Aside from being the all-time best selling automatic coffee machine among all Jura machines, the Jura E8 coffee machine is also one of the most versatile espresso machines on the market.
This is due to the fact that it provides high quality all round performance in a small package, and can produce professionally made coffee beverages at the touch of a button.
This is no small feat, as fully automatic coffee machines like the E8 have many built in components that deal with coffee grinding, coffee brewing, coffee extraction, and milk foaming. In order to excel in this category of coffee machines, all the components need to work well and consistently.
What is an Automatic Coffee Machine?
For those who are unacquainted with coffee machines, automatic coffee machines are essentially an all in one coffee maker which provides an integrated coffee making experience from start to finish, with the touch of a button.
This means that when the user activates their drink selection from the console, the coffee machine will autonomously grind the coffee beans on demand, load the coffee grounds into a brewing unit, pack the coffee grounds, extract the expresso from the coffee grounds, and add in hot water or milk, depending on the user’s coffee beverage selection.
This differs greatly from the process that you see in specialty coffee shops, where a barista has to carry out each individual step of the coffee brewing process by hand, after which they will need to combine the milk and espresso manually using a free pouring method.
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What is the Best Automatic Coffee Machine?
When we consider the entire range of automatic coffee machines that are produced by all the major manufacturers, you will realise that the range is very huge.
Some of these automatic coffee machines can produce up to thousands of cups a day, and are made for very heavy duty settings such as in a buffet lineup, or a business convention.
As such, when looking at automatic coffee machines, it is important to consider what is the production output needed, and therefore, which class of automatic espresso machine you should be looking at.
Naturally, it would not be fair to compare a high volume coffee machine that costs $20,000 to a smaller coffee machine such as the Jura E8, which costs just slightly more than $2,000, and is made for smaller offices of between 30 - 50 people, and can also be used in a home setting.
The trick then is to look within a particular category of automatic coffee machines, and see which machine in that segment offers the most features and the best overall performance package, for the best price.
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Why is the Jura E8 Coffee Machine Best In Class?
Although the Jura E8 coffee machine was built as a coffee maker with a lower production rate, it comes with many premium features that other coffee machines at the same price point may not come with.
For starters, the E8 is equipped with the Intelligent Water System (IWS) filtration system which ensures that the water that is being used to make your coffee, is of the highest quality possible.
Considering that coffee beverages are predominantly made up of water, this feature makes a lot of sense. In a typical coffee machine that does not have a water filter, limescale is actually deposited in the internal piping of the coffee machine over time.
This is the reason why we often have to descale coffee machines. However, with the JURA IWS, there is actually no need for descaling anymore, as the IWS serves as the pre-emptive measure to this.
Another premium feature that is found on the Jura E8 lies in the build quality that the machine offers. For a start, the E8 features a front mounted TFT display with buttons that facilitate up to 12 different drink selections.
This is on average, better than most of its competitors in this price range. The machine is also housed in a beautiful piano black casing with chrome details which lend a very upmarket feel to the coffee machine.
This makes it not only one of the most beautiful coffee machines in this segment, but also one of the easiest to match against any office or home decor. It is not uncommon, especially at this price range, to find machines that are constructed with grey plastic finish.
Though this doesn’t necessarily mean that such coffee machines are bad, they do look quite dated, and can stick out a bit like a sore thumb against your designer kitchen counters or in your upmarket corporate office.
There are no such issues with the E8, which after all, hails from Switzerland. The E8 is also quite a compact machine and takes up only a small amount of countertop space in your home or office. It isn’t necessarily the smallest machine out in the market at this price point - but it is still class leading in this segment if you consider the amount of features that are packed into this machine.
When it comes to performance, there isn’t much to complain about. The E8 is equipped with a 6 step burr grinder for bean to cup, on-demand grinding. This means that you can adjust the grind size to match your preference.
Most other machines in this segment come with less or no grind adjustment. Perhaps the only qualm we have about the E8 is that the grinder does come across a little bit loud when in operation compared to other automatic coffee machine grinders we have tried in the past.
This is also particularly surprising because the E8 actually comes with a concealed coffee bean hopper. After grinding, the new generation E8 comes with the Pulse Extraction Process (PEP) technology that is borrowed from Jura’s higher end coffee machines. PEP allows for a more efficient brewing process and extraction time, especially on shorter drinks such as an espresso or ristretto.
The benefit here, aside from taking less time, is that your espresso doesn’t stay exposed to air for as long a time after brewing, which translates to a better and fresher tasting cup of coffee for you.
Lastly, the Jura E8 coffee machine is compatible with an external milk chiller or milk fridge, which is a must have if you are looking at producing milk based coffee beverages such as cappuccinos, lattes, and flat whites.
This external milk chiller or milk fridge serves as a chilled reservoir where milk can be stored for some amount of time, and for the E8 to pull cold milk from in order to produce milk based coffee beverages.
The addition of this milk chiller does not change the operating procedure of the coffee machine, and producing a drink still only requires the touch of one button. The coffee machine will autonomously draw milk from the chiller through a feeder pipe, and froth it internally before dispensing it together with the extracted espresso.
The foam produced by the E8 can be considered a professional fine foam, though it is not to the extent of micro foam that some other higher end machines can produce.
This is not to be confused with some of the mini milk reservoirs that you see equipped on some home based machines. Those are simply milk reservoirs that do not have a chiller element and need to be cleared out immediately after usage.
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