Jura Ena Micro 1 Espresso Machine Review

Introduction

Jura ENA Micro 1 Super-Automatic Espresso Machine offers compactability, ultra ease of use and consistent and delicious coffee drinks. It’s like having a single-serve capsule machine with the options to use your favorite coffee beans, caffeinated or not.

All the major lifting is done by the unit and what’s left for you is to fill water, beans and choose a cup size and coffee strength. If you are tired of drinking a mediocre cup of coffee or espresso made by a local coffee shop, this machine has your name on it.

  Table of Contents
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1. Introduction
2. Features & Benefits
3. Brewing
4. Steaming
5. Display & Control
6. Additional Features
7. How to Clean
8. Accessories
9. Power & Cord
10. Dimensions & Weight
11. Warranty
12. Pros & Cons
13. Consumer Reviews
14. Price
15. Summary

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Features & Benefits

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  • Built-in Burr Grinder: It comes with a built-in conical burr grinder that has a bean hopper for 4.4 oz. coffee beans. The burr type of grinder does a much better job in grinding consistent coffee grounds that are easy for the heated water to presoak and penetrate during the pre-infusion and extraction processes. The more uniformed the grounds are, the better contact the water will have and thus more flavor and aroma will be extracted.

    There are five grind settings that allow you to choose from coarse to fine by turning a dial while the grinder is in motion. Depending on the type of coffee beans, the dial on the setting might be different. Experiment like a mad scientist until you conjure up the best combination between the coffee beans and grind size. While the bean hopper is rather small, it may work in your favor as you are not supposed to load up with a big batch of beans to get stale.

  • By-pass Funnel: There is an optional by-pass doser for you to test different types of beans or use a decaf later at night so you won’t get wired up to have insomnia. If someone else besides yourself uses the machine, that person can easily use the by-pass container without the need to empty the beans from the main hopper.
  • 15-Bar Pressure Pump: This is pretty much the industry standard. In fact, extraction only needs 9-bar pressure.
  • 37-Oz. Water Tank: It’s situated in the very back of the unit. Either pull it out or refill with a water pitcher. You do have the option to use a Jura specified water filter to reduce chlorine and calcium deposit in the water which can negatively affects the taste of the coffee as well as causes calcification within the machine. The downside of having a water filter is that you’ll have to change it periodically and it costs money to buy more filters. Then again, if without the filter, you will have to decalcify the unit after a period of time and it also costs money to buy the cleaning tablet. Depending on the area you live in and the hardness of water, you should be able to make an economic as well as a logistic decision.
  • Programmability: There are three coffee sizes as Ristretto (real short espresso), Espresso and Lungo or Long Coffee to choose from and two coffee strengths as Normal and Strong. The varying sizes are a matter of water volume. The variable coffee amount ranges from 6 to 10 grams. So it’s not super-strong per se. If you’d like to stronger, then brew two to more shots of 10 grams each.
  • Brew Spout: Adjustable from 2 to 5.5 inches to allow various cup sizes and even a travel mug. Simply push the spout up or down.
  • Automatic Rinsing, Cleaning and Descaling: The machine is designed with intelligence to be able to perform a rinse cycle before and after each brew. It also displays icons when it’s time to refill water, clean up the spent coffee container and drip tray.

Brewing

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Fill the water tank with fresh tap or filtered water and hopper with fresh coffee beans. Turn on the machine and place a cup underneath the brew spout. The unit will do a pre-rinse cycle to heat up and discharge the hot water. Rinse the cup and empty the water. Place the warmed cup under the dispenser. Select the coffee strength and the cup size. The Ena Micro 1 will grind the beans, tamp the grounds, moist, extract and deliver the drink.

If you don’t like the programmed cup size or coffee strength, you may hold on one of the selection buttons to define your own. For instance, if you like your coffee super-strong, brew two or three cups of ristretto. This will give you multiple shots worth to wake up your senses.

Steaming

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None. Some customers do use a stand-alone frother such as Nespresso’s Aeroccino Plus to froth/steam milk to make cappuccinos or lattes.

Display & Control

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Consistent with the ease of operation, the Display Panel is very intuitive with only a few buttons to push. It’s on top of the unit with two coffee strengths in coffee bean icons and three cup sizes right below. The Power On/Off button is on top as well.

Additional Features

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It’s designed with an Energy Saving Mode (E.S.M.). What I’ve found ironic is that the energy consumption is the same of 4 watts/hour under normal operation as well as under E.S.M. So why bother? However, in standby mode, the power consumption is 0 watt/hour.

How to Clean

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As I eluded earlier, the unit is smart enough to program the cues for you to clean and descale after a certain number of coffees/or cycles. Based on the test of your water harness level, you can set the cycle time per Jura’s recommendation.

There are some cosmetic cleaning to do on a daily basis such as wiping clean the exterior, emptying the drip tray and the spent coffee drawers.

Accessories

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Included Accessories

User Manual, a coffee scoop for the by-pass doser, a water filter for the first cycle and cleaning tablet. Buying more filters or cleaning tablets may become ongoing recurring cost to factor in your budget.

Optional Accessories

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Getting a quality frother such as the Nespresso Aeroccinno may be beneficial for those who might like to have a milk-based drink once in a while, especially when hosting a house party.

Power & Cord

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  • Input Power (W): 1450
  • Voltage/Frequency (V-Hz): 120/60

Dimensions & Weight

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  • Dimensions (W x D x H inches): 9.06 x 17.52 x 12.72
  • Weight (lbs): 19.4

Warranty

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Two-year warranty or 6000 cups of coffee whichever comes first is offered by Jura. You’ll need to register at Jura within two weeks of your purchase.

Pros & Cons

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Pros

  • Brews delicious coffee drinks that are smooth, hot and delicious with the touch of a few buttons. It takes less than a minute to heat up the unit and another minute to brew.
  • Compact, stylish and well-built.
  • Some options to customize the water volume and coffee amount.
  • Integrated cleaning programs that take the guesswork out for you and no need to take the unit apart for cleaning and descaling.
  • User-friendly icons/display messages for brewing and cleaning.

Cons

  • Not cheap.
  • No cappuccino frother nor hot water dispenser.
  • The sensor sometimes displays incorrect messages when it’s not the time to empty the dregs drawer.

Consumer Reviews

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4.6 out of 5.0

The Jura Ena Micro 1 has garnered incredible ratings as 4.6 out of 5 by 86% of the Amazon reviewers. Customers love the consistent great shot of fresh and tasty coffee/espresso and it’s super easy to use and clean. A few reported issues are the unit stopped working after a while and one customer had to replace the unit three times.

Price

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The List Price is about $1,200 but you can get it for under $800 on Amazon. That’s over 30% off from the List Price.

Summary

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If real estate in your kitchen is at a premium and having a great coffee with idiot-proof operation is what you are after, this is a great investment to consider.  Comparing to a Nespresso single-serve, the Ena Micro 1 provides you with the choice of your favorite coffee beans, blond or dark roast. You are not confined to buying manufacturer’s proprietary pods, yet still enjoy the convenience and speed from bean to cup. Clearly this unit is not made for those who prefer milk-based cappuccinos or lattes without the frother but it can be done with a separate attachment in my Optional Accessories recommendation.

 

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