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Sage Barista Express Review

Sage Barista Express

Sage Barista Express

After a year of daily use we have written this Sage Barista Express review. We tell you everything you need to know, from setup and the best coffee beans to use, right through to machine maintenance.

Sage Barista Express Review - What is 'Bean to Cup'?

As the term suggests Bean to Cup is the process of taking your fresh coffee beans and grinding them into a very fine coffee powder ready (to be used in your cup) for the coffee dose Known as The "Crema" - the lovely creamy, concentrated coffee liquid you use in all of your coffee recipes. Bean to cup coffee machines are those big, beautiful and shiny espresso machines you see in all the fancy pants coffee houses, cafes and hotels. So, if you are a coffee lover or purist, you really owe it to yourself to buy a 'bean to cup' coffee machine. We think the Sage bean to cup coffee machine is one of the best.

What is the Sage Barista Express Coffee Machine?

The Barista Expressis a beautiful piece of engineering. - The one we use is a stainless steel shiny expensive looking coffee machine that would not look out of place in the coffee houses in the sunny squares of Italy.

Its main parts are:

  • A large bean hopper that holds 250g of beans.
  • A 2 litre water tank with built in water filter.
  • A conical bur grinder. This is very important to get the beans to powder just right.
  • A milk jug and steam wand for steaming and stretching the milk.
  • An expensive looking portafilla - this is for peculating the freshly ground coffee.
  • A 'tamper' for pressing down the fine coffee powder. The tamper is held in place magnetically to the underside of the machine.
  • A drip tray which is used by the system for the waste created from flushing and priming the steam wand and hot water dispenser.
  • An espresso pressure cage. Very important for checking if you are under or over expressing your coffee!
  • The whole setup looks really professional and is small and compact ideal for small kitchens and workplaces.

Why do you need the Sage Barista Express machine?

Simply:

  • If you love coffee you need this coffee machine!
  • If you want to have control over the technical process of making excellent coffee you need this machine!
  • If perfect coffee is important to you, you need this machine!
  • If you want to impress your girlfriend, boyfriend, best friend, neighbour or pet hamster you need this coffee machine!
  • If you have money AND sense you need this coffee machine!

How does Sage Barista Express Coffee Maker Work?

Once the machine is setup it all starts with quality raw materials. You need good recently roasted coffee beans and clean water. Once these have been added to the coffee machine the process is as follows:

  1. insert the coffee dose basket into the portafilla, so that is either a single shot or double shot of coffee. We are hardcore here and always go for the double!
  2. place the portafilla in its holder giving it a light tap - this starts the coffee grinding process - the finely ground powder will slowly fill the Portafilla.
  3. Take the tamper and lightly press down to compact the ground coffee powder.
  4. Take the portafilla and lock it into the extractor*
  5. Place an espresso glass under the portafilla and then press the corresponding dose button; either one or two shots.
  6. The machine will now deliver your coffee dose by pumping hot water at pressure through the portafilla - see the espresso pressure gauge.
  7. Depending upon your desired coffee drink you can then add hot water using the hot water dispenser or froth and stretch your milk using the steam wand.

The above process take less than a minute and will deliver lovely coffee.

Do you have to be a Barista to use it?

No you don't need to be a barista to use it. In fact it will help you become one! But, it would help to understand the science of coffee and the coffee process. That way you will know why you are doing what you are doing.

Who is Sage Anyway?

Sage is part of the Australian owned Breville Group and as such has proud history of making quality appliances. Sage was launched in the UK in 2003 as a premium brand. The premium look and feel is clearly seen in the Barista Express Coffee Machine.

Who is Heston Blumenthal and What has he got to do with it?

Heston Blumenthal is an award winning chef and a celebrity. Heston helped design the Sage Barista Express machine. He is an advocate of multi sensory cooking where all the senses are brought into play for the ultimate gastronomical experience. What could be better than than the multi sensory experience of the preparation and drinking of coffee? Heston is also a proponent of 'Molecular Gastronomy' -the scientific and precision engineering of modern food preparation. You can clearly see these influences in the this Sage Bean to Cup machine!

Where Can you buy the Sage Barista Express From?

The Sage Barista Express coffee machine is a quality kitchen appliance and is available from most quality department stores. It is also sold by Amazon and can be delivered direct to your door the next day with Amazon Prime. To avoid disappointment we would also recommend buying your freshly roasted coffee beans from Amazon at the same time.