Jura ENA 8 Review

Jura ENA 8
Overall Rating
91
Coffee Quality (40%)
90
Design & Features (20%)
89
Durability (20%)
92
Ease of Use (10%)
92
Brand Reputation (10%)
93
The Bottom Line
Priced the same as the best-selling Jura E8, the Jura ENA 8 offers a more luxurious experience (touchscreen, anyone?) at the expense of water and bean hopper volumes plus a few nice-to-have brewing features.
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Key Features of the Jura ENA 8

Key Features of Jura ENA 8

FeatureSpecification
Machine typeSuper-automatic
Integrated grinderAromaG3 grinder
Bean hopper4.4 oz
Bypass doserYes
Water Reservoir36.8 oz
Portafilter sizeNone
Portafilters includedNone
Boiler typeThermoblock
FrotherHP1 milk system with interchangeable spout
Brew sizesRistretto (0.5 oz) to long coffee (8 oz) plus up to 15 oz of hot water
Pre-infusionYes (P.E.P.)
Specialty beverage buttons10 programmed beverages
Adjustable exit valves2.7"-5.4" coffee and milk foam spouts
Dose size selectorVia brew strength selection
Temperature control3 brew temp levels
Strength control10 brew strength levels
Auto-off15 min, 30 min, or 1-9 hour options
Spent puck drawer10 servings
Drip trayRemovable
Warranty2 years or 6,000 brew cycles, whichever comes first
Case materialPlastic/aluminum
Dimensions10.7"W x 17.5"D x 12.7"W
Weight20.7 lbs
Power1450W

Jura ENA 8 Overview

Nearly as compact as the entry-level Jura A1 with an identically-sized 36.8 oz water reservoir and 4.4 oz bean hopper, the Jura ENA 8 is a great mid-level machine — especially if you're looking for a model whose design aesthetics add a little "wow" factor.

I mean, just look at that water tank.

But the ENA 8 isn't just about form. It's also about function as this small-yet-powerful, super-automatic espresso machine packs plenty of functionality into its tiny frame:

  • 2.8" color touchscreen display
  • 10 programmed beverages letting you choose from ristretto, espresso, double espresso, long coffee, cappuccino, macchiatto, latte macchiatto, and flat white
  • 3 temperature control levels
  • 10 strength control levels

However, there are a couple of limitations that ENA 8 users need to be OK living with (or, rather, without):

  • Double long coffee, which is available on the Jura E8, S8, and Z8
  • No intelligent pre-heating, which is Jura's system to ensure brew water doesn't cool down too much between each brew cycle

The Jura ENA 8 is a great mid-level model designed by an industry-leading brand and built with high-quality internal components for a reliable (and delicious) espresso-based beverage day after day.

That said, its price tag may leave you scratching your head (or running for the hills).

Despite the ENA 8's small water reservoir, bean hopper, and selection of programmed drinks, it has nearly the same price tag as the much more feature-rich E8 and S8.

What gives, Jura?!

Ultimately, ENA 8 owners are making the conscious decision to pay a premium for its aesthetically-pleasing design and high-quality-construction in a space-saving design, even if that means leaving a few extra nice-to-have features on the table.

Pros
  • Hybrid model that combines the Jura A1's compact size with many of the S8 and E8's features
  • New Jura AromaG3 grinder and P.E.P. variable pressure extraction yield a more complex coffee with 12.2% more aroma (measured by Total Dissolved Solids)
  • Environmentally-friendly with both auto-off mode and Zero-Energy switch (ensures the machine draws zero power when switch is engaged)
  • Compatible with Jura's CLEARYL Smart Water Filters with RFID technology to track usage and alert when filter needs to be changed
  • Compatible with Jura's J.O.E. app to brew coffee remotely
Cons
  • Doesn't brew double long coffees like the Jura E8, S8, and Z8
  • Doesn't include Jura's intelligent pre-heating system, which ensures the machine doesn't cool down too much between brew cycles
  • HP1 milk system includes the basics (latte, cappuccino, macchiato) but can't make nice-to-haves like cortados and flat whites
  • 2.8" color touch display is smaller than the 4.3" display on other Jura models
  • Small 36.8 oz water reservoir, which is even more limiting if you use Jura's in-tank water filter

Is the Jura ENA 8 for you?

Are Jura ENA 8 for you?

Jura makes several different models of super-automatic espresso machines, so how does the ENA 8 compare?

Feature Jura A1 Jura ENA 8 Jura E8 Jura S8 Jura Z8
Bean hopper 4.4 oz 4.4 oz 9.9 oz 9.9 oz 9.9 oz
Active bean monitoring No No No Yes Yes
Water Reservoir 36.8 oz 36.8 oz 63.6 oz 63.6 oz 63.6 oz
Boiler type Thermoblock Thermoblock Thermoblock Thermoblock Dual Thermoblock
Frother None HP1 HP3 HP3 HP3
Display Buttons only 2.8" color touch 2.8" color (not touch) 4.3" color touch 4.3" color touch
Specialty beverage buttons 3 10 17 15 21
Smart mode No No Yes No No
Brews double beverages No No Yes Yes Yes
Hot water only mode No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Adjustable brew nozzle 2.3"-5.6" 2.7"-5.4" 2.6"-4.4" 2.8"-4.6" 3.2"-6.0"
Temp control levels 1 3 3 3 3
Intelligent preheating No No Yes No Yes
Strength control levels 2 10 10 10 10
Width 9.4"W 10.7"W 11.0"W 11.0"W 12.6"W
Depth 17.5"D 17.5"D 17.5"D 17.5"D 17.7"D
Height 12.7"H 12.7"H 13.6"H 13.7"H 15.0"H
Weight 20.3 lbs 20.7 lbs 21.6 lbs 22.1 lbs 29.5 lbs
Power 1450W 1450W 1450W 1450W 1500W

In a picture-less comparison table, its difficult to understand why the ENA 8 costs nearly the same as the E8 and S8. That begs two questions:

  • Who would pony up for the ENA 8 when more obviously feature-rich models have similar prices?
  • If you're out on the ENA 8, which super-automatic espresso machine is right for you?

Regarding the first question: While the ENA 8 generally costs almost as much as the Jura E8 and S8, it's usually a few hundred dollars cheaper. If you don't need the additional pre-programmed drinks and appreciate the ENA 8's truly compact and — dare I say, "beautiful"? — design, then you might be the exact person this little coffee powerhouse was made for.

But if the ENA 8 isn't your machine of choice, there are still plenty of other quality options to choose from. Which is right for you?

  • If you don't usually drink milk-based beverages and just want a fully-automatic espresso machine to pull shots, check out the Jura A1.
  • If you can't stomach the ENA 8's price tag but absolutely need the ability to make one-touch milk-based beverages, check out the Gaggia Brera.
  • If you're OK with the Jura ENA 8's price tag but want more feature-related bang for your buck, check out the Jura E8 or Jura S8.

But if you're still enamored by the ENA 8's design and curious how much it costs right now, click the button below to find out, now.

Jura ENA 8 Review: An In-Depth Look

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Jura ENA 8
Priced the same as the best-selling Jura E8, the Jura ENA 8 offers a more luxurious experience (touchscreen, anyone?) at the expense of water and bean hopper volumes plus a few nice-to-have brewing features.

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Bryan De Luca

I'm Bryan but most people know me as The Coffee Maven. I grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts and received my Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Providence College. My first introduction to coffee was during my college days, when I used it as a source of caffeine to fuel late-night study sessions, but soon I became obsessed with the chemistry of coffee. How did changes to water temperature or contact time affect its taste? Why do beans from Africa taste fruity while beans from Indonesia taste spicy? I launched The Coffee Maven in February 2017 to explore these questions and help others brew their perfect cup. Welcome to my site, and thanks for reading!

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