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 from 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
  • Bypas 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

Pros

Automatic

Simple and compact

Elegant design

Easy to use

Pretty quiet grinder

Cons

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.

The housing is, furthermore, 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 which 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. Therefore, this is not the machine for you if you want a coffee maker that can make coffee drinks with milk.

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 from 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

Which cup sizes can I use on the Jura A1?

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

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

The capacity of the container is 9 servings.

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

Conclusion

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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