraction Process mean that it makes better-tasting espresso than any other super-automatic espresso machine.

The Jura E8 can brew with 16 grams of ground coffee. This is significantly more than any other manufacturer (the next highest is Gaggia/Philips which can only brew with a maximum of 12 grams of ground coffee).

Being able to brew with more ground coffee means that the Jura E8 makes a stronger-tasting espresso than Delonghi, Gaggia, and Philips espresso machines.

Jura machines also use their patented “Pulse Extraction Process” (P.E.P.). This means that the machine pumps water through your ground coffee in stages (pulses) rather than in one go.

This slows down the brewing process, allowing for a better extraction.

I find that the machine pulls a double shot (what it calls an “espresso doppio”) in 22 seconds. This is close to double the brewing length of premium Delonghi and Gaggia super-automatic espresso machines.

In all honesty, it’s difficult to tease apart whether the Jura E8’s superior espresso compared to other super-automatic espresso machines is because of its larger brew basket or its Pulse Extraction Process.

I just know that:

  • Jura espresso machines make better-tasting espresso than any other manufacturers’ super automatics.
  • All Jura espresso machines make the same quality of espresso regardless of price.

Milk Frother

The Jura E8 froths milk to a decent, but not amazing, texture. Its lack of multiple milk textures is disappointing considering its price tag.

The Jura E8 uses a milk frother that attaches to a separate container by a rubber tube.

While its milk froth is okay, its consistency is not very uniform. 

Your milk comes out very bubbly at the top and then very thin at the bottom. You’d be disappointed if you got served a milk drink with this consistency at a coffee shop.

The main problem I have with the Jura E8’s milk frothing is that it can only steam milk to one texture.

While older Jura E8 models have a milk texture adjustment dial which lets you change the machine’s milk texture from plain hot milk to thick foam. Jura has discontinued this on recent versions of the Jura E8.

The Delonghi Dinamica Plus’s three milk textures are toggled by a dial on top of its milk-steaming system

No Jura machine, with the exception of the Jura S8 offers multiple milk textures.

This is why I recommend the Delonghi Dinamica Plus over a Jura machine if you are primarily buying a machine to make milk drinks with.

For more information on the Delonghi Dinamica Plus, please see my Delonghi Dinamica Plus review.

Menu

The Jura E8 can make 11 unique coffee drinks. Jura says that the E8 can make 17 drinks, but they include doubles and extra shot versions of their drinks in this list.

Here is the Jura E8’s menu along with how each drink is described on Jura’s website. Measurements reflect the machine’s default settings and can be customized.

Drink Name Description
Espresso
1.5 oz (45 ml) of water brewed with pressure through one puck of coffee
Espresso Doppio
3 oz (90 ml) of water brewed with pressure through two pucks of coffee
Cafe Creme
3.5 oz (100 ml) of water brewed with pressure though one puck of coffee
Lungo Barista
4 oz (120 ml) of water brewed with pressure through one puck of coffee, topped with 100 ml of water.
Americano
5 oz (150 ml) of water brewed without pressure through one puck of coffee
Cappuccino
Espresso topped with a large amount of foamed milk. Milk is dispensed first
Flat White
Espresso topped with a small amount of foamed milk. Milk is dispensed first
Cortado
Espresso topped with 0.9 oz (25 ml) foamed milk. Milk is dispensed first
Macchiato
Espresso topped with a small amount of foamed milk. Milk is dispensed first
Latte Macchiato
Espresso is topped with a large amount of milk foam. Milk is dispensed first but the machine delays between dispensing milk and coffee to create a layering effect.

The Jura E8 can also make its cappuccino, flat white, and latte macchiato with an extra shot with a touch of a button.

It also allows you to make double servings of its espresso and coffee by double pressing these buttons.

While the Jura E8 has an impressive number of menu items, all its milk drinks are very similar because it can only steam milk to one texture.

The machine’s different milk drinks only vary in their proportion of coffee to milk used, so you can recreate all its milk drinks by adjusting one milk drink’s coffee and milk volumes.

The only exception to this is the latte macchiato where the machine pauses between dispensing milk and coffee to create a layering effect.

This is why I recommend most people go for the Jura E6 rather than the Jura E8. I don’t think it’s worth paying a premium just to have these extra menu items.

User Interface

The Jura E8 is operated by a button-controlled TFT screen. Its user interface is good overall, although it would be nice if its menu was labeled with names as well as images.

The Jura E8’s user interface is made up of a 2.8″ color TFT screen that’s operated by flat plastic tab-like buttons on either side of it.

Arrows point to the Jura E8’s buttons

The Jura E8’s user interface is ok – it’s easy to use but it doesn’t have the wow factor that you get with more expensive Jura machines (like the Jura Z10’s) UI.

My two (admittedly small) nitpicks with it are:

  • Its buttons don’t have any real give to them so it’s not clear how hard you have to press them to make the machine register it. This, admittedly, does get easier the more experience you have with the machine.
  • The machine shows you the different drinks on its menu through images only. A lot of these images are very similar to each other so it’s not obvious which image corresponds to which drink. Having each drink’s name on its menu would be helpful here.
Which of these is a cafe creme?

I do like the Jura E8’s overall workflow. I especially like how the machine lets you customize your drink’s strength size and milk size just as you’re brewing it.

Most super-automatic espresso machines only allow you to do this before you make a drink which is an unnecessarily convoluted way of doing things.

Drink Customizations

The Jura E8 gives you more drink customizations and makes these customizations easier than other manufacturers’ super-automatic espresso machines.

The Jura E8 lets you customize your drinks in the following ways:

  • Coffee strength: This refers to how much ground coffee beans the machine brews with. It gives you ten settings per drink, ranging from 5 grams to 16 grams.
  • Coffee length: This refers to how much water your machine brews your coffee with. It’s adjustable to the nearest 0.15 oz (5 ml).
  • Milk length: This refers to how much milk your machine puts in your drink. This is adjustable to the nearest second dispensing time.

Extra shot: The Jura E8 can add an extra shot of espresso to its cappuccino, flat white, and latte macchiato. You can see a video of someone programming the extra shot with the E8 below (watch from 8:46 to 9:09).

The Jura E8 also has three brewing temperature settings. These are set for the machine globally rather than individually for each drink.

I like how the E8 lets you program your coffee and milk sizes to a really granular level every time you make a drink.

No other manufacturer gives you this level of control or makes these customizations as easy to change as on the Jura E8.

You change your coffee’s size by pressing the left and right buttons

The Jura E8 doesn’t have any user profiles, unfortunately. However, the machine gives you the option to save each customization as the default going forward after you make each drink.

Rinsing, Cleanings, and Maintenance

The Jura E8 needs more cleaning than most super automatics because its milk system cannot be removed from its body.

The Jura E8 will run an automatic rinse when it turns on and turns off. Every super-automatic espresso machine does this. If it didn’t then it would squirt out stale coffee into your cup when you brew.

In addition to this, the machine requires the following regular cleanings:

  • Milk system cleaning: You need to rinse out the part of the Jura E8’s milk system that does not come off the machine at the end of every day that you make a milk drink. You can see a video of how to do this here.
  • Brew group cleaning: The machine will prompt you to run a brew group rinse cycle after every 80 coffees it makes.
  • Descaling: There’s a lot of mixed information on how often the Jura E8 descaling, with some people saying that Jura’s filters mean you don’t need to descale and others saying that you need to descale. I’ve found that the Jura E8 prompts you to descale every few months, and won’t let you brew until it has descaled. This “no need to descale” claim is (in my experience anyway) a myth.

The Jura E8 is a harder bean-to-cup machine to maintain than most super-automatic espresso machines because you need to run a dedicated cycle for its rinse system every day that you make milk drink.

Most super automatics allow you to remove their entire milk frother so you can just run this under the sink. This is less work than having to clean the milk system while it’s still attached to the machine.

I also don’t like how the Jura E8 stops you from being able to make a coffee when it decides it needs descaling. Most machines tell you they need descaling but still let you use the machine as normal. 

You might not have any descaling solution on you when it comes the time to descale. In instances like these, you’ll want to still be able to use the machine even though it needs descaling.

Instead, the Jura E8 just grinds to a halt when it needs to be descaled.

Grinder

The Jura E8 uses a stainless steel conical burr grinder with six grind size settings. I have no complaints about the machine’s grinder, it’s excellent.

Arrow points to the Jura E8’s six grind size settings

While six settings are fewer settings than what you’d get with similarly priced Gaggia and Delonghi super automatics, the Jura E8’s grinder still gives you a lot of room in the “espresso grind size” range.

In other words, the Jura E8’s grinder is more than adequate to make a good espresso, lungo, or drip-style coffee.

Its grinder is also quieter than other manufacturers, which is a bonus.

The Jura E8’s grinder has a bypass doser for pre-ground coffee. 

I like how this bypass doser is wider than most other machines. This makes it unlikely to clog up (clogged-up bypass dosers are a big problem on Philips and Gaggia coffee machines).

Water Reservoir

The Jura E8 has a 64 oz water reservoir that pulls out from the front.

I like how the Jura E8’s water tank is long and slim. This makes it easy to carry around when full without sloshing water everywhere.

The water tank pulling out from the front is useful if you have limited clearance space on top of the machine. You don’t need to crane over the machine to remove its water tank. 

It does mean that you can’t fill up the machine’s water reservoir with a separate jug, however.

The water tank uses Jura’s own Clearyl smart water filter. Its “smartness” refers to the fact that it tells you when it needs to be changed. 

They generally need to be changed every 30 days. 

This is more frequent than most manufacturers (90 days tends to be standard) which does increase the Jura E8’s operating cost compared to other manufacturers.

Drip Tray and Used Coffee Grounds Container

The Jura E8 uses a “smart” drip tray and its used coffee grounds container can hold up to 16 pucks of ground coffee. I don’t like how its drip tray is not dishwasher safe.

Its drip tray is smart in the sense that it will sense when it is full and then prompt you on the machine’s display screen.

This kind of feels like a feature for a feature’s sake. It prevents the drip tray from being dishwasher safe, and I would rather the drip tray just had the standard indicator float and was able to go into the dishwasher.

Brew Group

You cannot remove the Jura E8’s brew group.

Jura is the only popular super-automatic espresso machine manufacturer that doesn’t let you remove their machine’s brew group.

While the machine’s brew group cleaning cycle works well (there are lots of reports of people taking the machine apart and finding the brew group to be clean), I would still prefer it if you could remove the machine’s brew group easily.

A lot of technical faults with super-automatic espresso machines can be solved by lubricating its brew group (there are a lot of moving parts in there) so not being able to remove the machine’s brew group will inevitably mean the machine needs to go to the technicians more than other manufacturers.

App Compatibility

The Jura E8 is compatible with Jura’s Jura J.O.E. app. However, you need to buy a Jura’s Smart Connect dongle separately to get this app compatibility.

The Jura J.O.E. app lets you control the Jura E8 from your phone or tablet. It also lets you add user profiles to the machine (remember that the machine has no user profiles on its control panel).

I think that it’s outrageous that you need to buy extra parts to get this app compatibility. The Jura E8 is more expensive than Delonghi Dinamica Plus and Eletta Explore which both come with app compatibility.

Plus, the Jura E8 has updated its machine since smart devices have become ubiquitous. It feels very tight by Jura to not have this app compatibility come with the machine as standard.

I wouldn’t pay for this purely out of principle.

Shape, Size, and Design

The Jura E8 is larger than most super-automatic espresso machines.

In particular, the machine is much wider than most super automatics, coming in at 17.7 inches wide.

Factor in that the machine needs to have a separate milk container to its right, and you’ve got a machine that will dominate a kitchen countertop.

The machine has six inches of cup clearance between its coffee spouts and drip tray. This is more than most super-automatic espresso machines. You still can’t fit taller travel mugs under its spouts, however.

The table below shows the Jura E8’s key features and specifications:

Specification Jura E8
Description
Super-automatic espresso machine with automatic milk frother
Milk Steaming System
Separate milk container attached with rubber tube
User Interface
Button-controlled TFT screen
Available black coffee drinks
7 (including doubles)
Available milk coffee drinks
8 (including extra shot drinks)
Available milk textures
1
Coffee Length Settings
To the nearest 0.15 oz (5 ml)
Coffee Strength Settings
10 (5 grams – 16 grams)
Milk Length Settings
To the nearest second dispensing time
User Profiles
None
Grinder Type
Stainless steel conical burr grinder
Grinder Settings
6
Bypass Doser
Yes
Bean hopper capacity
9.9 oz/280 grams
Water tank capacity
64 oz
Heating System
Single thermoblock
App Compatible
Yes (you need to buy a separate dongle)
Maximum Cup Clearance
6 inches
Dimensions (width x depth x height)
17.7” W x 12.6” D x 15.0” H

Now that I’ve gone through the Jura E8’s features, I am going to assess the machine across the following criteria:

  • Espresso quality
  • Milk steaming performance
  • Functionalities
  • User-friendliness
  • Design and durability
  • Value for money

Espresso Quality

The Jura E8 makes better-tasting espresso than any other super-automatic espresso machine manufacturer.

This superior espresso compared to other manufacturers is because of a combination of the Jura E8’s larger brew basket and its slower brewing.

The Jura E8 can brew with around 50% more ground coffee and brew your espresso for almost twice as long as Delonghi, Gaggia, and Philips Super Automatics.

It’s worth bearing in mind that all Jura coffee machines use the same brewing system and so all make the same standard of espresso.

So if you’re only going to drink black espresso then you might want to get a more affordable model than the Jura E8.

Espresso Quality Rating: 10/10

Milk Steaming Performance

The Jura E8 steams milk to one, fairly pleasant, texture. While its milk drinks aren’t bad, they are all very samey and I’d expect a greater availability of milk textures from an espresso machine at this price point.

All super-automatic espresso machines with automatic milk frothing steam milk to a similar standard – not terrible, but not as silky or uniform as you can get with a steam wand.

What’s disappointing is that the Jura E8 only steams your milk to one texture. This gives you far less variation in your milk drinks than the cheaper Delonghi Dinamica Plus and Gaggia Accademia.

It also makes the Jura E8’s large menu a bit of a false economy as all its milk drinks just vary in their proportion of coffee and milk, rather than in their texture.

Milk Steaming Performance: 6/10

Functionalities

The Jura E8 has relatively few functionalities compared to similarly priced super automatics.

Again, its lack of available milk textures means that the E8 cannot give you much variety in its milk drinks.

The E8’s menu is also smaller than the Delonghi Dinamica Plus and Gaggia Accademia.

So while the Jura E8 seems like a feature-rich machine compared to other Jura’s, it actually offers a smaller range of drinks compared to most other similarly priced super automatics.

Functionalities Rating: 5/10

User Friendliness

The Jura E8’s on-the-fly drink customizability makes it easier to use than most super-automatic espresso machines.

One of the Jura E8’s biggest strengths is that you can customize your coffee’s size and strength to a really precise level just by pressing buttons up and down.

A lot of other similarly priced coffee machines require you to put your machine in “customize mode” and then change your coffee’s size and strength manually.

The Jura E8 also allows you to do this, but I really like the convenience of being able to select exactly the drink you want just as you’re about to make it.

I will have to dock the machine a point off for it needing to run a long-winded milk rinsing cycle after every milk drink it makes. 

Most super automatics allow you to take apart the entire milk-steaming system from the machine’s body. This allows you to easily clean it in the sink or dishwasher. 

User Friendliness Rating: 8/10

Design and Durability

The Jura E8 looks stylish and feels expensively built compared to similarly priced super-automatic espresso machines.

It’s much bigger and heavier than Delonghi and Gaggia machines for example.

While I don’t like that the Jura E8 doesn’t let you open it up and access its brew group, it feels like a machine that should last you years and years.

The E8 does only uses a single thermoblock heating system to power its coffee brewer and its milk system. This suggests that it might not last you as long as the Gaggia Accademia.

Design and Durability Rating: 7/10

Value for Money

The Jura E8 offers decent value for money, but I think there are better deals out there.

The Jura E8’s large price tag is justified by how good an espresso it makes. This is the most important thing for an automatic espresso machine, and the Jura E8 certainly ticks the box here.

I do think that you will get better value by either going for a more affordable Jura machine if you drink mainly black drinks, or a premium Delonghi machine if you mainly drink milk drinks.

Value for Money Rating: 6/10

Product Alternatives

Two alternative coffee makers to the Jura E8 are the Jura E6 and the Delonghi Dinamica Plus.

Jura E8 vs Jura E6

The Jura E6 offers better value for money than the Jura E8, especially if you’ll mainly drink black espresso drinks.

The Jura E6 makes the same high-quality espresso as the Jura E8.

The main difference between the two machines is that the Jura E6 offers seven fewer menu options than the E8.

The Jura E8 can make the following drinks that the Jura E6 cannot:

  • Espresso doppio
  • Cortado
  • Cappuccino extra shot
  • Flat white
  • Flat white extra shot
  • Latte macchiato
  • Latte macchiato extra shot

Bear in mind that Jura’s milk drinks (of which 6 of the above 7 drinks are) only vary in their proportions of coffee and milk rather than their texture.

So I think that the Jura’s four milk drinks are enough variation for the majority of people. 

Since the Jura E6 is $700 cheaper than the Jura E8, I think it’s a better deal for most people.

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$1,699.00

The Jura E6 makes the same standard of espresso and has the same build quality as the Jura S8 despite costing almost $1,000 less than it.

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Jura E8 vs Delonghi Dinamica Plus

The Delonghi Dinamica Plus’s three available milk textures make it better for lattes and other milk drinks than the Jura E8.

While the Delonghi Dinamica Plus doesn’t make quite as good an espresso as the Jura E8, its multiple milk textures allow it to make a much better variety of milk drinks.

The Delonghi Dinamica Plus is also a fair bit cheaper than the Jura E8, so I think it’s a better option for milk drink drinkers.

Best for Milk Drinks
Delonghi Dinamica Plus
$1,481.57
The Delonghi Dinamica Plus’s multiple milk textures means you get much more variety in your milk drinks than the Jura E8.
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Jura E8 Review Final Verdict

While I like the Jura E8, I can’t help but think that there are better value-for-money options out there.

The machine does make outstanding espresso by super-automatic espresso machine standards, so if you are happy to pay a premium for quality then it’s a good machine for you.

Espresso Quality
10/10
Milk Steaming Performance
6/10
Functionalities
5/10
User Friendliness
8/10
Design and Durability
7/10
Value for Money
7/10

However, if you want to get the best possible value for money then I’d recommend the Jura E6 over the E8.

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