Jura coffee makers are definitely something for the more hardcore coffee lovers out there. Simply put, any Jura-made machine you get will produce a top-quality cup of joe with a single press of a button or tap of a screen. Today, we’re comparing four of the company’s most in-demand coffee makers—the ENA 4, ENA 8, ENA Micro 5, and ENA Micro 90. Keep reading to see which coffee machine belongs in your coffee station.
Jura ENA 4
Pulp Extraction Process
One thing you’ll find common across all Jura coffee makers (except for the ENA Micro 5), from low-end to high-end models, is Pulse Extract Process (P.E.P.) Technology. P.E.P. essentially guarantees optimal extract times to produce the ideal espresso in no time. The grounds are never oversaturated, so your drink from start to finish will taste amazing.
All four Jura machines are designed to help coffee lovers make their golden cup of coffee from start to finish. In the ENA 4’s case, it starts from the Aroma G3 Grinder, a built-in bean grinder that can break down whole beans to customizable fineness levels for optimal extraction times based on your palate. All in all, it takes the ENA 4 under 60 seconds to grind whole beans, heat up water, and have a steaming hot cup of home-brewed coffee or espresso.
Perhaps what surprises people most about the ENA 4 is its limited drink option. It can only create four customizable specialty drinks, unlike the ENA 8’s ten drinks, and the ENA Micro 5 and Micro 90’s six drinks. As such, the ENA 4 doesn’t come with a milk canister or steam wand.
If you always wanted your coffee maker to prepare a fresh cup by the time you head down to your coffee station, the ENA 4 can do just that. This appliance can connect to your home’s Wi-Fi and sync to your smartphone via the Jura app, allowing it to produce your fully customized drink and have it ready for you without even laying a finger on the ENA 4.
Jura ENA 8
Smart Filter Alert
Each of these Jura models uses a CLARIS filter cartridge in their respective water tanks to prevent hard chemicals from getting into your coffee and causing scale buildup inside of the machine. As long as you replace the CLARIS filter at the right time, you’ll pretty much never have to dismantle the machine and brew group to manually scrub the machine clean. These filters use RFID chips to alert users when they’re nearing the end of their lifespans, so you never have to manually count the months.
Unlike the ENA 4, the remaining three Jura coffee makers don’t come with Wi-Fi support. However, you can still instruct these machines from a distance by connecting your smartphone to the J.O.E. addon (sold separately). The Jura smartphone app will guide you on how to sync your phone to the machine and customize the drink to your palate. There’s even a programable scheduler that’ll instruct the ENA 4, Micro 5, and Micro 90 to have your coffee ready at a specific time of the day.
HP1 Milk System
The ENA 8 comes with the HP1 Milk System., which consists of intake pipes and connectors that allow you to produce milk-based coffee drinks with variable steam and frothiness options. If you’re jonesing for a fresh cup of cappuccino, latte macchiato, or a flat white, this machine will whip it in under 60 seconds.
Bypass for Coffee Grounds
If decaf is your cup of coffee, then you’ll appreciate the ENA 8’s built-in bypass chute that allows you to use pre-grinded coffee. This is a must-have feature for those who don’t want to be burdened with experimenting on different ground coarseness levels or if your favorite brand of coffee is sold in ground form.
Jura ENA Micro 5
You’ve probably already guessed that Jura’s Micro machines are more compact and thus not as feature-packed as other Jura coffee makers. The ENA Micro 5 is a pretty compact device that takes up only about 9 x 18 x 13 inches of space. That’s why you won’t find fancy full-color displays or rotary dials on this machine. Instead, its top-facing panel uses simple symbols to show which type of drink to make. In fact, customizing drink strength is simply out of the question with the ENA Micro 5.
Some have argued that the ENA Micro 5 is an entry-level fully automatic espresso machine, which pretty much describes its lack of features perfectly. Apart from not having programmable drink recipes, the built-in Aroma Grinder+ has a single fineness setting. This may or may not work for everyone in your office or household, so it’s certainly missing a ton of versatility that you’ll find in different Juta machines.
30-Minute Auto-Shutdown Timer
Something that you might find annoying, as other customers have, is the non-adjustable 30-minute shutdown timer. If it idles for half an hour, the machine will turn off completely in an attempt to save on power when possible. You’ll have to turn the unit back on and wait a few moments before it preparing another cup of coffee.
Jura ENA Micro 90
Similar to the ENA Micro 5, the ENA Micro 90 hardly takes up any space. As such, it doesn’t come with a colorful display, though how you choose different drink options is a lot easier on this machine than the ENA Micro 5. On the top-facing panel below the grinder, you’ll find a rotary switch that you use to choose your drink and a tiny display that shows the name of your selected drink.
The ENA Micro 90 takes things a lot further than the ENA Micro 5 by allowing users to personalize their drinks to a limited extent. By playing with the rotary dial, you can choose ten different coffee strength levels and two brewing temperature levels. Nothing too fancy here, but at least it has a greater chance of making ideal coffee strengths for multiple users.
Built-in Milk System
What gives the ENA Micro 90 the ability to make cappuccinos and latte macchiatos is the preinstalled milk system. This system can froth milk to a preset frothiness level, so while making latte art is out of the question, at least you can produce creamy drinks with this machine in under 60 seconds.
Jura ENA 4
Jura ENA 8
Jura ENA Micro 5
Jura ENA Micro 90