Jura We8 Vs X8: Which Espresso Maker Delivers More Flavorful Coffee And Is More Convenient?

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In the debate of Jura We8 vs X8, I have easily found out the winner after testing how these espresso makers really work. And the result is: Jura We8.

The winner We8 is very stable in every step, from preparing the coffee ground to brewing then cleaning. With its 101oz water tank, the machine makes coffee for an entire family in around 3 days, with a moderated number of outputs per day. The milk frothing also is very impressive. I recommend the model to any homeowner.

Jura X8 has its good sides like the giant 167.3oz water tank, which serves a larger crowd efficiently, and the milk system that, most of the time, froths dry foam for an excellent cup of cappuccino. But there are some faults in its operation that I will point out below.

Jura We8 vs X8: Comparison Chart

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THE WINNER (#1)
Jura 15145 Automatic Coffee Machine WE8, Chrome
THE RUNNER-UP (#2)
Jura X8 Platinum Automatic Espresso & Cappuccino Machine with Touch Screen
Model
Jura WE8
Jura X8
Dimensions (LxWxH)
17.5 x 11.6 x 16.5 Inches
14.7 x 18.1 x 18.5 inches
Color / Material
Silver/ Chrome
Silver/ Platinum
Weight
22.1 pounds
30.9 pounds
Power / Voltage
1450W/ 110 V
1450W/ 120 V
Water Tank Capacity
101 oz
167.3 oz
Bean Hopper Capacity
17.7 oz
17.7 oz
Grinder
Multi-level AromaG3 grinder
Multi-level AromaG3 grinder
Heating System
1 Thermoblock
2 Thermoblocks
Automatic Water Filter Recognition
Separate Spout for Cappuccino
Value for Price
Spout Height
2.6 - 4.4 inches for dual spout, 4.2 - 6 inches for separate hot water spout
2.6 - 6 inches
Coffee grounds container
25 servings
40 servings
Brewing Temperature
Adjustable (2 levels)
Adjustable (2 levels)
Milk System
Carafe
Carafe
What I Like
Price
$2,699.00
$3,495.00
THE WINNER (#1)
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Jura 15145 Automatic Coffee Machine WE8, Chrome
Model
Jura WE8
Dimensions (LxWxH)
17.5 x 11.6 x 16.5 Inches
Color / Material
Silver/ Chrome
Weight
22.1 pounds
Power / Voltage
1450W/ 110 V
Water Tank Capacity
101 oz
Bean Hopper Capacity
17.7 oz
Grinder
Multi-level AromaG3 grinder
Heating System
1 Thermoblock
Automatic Water Filter Recognition
Separate Spout for Cappuccino
Value for Price
Spout Height
2.6 - 4.4 inches for dual spout, 4.2 - 6 inches for separate hot water spout
Coffee grounds container
25 servings
Brewing Temperature
Adjustable (2 levels)
Milk System
Carafe
What I Like
More Info
Price
$2,699.00
THE RUNNER-UP (#2)
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Jura X8 Platinum Automatic Espresso & Cappuccino Machine with Touch Screen
Model
Jura X8
Dimensions (LxWxH)
14.7 x 18.1 x 18.5 inches
Color / Material
Silver/ Platinum
Weight
30.9 pounds
Power / Voltage
1450W/ 120 V
Water Tank Capacity
167.3 oz
Bean Hopper Capacity
17.7 oz
Grinder
Multi-level AromaG3 grinder
Heating System
2 Thermoblocks
Automatic Water Filter Recognition
Separate Spout for Cappuccino
Value for Price
Spout Height
2.6 - 6 inches
Coffee grounds container
40 servings
Brewing Temperature
Adjustable (2 levels)
Milk System
Carafe
What I Like
More Info
Price
$3,495.00

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Jura We8 vs X8: Differences

Jura We8 wins 3 to 1 against Jura X8 thanks to its smooth coffee making and consistent milk frothing process. Everything is excellent, and the cleaning part is easy as well since the machine does most of the work. Please continue to read to find out my experience with the two.

Coffee Flavor: Jura We8

+Grinder

With these espresso makers’ grinders, I don’t encounter any particular problem. With the Aroma G3 technology, we can choose from the 6 settings to grin fine or coarse coffee ground. Since they are conical burr grinders, coffee flavor is maintained to its most authentic spirit.

I have checked the coffee pucks discharged in the used container, and so far, I’m satisfied because the ground is even and smooth.

I want to comment on the sound. We8 and X8 are pretty quiet when it grinds coffee beans, and it doesn’t take long for them to finish the step, which takes around 5s. But, keep in mind that they aren’t the quietest on the market. They still produce a faint screeching sound briefly whenever I hit the brewing button of a recipe. But overall, I’m satisfied sound-wise.

Jura We8 grinds coffee beans pretty quietly
Jura We8 grinds coffee beans pretty quietly

+Dosing + tamping

Any Jura machine uses a 5-16g dose, but I’m aware that each model has a different way to work it. Firstly, the dosing and tamping are 100% automatic, all we have to do is hit a button, and We8 or X8 handle the rest.

But, I have tested the flavor of their espressos by setting up the machines in the same dose amount and using the same beans. The results are surprisingly different.

With We8, I get a more robust and slightly more bitter espresso flavor but still is balanced in general. For me, I prefer the flavor quality that We8 offers since I like strong coffee. Many people think that the word “bitter” is negative when it’s used to describe coffee. But, if a cup of coffee lacks a slight touch of bitterness, it loses its punch.

With X8, the flavor is smoother and more mellow. The bitter tinge isn’t as noticeable either. So this model suits users who don’t like strong coffees more.

+Heating system

X8 actually has a better heating system which consists of 2 Thermoblocks, while We8 uses 1 Thermoblock only, which explains the differences in coffee and milk temperature that these models can deliver.

With X8, the coffee temperature is very hot (187-195F), and we can achieve this level by heating up the machine 5 minutes beforehand.

Jura X8 heats up faster to an ideal coffee temperature
Jura X8 heats up faster to an ideal coffee temperature

With We8, I have noticed that some users have reviewed its not-so-hot coffee temperature, and I tried to brew 5 minutes after starting it up, the same as I do with X8. As a result, it’s true that the temp isn’t as hot (around 180F).

From my experience with coffee machines, I leave Jura We8 to heat up longer, from 10 to 15 minutes, and the temperature rises to the ideal level, like X8. 

Utilities: Jura X8

The X8 has a bigger water tank, bigger used coffee container, and bigger bean hopper capacity. Overall, this machine is ideal for small offices or catering services. Its maximum daily output recommendation is 80, which means that Jura X8 functions smoothly if you brew under 80 servings of coffee per day.

With We8, this number is 30. So this model is more compact, and it is more suitable for homeowners and, overall, non-commercial purposes. The quality of coffee and the consistency that Jura We8 offers are impressive, especially for its price. 

Milk system: Jura We8

I find Jura We8 milk system better since the one on X8 has many errors. Initially, I was more impressed by the milk system of X8 since the model delivered drier and airier milk foam that I enjoy. But over time, X8 started developing problems. For example, it mixes too much water with milk to make steamed milk, and the flavor goes mediocre instead of being rich and creamy.

We8 froths more damp milk which is not the best for cappuccino. But it definitely is creamy and smooth, perfect for latte and flat white. What I like is the consistency. Cups after cups, Jura We8 gives well-steamed milk and milk foam.

Jura We8 can froth creamy milk foam for flat white and latte
Jura We8 can froth creamy milk foam for flat white and latte

Cleaning & Maintain: Tie

These machines auto-clean themselves when we turn them on or off. A hot burst of water is pushed through the system to rinse out whatever is left in it. You might think that this is too frequently or too inconvenient but believe me that it is worth it.

The auto-purge system helps cleanse the brew group and make sure that there is no milk or bad went-off coffee that goes back to the water tank and spoils the system in the long run. Fixing the devices will be hectic then.

Jura We8 vs X8: Similarities

There are some slight similarities between Jura We8 and X8. Continue to read for more details.

Big water tank

Both espresso machines have a large water tank. We8 is equipped with a 101oz, while X8 comes with a 167.3 oz. From the size, you can tell that X8 is more ideal for commercial purposes or catering events, while We8 is designed with homeowners’ necessities in mind.

But, judging from the stability of these models, I believe there are other machines more suitable for commercial purposes than X8. As for Jura We8, it is a total package for home use, and I think you will find this machine very valuable for its price.

Variable brewing temperature in 2 levels

You can adjust the brewing temperature of both machines, and they offer 2 different settings. But, setting the temperature at high always is more convenient. If you prefer hot coffee, wait for the devices to prep longer. And if you like warm coffees that can be drunk right away, brew quickly after you start up the machines.

Quick Rundown of Jura We8

Jura 15145 Automatic Coffee Machine WE8, Chrome
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Jura 15145 Automatic Coffee Machine WE8, Chrome
  • ONE TOUCH: Prepare 12 barista quality specialties including perfect espresso with JURA's exclusive Pulse Extraction Process, coffee, cappuccino, flat white and latte macchiato at the touch of a button
  • CONICAL BURR GRINDER: Fast and precise AromaG3 grinder grinds whole beans to the optimum fineness
  • ECO FRIENDLY: JURA is always freshly ground, not capsuled - fresh taste with very limited waste - single serve machine
  • OFFICE USE: Perfect machine for your workplace - ideal for small offices and self-serve coffee bars
  • CAPACITY: 101 ounce water tank, 17.6 ounce bean container

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Pros
  • Value for price
  • Creamy and velvety milk foam for latte
  • It makes excellent flat white
  • Pretty quiet grinding operation
  • Nuanced, flavorful and aromatic coffee flavor
  • Ideal size espresso machine for homeowners
Cons
  • Milk temperature is warm but doesn’t get very hot

Quick Rundown of Jura X8

Jura X8 Platinum Automatic Espresso & Cappuccino Machine with Touch Screen
  • Platinum
  • Swiss made
  • 21 different drink options
  • TFT color display
  • Three level hot water function

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Pros
  • Airy and dry milk foam texture, great for cappuccino
  • Nuanced coffee flavor with thick and nutty crema
  • The machine doesn’t make much noise when grinding
  • Good coffee temperature
Cons
  • Faulty milk system that doesn’t operate with much stability

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References:

Jura We8: https://us.jura.com/en/professional/machines/WE8-UL-15145/Specifications#tabs

Jura X8: https://us.jura.com/en/professional/machines/X8-Platin-NA-15177

5/5 - (1 vote)