Jura Impressa E8 Espresso Machine
Ease of Use
The Jura Impressa E8 is a mid-range superautomatic with an expensive price tag. You get plenty of cutting-edge features that make it convenient and reliable, but it’s only suitable for those who can afford it or for those who are passionate about coffee.
Do you love a mean cup of coffee but loathe cleaning up afterward? Do switches, levers, and knobs give you the heebie-jeebies? Are you the designated “workplace grump” because your coffee just isn’t doing it for you in the mornings?
It sounds like you may need a reliable superautomatic in your life. Read our Jura E8 review, and you just might discover the perfect home espresso machine for your needs.
Jura Impressa E8 Design Overview
Jura is a Swiss brand well-known for designing no-nonsense coffee machines. Their outstanding quality is showcased by the Jura Impressa E8, a superautomatic built for hands-free operation and with completely customizable brew controls.
Now all of this might sound like a dream come true, but we’ll warn you that this is a high-end, luxury espresso machine. That means that the price tag might make your jaw drop.
Superautomatics are the answer to the busybody’s desire for incredible coffee without having to lift a finger. Jura takes it to the next level with the E8’s cutting-edge Pulse Extraction Process (PEP), which pulls all of the aromas out of the coffee grounds during extraction.
Cleaning is also a high point, and all maintenance procedures can be initiated from the digital display with a push of a button. How nice does that sound?
We’ll go over every feature of this magnificent machine in a bit, but let’s focus on the design first. By looking at the E8, you can see right away that it’s tastefully designed with a contemporary, sleek look and minimal gadgets.
The bean hopper, grinder, and milk frother are all built-in, so those are parts you won’t have to spend more money on.
On the front of the machine is where you’ll find the color display where you can select from 16 different types of coffee drinks.
The Jura E8 dimensions are 11W x 13.6H x 17.5D, and it weighs 22 lbs. Yes, it’s a big device but, that’s not unusual for superautomatics. If you live in a small apartment or have limited counter space with wall cabinets, you might want to break out the tape measure just to make sure it’ll fit.
Alright, I know you are dying to see what this thing can do. Shall we carry on with our Jura E8 review?
Jura Coffee Machine E8 Features
Jura delivers on its reputation for quality engineering with the easy-breezy Jura E8 coffee machine and its high-tech features. Each part is designed for convenience, and we’ll agree that they did a fantastic job at keeping to their word on that.
Water Tank & Smart Filtration System
The removable reservoir is mounted up on the side of the machine and holds up to 64 oz of water. That tank size is considered large for a coffee machine, so you won’t have to refill it too often.
Jura includes their Smart Filter, a water filter with a radio frequency chip embedded inside. This is where the convenience factor comes into play, as it can be a real pain changing out water filters.
Instead, the Smart Filter knows then it’s time for a change and will let you know with an automatic alert. No more pushing through buttons and squinting at user manuals to try and figure it out.
Even better, Jura is known for its excellent filtration systems, so if you stay on top of the filter changes, you’ll rarely have to descale, if at all.
As far as we’re concerned, descaling is one of the biggest headaches with espresso machines, so brownie points to Jura on this impressive technology.
Bean Hopper & Ground Coffee Chute
You get a built-in bean hopper for fresh coffee beans and also a separate chute for your pre-ground coffee. The bean hopper features a silicone gasket for optimal preservation and can hold up to 10 oz of whole beans at a time. The chute takes two tablespoons of ground coffee.
The chute is a neat feature because you can brew a different type of coffee without emptying the bean hopper. So say you like a certain roast, but your friend likes decaf. After you brew your roasted beans, you can go straight to the pre-ground chute to whip up a quick cup of decaf.
Aroma G3 Integrated Steel Burr Grinder
One of the reasons why people love superautomatic is that they usually come with a high-quality grinder built into the machine.
The Jura E8 espresso machine does integrate this feature, and it’s a top-notch grinder to boot. Jura chose to use a steel burr grinder with this machine, which does the job, even if it isn’t ceramic (which is arguably the best type of burr grinder).
If you aren’t picky about your brew, you’ll probably be more than satisfied with the six grind settings on offer. But espresso enthusiasts who like to adjust the grind precisely might find that the settings don’t offer enough flexibility.
One high point with the Jura E8 grinder is that you can dose 16 grams of coffee in a single cycle. You can make 2-cups of coffee or 2-espresso shots with one cycle, instead of having to go through the motions with two cycles. That’s another convenient plus that you won’t find with many machines.
Keep in mind that you may want to steer clear of oily coffee bean varieties because they can clog the integrated grinder. This isn’t something isolated to the E8; it’s an issue that’s common with superautomatics.
For the price, you’d expect to be able to use any bean of your choosing, so this might be a bummer for you, especially if you love oily coffee beans.
G2 Milk Frothing System
If you don’t know how to use a milk frother on an espresso machine or you’re not interested in all of the fancy foam art shenanigans, then you’ll love the easy G2 Milk Frothing System on the E8 coffee machine with their HP3 milk delivery system.
HP3 is just their fancy way of saying that the E8 will do the entire steaming and frothing part for you, instead of you having to figure out the traditional steam wand, like those found with commercial models.
It’s as simple as adjusting the dial to choose your level of foam and pushing a button.
A silicone hose draws out the milk and steams/froths it according to your selection. Then, it drizzles into your waiting cup to create the perfect cappuccino, frappuccino, or flat white.
If you do feel artistic and want to have a bit more freedom with your milk frothing, you can purchase Jura’s milk carafe separately, which for the price of the E8, you’d think they’d include in the package.
Jura E8 Espresso Boiler/ Brew Capabilities
Now to the beating heart of the Jura Espresso E8: the boiler system. This is where the magic happens, and coffee beans are transformed into a velvety liquid of pure caffeine gold.
To start, let’s look at the Pulse Extraction System or “PEP” for short. This is one of the standout features of the E8 and makes a huge difference regarding how the flavors and aromas are extracted from the coffee beans.
Class, are you paying attention? Let’s dive in!
1. IPBAS Pre-Infusion
For pre-infusion, Jura uses an Intelligent Pre-Brew Aroma System (IPBAS). After you choose your drink selection and adjust the settings on the display, the E8 will measure out the ingredients and dispense some water into the coffee grounds so that it swells.
This is important because it makes the espresso more consistent.
2. PEP Extraction
Then PEP starts the extraction, taking time to “force” water through the grounds to extract the most oils and aromas. This is important because, for a one-touch machine, you get an improved espresso that rivals the expert brewing of a professional barista- and that’s rare for a machine.
3. Single-Boiler Heating
We’ve been holding off on one lackluster part, and that’s the single-boiler heating unit. While the E8 Jura coffee machine is all about convenience, a single boiler means you have more time to wait for in-between brewing and steaming.
This is surprising since the latest dual-boiler technology for espresso machines allows you to brew and steam simultaneously. As well, the switch between the two increases the risk of inconsistency.
This may seem like a small detail to complain about, but we were surprised not to see a dual-boiler system for that price.
One-Touch Color Display
The idea behind the front-and-center color display on the E8 is that the user can customize their drink even while it’s being brewed.
This is where Jura does an incredible job at making the E8 user-friendly. All you have to do is select your drink, follow the prompts on the screen to adjust your preferences, then save the settings.
Here’s a taste of what you can adjust from the display:
- Brew temperature
- Milk volume
- Shot volume
- The duration between adding milk to the espresso
- Double setting: this takes your adjustments for a single setting and doubles it automatically
- 8 coffee strengths from 5 grams to 16 grams (many machines stop at 10 grams!)
As we mentioned before, you can choose from 16 different coffee drinks. Some of the options present you with one or two servings to choose from as a drink option.
Jura E8 Espresso Machine Drink Menu
- Ristretto (1x)
- Ristretto (2x)
- Espresso (1x)
- Espresso (2x)
- Coffee (1x)
- Coffee (2x)
- Espresso Doppio
- Special Coffee (1x)
- Special Coffee (2x)
- Flat White
- Latte Macchiato
- Hot Milk
- Hot Milk With Foam
- Hot Water
Jura Coffee Maker E8 Accessories
You aren’t presented with many shiny accessories in your Jura E8 package, but that’s OK in our book. From the integrated grinder to the automatic milk frother and a machine that cleans itself- you’re given quite a lot already.
The package does add a container for cleaning the milk system, hard water test strips, and a small spoon for measuring out your ground coffee.
Jura E8 Cleaning Process
If you loathe having to clean your coffee machine after enjoying your cup of Joe, then Jura has given espresso aficionados something to celebrate. They focused on creating smart-clean technology that lets you sit back and relax while the E8 cleans itself.
During the initial setup, the machine prompts you to test the water hardness using the strips provided in the package. Based on the result, the E8 will automatically adjust its descaling times accordingly.
We touched on this subject before, but you can also install the Smart Filter, and with the machine reminding you to change it out on schedule, you may not even have to descale at all.
2. Milk Froth System
You will need to be more hands-on with the froth/steam system by cleaning it after each use to prevent dried milk from forming. Use the provided milk cleaning container and fill it with a cleaning solution (of course, Jura recommends their brand).
Run the solution through the milk frother, then take it apart and rinse it thoroughly.
3. Clean Cycle
It’s also recommended to do an overall cleaning after 180 beverages are made. If you lose count, don’t worry, the E8 will simply notify you when it’s time for a clean cycle.
It’s a straightforward and quick process. Start by emptying the drip tray and washing out the grounds tray. Place a cleaning tablet in the coffee chute, and the E8 will take care of the rest!
By properly maintaining your Impressa E8, you can expect it to last for decades.
Jura Coffee Machine E8 Pros vs. Cons
- User friendly
- Customization options
- Makes 16 different coffee drinks
- Automatic cleaning process (easy & fast)
- PEP tech improves taste
- Oily beans may clog the grinder
It’s easy to be impressed with the Jura E8. It’s manufactured by a company with a five-star reputation for quality and innovation. The E8 itself is built with cutting-edge technology focused on making the at-home coffee experience as seamless as possible.
The PEP system and the automatic milk steamer/frother are just two examples of clever engineering that get the details right, so you get the best possible flavors- all with the push of a button.
The 16 drink choices and the ability to customize your drink settings put the power in your hands while the machine does the dirty work. It’s fast, easy, and accurate every time.
Of course, this comes at a price- a very high price indeed. Superautomatics aren’t for everyone; at least it’s not for the majority of us who may not be able to afford such a luxury.
That’s why we recommend the Jura Impressa E8 for avid coffee drinkers who buy coffee every day. In that case, you’ll make back the cost of the machine in no time since you’re no longer going to the cafe.
This is also a great machine for busy people who love high-quality coffee drinks but don’t have the time to manually set up, brew, and clean the machine daily.
E8 Jura Coffee Machine Warranty
You get a limited 2-year warranty when you purchase the E8.
Jura E8 Review Conclusion
The Jura E8 super automatic espresso machine covers all of the bases to give you an exceptional coffee drink without the hassle. You can hit a button, kick back, and wait for your personal barista to serve up your drink, just the way you like it.
The pros outweigh the cons, but the fact that the E8 is so expensive means that not everyone can afford to own one. On the other hand, if you do splurge on one, you can count on it to deliver phenomenal coffee drinks for years to come.
To conclude this Jura E8 review, it’s a stylish little number with a user-friendly interface that makes it a breeze to operate. You get what you pay for, and with the E8, you’ll be able to make your mornings a little more joyful, no matter how busy you are. Nothing beats pushing a button and having a steaming cup of perfection minutes later.
References & Resources:
- Jura, Official Brand Website
- Jura E8 Coffee Machine User Manual
- How Coffee Makers Work, HowStuffWorks
- Is It Worth Buying a Home Espresso Coffee Machine?, Choice
- Automated Coffee Machines Are the Baristas of the Future, goodfood