Are you looking to replace a specific coffee drink you’ve had at a local café? The Jura Ena 9 One Touch Espresso Maker promises café-style beverages with a single touch, from the comfort of your own home. It is on the higher price range of the machines we’ve tried, but machines that offer both customization and convenience are few and far between. Does the Jura Ena 9 earn its place on our counter? We put one through our in-depth review process, and this is what we found.
If you don’t mind experimenting a little the first time around and want a machine that will produce the same beverage every time, the Jura Ena 9 is a one-touch espresso machine that lets you make a variety of drinks at the touch of a button
In-Depth Jura Ena 9 Review
Usually, when you’re trying to choose an espresso maker, you need to choose between convenience and customization. Super-automatic machines do all the work for you, but you don’t have much say over the final product. Manual and semi-automatic machines give you control over every aspect of the brewing process, but take a lot more practice to use properly. Coffee shops can be crowded, and you have to wait until after you’ve gotten ready for work. Many people make the mistake of thinking those are your only options. Thankfully, that’s not the case.
Enter the Jura ENA 9 One Touch. This super-automatic machine offers more choices than most super-automatic machines on the market, making it possible to finally get the perfect drink with just one touch. There is a bit of experimentation necessary to get the settings just right, but once you’ve set it up, you won’t need to do anything but refill the reservoirs.
The water reservoir is a bit on the small side, and you’ll need to refill it every 4-6 drinks, depending on the settings you use. Even the largest fill setting isn’t going to put out a lot of liquid – expect a 16 oz. cup to take two cycles to fill – but the drinks are truly café style when you get them. You can buy additional parts in order to run the unit directly into your water line, but keeping it near the sink (or a source of filtered water) was easy enough and didn’t require any tools.
Jura Ena 9 Review Continued
The coffee hopper is a little on the small side, too, but this isn’t so bad. We all know how much of a difference freshly ground coffee makes, so refilling the hopper every few cups was worth the extra effort anyway. However, for those who brew several cups at a time, this is probably going to be inconvenient, and you might soon get frustrated with the process.
When it comes to choices, the Jura Ena 9 provided more than we anticipated from a machine built on convenience. Once we explored all the settings, we found that we could choose between straight black espressos, lattes, cappuccinos, or macchiatos with ease. The machine saves your preferences, too, so if everyone in your house likes the same type of drinks, you’ll never need to mess with anything again (aside from filling and cleaning).
One of our biggest complaints with this machine was that the drinks don’t come out very hot – only around 125° F (around 52° C), as opposed to the optimum extraction temperature of 195° to 205° F (90° to 96°C). We trust that the brewing temperature was right, but that the problem lied somewhere in the shared lines for milk, since we didn’t notice as much variation in drinks that didn’t have milk in them.
- Super Automatic Espresso Machine
- $$$$$ (Expensive but worth the money)
- 2 cups at a time
- Coffee Beans
- Makes all types of coffee
Other than cooling the drinks, the milk frother works wonderful. This is an automatic system that will actually give you a good microfoam. You won’t have much control over this, so don’t expect to learn latte art with this machine alone. That being said, the milk spout will need to be rinsed every time it’s used, otherwise it’ll get gross. It’s not the most convenient to clean, but doing a full clean cycle from the control panel will help. This will deplete the water tank pretty quickly. We recommend buying a separate milk frother if you’ll be making a lot of milk-based drinks, because it does take a fair amount of time to clean this one.
The space to put a cup is a bit smaller than we’d like, too, but that’s due in part to its small size. Between the cup placement and the restrictive brew water settings, it’s obvious that this machine isn’t meant for travel mugs. By the time you run the second brew cycle, the first brew will be even more cooled than it came out – and most travel mugs aren’t microwaveable. We can’t really recommend this one for people who want their coffee on the go. If you’re going to be sipping from the kitchen table from a microwave-safe cup, the Jura Ena 9 is a good choice.
Jura Ena 9 Overall
Overall, this machine is a bit on the expensive side and still leaves a few things to be desired, but if you want a home barista without actually hiring someone (or learning the fine art of espresso yourself), this machine is going to keep performing consistently for many years. If you’re a little more particular about your coffee and want something with a little less maintenance, there are less expensive options that will let you learn how to make higher quality coffee. This machine just has the shortest learning curve of any machines we’ve tried – perfect for those who want their first cup to taste like they’re a seasoned pro.