Simple, easy. Sometimes that’s all you want. A nice cup of coffee or espresso. Nothing fancy schmancy. No gadgets or extra things to mess around with.
Just a good cup of coffee at the press of a button.
Does that sound like you?
Then read on, Jura has just the ticket for you.
The Jura Ena Micro 1 is a small super automatic with a sleek and minimalist design. Don’t worry, you’ll find the essentials here for making great coffee or espresso.
Nothing more, nothing less.
And by that, we mean no milk-based drinks or hot water for tea. If you don’t have a need for either of those, then you should really check out the Micro 1.
Let’s dive in and see what the Micro 1 brings to the game.
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Your Jura Ena Micro 1 Review
Your Jura Ena Micro 1 Review
What is the Jura Ina Micro 1?
One of the smallest super automatics on the market, definitely the smallest in Jura’s lineup, the Micro 1 is optimized to produce just two things. A great cup of coffee or a great cup of espresso. No milk-based drinks or hot water for your hot tea or hot chocolate.
Designed in Switzerland, made in Portugal, you still get the basics of a super automatic machine with great Swiss engineering.
A super automatic does the majority of the work for you…
A built in grinder for the beans, automatic prep and tamping of the grounds to brewing of your cup of coffee. An argument could be made that this makes the machine more reliable because there are fewer things to go wrong.
Quick features of the Jura Ena Micro 1 include:
- A ceramic conical burr grinder – fresh ground beans from a quality grinder equals fresh brewed coffee.
- A 4.4 oz. bean hopper with Jura’s Aroma + seal on the cover for freshness.
- A 37 oz. water tank that’s removable for filling. With the Clearyl filter, the capacity is 32 ounces.
- An Energy saving mode after five minutes of non-use and shuts off after two hours. A Zero Energy switch to eliminate energy draw –the feared vampire power – when powered off.
How Small Is the Jura Ena 1?
The unit measures 9.1 x 17.5 x 12.7 inches and weighs in at just under 20 pounds. It can easily fit into smaller spaces and under cabinets. You may have to pull it forward to clear a cabinet bottom in order to fill the bean hopper and the water tank.
What Drinks Does the Micro 1 Make?
This is a single-purpose specialty machine. Two buttons on top allow you to choose 2 strength settings and 3 drink options: espresso, ristretto and coffee. There’s no option for hot water for tea and you can’t adjust the water temperature. But the majority of reviewers have said the temperature is sufficiently hot.
The water level comes preset at 1, 2 and 5 oz. and is programmable. You press and hold a drink button for three seconds. When it’s dispensed the amount of coffee you want, press the button again to program that volume in.
Who Is the Jura Ena Micro 1 for?
It’s been designed for coffee. And tall ones, or lungos, at that. The dispenser spout goes from 2-5 ½ inches. So it can handle a variety of cup sizes. For instance, the adjustable spout will accommodate an 8 inch tall travel mug though it will poke into the mug a bit.
So if that’s your brew, this is your machine.
While it was specifically designed for coffee, you can make ristretto and espresso as mentioned above.
What If I’m a Big Espresso or Milk Based Coffee Drinker?
Maybe bad news for you. You can make espressos with it, but the Micro has a smaller dosing chamber. You might be better served by an espresso specific machine or a larger super automatic.
Here’s why. The dosing chamber is 10 grams vs 16 grams on larger machines, so the espressos might seem a little weaker. There don’t appear to be complaints about it, but it bears mentioning.
The Micro doesn’t have a steam function or wand for lattes and cappuccinos, so you’re partially out of luck if you like milk-based drinks. This lack can be made up for buying a standalone unit made especially for the task, like the Froth AuLait on Amazon.
Some will argue the separate units do a better job than the built in devices. Probably so, since it is a single purpose item.
Can I Use this in an Office Setting?
This is definitely a home based machine since it has such a small capacity. You would be refiling water and beans constantly. On top of that, you’d be emptying the dregs box and drip tray a lot. It’s good for about 10 cups a day. So, not really even a small office. However, it can make up to 5 standard cups of coffee in about a minute each before needing to refill the water tank.
What Kind of Grinder Does It Have?
- A ceramic conical burr grinder – fresh ground beans equals fresh brewed coffee.
- Grind is adjustable in 4 steps via a knob hidden on the top of the machine.
- There is a bypass doser for pre ground coffee if you want to use a different grind or decaf.
Can I Use Oily Beans in the Grinder?
You can use oily beans but it’s not recommended. And this is a general recommendation on all super automatics not just the Jura Ena Micro 1. Oily beans are a problem because you can’t remove the grinder in order to clean out the oily residue. If the residue is left behind, it will eventually start jamming the grinder.
It’s recommended that you use lighter roast beans which tend to not have the oily coating on them.
How Easy Is It to Clean?
Every time you turn the machine on and off there will be a system flush cycle. Be aware, this will result in a little water being dispensed. Either let it go into the drip tray or put a cup underneath to catch it. If you do catch the water in a cup, that’s a handy way to warm the cup up beforehand. Just dump and rinse it out and then pop it back underneath the spout.
Other than that, the machine will tell you when it’s time to do any cleaning.
Because the brew unit is not removable, you’ll need to use the recommended cleaning tablets on Amazon at about 200 cycles to keep the internal brew group clean.
Drop a cleaning tablet in the bypass doser. Follow the directions to rinse out the machine after the cleaning tablet has been applied and in about 15 minutes you’ll be back to making coffee again.
Some general recommendations:
- Empty the drip tray and dregs box every nine or so.
- Clean out the inside of the machine every couple of weeks.
- Use the recommended water filter (Clearyl Blue on Amazon) to increase the time between descaling maintenance. Depending on your water, the filter may eliminate descaling completely.
- New filter ever 6 weeks or so.
How Long Does the Filter Last?
It depends on how much water you put through the machine and how hard that water is. Generally, it should last about 2 months. Harder water will shorten the life of the filter. You may want to use filtered water instead if that’s the case. The Micro doesn’t need the filter to operate, so don’t think you need to go to the extra cost of using a filter.
What Does the Jura Ena Micro 1 Come with?
Packaged with the Jura Micro 1 are two cleaning tablets, one Clearyl Blue filter as well as a funnel and scoop for the bypass doser. Also included is the user manual.
What Is the Warranty?
The warranty is for two years or 6000 cups of coffee – whichever comes first — and is covered by Jura USA. Be sure to register on Jura’s site right away and keep your receipt. Should the machine ever need servicing or if you need to get in contact with customer service, here’s Jura’s information:
P.O. Box 9
20 Craig Road
Montvale, NJ 07645
Toll free HELP LINE: 1-800-767-3554
Monday – Friday 9AM to 9PM and Saturday 9AM to 5PM Eastern Standard Time.
What Setting Is It for?
Size wise, the Jura Micro 1 is really meant to be used in the home. With a smaller water tank and hopper capacity, it’s really suitable for only two or three users.
An office setting might mean having to refill water and beans, as well as doing cleanup, a lot more often than would be convenient.
It may be okay if is used in a small office of three people tops according to some reviews. For a larger office, you’d be better served by the Jura S9 with its larger capacity and functionality.
Where Can I Buy the Jura Ena Micro 1?
The Micro 1 can be purchased at some large home specialty stores. It can also be purchased through Amazon where you can take advantage of Amazon’s free shipping and customer service.
The Micro 1 is obviously more expensive than your usual drip coffee with grinder machines. Do bear this in mind, when you buy a super automatic you’re paying upfront for the convenience. The machine will pay for itself over the long run.
With the capsule, cup or pod machines, you pay for the convenience per serving. Which can cause you to pay much more over the same time period. Not only that, you’re not getting the freshness that you get with the Micro 1 and it’s built in grinder.
So, What’s the Verdict?
For the person who doesn’t have a lot of space or a large coffee demand and doesn’t need milk, the Micro 1 will fit the bill. Sharp and stylish, you’ll find the essentials here. Easy to clean and maintain, the Jura will let you know when maintenance is required. In addition it will step you through the process as needed.
With an averaged rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 with 127 reviews registered on Amazon, the Jura Ena Micro 1 appears to be another solid performer from Jura.
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