Jura A1 Review: Pros, Cons, and Detailed Features

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It’s an oddity in the United States to consider buying an espresso machine that doesn’t steam milk, but this Jura A1 review will explain why it may be the exception.

This review will explain all of the features the Jura A1 has and doesn’t have, the pros and cons, and who should and shouldn’t buy it so that you will know by the end of this article whether or not it will be a good fit for you and your coffee-loving family.

What is Jura A1? 

Jura A1 produces classic espressos at the perfect temperature! Temperature plays a significant role while maintaining the texture, crema, flavors of the espressos. 

Without the desired temperature, crema soon evaporates away, the flavors turn sour, and the whole beverage tastes terrible. 

Additionally, you can pull flavorful espresso shots in seconds with the correct grind size settings and programmed extraction period. The machine truly is super-automatic! 

Quick Overview of the Jura A1 Review

Jura didn’t skimp or use cheap parts to make this machine; besides a steaming wand, it didn’t leave anything out of its design.

  • Built-in grinder: It’s a bean-to-cup espresso machine with an integrated aroma G3 grinder and a hopper capacity of 125 grams. The grinder is accommodated with stainless steel conical burrs.
  • Bypass doser: The machine has a bypass doser that accepts one scoop of pre-ground coffee at a time. Please note: Most of the other Jura inventions can add two scoops, but that’s not the case with Jura A1. 
  • Three programmable beverage options: Ristretto, espresso, and coffee. Ristretto is the smaller and denser version of espressos. These are already pre-programmed, but you can always program them according to your preference. 
  • Touch display symbols: These symbols allow you to brew coffee/espresso/ristretto. The other two touch symbols let you choose the coffee strength—one bean button is for 6grams of coffee, and the three-beans button is for 10 grams of pre-ground coffee. 
  • P.E.P. system: Jura’s exclusive P.E.P. technology pressurizes water inside the coffee puck in small bursts. This ensures complete extraction throughout the process. 

What type of Espresso machine is Jura A1

Jura A1 is a bean-to-cup super-automatic espresso machine with a built-in grinder and single boiler.

. Its exterior has a single stainless steel spout at the front panel and a small illuminating touch screen at the top face of the machine. 

It will grind, tamp, dose, and brew your coffee with a push of a button.

This is perfect for individuals who don’t have the time in the morning to enjoy manually performing the pre brewing steps or who don’t want to invest the time in learning how to do these steps.

A bright, blue "PROS" and a red "CONS" sit on opposite ends of a gray board which is balanced on a white question mark. Isolated on white. Referring to the feature in the Jura A1

Pros and Cons of the Jura A1

Jura is a swiss company, producing espresso and coffee goods since the 1980s. Its product quality is uncompromised, and Jura A1 is no different.

The machine is full of quality pros and some minor cons. However, these pros and cons will help you decide whether the machine is worth your consideration and purchase. 

Pros

  • The machine comes in two classic color finishes—Black Piano and White piano. 
  • The exterior has a straightforward interface with a medium body. 
  • Programmable touch symbols allow you to set the volume/extraction time of espresso and coffee. 
  • The single spout slides up and down to accommodate bigger/smaller cups. The shortest length is 2.5″, and the tallest length is 5.5″. 
  • No portafilter to complicate the machine. The spouts will directly brew after auto-grinding, dosing, and tamping. This machine doesn’t require manual locking and unlocking of the portafilter. 
  • Easy-cleaning: You don’t need to clean the steaming wand because it doesn’t have one. You can rinse the single-spout through simple cleaning. You cannot remove the brew unit in this machine. 
  • Pulse Extraction Process technology (P.E.P.) for enhanced flavor extraction. 
  • Thermoblock technology system
  • Claris filter cartridge. 
  • Auto-off availability to conserve electricity. 

Cons

  • The machine is space friendly, but the water reservoir, drip tray, and coffee container are smaller than usual. 
  • The water has a capacity of 1.1 liters only. It’s adequate for espresso but will never be enough for coffee. If you exclusively brew coffee, you will need to refill it often. 
  • The coffee container can only hold nine brewing pucks. 
  • The bean hopper is tiny and can hold 125g of coffee beans only. 
  • You cannot clean the interiors of the machine. 

Jura A1 is specifically designed for individuals who don’t entertain large parties. Moderately, this machine can brew 5-6 shots and 2-3 coffee mugs with the available water tank and machine’s capability.  

Design and specifications 

The machine has an inverted footprint for easier access to the touch screen, water reservoir, bean hopper, and bypass doser. 

The top-back of the machine has 125g of bean hopper tightly sealed in a rectangular case along with a dedicated bypass doser and grind size settings. 

The touch display consists of five symbols. Three symbols allow you to program and brew ristretto, espresso, and coffee. The other two symbols allow you to select coffee strength between 6g (one-bean button) and 10g (three-bean button).

The machine’s front panel has a single spout that you can slide up and down for accommodating bigger/smaller cups. You can also notice a metal drip/grill tray at the base of the machine. Overall, the color combination and equipment organization throughout the length is well-thought. 

Specifications:

  • Bean hopper capacity: 125g.
  • Water reservoir capacity: 1liter
  • coffee puck container: can hold coffee pucks until nine brewing cycles.
  • Spout adjustable length: 2.23 inches to 2.5 inches 
  • Overall weight: 9.2kg
  • Dimensions: 29.3 X 32.3 X 44.5 cm width, height, and depth respectively. 

Other specifications

  • Machine type: Bean-to-cup super-automatic espresso machine with a built-in grinder.
  • Several specialty coffees:  ristretto, espresso, and coffee. 
  • Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P): Yes, available. 
  • Built-in grinder: Standard Aroma G3 grinder. 
  • Pressure Pump: 15-Bars standard pump. 
  • Single/dual boiler: Single boiler—thermoblock heating system
  • Equipped with a Claris filter cartridge

All in all, Jura A1 will offer you a quality machine with a classy look and expensive equipment at an affordable cost.

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What features does it have? 

Let’s take a closer look at what these machines brag about and if they are worth your money, time, and efforts. First, Jura A1 is not a usual machine with basic repetitive technology.

Jura is expensive for its exclusive features that are rare in other brands. 

For instance, the Aroma G3 built-in grinder or the P.E.P technology. Both the features are high-quality and not found in other machines. Some other features of the Jura A1 include: 

  • Programmability 
  • automation 
  • Bean preservation

Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P)

Every step while brewing espresso demands accuracy. From grinding, dosing, and tamping, every step is highly defined for an even extraction with a uniform flavor profile for the perfect tasting coffee. 

Jura invented P.E.P to ensure ultimate extraction that will result in a better and more balanced coffee.

While other machines directly pressurize the water in the coffee puck at once, Jura A1 pours pressurized hot water in small streams or, to say, at decidedly short intervals. 

This allows the water to soak in more freely and more flexibly. A direct jet of hot water may disturb the coffee puck, but P.E.P ensures that’s not the case.

These small jets of water ensure that every coffee ground inside the puck is evenly wet and nothing is left behind for the waste. 

An evenly extracted coffee puck will yield a uniform brewed beverage with a balanced taste, crema, and aroma.

Please note: an under-extracted coffee will taste sour, and over-extracted coffee will taste bitter. Similarly, an uneven extracted coffee will taste both sour and bitter at times and might as well result in no crema at all. 

Final verdict: As a coffee enthusiast, we truly believe that even extraction is probably the most important factor while deciding the taste of your beverage. P.E.P is an advanced technology and worth the additional expense because it ensures taste and quality.”

Touch screen Display

To avoid a cluttered front panel, the machine’s touch display is present at the top. While it might seem like a small change, I can tell you from reviewing other Jura products that this makes it a lot easier to access.

You can operate the machine from behind or from whatever side without having to bend over. 

Many machines will offer you a button panel at the same price, but Jura A1 believes in modern technology and more straightforward functionality.

The sleek black touch panel matches our day-to-day lifestyle. It’s a relatively compact panel with five easy-to-operate beverage options. In addition, the icons illuminate red to enhance the overall look of the machine. 

Touch panels are better than buttons because they are easier to use, don’t get stuck, and have a longer life if kept in a suitable condition.  

It also has six additional indicators above the available options. These indicators inform you about descaling, filter, cleaning, empty water tank, pre-ground coffee, and coffee container. However, they only illuminate when the machine requires the desired action. 

A bean hopper holding arabica espresso beans to be used in the Jura A1 espresso machine

Bean Preservation Seal

Jura A1’s bean hopper resides at the extreme back of the front panel and has a rectangular casing covering the length of the machine.

Along with the aroma G3 grinder, the machine also offers an aroma preservation lid/seal. Jura A1 uses a custom tightly-fit rubber gasket sealer. 

The rubber gasket ensures the preservation of the beans because it tightly locks in the hopper. The rubber gasket doesn’t allow air to contaminate the beans or steal away the flavors and aroma. 

“Final verdict: Fresh beans will brew fresh coffee, and thus, this small seal can change your coffee’s flavor drastically. Jura knows the importance of fresh beans and makes sure that you brew and grind fresh beans every time without any loss. 

Aroma G3 grinder

Jura specifically engineers the cutting angles inside the stainless steel conical burr. As a result, the company claims that Jura’s Aroma G3 grinder is faster than the rest of its counterparts. In fact, it takes half the time to grind the beans than other grinders. 

It’s faster and more efficient while grinding beans. Furthermore, the Aroma G3 grinder grinds freshly at the time of brewing. It doesn’t keep pre-ground coffee inside the system. 

Jura’s grinder offers six levels of coarseness and fineness; most of these settings are the default for fine grind because espresso demands talcum-like fine powder for complete and robust extraction.

However, please keep in mind, the finest settings may concentrate your coffee too much. Thus, choose and select the grind size setting accordingly. 

The ground coffee is further processed for tamping and the P.E.P process. The essential features of Aroma G3 grinders are: 

  • Stainless steel conical burrs for Jura A1. 
  • Sharp cutting angles to perfect the finest grind size settings. 
  • Faster. 
  • Six grind size settings. 
  • Direct grinding after touching the brew options. 
  • Coffee strength adjustment available. 

Please note: Always change your grind size settings when the grinder is functioning/running to avoid damage. Also, don’t use flavored or oily coffee beans inside a super-automatic espresso machine; it will damage or choke your system.

Programmability

Super-automatic espresso machines have dual nature—automation and programmability.

While automation will initiate brewing and stop brewing automatically, the machine also allows individuals to program their beverages according to their needs.

You can change and save the volume/time of the espresso/coffee with Jura A1. 

It’s not difficult to program your beverage with Jura.

  • Switch on the machine and allow it to heat up. 
  • To program, long-press the espresso/ristretto/coffee symbol for three seconds and then release the symbol. 
  • Your machine will flash the espresso/ristretto/coffee symbol along with the coffee strength symbol to indicate that the machine is in programmability mode. 
  • Allow the espresso to pour into your cup until the desired volume/time is met. 
  • Touch the symbol (espresso/ristretto/coffee) again to stop brewing when your desired quantity has been brewed. 
  • Your machine will save this for future reference. 
  • You can change this setting at any given time with a similar procedure. 

Jura A1 is a straightforward machine, and it intends to simplify your brewing with automation and programmability. 

Adjustable coffee spout

The front panel of the famous Jura A1 only has a single spout to pour coffee. Apart from the spout, there are no additional installments in the machine since it lacks a steaming wand. 

The long single spout resides at the center of the machine and has a significant margin to slide up and down the whole length of the machine. Thus, you can accommodate as small a cup as possible without the fear of spilling and spewing. 

The minimum height it offers is 2.23 inches, and the maximum height is 5.5 inches. So you can easily brew 12 ounces of coffee with Jura A1. The single spout has chrome-plating and looks beautiful at the base piano white and piano black color. 

Spouts further cut down the difficulty of cleaning the portafilter or locking/unlocking chores. After pressing the button, the machine does it all for you. 

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Energy-saving mode

Energy conservation not only saves you money but much-required power that helps the environment.

Individuals often forget to close their machines at night, or when it’s not in use, this consumes too much energy without any usability. As a result, a lot of energy is lost. 

Fortunately, Jura A1 offers E.S.M (energy-saving mode) to conserve power and energy when the machine is not in use.

It has three main automatic-off minutes. Your machine will either automatically switch off after 30 minutes of no activity, one hour of no activity, or two hours of no activity. 

You can select and program any three of the energy-saving mode. My best choice is 30 minutes of auto-off after no activity because it will save the most energy. 

  • Ristretto symbol initiates 30 minutes auto-off
  • The espresso symbol switches the machine off after one hour. 
  • The coffee symbol closes the system in two hours. 

To initiate power saving mode: 

  • Long touch the coffee strength symbols (one coffee bean symbol and three coffee bean symbols) together for two seconds.
  • The machine will light up the coffee strength symbols and the descaling/filter symbol, cleaning symbol, and espresso/ristretto/coffee symbol. 
  • Once all the indicators illuminate together, press the ristretto symbol.
  • The ristretto button will light up. 
  • Next, press the (one bean) coffee strength symbol for two seconds to save the settings. 

Follow the same procedure for 1 hour and two hours as well. For one hour, press the espresso symbol instead of ristretto. For two hours, press the coffee symbol. 

Does A1 make regular coffee?

Yes, Jura A1 brews delicious regular coffee at the touch of a button. After setting up the device, you can either brew a pre-programmed coffee beverage or program it according to your specialty coffee. 

It’s not difficult to brew coffee with Jura A1. Simply touch the coffee symbol (present at the right of the touch panel) for an automatically brewed coffee. It will automatically stop according to your pre-set settings. 

To brew a personalized barista coffee, long-press the coffee symbol for three seconds and allow the desired amount of coffee to pour into your mug.

Once the desired coffee is brewed, touch the coffee symbol again to stop and save the brewing for the future. 

With Jura A1, you can also use pre-ground coffee to brew coffee of your desired choice. Simply pour one scoop of pre-ground coffee in the chute (not more than one) and press/long press coffee for automatic/programmed brewing. 

Please note: After adding pre-ground coffee in the bypass doser, brew instantly. It will dispose of the ground coffee if no action is sent within a minute after pouring. 

A picture of me steaming milk on a Jura8 espresso machine

Does it steam milk?

As discussed, Jura A1 doesn’t steam milk. This could be considered its specialty or uniqueness for individuals who don’t like milk-based coffee but can be considered a crime for individuals who cannot consume coffee without milk. 

Eastern lands still prefer Milk-less espresso to this date. Easterners, especially Italy, the historic land of espressos, have always embraced the authentic flavors of coffee beans without any added flavors or dilution of milk. 

Although Italy invented the steaming wand to release the extra build-up steam from the machine and later used it to foam milk, the U.S.A. and western countries popularized milk-based beverages like Cappuccino and Latte more than in Europe. 

Applying steam pressure to milk expanded the fats present inside the liquid to enhance its overall texture and flavor profile. Further addition of foamed milk in espressos diluted the bitterness of coffee and yielded a non-bitter, naturally sweet coffee adorned by everyone. 

However, true coffee enthusiasts still prefer espresso’s naturally bitter flavor for authentic and aesthetic reasons. If you are one such individual, Jura A1 will produce exceptional espresso and coffee at the touch of hand without the milk! 

It’s perfect for individuals who don’t consume milk-based espresso beverages for whatever reason—it could be due to lactose intolerance that you are cutting down dairy or prefer the real taste of coffee. 

For starters, you would be saving $200-$300 by cutting down the whole milk-steaming system from your machine and imagine all the space you’d be saving on your counter.

The Jura A1 without the steaming wand only costs you $800 depending on sales or price fluctuations.

A quality super-automatic espresso machine under $1,000 is rare, but Jura did it for you! 

Milk steaming systems can enlarge the footprint significantly, and sometimes it’s too much for a smaller kitchen.

Nonetheless, if you have a sweet tooth for sweet, milky, and foamy coffee, you will have to buy a separate milk frother to go with it.

Is it easy to set up?

The set-up process for Jura A1 is straightforward. First, choose a location that’s away from water and heat sources. Next, ensure that the vents have enough space to breathe and dissipate heat without being blocked. 

Apart from the location, the machine only needs a power source, and water filter put in. (it comes with this)

It’s recommended to use their exclusive Claris filter to avoid constant descaling. The scaling of elements can significantly ruin your water boiler and decrease the overall efficiency of your machine. 

If your pH value is <10 or if you have filter water access, use their complimentary water filter. After installing the water filter, prime your machine and its equipment. 

To prime, simply pull some blind shots. Once the priming is done, your machine is set for brewing without any difficulty. 

As a starter, don’t change your machine’s settings (the grind size or pre-programmed beverages).

Pull a couple of shots to understand the accurate adjustments for your preferred beverage. If the machine pulls shots according to your likings (which it will), leave the settings as it is.

However, if you find the need for some adjustments, go for it. 

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How many people can it brew for?

Jura A1 is a small machine specifically designed for individuals or household. A1 is a machine of quality. However, you cannot expect much quantity from this device. 

It’s equipped with a small water reservoir with a capacity of one liter. While this volume is enough for pulling 20+ shots (one ounce each), the same cannot be said for a regular coffee.

Regular coffee has a volume of 12 ounces (350ml), so your Jura A1 can only produce two mugs of standard coffee before the need for refilling. 

Additionally, rinsing the machine will also consume water. Thus a 1-liter water reservoir is usually considered small. Jura A1 is designed to pull 2-3 shots without breaks, but you’d need to wait after pulling them before you brew more. 

As a result, this machine can only brew for one/two individuals back-to-back (not in one go).

Jura A1 has a single spout that can only brew one mug/espresso shot at a time. Of course, you can increase the beverage volume, but still, you will be receiving a single shot/mug of espresso/coffee at a time. 

Also, Jura A1 is classically designed for individuals who don’t consume too much coffee/espressos every day because that would require refilling, rinsing, and waiting periods. 

Refilling the machine isn’t a big deal, but this is a common concern for buying a machine.

Is Jura A1 easy to clean and maintain?

The machine is made of plastic, but it’s strong and built to last. However, you will have to take care of your device to avoid damage and stains, especially if you pick the white piano footprint.

Ensure that the spouts are adjusted according to the height of the mug underneath to avoid spills and sprays all over the device. 

As said, care is necessary to increase the life expectancy of your machine. Apart from that, the machine is easy to clean and maintain with their intelligent Claris filter that frequently cuts down the unit’s need to descale.

This filter also protects your water boiler from becoming ruined by hard water, which is a major plus! 

  • Brush the bypass doser. 
  • Change and clean the coffee puck container after every nine brewing cycles. 
  • Rinse before and after brewing. 
  • Don’t put the washable parts in the dishwasher unless the machine allows you to. (refer to the manual)

Please note: This machine doesn’t come with a removable brewing unit. This reduces the cleaning cycles of the whole brewing system.

This makes me a little scared since I like to clean it to avoid mold build-up, but when I called Jura’s customer service, they told me that it is sealed to prevent any mold from growing, and this was done to make it easier to clean.

All of Jura’s products are built like this, and they have never had a mold problem with this machine or any other.

I just wanted to bring your attention to it since I don’t like keeping secrets during my reviews.

You can still rinse the brewing unit by pulling blind shots after every brewing cycle to avoid residual coffee.

This machine doesn’t come with a steaming wand, so you don’t have to worry about cleaning it regularly; that’s a plus. 

Do you have to descale it?

Yes and no. The Jura A1 claims no use of descaling as long as you activate the Claris water filter. The machine will prompt you to change the water filter once every four-five months. 

However, if you choose to use the water tank without installing the filter, the machine will prompt descaling frequently. There’s a separate indicator for descaling as well as filter-change. 

If you use the filter, the machine will illuminate the filter indicator when there’s a need to change it.

If you don’t use the filter, the machine will illuminate the descaling symbol according to the hardness of the water used (you will need to descale it frequently). 

The descaling cycle takes 40 minutes to altogether remove any lime build-up inside the system. It’s advised only to use Jura’s original descaling tablets to avoid damage. 

Refer to the manual to thoroughly understand the whole descaling process. We’ll still advise using the Claris water filter instead of risking any lime build-up near the water boiler or anywhere inside the system.

The first filter is complementary and comes inside the package. You will need to purchase them for the second and further changes.

Should I buy it? Funny analysis encourages people to buy a Jura A1

Who should buy it?

Jura A1 is a great deal because you’d be purchasing a super-automatic espresso machine for $800 with every quality feature installed within the system.

But the catch is you cannot steam milk or brew milk-based espresso beverages with this device. So, this machine is definitely for individuals who DON’T LIKE MILK in their coffee. 

Or you can buy a separate milk frother for under $100. This is a viable option since Jura A1 makes great espresso and is definitely worth buying.

  • For people looking for a concise super-automatic espresso machine under a budget, this machine has a defined footprint that doesn’t cover much of the counter’s space. 
  • Individuals who’d like their espressos prepared with a single click without having to go through the learning curve. 
  • People who prefer espresso and coffees both (without milk, of course)
  • Individuals who don’t drink too much coffee/espresso every day. This machine is small and meant to brew a smaller amount of beverages.
  • You have a separate milk-steaming carafe or milk-steaming containers like the Aeroccino

Who shouldn’t buy it?

  • Individuals who want a steaming wand or dedicated milk-based beverage buttons. 
  • People who already have a separate quality grinder for espresso. 
  • Individuals who like some hands-on experience with the device. 
  • People who like tamping, dosing, and grinding on their own for a barista experience. 

People who like milk+coffee, cappuccinos, latte, or other milk-based beverages should not buy this machine unless they have a separate milk steamer. 

Why is Jura so expensive?

Quality comes with a price, and Jura does its best to provide its customers with the most powerful technology.

The features that Jura offers are exclusive and not to be found in other products. Every installment in their device is highly monitored to provide delicious coffee at the touch of the hand. 

For instance, the P.E.P technology was invented by Jura to precisely pressurize water into the ground coffee at the accurate extraction period for the perfect shot. 

Similarly, all the features and installments like the Aroma G3 grinder, P.E.P technology, touch display, classic exterior are all highly engineered to provide quality coffee.

While Jura might seem like an expensive purchase, it is the most affordable super-automatic espresso machine on the market.

Is Jura A1 worth it?

Yes, given all the conditions and features of Jura A1 and its price tag, it is worth it for coffee purists who cherish the real taste of coffee and espressos without dilution or sweeteners. 

We covered most of the areas, features, and possible drawbacks of this machine in the article. If these certified features suit you and you can easily avoid the minor cons of this machine, it’s definitely worth it to purchase a Jura! 

Letters and symbols in fire on black background - Versus referring to the Jura A1 and the De'Longhi Magnifica

Jura A1 VS Delonghi Magnifica. 

Delonghi is an Italian company and has been providing affordable entry-level and high-end super-automatic espresso machines since 1902.

Delonghi ESAM 04110 S Magnifica is one such classic addition with multiple features and affordable installments. 

But is it as good as the Jura A1?

The answer can be subjective. Although Delonghi ESAM 04110 S is the upgraded version of Delonghi ESAM 3300, it’s still an entry-level machine. On the other hand, Jura A1 is a high-end espresso machine with quality. 

Delonghi’s characteristics: 

  • The machine has a button interface. 
  • It’s made of plastic with a couple of stainless steel accents (the spouts, drip tray, etc.) 
  • Delonghi comes with a Panarello steaming wand. So, it will froth milk with heavy microfoam. Thus, you can brew milk-based beverage beverages. 
  • Magnifica has a thermoblock boiler, and it will take some time to brew and steam with the machine.
  • Removable brewing unit for easy cleaning. 
  • A passive cup warming plate at the top may take some time to heat the cups adequately. 
  • Adjustable spouts for accommodating bigger/smaller cups.
  • Concise plastic body. 
  • Bypass doser can accept one scoop of pre-ground coffee at a time. 
  • The machine offers quantity over everything! For example, Delonghi has 80 ounces of (2.3 liters) of the water tank and approximately eight ounces of the bean hopper. This is double the amount of what Jura offers. 
  • However, the machine has average visuals, and the front panel is rather suffocating with too many buttons, a steaming wand, and massive brewing spouts (double).

Jura A1

  • Instead of buttons, Jura A1 has a classy, sleek black touch screen panel with illuminating symbols. 
  • The machine has a solid plastic base with chrome accents. Its design is exceedingly good with a single cylindrical chrome adjustable spout. 
  • Jura A1 doesn’t like froth milk. That can be considered a money-saving specialty for individuals who don’t drink milk. 
  • No cup warming plate in this machine. 
  • A single sleek cylindrical spout that can adjust 5 inches tall coffee mug.
  • Jura is known for its fast heating and hot heating system. Jura brews one of the hottest beverages in the market. It doesn’t need a wait time or sink time to increase and decrease the temperature for brewing and steaming.
  • You cannot remove the brewing unit in this machine. 
  • Jura A1 also has a bypass doser that allows one scoop of pre-ground coffee. 
  • Jura is known for quality, but it doesn’t offer much quantity. For example, the bean hopper can hold 125g of coffee beans, and the water reservoir has a volume of 1 liter, which is significantly less. 
  • Jura A1 has excellent visuals and no suffocation at the front panel. Its looks and visuals steal the game! 

Both machines are great choices. However, Delonghi’s Magnifica line is known for its entry-level products. Comparatively, Jura A1 offers high-quality at every angle, and Delonghi is slightly behind that advanced technology. 

Also, as per the price, Delonghi is a much cheaper deal (<$500) but is an entry-level espresso machine. Oppositely, Jura A1 is an expensive machine with high-end features and expensive, quality installments. 

Other Jura Espresso machines

Jura A1 has many sister machines with similar and slightly better upgrades, but that’s subjective.

An ideal espresso machine can be subjective; if you don’t want milk,

However, if you want milk but also want Jura, many models offer steamed milk, foamed milk with great technology! 

Three such Jura machines are—Jura E6, Jura D6, and Jura E8; all the three machines offer massive water reservoirs, double spouts, a dedicated cappuccino milk system for automating frothing, multiple specialty coffee varieties, an intelligent water system, etc.

Let’s take a closer look at these machines and check their possible pros, cons, and if they are the ideal purchase for you or not. 

Jura E6

Jura E6 offers multiple coffee varieties, including Caffe barista, macchiato, lungo barista, barista doppio, and much more! Moreover, all these coffee varieties are factory set and also wholly programmable! 

  • Milk Frothing System: Jura E6 offers a unique, modern milk frothing system entirely different from any automatic/Pannerelo/manual steaming wand. A dedicated milk spout directly pours foamed milk inside the cappuccino mug without any manual help. This dedicated spout can connect to any milk container for sourcing milk. 
  • Built-in grinder: The bean hopper has a capacity of 280g (9.87 ounces), which is considered a lot! The bean hopper has a (rubber gasket) bean preservation lid to keep the beans fresh for a more extended period and away from oxygen. 
  • P.E.P. technology: Every product of Jura is equipped with P.E.P. to ensure maximum extraction and the perfect blend of flavors. 
  • Eleven programmable specialty coffees: The machine has a colorful display screen and six buttons to operate and brew beverages. 
  • The six buttons allow you to change the coffee strength, temperature (min. and max.), descaling, etc. 
  • The intelligent water system: The machine comes with a massive water reservoir with a capacity of 1.9 liters and a Claris water filter that detects the hardness of your water and when to change the filter. This machine doesn’t prompt you for descaling as long as you are using the provided filter. This saves lengthy maintenance on your side. 

Pros

  • Aroma G3 grinder for fresh ground coffee every time you brew! 
  • Factory-set macchiato, doppio, hot water, etc. 
  • Direct brewing of milk-based beverages inside the mug. 
  • Front removable water reservoir with an intelligent water system.
  • Adjustable double spouts with 4.5 inches length (It can slide up and down upto 2.5 inches to 4.5 inches)
  • The connected milk spout is adjustable and can slide up and down depending on the mug placed underneath.
  • Chrome accents at the drip tray and spouts. 
  • The coffee container can hold 16 brewing cycles.
  • The automatic turn-off to conserve energy.

Cons

  • This machine doesn’t accept pre-ground coffee as it lacks a bypass doser. 
  • The drip tray is small and will overfill often.
  • You will need to manually turn on and off the knob for steaming the milk (when the machine prompts you on display)
  • Average body and stylish black and silver frame. 

Jura D6

D6 comes to you under a $1000 budget and will foam the milk for you as well. It’s a slightly smaller version of E6 and has a similar footprint and visuals to the E6 model.

However, unlike the E6 model, Jura D6 has a knob and L.E.D. Red-plain text display above it. You can turn and press the knob to brew seven specialty coffee, including cappuccino and hot water beverages. 

Jura D6 has a similar unique milk frothing system and comes with a separate dedicated milk spout that pours foamed milk directly in the mug. This milk spout connects to a rubber tube which further sources milk from any given milk container you offer. 

  • Built-in grinder: The machine is equipped with a high-class Aroma G3 grinder. The bean hopper has a capacity of 7 ounces (200g approx) and offers 6-7 grind size settings from coarse to fine. 
  • P.E.P technology: Ensures complete extraction. 
  • Intelligent water system: Just like the E6, Jura D6 also comes with a Claris water filter that removes the maintenance of descaling every other month. You will simply need to change the water filter once the machine prompts you to (after 3-4 months or more)
  • The programmable button allows you to source hot water, steamed milk, and other beverages, including other operations like rinsing, cleaning, and descaling (if you don’t use a Claris water filter). 

Pros

  • The machine comes in a classic sleek black exterior or silver and black with some stainless steel accents. 
  • Adjustable spouts can go as high as 4.3 inches and as low as 2.5 inches.
  • The machine is easy to use. 
  • Modest water reservoir and bean hopper. 
  • Jura D6 does come with a bypass doser and can brew with pre-ground coffee. 
  • Automatic frothing

Cons

  • Small drip tray.
  • You will have to turn on/off the steaming knob for steaming manually.

Jura E8

Jura E8 is the upgraded version of Jura E6 with additional features and high-quality installments. Jura E8 has a similar footprint and visuals to the E6 version. Jura E8 will cost you $2000, but is it worth purchasing a machine this expensive?

Why is Jura E8 so expensive? This machine also has two separate brewing systems and all the features, including P.E.P. technology, Aroma G3 Grinder, massive water reservoir, and bypass doser.

The center double spouts brew espressos and coffee, and the right-side double spouts (parallel to each other) brew milk-based beverages. 

Milk spouts: The front spout pours foamed milk, and the back spout pours espresso shots in the milk-based beverage. 

  • Just like every Jura machine, E8 also has P.E.P., a big colorful display screen, an intelligent water system that will directly prompt filter change with auto-detection, adjustable spouts, an exclusive milk frothing system, etc.
  • Massive water reservoir holds 2 liters of water and a Claris water filter that reduces descaling maintenance. 
  • Milk-based beverage spouts also slide up and down to accommodate different-sized mugs. 
  • Bypass doser: Unlike other brands, Jura E8 accepts two scoops of pre-ground coffee. 
  • Sixteen specialty coffees, including macchiato, doppio, espresso, coffee, exceptional coffee, cappuccino, flat white, milk, hot water, etc. 

Pros

  • Bean hopper capacity: 9.9 ounces (280g)
  • Water reservoir volume: 63.3 ounces (2 liters)
  • The milk+espresso spout can slide 6.2 inches up.
  • A long drip tray can hold 2-3 glasses at the same time. 
  • Pre-programmed milk-based beverages. 
  • The milk system allows you to change the foam level for latte and cappuccino. 
  • You can change the coffee strength (up to eight levels), temperature, etc. 
  • It comes with a complementary Claris filter. 

Cons

  • The drip tray is long horizontally but holds a small volume of spilled water. 

Conclusion

This was everything about the Jura A1 that we found during our review that we thought would be needed to make an informed decision when looking to buy.

Like Breville, Jura believes in high-quality details and makes sure the user has no problem brewing with their super-automatic espresso machines. 

They might seem expensive, but it’s best to spend on quality rather than waste money on entry-level machines that will break or you’ll outgrow within a couple of months. 

If you have made up your mind or already own a Jura product, let us know your experience with the product.