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Jura Ena Micro 5 vs. Jura Ena Micro 9 | What's Best for you?

Jura Ena Micro 5 vs. Jura Ena Micro 9, What’s Best for you?

Jura Ena Micro 5 vs. Jura Ena Micro 9

Jura espresso machines are sort of like the black Am Ex of home coffee machines.

Just owning one gives you access to an elite club of espresso lovers seeking the best automatic experience for the home. These machines literally take you to espresso nirvana.

The Ena line is one of my favorites from Jura because it is a great starting point for users new to automatic machines who want the best, but aren’t ready to start with the most expensive option.

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The Final Shot: The Ena Micro 9 is going to be the top pick for latte and cappuccino drinkers, while espresso purists will find the Ena 5 meets all their needs without the frothing system.

Both of these Jura models offer fully automatic espresso preparation, which means that you don’t have to grind your beans or manually tamp down the coffee into a portafilter. Instead, all you need to do is select the size of coffee you’d like as well as the strength, push a button and you’re done!

Sure, this style of making coffee is a little less of a craft and more of a convenience, but the quality is no less impressive.

I always find it a bit tough to compare models from within the same brand. A lot of the same quality assurance features exist across models, so by the end of the research phase you actually become an expert trying to decipher the nuances of what distinguishes them.

Not interested in that kind of time commitment? We’re taking a close look at both Ena models to see whether it’s the original Ena 5, or the new-kid-on-the-block Ena 9 that has the edge.

If your interested in a Jura, It is worth checking out my huge 6000+ word guide that goes over all 18 Jura Coffee Machines.

Jura Ena Micro 9 vs. Jura Ena Micro 5 Head to Head

 
NameJura ENA Micro 9Jura ENA Micro 5

Size (L x W x H)
9.06 x 12.72 x 17.52 in12.7 x 17.5 x 9 in

Weight
20.7 lbs20 lbs

Pump Pressure
15 Bar15 Bar

Frothing
YesNo

Water Tank
37 oz33 oz

Grinder
YesYes

Programmability
YesYes

Similarities

Both the Ena 5 and 9 are fully automatic espresso machines, meaning they grind and dose your coffee for you, providing a consistently high-quality performance every time. Both also give you the option to choose from a few presets to customize the results.

They also both are equipped with a 15 bar pressure pump, which is pretty standard and is great for a solid espresso extraction. Optimal pressure means the hot water is evenly and quickly forced through the ground coffee to give a consistent flavour throughout your espresso.

Each machine comes in a compact, modern design that will look sleek on your kitchen counter or in your office without taking up too much space. As my wife says, they’re reeaaally pretty (she reeaaally wants one).

To save energy, both machines have a sleep mode, which automatically switches the machine to low power after a being left idle for a certain amount of time (this can also be customized, of course).

Both Juras also have internal burr grinders with hoppers around 4 ounces. This is a little on the smaller size, but they can be easily reloaded through the top of the machine.

The Jura grinders also have aroma seal technology, which preserves the freshness of the beans with a special silicon seal.

The Ena 9 and 5 both come equipped with Jura’s Intelligent Pre-Brew Aroma System. This is an exclusive feature to Jura machines and is engineered to extract the maximum flavor and aroma from the coffee during the brewing process.

The water tank size is also the same on both machines at 36.8 ounces. Both water tanks are oriented at the back of the machine, keeping the profile slim and comapct.

Because these machines are automatic and made by Jura, they’re crazy easy to use. On both machines, although there are a few options to choose from if needed, you can simply press a button and enjoy an instant espresso.

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Shared Features:
  • Compact
  • Stylish, modern design
  • Intelligent Pre-Brew Aroma System technology
  • Aroma+ grinder seal
  • 15 bar pump
  • Automatic sleep mode
  • Built-in burr grinder

Differences

Milk Frothing

The biggest difference between the Ena 5 and Ena 9 comes down to milk.

Of the two, the Ena 9 is the only one with milk steaming and frothing capability. For latte or espresso lovers, this is a must. The Ena 9 also has Jura’s fine foam technology, which achieves those perfect little microbubbles the baristas deliver in craft coffee houses.

The steaming and frothing is processed internally with the milk transferred to the machine through a separate attachment (the milk carafe is not standard). The froth is delivered into the cup through the same spout as the espresso once extraction is complete.

The Jura 9 also automatically rinses through its coffee and milk circuit. This reduces the risk of the machine getting blocked by a build-up of grounds over time. For busy people or in situations where more than one person will be using the machine, these types of convenient touches will help to keep your machine well maintained, and make sure that it goes the distance.

One thing to keep in mind, Jura’s make latte macchiatos, which is slightly different from a traditional latte. This is due to the temp at which the machines max out. For most users this doesn’t really mean much, but for you diehards out there, now you know.

Spout

The Ena 9 prides itself on being the world’s smallest, automatic one-cup cappuccino machine with a single spout ready to deliver espresso or a cappuccino.

This is great if you’re consistently making coffee for one, but what if you’ve two people that need a shot of espresso? The Ena 5 can accommodate both one or two cups for versatility, which is a nice feature if you’re regularly making coffees for a crowd.

These spouts are also adjustable and slide up and down to accommodate larger cup sizes for mugs or travel carafes.

Cleaning Alert

With an automatic coffee machine it can be hard to remember you sometimes need to do a little maintenance to keep it in good shape. Especially since automatic coffee machines tend to be used in busy households or small offices, it can be easy to forget to clean the machine.

The Ena 9 is smart enough to include programming to alert you when it needs its regularly scheduled maintenance. The Jura 5 doesn’t include this feature.

pricePrice

The Jura Ena 5 two cup is around the same price as the Jura Ena 9. However the one cup version of the Ena is much cheaper. So for coffee lovers that simply want a quick espresso or Americano now and then without milk frothing capability, this is a better value-for-money option.

Summary

The biggest feature that separates these two machines is the cappuccino and latte macchiato functions on the Jura Ena 9. However, it’s important to note that to use this function on the Ena 9, you’ll need to also invest in a milk container which connects to the coffee machine via a small connection tube.

If you’re a die-hard espresso/ristretto/lungo-only type coffee drinker, then the Ena 5 is going to be your match. Of course, you’ll also need to decide whether you need the one cup or two cup version.

The two cup is a great bonus if you’re a household of more than one espresso drinker, it’s really nice to be able to pour espresso for two so no-one has to wait for their morning caffeine fix.

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About the Author Michael York

I am a die-hard espresso fan. I love every form of the drink from straight espresso shots to lattes and cappuccinos. I currently use a Breville BES870XL Barista, it is an awesome machine. BUT, my dream machine is definitely an Italian Quickmill Andreja. Those bad boys make badass espresso. I love answering your questions, leave a comment or question below!

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