Jura ENA 9 One Touch Espresso Machine Review

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Introduction

Jura ENA 9 One Touch Espresso Machine is the epitome of elegance meeting simplicity in a very compact super-automatic model. With the touch of a button, you can make 6 different kinds of coffee drinks with or without milk. The ENA9 does everything for you. I mean everything other than you’ll need to insert the hose into the milk pitcher.

Remember all the steps in a semi-automatic espresso maker? Grind, dose, tamp, extract and froth? None of that nonsense and work! This unit will also do the cleanup for you after brewing and frothing. This is a dream machine for those people who can’t start their day without a creamy and luxurious cappuccino.

Just because it is “done for you”, it doesn’t mean that you are going to lose all the controls of the flavors and strength of your drinks. Jura offers plenty of features for you to adjust the grind size, types of coffee (pre-grounds or fresh grounds), temperature, water volume, coffee strength and the amount of milk in your drink.

 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 9

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  • Conical Burr Grinder: The integrated coffee grinder is built on top of the machine with a capacity size of 4.4 oz. It’s not super-large, but remember this is one of the the slimmest super-automatic machine. Something has to give, i.e. in size. The grinder has 5 settings from coarse to fine. Only adjust the setting while the grinder is in operation by turning the grinding wheel from side to side. One good way to test for perfect grind size is by the velocity of the flow and the thick crema on top of the coffee.
  • By-Pass Doser: If multiple people in your family use this machine with different preferences for coffee, this is a handy feature as you can dose with decaf or another type of ground coffee in a separate doser. You can only dose up to two shots’ worth and the Aroma Boost feature won’t work here.
  • Volumetric and Coffee Strength Controls: The variable amount of water is from 0.5 to 8.0 oz. with the default set in ounce. You can reprogram it to milliliter (ML) if you are used that unit of measure.  The coffee strengths vary from Mild, Normal to Strong. A separate button called Aroma Boost is also available if you like your coffee super strong. For temperature, it can be set as Normal or High from 175 to 205F (80-96C). Most people just leave it on High.
  • Milk Frothing: This function works by connecting a milk hose to the delivery spout on one end and to a milk container on the other. The milk will be siphoned, heated and frothed automatically and delivered into the cup. Adjusting the amount of milk is managed by the time of delivery from 3 to 120 seconds. There is also an interval “timer” from 0 to 60 seconds most often used in making macchiato to let the milk settled for a few seconds before delivering the espresso for perfect marking.
  • 37 Removable Water Reservoir: The water reservoir is small considering it’ll be used for brewing, steaming as well as for rinsing. If you drink a lot a day, you may have to refill a few times. The reservoir is located in the back of the unit and can be removed from the top. If you place the unit underneath the kitchen cupboard, make sure you have about 22 inches of clearance. Otherwise you’d have to move the unit out in an open area to refill the water tank. It does come with a filter cartridge. According to Jura, if you use Jura’s filtration system called Clearyl Blue, you don’t have to decalcify the machine. There is always a trade-off as the filter will cost more money to buy vs. the benefit of not having to descale as much.
  • Energy Saving Mode: The ENA9 is equipped with an energy saving mode to cut down the energy consumption per hour from 12 to 3.5 watts. The timer can be reset from 15 minutes up to 9 hours.
  • Adjustable Spout Height: Simply pushing the spout up or down, you can adjust the cup clearance height from 3 to 5 inches. I know it’s not tall enough to fit a travel mug, but at least you can use most of the espresso cups and macchinato mugs.
  • Removable Spent Coffee Container and Drip Tray: Both are easily removed for cleaning. The used coffee container can hold up to 10 pucks. Sometimes you might get a message to empty it after only 2-3 pucks (just a heads up).
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Brewing

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The same best practice applies here to read the User Manual before using the machine. Of course, follow the directions to clean and prime the unit before your first brew. The machine goes through a rinse cycle every time you turn it on to make sure there is no debris from the previous brew and also prepare the machine to be at the operating temperature.

Nothing can be easier than this ENA9 One Touch to make coffee. All you need to do:

Make Coffee – 1 or 2 Cups

  1. Fill the water reservoir with fresh tap, bottled, spring or osmosis water
  2. Turn on the machine
  3. Place a cup under the delivery spout
  4. Press the “Coffee” button to start and it will shut off automatically after the pre-set amount is delivered.
  5. Follow the same instructions for two coffees by placing two cups under the spout

Use Aroma Boost

The feature will dose the maximum amount of ground coffee to make an extra strong espresso.

  1. Place a cup under the delivery spout
  2. Press the Aroma Boost button to begin with the pre-programmed setting
  3. The machine will stop automatically after it’s done.

Steaming

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Make Latte Macchiato and Cappuccino

  1. Adjust the height of the dual spout upwards
  2. Place a tall glass under the brew spout
  3. Connect the milk hose to the dual spout and insert the other end of the hose to a milk container to ensure the filling height is no higher than the other end to the dual spout for proper siphoning.
  4. Press the Latte Macchiato button for milk frothing. The machine has a built-in pause to allow the hot milk to be separated from the foam for proper layers of a macchiato.
  5. Then the pause is followed by the delivery of coffee.
  6. The only difference in making a cappuccino is there is no pre-set pause between milk and coffee. If you like, you can program a pause yourself.
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Display & Control

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The Display Panel is operated through a rotary switch in the middle and push buttons on both sides: two on the left as Cappuccino and Latte Macchiato and on the right, Aroma Boost and Coffee/Espresso.

The Rotary Switch controls all the menu options such as Products, Rinse, Filter, Energy Level, Water Hardness and Display. You can select a language setting for English in the Display. There are 7 languages in total as English, Italian, French, Spanish, Deutsch, Portuguese and Dutch.

The Products menu is perhaps the one you’d be using the most as it allows you to program the water volume, coffee flavor/strength, temperature, milk volume in seconds, pause if making a milk-based drink between steam and coffee delivery.

Press the Switch once and select one of the drink options from the sides and press the Switch button again to set it.

The screen is in green, yellow and red clear text, easy and intuitive to read. For example, green means it’s “ready” to operate, and “red” for you to take an action.

The same process goes for the energy saving menu. If you know roughly your brew needs and schedule, you can set the machine to shut off after x number of minutes or hours to save some cost.

Additional Features

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None

How to Clean

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As I mentioned before, the machine has an auto rinse cycle before each brew and cappuccino cycle. When you turn the unit off, it will prompt you for another rinse. A series of pre-programmed maintenance options are built into the One Touch such as:

  • C-Clean as Cappuccino frother cleaning
  • Rinse-Rinse the machine
  • C-Rinse as Cappuccino rinse
  • Clean-Clean the machine
  • Filter-Time to change the filter
  • De-Scale-Descaling is needed

Instructions are available in the User Manual for each of the cleaning and maintenance tasks.

Accessories

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Included Accessories

User Manual in multiple languages

Optional Accessories

The purchase doesn’t include a milk container. However, Jura has an optional stainless steel 20-ounce milk container. Another alternative is a cool control milk cooler of 41-ounce in size that keeps milk at 39F constantly. They are not cheap but if you want to have everything match in brand and style, these two would work perfectly with the ENA 9.

I’ve seen people just pull out the milk jug from the fridge and stick the milk hose into it for frothing. No style to speak of, but it works.

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 x 14 x 17.5
  • Weight (lbs): 20.7

Warranty

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2-year limited warranty on parts and labor which is twice as long as the industry standard. After all this is a high-end espresso maker that deserves special care.

Pros & Cons

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Pros

  • Its compact and slim size fits perfectly into an urbanite life style with limited counter space.
  • The one touch operation offers you all the time in the world to enjoy the delicious espresso, cappuccino or latte instead of slaving away at making it.
  • It’s a perfect machine to enjoy milk-based beverages as it works so seamlessly with the espresso and produces the finest micro-foam as light as feather.
  • As much it’s automated, it also lets you reset the controls to suit your needs whether it’s water volume, coffee strength or froth level.
  • The user-friendly Display Panel is designed to be easy to use and effortless to change.
  • You can choose to make espresso from freshly ground coffee or a pre-ground of sort via the by-pass doser.
  • The top and front of ENA9 One Touch is beautifully finished with a glossy metallic lacquer and the side and the back in Piano Black. The chrome-plated dual spout completes the high style design.
  • The adjustable spout height accommodates different sizes of cups and glasses by easy gliding up or down.

Cons

  • The small size of water reservoir and bean hopper means that you’ll have to refill more often on a daily or weekly basis. The upside of the bean hopper is that you don’t have to keep lots of beans to turn stale.
  • The spent coffee container is quite small as well. Sometimes the unit will send you the wrong signal to empty when it’s not needed.
  • Some people have complained about the drinks are not hot enough although I’ve seen testing done for the steamed milk as 160F. The average temperature for frothed milk range from 140 to 160F.

Consumer Reviews

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3.8 out of 5.0

76% of the online reviewers at Amazon have given the Jura ENA9 between 4-5 stars. I was somewhat surprised to see the polarized feedback. The happy customers have enjoyed it so much every day. The other group reported from receiving defective units to lukewarm drinks.

Price

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It’s priced a little over $1500. No doubt this is an expensive espresso maker. But in the high-end category, this is really an entry-level super-automatic model. I guess it’s all about perspectives.

Summary

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Who is the Jura ENA9 One Touch for? I would say first and foremost for those who love to start their day with a milk-based drink such as a cappuccino or latte but don’t want to be bogged down with doing all the work. It would appeal to people who want to own the best appliance and have the money to splurge.

It may not be the best choice for folks who drink lots of long coffees on a daily basis as you’ll have to refill the water reservoir very often. It goes without saying for others who want to have a say in everything in the making of an espresso. There are plenty of machines for you on the market to experiment and perfect the art one tweak at a time.

 

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  1. Enrico says:

    Hi, great review! Just one question: does the Ena 9 One Touch have the same limitation about only being able to froth milk but without steaming it as is the case for the Micro 9 One Touch?

    Bests,
    Enrico

    • Espresso Queen says:

      Enrico,

      If I understood your question correctly, the ENA 9 One Touch does have the functionality of steaming milk as well as frothing. The selection button is on top of the unit as in “Latte” below “Cappuccino”. Once the “latte” button is pressed, it should steam the milk to make a latte.

      Hope this helps and good luck with your purchase.

      Lei

  2. Ken says:

    A great machine except the milk heater-frother is very poor. The milk is only luke warm so I use a Sunbeam milk frother heater jug.
    My only complaint but a biggy!

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