Sage espresso machine
Premium espresso machines with portafilter
The Sage Appliances company originates from Australia and has been around for more than 85 years. The company has specialised in small electrical appliances for the kitchen. A Sage espresso machine is considered to be of particularly high quality and promises an excellent taste experience in the home. In the form of a portafilter machine, you can customise your enjoyment like a real barista. By the way, the products have only been available in Germany since April 2018 and are therefore not yet very well known.
In the following, we will show you which Sage espresso machine is recommended. You will also find out what you should bear in mind in this context. We hope to be able to help you with this guide.
Sage espresso machine – 3 models in the presentation
SAGE SES875 the Barista Express
Even in the low-price segment, Sage’s portafilter machines are convincing. Particularly popular in this context is the SAGE Barista Express .
The appliance takes up only 39 cm of space at the side, although a bean hopper and a grinder are integrated. The height is approx. 42 cm. This means that the choice of location is quite flexible. The weight is 11.5 kg, which means that even women and senior citizens can carry the machine on their own. The silver stainless steel look definitely makes a high-quality impression. While the removable water tank holds 2 litres, the bean container holds up to 450 g. This means you don’t have to refill it too often. So you don’t have to refill it too often. All accessories are included in the scope of delivery so that you can get started right away.
Furthermore, the operation is intuitive via push buttons, which are provided with clear symbols and plain text. The grind and the dosage can be adjusted quite precisely. However, it is advisable to work with a scale at the beginning. The fact that the dosage can be up to 22 g is stated too optimistically by the manufacturer. It must be praised that, despite the low price, a strong aroma can be provided. This is guaranteed by the pre-brew function and the extraction at 9 bar.
SAGE SES880 the Barista Touch
If you are looking for a special comfort, Sage definitely has the right solution for you. With the model SAGE Barista Touch you can work very quickly.
This model has the same space-saving dimensions as the previously presented model. The operation here is absolutely uncomplicated via touch elements. You can call up 5 preset programmes – Espresso, Latte, Americano, Americano and Flat White – conveniently at the touch of a button. This means that even newcomers to portafilter machines can get on with it. In addition, you can permanently save 6 more of your own compositions and then call them up at the touch of a button. The water takes an incredible 3 seconds to heat up.
Because the machine comes with a bean container and a grinder, you don’t need to buy them separately. According to the manufacturer, the portafilter has a diameter of 54 mm, but in practice it is somewhat smaller. Accordingly, the advertised 19-22 g of ground flour cannot be achieved at the peak. You shouldn’t go for it either, because then there will be an unpleasant mess. The automatic cleaning of the milk frother also ensures low maintenance.
SAGE the Oracle
Even high demands can be satisfied by the Sage company. A high-quality espresso machine is the SAGE Oracle .
This model promises you barista-quality coffee at home. You only need 38 cm of space in the diameter, which means the appliance can be placed in the kitchen. The height is 45 cm. The fact that high-quality production materials are used can be seen from the weight of 17 kg. Other features include a 280 g bean container, a 2.5 litre water tank and a cone grinder. The machine is operated without complications via push buttons. All settings and the remaining time are shown on several LCD displays. You can brew double espresso and co. in just a few steps.
The milk frothing system provides universal application options. The pre-infusion and extraction at 9 bar guarantee an optimal aroma. There is no need to worry about bitter substances. If required, you can assign a name and picture to 8 different creations and save them permanently. Of course, it doesn’t always have to be coffee-milk specialities; tea (hot water function) and classic black coffee are also possible. Up to 22 g of coffee can be ground, dosed and tamped automatically.
Sage espresso machine – You should always pay attention to the following
Dimensions, weight & appearance
In terms of space, a look at the dimensions is certainly advisable. A Sage espresso machine can be both compact and massive. The smallest model, the Bambino, takes up just 24 cm of space in width and 41 cm in depth. Accordingly, cramped niches in the kitchen can also be used for commissioning. The large appliances take up 45 cm in lateral diameter. If you consider the fact that the grinder, the brewing group and a large water tank are integrated, you can praise this.
Furthermore, the height ranges between 35 and 52 cm, which means that placing the machine underneath a wall cupboard should not be a problem.
The weight is relatively high. While the small Bambino weighs only 6 kg, the other units weigh around 15 kg. A high weight is also a promise of high-quality production materials and a secure stand. With Sage, everything is definitely designed for durability. Not only the housing, but also the portafilter and the milk jug are made of stainless steel.
Commissioning is quick and uncomplicated. Because all models are free-standing, no manual skills are required. All you need is a standard power connection (220-240V) nearby. Now all you have to do is grind the coffee, distribute it in the portafilter with your index finger (do not apply pressure), press it down with the “tamper” and within a few seconds you can look at your desired beverage.
In terms of appearance, a Sage espresso machine has a lot to offer you. The housing is made of solid stainless steel (brushed stainless steel) and therefore promises a long service life. It comes in either classic silver or a modern matt black.
Ease of use
The Sage portafilter machines are basically easy to operate. They are controlled via mechanical push buttons and a control dial. All elements are clearly illustrated or provided with plain text. All important parameters can be individually adjusted to your own needs. With a fine grind and a ratio of 1:2.5 (weight of coffee powder in g:amount of espresso in ml), most tastes are usually satisfied. If you want a thick espresso, the ratio can also be lowered to 1:2.
With the expensive machines, the settings can be read at any time on several LED displays. The inexpensive machines, on the other hand, only have a mechanical display.
The water tank always holds 2 litres or more, which is why it does not need to be refilled too regularly. Since it is removable and has an ergonomic handle, filling it is easy anyway.
Although the tamper in its holder tempts you to press the powder on there, you should remove it and press it on free-standing.
If a bean container and a grinder are integrated, both are located on the left-hand side. Accordingly, the portafilter is also positioned on the left and filled with the grounds.
The espresso is brewed one position to the right. This takes less than 30 seconds.
If a milk frothing nozzle is available, it is located on the far right. It expands the range to include numerous coffee-milk specialities as well as hot chocolate.
It is not unusual to consume several hundred grams of beans at first in order to find a good balance. The more energetically you experiment at the beginning, the faster you will find your way around and obtain your desired creation.
The power plays an important role from several points of view. It is indicated in the unit watt. The higher the rated power, the faster the beverage is ready. In general, a fast production is to be aimed for, because this results in as few bitter substances as possible. In addition, a high wattage ensures that the aroma is optimally enhanced.
However, because the wattage, in the form of the power consumption, always defines the power consumption, it should not be excessively high. In principle, values beyond 2500 watts no longer make sense and are then only associated with unnecessarily high electricity costs.
In a Sage espresso machine, the power is between 1300 and 2400 watts, depending on the model, and comes into its own in a thermoblock system. The coffee is first pre-brewed at 6-7 bar and then extracted at up to 15 bar. This means you can expect a short waiting time and a great aroma.
Of course, you can do more than just make espresso with a Sage portafilter machine. The following options are also available:
- Espresso as a single drink (single/double) or as a basis for coffee-milk specialties
- Latte Macchiato
- Cafe Americano
- Cafe Crema
- Flat White
- Cafe Latte
- Black Coffee
- Hot water for tea
If a milk frothing nozzle is available, the possibilities are almost limitless.
The subject of maintenance is, of course, less popular. Nevertheless, it is important that the portafilter machine is always kept clean. This is the only way to ensure an unadulterated taste. Even the rim of the bowl should be wiped meticulously before brewing.
A milk frothing nozzle in particular should be cleaned with a damp cloth immediately after use, as fresh milk is best removed. If it dries, germs can quickly colonise it.
If you make espressos regularly, you should rinse the filter with water from time to time.
At the end of the day, the residues must be removed from the brew group using a group brush. In addition, the collection sieve for the dirty water must be cleaned after daily use, otherwise rust can form.
With a Sage espresso machine, you are supported in cleaning by a filter cleaning set included in the scope of delivery. Sometimes there is also an auto-cleaning programme for the milk system.
The cost certainly also has some influence on the decision. They should be in a fair proportion to your own expectations. The more comfort you expect and the more impressive the taste should be, the more you have to invest. Increasing capacities and increased performance also usually require a surcharge.
Screen machines are generally considered to be high-priced. A Sage espresso machine tends to be quite inexpensive. Nevertheless, the machines promise good functionality and a long service life. The first model is already on sale for around 300 Pounds. The top model – the Oracle Touch – has an RRP round about 2500 Pounds, which means that various demands can be met.
Sage espresso machine – This is what it has to offer you
A Sage espresso machine comes with many advantages, which is why it is not surprising that some of the manufacturer’s models have become bestsellers in Germany within a very short time. Nevertheless, they are not convincing in every area. So that you can comfortably weigh up the pros and cons, we have created an overview for you:
- For a portafilter machine still quite inexpensive to buy
- Good choice from a total of 8 models
- Splendid appearance in stainless steel design or in matt black
- Despite the grinder, brewing unit and large water tank, the dimensions are relatively space-saving
- Intuitive operation and individual settings via illustrated push buttons
- Fast heating time (sometimes only 3 seconds are required)
- Can pre-brew
- Provides temperatures between 93 and 95 degrees Celsius without any problems, making the espresso very tasty (portafilter should always be preheated with hot water so that its material does not cool down)
- Often these are all-in-one machines with bean hopper and grinder, so no separate purchases are necessary
- Milk frothing nozzle may be available, so that the possibilities are almost limitless
- Sizes and quantities are sometimes not correct, which is why it makes sense to use a scale in the beginning
- With some models, the tamper does not fit perfectly into the bowl