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For several years now, I have been using an old-fashioned percolator for my morning coffee. It might be primitive, but it makes a nice hot cup of coffee, which, after years of lukewarm cups of my Keurig, was the only thing I was looking for. But I ended up getting fed up with his quirks. For example, if I didn’t use a combination of paper filters and ground coffee, and then let the coffee sit for a good 20 minutes before pouring it, I would end up with a mug full of grinds. Then there were all the parts that needed to be taken apart and washed daily. I was just ready for something easier. I had no particular direction when I started researching coffee makers and was first overwhelmed by the plethora of options available. In the end, I ended up testing nearly a dozen different machines before giving the Jura ENA 8 ($ 1,900) a permanent home on my kitchen counter.
Let’s start by addressing the elephant in the room: At $ 1,899 this coffee maker is very, very expensive, but listen to me. I would go to my local cafe, on average, five days a week, for a cappuccino, seasonal latte, or whatever sweet drink that called my name. At $ 4 a cup, I was spending $ 20 a week. It’s $ 1,040 per year IF I only ordered one cup per day. And, as you may already know, some days are more difficult than others and require more than one cup of coffee.
Can you get a great coffee maker for less? Absoutely. I also tried and loved the Ninja’s Specialty Coffee Maker, which you can purchase for just $ 160. It lets you brew a single cup of your favorite coffee or an entire carafe on the toughest mornings, and its built-in milk frother makes it easy to give your basic cup of coffee that little extra something easy if that’s it. that you feel. Or, if you prefer the convenience of pods and capsules, you can pick up Nespresso’s Vertuo Next with the Aeroccino 3 frother for $ 210. When it comes to their capsules, Nespresso offers so many flavor options that your mornings will be anything but mundane, and thanks to its super slim design, it takes up hardly any valuable counter space. But if you want to treat yourself to something really special, then Jura’s professional-looking ENA 8, which also boasts a compact design, is the way to go.
No matter what you fancy in the morning, this machine gives you 10 different drink options, from regular coffee or espresso to cappuccinos or latte macchiatos. And if you’ve got kids, you can even add a little frothed milk to their hot chocolate for an extra treat, all with the push of a button. Sounds simple? It couldn’t be more so. Once you’ve set up your machine, choose your favorite bean or ground coffee. I like Black Rifle Coffee AK47 Espresso Blend, which I configured for automatic monthly delivery. If you are using ground coffee, you will need to put a spoon in the powder chute before each cup. Just make sure the coffee is not ground too finely, as very fine coffee could block the system. But if you go for whole grains, you can pour your beans into the grinder and the machine will use what it needs for each cup. Any grains left in the grinder will stay fresh and you can refill them as needed. Once you have added your favorite coffee, select the drink of your choice on the machine’s TFT color display. After you’ve chosen your drink (I love a good white dish), just press the button and let the ENA 8 work its magic. You can even program the volume, strength and temperature of your coffee to make sure it comes out exactly the way you like it.
And if you’re like me and never knew exactly when and how to clean your coffee maker, you’ll never have to think about it with the Jura again. The ENA 8 tells you exactly when your machine needs attention. It alerts you when you need to fill the water tank, empty the drip tray or the coffee grounds container, change the filter and guides you step by step through cleaning the milk system and the machine itself. And There you go. I told you it was simple. So whether you are looking to improve your barista skills or just make your mornings easier, then go ahead and order the ENA 8. It’s crazy, but it’s one you sure won’t regret.