Jura A1 Review

The Jura A1 is a dedicated superauto that is completely dedicated to brewing excellent espresso. The A1 is unique in that it forgoes a milk steaming system, making it an excellent choice for a user interested in getting some of the best espresso without concern for lattes and cappuccinos. Today we’re taking a look at what makes the A1 tick, so read on to learn more!

The Basics

As mentioned above, the Jura A1 is a dedicated superuatomatic espresso machine focused entirely on delivering espresso. It’s a compact model, measuring just 9 inches wide, 17.5 inches deep, and 12.7 inches high. This makes it easy to squeeze into even the smallest kitchen, and makes accessing its water tank and bean hopper easier than with larger machines. An adjustable spout allows for cup clearance from 2 to 5.5 inches.

Speaking of the reservoir, the A1’s 37 oz. water tank is comparable in size to other brewers, but since it doesn’t provide water for a steam boiler, you’ll refill it less than if you were brewing up milk drinks. It’s 5 oz. bean hopper is relatively small, but its sealed lining helps keep beans fresh while they sit in the hopper. This also allows you to keep beans extra fresh by storing them in an external airtight container.

Internally, the A1 features Jura’s Aroma G3 conical burr grinder for minimal retention and faster grind times. Jura’s Pulse Extraction Process powers the brew unit, which we’ll touch on in the next section. In terms of drink options, the A1 is able to produce a ristretto, espresso, and “coffee.” A ristretto is a short shot that is more intense than a standard espresso, with the “coffee” option actually being a lungo, or long shot. While this is different than a traditional drip coffee, it uses more water than a shot of espresso, creating a less intense drink at a larger volume. Each of these three drink volumes can be programmed with 8 or 10 gram coffee doses, allowing you to adjust the strength of the brew.

Jura A1’s also feature a rigorous rinsing cycle that helps keep the spout and brew unit clean. Further enhancing the cleanliness of the machine is the A1’s Clearyl water filtration. It’s important to note that different A1 models can use different filters, so you’ll want to refer to the machine’s documentation to ensure that you get the right ones.

Pulse Extraction Process

Jura’s real claim to fame is their proprietary Pulse Extraction Process (which is often abbreviated to P.E.P. This process produces some of the best superautomatic coffee around, and it’s why we recommend this machine for those who prefer their espresso without milk. With most brewers, coffee is extracted with one sustained burst of water pumped through the coffee grounds.

Jura’s Pulse Extraction Process is different. Instead of a single stream of water pushed through by a pump, Jura machines with P.E.P. use pulses of water for extraction. These pulses help to fully saturate the grounds during brewing and prevent any channeling or uneven saturation. The result is a really well rounded shot that offers full, delicious flavor.

While some users will still prefer espresso shots from a Miele, Saeco, or Philips machine, it’s undeniable that Jura’s P.E.P. produces excellent espresso. With the A1 offering this excellent coffee in a minimalist, compact package, it might be the perfect machine for you! Shop the Jura A1 here today.

 

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