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Jura ENA 8 bean-to-cup coffee machine review
Pros: easy-to-use interface, Bluetooth function
Cons: buttons take time to get used to
Star rating: 5/5
This model from Jura is easy on the eye. It comes in black, white, red or aluminium finishes (the latter of which is made from hardwearing, attractive metal with chrome touches) and has a smooth body and compact screen display. The packaging isn’t too cumbersome either.
Using it is simple enough: choose from 10 different coffee options on screen (including favourites such as espressos, cappuccinos, lattes and flat whites), then select the one you want and wait for it to deliver.
This machine extracts a rich-tasting shot of coffee with a smooth crema, delivering a creamy, full-bodied taste without the gritty residue left by some machines.
But, the thing that truly sets it apart is its Bluetooth function, which, when hooked up to the Jura app, allows you to make a coffee via your phone – ideal for getting your morning cuppa ready before you even leave the bed.
From the screen, you can also decide on the coffee strength by choosing between five grind options (five being the strongest). It’s automatically set up on arrival, but you’ll need to adjust the settings to ensure your coffee is exactly as you like it.
The water tank is fashioned after a crystal water jug and sits conveniently at the side, so you won’t need to reach round the back every time it needs refilling.
The machine will notify you when it needs cleaning, but you’ll want to pull out the manual the first time you do it – the sequence of buttons to press on the interface can be hard to remember, but once you’ve made it to the right program, the directions are easy to follow. Simply slot one of the cleaning tabs into the purpose-built compartment and let it run through a cycle.
At under 11 inches wide, it’s slick, streamlined and easy to slot into a small kitchen space. Thanks to the range of colour options available, it also ties in to almost any kitchen theme.
Overall, this machine made one of the best coffees we sampled during our bean-to-cup coffee machine review, so it’s worth the investment if you want serious bang for your buck. Plus, the Bluetooth app function makes it highly convenient.
The settings make this machine easy to use, and the 10 different drink specialties will suit every coffee drinker. Thanks to the pulse extraction process, water is pushed through the grounds at the optimum rate, meaning you won’t be left with a coffee that’s too strong, too weak or, worst of all, grainy and bitter.
Functionality rating: 4.5/5
Results rating: 5/5
Ease of cleaning rating: 5/5
Value for money rating: 5/5
Overall rating: 5/5
Dimensions (HxWxD): 32.3 x 27.1 x 44.5cm
Power: 1450 watts
Water capacity: 1.1 litres
Adjustable grind: yes
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