Jura ENA Micro 9 Espresso Machine Review

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Introduction

Remember the old adage about good things come in small packages? That’s so true with the Jura ENA Micro 9 One Touch Espresso Machine. In fact, this is the smallest super-automatic espresso maker on the market to date. As an improved version of the Jura ENA 9 One Touch, this Micro 9 managed to keep all the great features and the ability to make a variety of espresso drinks while shrinking the height down by 11%. Quite a feat if you’d ask me!

 

 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 of Jura ENA Micro 9

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  • 15-Bar Pump with Thermoblock Heating System: The 15-bar pressure is more than adequate to pump water through the thermoblock heating system to achieve optimal brew and froth temperature. The pre-heat takes about 30 seconds and you can brew a shot in less than a minute. That’s the beauty of a super-automated machine in speed, convenience and not much to do on your part besides filling the coffee beans, fresh water and pressing of a button.
  • Integrated Burr Coffee Grinder: The coffee grind sits on the top back of the machine with a bean hopper that holds up to 4.4 oz of coffee beans. The hopper has a slight slant to ensure all the beans are fed into the grinder without any being stuck. Five settings allow you to choose from coarse to fine to suit your needs. Generally speaking, espresso requires finer grounds, but not too fine as fine sugar. This takes a little of experiment as different coffee beans also play a part in the particle size and the outcome.

    A couple of litmus tests are by the speed of pour and the taste. If the brew speed is too fast due to too fine of coffee grounds, the water will over-permeate the coffee resulting in over-extraction with bitter taste. On the contrary, it will be under-extracted and sour. There is also a by-pass doser in case you want to brew a decaffeinated cup or someone else prefer a different kind of coffee. There is a limitation with the by-pass doser up to 1 scoop only. The machine also has a built-in feature to let you know if you underdose the container. The bean hopper is sealed with a silicone seal to preserve the freshness of coffee beans.

  • Automatic Cappuccino Frothing: Unlike many other machines on the market, this ENA9 Micro One Touch has a seamless cappuccino system. No need to move the cup after brewing the espresso and spend a few extra minutes in frothing the milk. The machine does the frothing for you and then deliver the espresso right into the cup.
  • Rear-Fill Water Reservoir: The 37 oz reservoir can be rear-filled or taken out to fill at the sink. It’s by no means a generous sized tank. This is one of the sacrifices made due to the compact size. If you only drinks a cup or two, the size should work out OK. Otherwise you may have to refill multiple times a day. The upside of the chore is that there is always fresh water for your brew. The water reservoir comes with a Jura water filtration cartridge. If it’s in the tank, the size is even smaller. Per Jura, if you use the filter, you don’t have to descale, but the filter is an expense you’ll have to factor in.
  • Separate Pipes for Coffee and Milk: This is a smart design that separates the flow of coffee and milk in two different pipes to avoid cross-contamination.
  • Labeled Parts: All the parts are numbered for ease of reassembling after taking the pieces apart for cleaning and maintenance. This is a new thoughtful touch by Jura.
  • Customize the Water Volume and Brew Strength: You can personalize the water volume, coffee strength, brew temperature as well as froth amount. See details in Steaming section below.
  • Programmed Rinse and Cleaning Cycles: The Unit will prompt you to rinse or clean at certain intervals after brewing or frothing.

Brewing

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One of the unique product strengths in the Jura ENA Micro 9 is the quick start up time. It takes about 40 seconds from turning it on to be ready for brewing; another 30 seconds or so to brew an espresso;

Before using the Micro 9 for the first time, read upon how to brew with the Jura filter vs. without and how to prime the machine. Only adjust the grind size when the grinder is on. To make an espresso or a long coffee, follow these simple steps:

  1. Fill the water reservoir with fresh, bottled or spring water and the bean hoppers with fresh coffee beans.
  2. Place a cup or under the spout
  3. Press the “Espresso” button
  4. Adjust the grinder while it’s running to the desired dial
  5. The espresso will come out per the pre-set amount of water volume and the brew stops automatically after it’s done.

Steaming

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  1. Place a glass under the brew spout
  2. Remove the cover from the dual spout
  3. Hook up the milk pipe to the spout
  4. Immerse the other end of the hose into a milk pitcher
  5. Make sure the end connecting to the spout is higher than that in the pitcher
  6. Press “Latte Mac.” And the milk will be frothed and delivered to the glass
  7. A short pause is programmed to allow the milk to settle before coffee is delivered for appropriate marking. The pause can be reprogrammed to a different length of time.

You have the options to customize the following when making espresso, café, cappuccino, macchiato and hot water:

  • Amount of water in the coffee from 0.84 oz. to 8.11 oz.
  • Coffee strength: Normal, Strong
  • Temperature: Normal , High; recommend you leave it on “High” as some customer complained about the brew is not hot enough.
  • Amount of Milk Foam: from 3 to 120 seconds. So test different timing to see how much milk foam is delivered to suit your taste.
  • Interval: 0 to 60 seconds. This is useful when making a macchiato to have a few seconds of pause for the milk to settle before the espresso.
  • Hot Water Volume: 0.8 to 15 oz.

The mechanism to program is clearly documented in the User Manual.

Display & Control

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One noticeable design improvement in the Micro 9 vs. the big brother, ENA 9 One Touch in the Display is the replacement of the Rotary Switch with a click dial leveled to the surface of the display panel.

On the top of the machine from left to right: Rinse, Cappuccino, Macchiator, Hot Water, Espresso, and Coffee and the display screen is on top with clear text in green, yellow and red colors. Green means “ready”, yellow “to program”, red to “take action”.

Additional Features

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The Energy Saving Mode (ESM) helps you save energy consumption. With the ESM on, it consumes 4.3 watts hour vs. the 10.6 watts/hour. The time this mode is activated can be programmed from 15 minutes up to 9 hours. You’ll have figure out what’s your brewing schedule and set the ESM accordingly.

How to Clean

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The ENA 9 Micro One Touch is designed with auto rinse and cleaning cycles as well as the ability to reprogram yourself. For example, if you use the Rinse Automatic, you will be prompted to perform a rinse 10 minutes after a milk-based drink. This can be changed to rinse as soon as the drink is made so you don’t allow the 10 minutes lapse for milk to dry and clog up the brew head.

A set of maintenance programs are built into the espresso maker as follows:

C-Clean: Cappuccino frother cleaning

Rinse: Rinse the machine

C-Rinse: Cappuccino frother rinse

Clean: Clean the machine

Filter: Change the filter

De-Scale: Descale the machine

Detailed instructions are available in the User’s Manual on how to perform each of the cleaning/maintenance tasks.

Accessories

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Included Accessories

The Instructional Manual, a cleaning Guide, a coffee scoop, a funnel for the by-pass doser, a milk hose, a test strip for water hardness, a Clearyl filter cartridge, two free samples of cleaning tablets

Optional Accessories

It’s always a good idea to keep some extra filters and cleaning supplies on hand.

Power & Cord

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  • Input Power (W): 1450
  • Voltage/Frequency (V-Hz): 110/60

Dimensions & Weight

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  • Dimensions (W x D x H inches): 9.06 x 12.72 x 17.52
  • Weight (lbs): 20.72

Warranty

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Jura offers a 2-year limited warranty on parts and labor.

Pros & Cons

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Pros

  • One touch super-automatic operation makes it so easy for anyone to make espresso or milk-based drinks regardless of barista skills or not.
  • The 40-second heat up time should please the most impatient person with the morning joe. Brewing an espresso or cappuccino can be done in less than a minute without moving the cup with the integrated cappuccino system.
  • The minimalistic design gives a modern design appeal with the milk/hot water dispenser branched out from the dual brew spout.
  • This is one espresso maker packed with multi-functionalities, including a coffee grinder and milk frother. Imagine how much space it will save on your kitchen counter as opposed to having an individual appliance for each purpose.
  • Versatile to adjust water volume, coffee intensity, brew temperature and amount of milk in the cappuccino.
  • The rotary dial and push buttons make it so easy to customize what you want as  your preferred settings.

Cons

  • The small water reservoir requires that you refill more frequently than a larger one. The rear-fill option makes it cumbersome unless you have high enough clearance between the counter and the cupboard. Repositioning the espresso maker to pull the water tank out is another annoyance.
  • The cappuccino system can only froth milk without steaming. If you are a latte drinker, you’d have to compromise your drink with just frothed milk.
  • With the high price tag, I’d hoped to see more parts made of stainless steel instead of just chrome-plated plastic such as the drip tray.
  • There are some recurring expenses such as replacing the filter and cleaning supplies that might add up in the long run.

Consumer Reviews

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3.9 out of 5.0

The reviews are a mixed bag between liking it vs. not so much. A few product strengths people appreciate are Jura’s product reliability in the super-automatic category, delicious drinks and the compact features into one single unit. Some of the gripes are drinks are not piping hot and too much of plastic material for a high-end espresso machine.

Price

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The Micro 9 is about $200 cheaper the Jura ENA 9 One Touch with a few aesthetic as well as functional upgrades. It’s nothing to sneeze at for under $1400.

Summary

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If you are looking for an espresso maker that does 95% of the hard work and takes minimal counter space with excellent output, this is a great option to add to your Wish List. It serves a better purpose if you drink lots of milk-based beverages with the integrated frothing system in addition to the conical coffee grinder. It only takes less than 2 minutes from the time you power on the unit to enjoying a creamy cup of cappuccino.

For those heavy espresso drinkers, the small water reservoir will need frequent refills. The automatic rinse/cleaning cycles can get people’s nerves every time you turn around, there is another prompt for cleaning. You can however reprogram the cycle to different intervals.

 A side note to let you know that this espresso machine is qualified for Amazon Prime free shipping. If you happen to be in the Prime program, you can save some money in shipping.

 

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