Chances are you have heard the name DeLonghi, possibly even long before your fascination with the perfect cup of coffee or espresso. Jura, on the other hand, may not be on your radar at all in terms of brand recognition, but maybe it’s time for that to change.
Let’s take a look at how these two companies compare, and maybe give you some insight on where to place your hard earned dollars.
About Jura and DeLonghi
Of the two companies, DeLonghi, an Italian firm, has been in the game of manufacture longer, starting its operations in 1902 making small industrial parts. They went on to create popular kitchen appliances, and in 2007, won the sought after Red Dot award for their Esclusivo line. They are, of course, now famously known for their high end espresso makers.
JURA started not long after in 1931, and claims an interesting accolade of creating the world’s first coffee machine based on the percolator principle which debuted at the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris, France. Jura, a Swiss company, got its name from its close proximity to the Jura range of mountains in Switzerland.
Jura claim to be a pioneer in the field of automatic espresso machines, and has been developing them since the mid 1980’s. Incidentally, Jura won the Red Dot award in 2011 for itsJura Impressa J9 One Touch TFT Coffee Machine.
In the United States, Jura products are marketed under the banner ofJura Capresso, Inc., which is owned by parent co. Jura AG of Switzerland. It’s interesting to note that all of Jura machines are 100% Swiss made.
So now that you know a little about the companies, let’s take a look at their websites.
DeLonghi use a Flash heavy interface, so if you don’t have the patience it can be a little tedious. The information is there, it’s just that it’s a little clumsy to find. When compared to many of its competitors highly polished, and well thought out sites it makes the navigation of their product feel a little dated.
You get the feeling that you will find more and better information by just searching for their products elsewhere, which makes you a brilliant shopper for being here, now doesn’t it? Seriously though, I’m not knocking DeLonghi or their product mind you, simply the website, after all the website is in no way a reflection of their manufacturing prowess.
Poking around the Jura website you will find plenty of information laid out in a logical format. There are the expected product descriptions, but the layers of information on each of the machines goes deep and you will be able to find plenty of info should you be a technophile or just interested in what exactly makes up a high-end machine.
There is even a section dedicated to factory serviced machines if you are looking to save a little money. You can find a rather interesting video background on the company ranging from the 1930’s through 2006, and a page that tells you more than you probably ever wanted to know about the actual name Jura. The point here is, if it is info you are looking for, you will find it here.
Both websites, as has become the fashion of high, and super high end machine makers, are chalk full of info, and offer plenty of interesting, and sometimes not so interesting pages to keep you busy. They both get an A for effort.
More About The Products
So we’ve covered a little about the two companies, but the part that really matters, of course, is the actual end product. Both companies offer a dizzying array of options to fill out their respective catalogues. Let’s take a look at a side by side, for the sake of simplicity I’m going to focus on the top-end offerings, but don’t forget to peruse our detailed specific model product reviews!
DeLonghi ESAM6700 Gran Dama Avant Touch-Screen Super Automatic
[easyazon-image asin=”B002LRTM0O” alt=”DeLonghi ESAM6700 Gran Dama Avant Touch-Screen Super-Automatic Espresso Machine” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41c6TCLiIuL._SL160_.jpg” align=”left” width=”124″ height=”160″]Typically, DeLonghi makes a fantastic looking machine and the ESAM6700 is no exception. The very first thing that comes to mind when you see this super high-end espresso machine is the compact footprint. With a list price of $4,200.00, although you will find it for much less here, one might expect a maker the size of a model you’d find in your local baristas shop.
Of course this is nothing like that machine, nor does it try to be. No, this is a top of the line super automatic. Learn more about super automatics here.
From my research findings, I think it’s safe to say that you can expect excellent coffee and frothed milk. There is a digital screen on this maker that is used for settings and the maker is also programmable for the normal things such as time, auto start, temp, strength, cup size, etc…
Some nice features:
- 15 Bar Pump
- Warming Cup Plate
- Compact Size (H 14.8” x L 11.1” x D 16.8”)
- 36 LBS.
JURA Impressa Z7 One-Touch Automatic Coffee Center
[easyazon-image asin=”B003YFHWP4″ alt=”Jura Impressa Z7 One-Touch Automatic Coffee Center” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41LXEpkM%2BhL._SL160_.jpg” align=”left” width=”160″ height=”140″]Now this is, in this reviewer’s opinion, one very handsome machine, this is not surprising, as Jura simply do not make an unattractive product. The Z7 is quite comparable to the DeLonghi effort in not only size and weight, but in price as well.
Find the best price here. It may not be fair to claim that one company looked after the other’s product while creating their own, but if this is the case it has only served them well.
I do not simply review comments from one place, rather, I spend a lot of time finding as many comments as I can, and judging by the relentless passion with which many owners rate this product I can recommend it without hesitation, bar one.
Many consider Starbucks the gold standard for coffee and espresso, some prefer Peets others swear allegiance to their local “mom & pop” barista. I love them all for their own distinct traits, but the one thing I insist on is proper temperature. I cannot seem to bring myself to properly enjoy a cup that is not hot, so when I read more than once that the Z7 is not adjustable and worse still not set to automatically make espresso/coffee at or near 197*F but closer to 160*F that was a little disheartening.
There are some fiddly ways to increase the temp by messing with dials while the machine is making your favorite beverage, but to me this is outside the scope of what a super high-end super automatic should be.
Some of the nicer features:
- 15 Bar Pump
- Compact Size (H 14” x L 12.5” x D 16.5”)
- 30 LBS.
- 100% Made in Switzerland
So there you have it. One manufacturer is Italian, the other Swiss. Both have been doing this for a long time, and both make superb products.
The truth here, from what I have found, is that you really can’t go wrong with either company. It is possible that you will find a quirk with the product you buy from either manufacturer, and the truth is that I have not found a machine yet that is perfect for everyone who buys one.
What you can expect when buying from the top shelf is consistency, great taste, absolutely gorgeous looks that will make your friends jealous, and yes, perhaps the odd niggle here and there.
Owning a machine like one of these two examples is akin to owning an old British or Italian sports car, sure, they may give you a headache from time to time, but they are dead sexy and are the very best at what they do right.
Both Jura and Delonghi machines are available for a good price over at Amazon.com