Jura A1 Review

Jura A1 Ultra Compact Coffee Center with P.E.P. (White) Includes Jura Cleaning Tablets, Jura CLEARYL Blue Water Filter Cartridge, Handheld Milk Frother and Set of Two Cups and Saucers

Review Summary

Editor’s rating: 4 Star Editor's Rating

Jura never fails to produce elegant coffee makers, not even when it comes to their lower-priced ones. The Jura A1 coffee center will bring sophistication to your kitchen at an affordable price and will also make you some delicious coffee shots.

This coffee machine features many of Jura’s technologies that improve the brewing of the coffee and its flavor. Besides the coffee quality, the machine also works fast and is pretty easy to use and clean. Therefore, there’s nothing that coffee enthusiasts don’t love about the Jura.

Key Features:

  • Three different coffee drinks
  • Two coffee strengths
  • Three coffee sizes
  • Programmable amount of water
  • Makes one cup of coffee at a time
  • AromaG3 grinder
  • Bypass chute
  • Adjustable coffee spout
  • Intelligent Pre-Brew Aroma System
  • Pulse Extraction Process
  • One thermoblock heating system
  • CLARIS Blue filter
  • Rinsing, cleaning, and descaling program
  • Energy save mode



Simple and compact

Elegant design

Easy to use

Pretty quiet grinder


Doesn’t offer much programmability

Doesn’t come with a milk frother

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Elegant and Compact

With the Jura A1, not only do you save some money, but you get an elegant, state-of-the-art coffee maker. The A1 comes in piano-black or piano-white, and the gloss of its chassis will hit you with Cupid’s arrow.

This is a machine that highly resembles the ENA Micro 1 by Jura in the features and in the design. The housing of the machine is very simple and there are not any obnoxious buttons that could hurt the beauty of its simplicity. Instead, there’s a simple touch control panel on top of the A1 that you can use to make your coffee.

Aside from the touch panel, the Jura A1 comes with a sleek single coffee spot that is adjustable for coffee cups of different sizes. The machine also has an air-tight 5oz bean hopper to keep your coffee beans fresh and ready to brew at any time. Next to the hopper, there’s a bypass doser for pre-ground coffee and a small chamber with a switch that adjusts the grind size levels of the grinder.

The Jura A1 is not only elegant, but highly compact. This coffee maker is very small and measures 9.4 x 17.5 x 12.7 inches and can fit not only on your kitchen counter, but anywhere in your house. Therefore, if your goal was to get a single-brew coffee machine that looks elegant and compact, you’ll make no mistake by buying the Jura A1.

Jura A1 Ultra Compact Coffee Center 15148 with P.E.P. Easy to Use

Not only does the Jura A1 have a great design, but it’s also a very easy-to-use coffee maker. Since the A1 is an overall simple machine, there are not too many touch buttons on its control panel, but only a few. With the help of these buttons, you can pick the strength of your coffee and your cup size.

The A1 will not let you have a hard time once you need to empty its drip tray, refill the water reservoir, or add beans to the bean hopper. Every single one of these components is very accessible on this coffee machine, and it’s also very simple to get the parts back in place.

The machine also makes it easier for you to brew whole bean coffee or ground coffee. It is nice to have this choice between the two things when you want to make decaffeinated coffee or when you don’t have whole beans at home. Furthermore, being fully automatic, you’ll get one of the three available coffee drinks with the touch of a button, which, again, makes things easier for you.

Brewing Process and the Taste of the Coffee

To brew your coffee, either add fresh coffee beans in the bean hopper or pre-grinded coffee in the bypass doser. Then, pick one of the coffee strengths and cup sizes, and let the machine do the rest.

If you decide to use whole beans, the Jura A1 will grind them down with the help of the multi-level AromaG3 grinder. This grinder works fast and is specially designed to help the fresh aroma of your beans get to your cup.
The two coffee strengths available on the A1 indicate 7 grams of coffee (one-bean touch button) and 10 grams of coffee (three-bean touch button). By combining the coffee strengths with the cup sizes, you can actually program the machine to make you one of the three coffee drinks available: espresso, ristretto, and coffee.

The Jura A1 doesn’t have a milk frother and only makes coffee-based drinks. If you like milk in your coffee, it will be best for you to check out the Jura ENA Micro 9— a machine similar to the A1, but with an option for milk drinks. You can also read about the Jura J80, the E6, and the E8 to see if they go along with your milky coffee appetite.

The drinks made by this machine taste very good and rich, however. They are not soupy at all, but have great consistency and flavor. This is because of the many brewing technologies which Jura has their machines use.

Jura A1 Ultra Compact Coffee Center with P.E.P. (White) Includes Jura Cleaning Tablets, Jura CLEARYL Blue Water Filter Cartridge, Handheld Milk Frother and Set of Two Cups and Saucers First of all, the Jura A1 uses the Intelligent Pre-Brew Aroma System to wet the coffee before it gets brewed. This process improves the flavor of the drink by letting the P.E.P. process evenly force hot water through the coffee when it gets brewed. Yes, the Jura A1 brews your coffee with the Pulse Extraction Process, which is there the secret of good espressi and ristretti lies.

Besides having an excellent brewing process, the Jura A1 also takes care of the water that you use for your filter. Hard water can make your coffee taste sour or bitter, and you don’t want that to happen. This is why the Jura A1 comes with the CLARIS Blue filter cartridge that reduces the minerals in the water that can negatively impact the quality of your coffee.

The Jura A1 is a single-brew coffee maker. This means that it makes one shot of coffee at a time. The shot will have a very nice taste, no matter which one of the three coffee drinks you decide to have.

Cleaning the Jura A1

Having your coffee made by an automatic coffee machine means that you’ll also need to clean the machine. However, don’t worry about this because cleaning the Jura A1 is a very easy process.

The machine will notify you when your tray or container needs to be cleaned or when you need to descale your machine. As we mentioned before, the Jura A1 has very accessible parts, so cleaning them won’t be an issue. As for the descaling, you can use one of the descaling products that Jura recommends for their machines.
The chassis of the A1 can be cleaned with a clean, mildly dampened towel.

FAQ About the Product

1. Which cup sizes can I use on the Jura A1?

You can use cups with sizes from 2.5 to 5.5 inches.

2. What is the capacity of the coffee grounds container on the Jura A1?

The capacity of the container is 9 servings.

3. How much does this coffee maker weigh?

It weighs about 20 pounds.

What Are Some Alternatives to the Jura A1 Coffee Maker?

Jura 15106 ENA Micro 5 Automatic Coffee Machine, Silver Jura 15106 ENA Micro 5 Automatic Coffee Machine

If you dislike the fact that the Jura A1 makes only one shot at a time, you could go for the Jura Ena Micro 5 instead. This coffee maker can make two drinks at the same time, has a 4oz bean hopper, and a very sleek design.


If you want to go a few numbers up in the Micro line in search of an A1 alternative, you can pay a click to our Jura ENA Micro 9 in-depth review.


The Jura A1 looks great and performs great. If you are someone who values the looks of their kitchen devices as much as you value their performance, the Jura A1 might be the coffee maker for you. With this coffee machine, you’ll get a great espresso, ristretto, or coffee in a fast and easy way.

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10 thoughts on “Jura A1 Review”

  1. Before I call Jura, I just wanna ask you @morningcallcoffeestand. I scratched the surface of my A1 and I just wanna know if there’s any way in which I can fix that without calling the staff from Jura. Maybe there’s some kind of a paint I can use or something. Thank you.

    • Hey, Jessica!! Thanks for reaching out to us!! :)) ☕

      We think that, in this situation, it would be best to contact the Jura customer support. Please don’t try to remove the scratches on your own or try some methods for scratch removal that you’ve found online because they might damage the surface of your Jura A1 even more.

      We hope your coffee machine has its surface free of scratches soon. Have a great day and let your coffee be a part of it!! :)) ☕

  2. let me ask you smth: when u clean espresso machines is there any chance of the descaling product staying in the pipes inside?

    • Hi, Don Pedro!! Mucho gusto!! :)) ☕

      If you clean and descale your machine the right way, there shouldn’t be any residue from the cleaning and descaling products lift inside your Jura. Keep in mind that cleaning and descaling are two different things, though. Cleaning the machine has to do with removing any oil residue from oils found in the coffee beans, while descaling is about removing any limescale deposits that build up in the machine due to the calcium carbonate and minerals that are part of the water that you use for the Jura machine.

      Please read the ‘Maintenance’ section of the instruction manual for the Jura A1 coffee machine to learn how to properly clean and descale it. Here’s where you can find the instruction manual online:


      As for other espresso machines, the answer to your question is still ‘no,’ unless the machine is not functioning properly or unless you’re using the wrong cleaning or descaling agent. In the context of this, this is where you can purchase the cleaning and descaling agents for Jura A1 and the rest of the Jura coffee machines:



      Thank you for your question!! Have a great day with the touch of your favorite coffee drink!! :)) ☕

    • Hey there!! Thanks for paying our site a visit!! :)) ☕

      We’re happy that you like the Jura A1 coffee machine in both piano white and piano black and we agree — this is one of Jura’s most sophisticated models when it comes to the design!!

      Please continue sharing your insights and opinions on the coffee makers and coffee machines that we review here on morningcallcoffeestand.com. Have a great rest of the day and don’t forget to drink the rest of your delicious coffee!! :)) ☕

  3. What’s the best ground coffee for this machine? My husband likes Death Wish, but I don’t know if we can use that blend in the by-pass doser of this Jura.

    • Hey, Madelene!! We’ve got some good and some great news for you and your husband!! :)) ☕

      Oily, flavored, and very dark roasted BEANS are a danger for automatic coffee machines, but the bypass doser is, if you wish, more ‘flexible.’ That said, you can definitely use the ground coffee you like on your Jura A1 coffee machine… as long as you want to make coffee. However, if you want to make espresso or ristretto, you’ll have to pick a blend that is finely ground.

      Ground coffee by the Death Wish Coffee Company is great for coffee, but it is not ideal for a shot of espresso because it is a bit coarsley ground. Therefore, your choice of whether to use this ground coffee or not will depend on what kind of coffee drink you want to make with it.

      If you are looking for good ground coffees for espresso or ristretto, these are the five blends we decided to suggest to you:

      Seattle’s Best Coffee Post Alley Blend – dark roasted

      New England Coffee, French Vanilla – medium roasted

      Lavazza Crema e Gusto Ground Coffee Blend – dark roasted

      Kicking Horse Coffee, Three Sisters – medium roasted

      illy Classico Espresso Ground Coffee – medium roasted

      Have a great day and enjoy your coffee, espresso, or ristretto!! :)) ☕

  4. I am getting this one! So pretty, so elegant, shiny, trendy, woooooooooooooooooh, I love this model! !!! How tall is the lid for the hopper, though? I’m planning to put it under my nightstand and there seems to be less and less space underneath it every day haha 🙂

    • Hi, Betty!! We can feel how much you like the Jura A1 coffee machine and that makes us joyful!! :)) ☕

      The lid for the hopper on the A1 is not attached to the surface of the machine, but it is placed at the back of the machine and which you’ll need to pull up to refill. Of course, you’ll need to reach it and open it to refill the hopper, and that might be a bit hard to do if you’re keeping it under your nightstand. Plus, there’s also the bypass doser of the machine that might be hard to open as well, and, then, there’s also the water tank that’s placed way back in the machine.

      We can see how enthusiastic you are about this machine and we believe that you’ll be able to find a better place for the Jura A1 at your home. The A1 really is a machine that was designed to be put somewhere where there aren’t any surfaces that can block the top of the machine and make its integral parts inaccessible.

      We hope the A1 finds its place at your home because a place in your heart it already has!! Have a great day and take care of yourself!! :)) ☕


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