Jura S8 Review

Jura S8
Overall Rating
92
Coffee Quality (40%)
90
Design & Features (20%)
92
Durability (20%)
92
Ease of Use (10%)
94
Brand Reputation (10%)
93
The Bottom Line
The Jura S8 carves out a whole new segment in the fully-automatic market: mid-luxury. It combines the best of Jura's compact models, like the best-selling E8, with a few "wow" factor features found on the truly premium Z8.
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Key Features of the Jura S8

Key Features of Jura S8

FeatureSpecification
Machine typeSuper-automatic
Integrated grinderAromaG3 grinder
Bean hopper9.9 oz
Bypass doserYes
Water Reservoir63.6 oz
Portafilter sizeNone
Portafilters includedNone
Boiler typeDual Thermoblock
FrotherHP3 milk system with interchangeable milk spout
Brew sizesRistretto (0.5 oz) to double long coffee (16 oz) plus up to 15 oz of hot water
Pre-infusionYes (P.E.P.)
Specialty beverage buttons15 programmed beverages
Adjustable exit valves2.8"-4.6" coffee spout, 4.4"-6.2" milk foam spout
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 drawer16 servings
Drip trayRemovable
Warranty2 years or 6,000 brew cycles, whichever comes first
Case materialPlastic/aluminum
Dimensions11.0"W x 17.5"D x 13.7"H
Weight22.1 lbs
Power1450W

Jura S8 Overview

The S8 is Jura's most feature-rich, sub-premium espresso machine, combining the best of Jura's entry and mid-level models with a few "wow" factor features found only on their high-end premium models.

The result? A whole new class of espresso machines: mid-premium.

If you're a fan of Jura's design aesthetics, then you'll love the S8 — especially it's improved (and eye-catching) 4.3" color touchscreen display, which serves as your gateway to 15 pre-programmed recipes and allows you to save up to 15 new customized drinks.

But no matter which drink you select, it all starts with the beans.

The Jura S8 comes equipped with Jura's new AromaG3 grinder, which has been redesigned to grind your favorite whole bean coffee twice as quickly and with better precision. Combined with Jura's Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P.) extraction system, which varies pressure during the brew process to ensure complete and even extraction, the S8 is able to achieve a richer, more aromatic shot with 12.2% more total dissolved solids (that's the stuff that makes coffee taste and smell irresistible).

The other standout feature on the S8 is Jura's HP3 milk frothing system, which achieves near-perfect milk foam for your favorite specialty beverages: cappuccinos, caffe lattes, macchiatos, latte macchiatos, and flat whites. The milk foam spout even has a fine adjustment lever to dial in the texture for the perfect level of silky smoothness.

The Jura S8 is an impressive super-automatic espresso machine that almost any coffee connoisseur would love to own, and it's one of our favorites here at The Coffee Maven.

Pros
  • Hybrid model that combines compact design of Jura A1, E8, and ENA 8 with large touchscreen and other features from Z8 and Giga models
  • 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)
  • Equipped with Jura's advanced HP3 milk system for 15 different one-touch brewing options including double espresso, double long coffee, flat white, and more
  • Compatible with Jura's J.O.E. app to brew coffee remotely
Cons
  • Doesn't include Jura's intelligent pre-heating system, which ensures the machine doesn't cool down too much between brew cycles
  • Max 4.6" cup clearance on coffee spout is about 1" less than comparable Jura models
  • Lacks Smart mode that reorders beverages on display screen based on selection frequency (which Jura E8 and Z8 have)
  • Lacks several brew options available on similarly-priced and spec'd Jura E8: cortado, macchiato with extra shot, cappuccino with extra shot, and flat white with extra shot
  • Though worth the money, the price point is significantly higher than similar models from other brands

Is the Jura S8 for you?

Are Jura S8 for you?

Jura makes several different models of super-automatic espresso machines, so how does the E8 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

Looking at the feature comparison above, wouldn't you think the E8 and S8 are much close in price? I certainly would, and that's why many consumers jump at the chance to add the E8 to their kitchen appliance collection while saving 20-25% over the S8.

That's probably why the Jura E Series is their best-selling line of fully-automatic espresso machines — they deliver incredible value, and the E8 is no exception.

But no touchscreen functionality on the E8? That's hard to fathom in today's high-tech world. And what if your favorite mug just won't fit under the E8's short exit nozzles?

That's why Jura released the S8 — to pioneer the new mid-premium segment for coffee drinkers (like you?) who don't want to break the bank on the luxurious Z8 but want more than either the E8 (no touchscreen) or ENA 8 (very compact) have to offer.

So, which super-automatic espresso machine is right for you?

  • If you can't fathom paying $2,500 for a super-automatic espresso machine but still want one-button milk-based beverages and a modern design including a touchscreen, check out the Saeco Xelsis.
  • If you really want a Jura with touchscreen functionality, check out the more compact (yet still luxurious) Jura ENA 8.
  • If the ENA 8 is too small and you don't mind downgrading from touchscreen to a button-controlled digital display, check out the best-selling Jura E8.
  • If the S8 seems great but you want more pre-programmed drink modes, a more advanced internal brewing system, and just "more" overall, check out the Jura Z8.

But if the S8 looks like the perfect machine for you, then click the button below to get yours, now.

Jura S8 Review: An In-Depth Look

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Jura S8
The Jura S8 carves out a whole new segment in the fully-automatic market: mid-luxury. It combines the best of Jura's compact models, like the best-selling E8, with a few "wow" factor features found on the truly premium Z8.

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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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