Jura Z8 Review

Jura Z8
Overall Rating
Coffee Quality (40%)
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Durability (20%)
Ease of Use (10%)
Brand Reputation (10%)
The Bottom Line
It doesn't get more premium and luxurious than the Jura Z8. With 21 pre-programmed recipes, an eye-catching 4.3" color touch display, dual Thermoblock boilers, and plenty more, it's the no-brainer pick — if you can afford it.
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Key Features of the Jura Z8

Key Features of Jura Z8

Machine typeSuper-automatic
Integrated grinderAromaG3 grinder
Bean hopper9.9 oz
Bypass doserYes
Water Reservoir81.3 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 buttons21 programmed beverages
Adjustable exit valves3.2"-6.0" 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 drawer20 servings
Drip trayRemovable
Warranty2 years or 6,000 brew cycles, whichever comes first
Case materialPlastic/aluminum
Dimensions12.6"W x 17.7"D x 15.0"H
Weight29.5 lbs

Jura Z8 Overview

You'll be hard-pressed to find a more sophisticated and luxurious super-automatic espresso machine than the stunning Jura Z8, which offers something no other automatic coffee machine does: one-touch Americanos.

That seems like something pretty basic, right? Just combine a shot with hot water. What am I missing?

It's actually a little more complicated than that for a one-touch coffee machine, which needs a fine-tuned internal brew system to combine the espresso shot and hot water at the right time and in the right volumes without sacrificing the machine's ability to brew all of the standard specialty beverages expected of a high-end super-automatic model. But Jura has done it and the results are in: it's awesome.

In fact, Jura's new computer-controlled system has completely disrupted what's expected of a fully-automatic machine, and it's allowed Jura to release the new-and-improved Z8 with 21 pre-programmed coffee beverages and the ability to customize and save anything else you like through the Jura Smart Connect app.

That's right. The Z8 is Bluetooth-enabled.

And that isn't the only standout feature on this premium machine:

  • AromaG3 grinder: Totally redesigned to grind your favorite whole bean coffee twice as quickly and with better precision
  • Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P.) brewing: varies pressure during the brew process to ensure complete and even extraction
  • Dual Thermoblock boilers: Allows for rapid brewing of specialty beverages with boilers for both extraction and frothing
  • Intelligent preheating: Maintains brewing temperatures between brew cycles so every shot is evenly extracted
  • 4.3" color touchscreen: Bright and massive with a rotary selection interface to easily organize and select your favorite drinks

And one feature that all Jura models have: intelligent, artful designs assembled from high-quality components in either Switzerland or Portugal.

I'm not gonna lie — the Jura Z8 is an expensive machine. But it's also the definition of what it means to be a premium super-automatic espresso machine. Is it right for you?

  • 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 21 different one-touch brewing options including double espresso, double long coffee, cortados, and more
  • Blue water reservoir illumination light makes water volume easy to see
  • Compatible with Jura's J.O.E. app to brew coffee remotely plus additional remote maintenance features
  • Stylistic choices (gaps/crevices around water tank and drip tray) look great but are difficult to keep clean
  • Lacks several brew options available on less feature-rich 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 Z8 for you?

Are Jura Z8 for you?

Jura makes several different models of super-automatic espresso machines, so how does the Z8 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

Yeah, it's pretty much the unquestioned winner among Jura's non-Giga models (the Gigas are massive and just something else entirely).

If you can stomach the hefty price point, then pull the trigger on the Jura Z8 without a second thought. You won't be disappointed.

But most people don't have the budget for something as premium as the Z8. Thankfully, there are other options:

  • If you want a premium machine but the Z8 is too expensive, take a look at the mid-premium Jura S8, which keeps the touchscreen but loses some of the Z8's advanced brewing functionality.
  • If the S8 doesn't have enough brewing features, check out the more feature-rich (and best-selling) Jura E8, which adds more pre-programmed drinks and intelligent preheating at the expense of a touchscreen display.
  • If all of these Jura espresso machines are a little too pricey, you can find strong options from other brands. In particular, check out the Saeco Xelsis, Gaggia Babila, or DeLonghi Eletta.

But if you've got the budget for a luxury machine and are willing to invest in a machine you'll love for years, don't hesitate to get your Jura Z8 by clicking the button below, now.

Jura Z8 Review: An In-Depth Look

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Jura Z8
It doesn't get more premium and luxurious than the Jura Z8. With 21 pre-programmed recipes, an eye-catching 4.3" color touch display, dual Thermoblock boilers, and plenty more, it's the no-brainer pick — if you can afford it.

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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!