Sage Bambino Plus Review: Barista Coffee at Home

As someone who works from home, I really appreciate a good cup of coffee. So today, I’m featuring a Sage Bambino Plus review – showing how to use this coffee machine and my thoughts on its ability to make a barista quality coffee.

Sage Bambino Plus Review

If you’re a coffee lover like me, read on to find out if this machine is something you’d love in your home.

The Low Down: Sage Bambino Plus Review

Sage Appliances Background:

Firstly let me tell you a little about the machine.

It’s the latest addition to the Sage coffee machine range, and I have to say it’s a really compact espresso machine which has a small footprint and has the ability to create barista-quality coffee.

The Sage Bambino Plus retails at £399.99 and has some great features which I’ll talk you through below.

It’s a little more than your usual entry-level espresso machines, but is a great addition to the sage coffee machines range.

How to Make Your Coffee with the Sage Bambino Plus

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Let’s discuss how to use this home espresso machine to make an excellent espresso. Don’t worry if flat whites are more your thing (they’re mine too, so we’ll cover how this small machine delivers the best results on those too.

The first thing to note is that this espresso maker does not have a built-in grinder. You’ll either have to buy ground coffee or grind it separately.

To make your coffee you fill the portafilter with the optimum amount of pre-ground coffee – ideally 19 grams of coffee – and then press it down firmly with the tamper. This takes practice to apply the right amount of pressure but after a few attempts I think I’ve mastered it.

I’m using coffee from the fabulous 200 Degrees Coffee from Nottingham. It’s actually a coffee shop in town I frequent regularly so I was thrilled to receive a bag of their beautifully roasted coffee with the Bambino Plus to try out.

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Next you take the supplied Razor tool and turn a full 360 degrees to ensure your coffee is at the right level in the filter.

Tap off any excess back into your coffee container for using next time. At this point you’re ready to go and pop your portafilter back into the Sage Bambino Plus coffee machine and be prepared to deliver some espresso shots.

There are two size options when preparing your coffee – the one or two cup filter – and so it’s important to select the correct button on the machine to make the correct coffee. I’m normally making just a one cup for myself.

Of course, don’t forget to fill the water tank before you begin.

Sage Bambino Plus Review – Making the Coffee

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Wait for your single shot to be filtered into the cup and there you have it. It takes just minutes. Catch any leftovers in the drip tray.

BUT, that’s not the end if you want a taller, longer drink. Let’s discuss how to use this manual espresso machine and steam wand to achieve high quality milk frothing.

My Personal Recipe in the Sage Bambino Plus Review

You can, at this point add some more hot water from the Bambino Plus coffee machine to make a Lungo style coffee drink. However, I’m a fan of a milkier drink so love to add some steamed, hot milk into my espresso to make something creamy and delicious. In my opinion, you’ll get better results with your coffee when you add frothed milk.

Now, as it’s Veganuary (at the time of writing) and I’m trying to cut out milk as much as I can, I’ve opted for an oat milk style Flat White with my Bambino Plus and I highly recommend it!

Oat milk tastes quite creamy and works really well in this gorgeous 200 Degrees coffee.

The machine allows you alter the texture of the milk to your liking. At this time of year, when it’s quite chilly, I like very hot milk, and I’d recommend frothing as much as possible when you use oat milk (I use the Oatly brand which I really like)

Use the stainless steel milk jug and set your milk temperature and milk froth settings. Then use the steam wand to heat and froth your milk. Alternatively let the automatic milk frother do it’s job.

Next hold the froth back with a spoon, pour in your milk and top with your froth.

If you’re feeling rather confident you could even try some latte art!

Don’t forget to clean up your machine. Wipe the milk wand ready for use next time and remove the used ground coffee. 

Sage Bambino Plus reviewAnd now your work is done, sit back and relax with your Sage Bambino Plus barista-quality coffee!

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The Main Features of the Sage Bambino Plus Coffee Machine

As far as home barista espresso machines go, the Sage Bambino Plus has a good variety of features.

  • Automatic microfoam milk texturing: the automatic steam wand allows you to adjust the milk temperature and texture to suit your taste. Barista quality micro-foam is essential for creating latté art.
  • Faster heat up time: innovative ThermoJet® heating system achieves the optimum extraction temperature in 3 seconds.
  • 19 grams dose for full flavour: achieve a consistent and balanced espresso using the right amount of ground coffee. The 54mm porta-filter with 19 grams is the key for full flavour.
  • Low pressure pre-infusion: gradually increases pressure at the start and helps ensure all the flavours are drawn out evenly during the extraction for a balanced tasting cup.
  • Precise espresso extraction: Digital Temperature Control (PID) delivers water at precisely the right temperature, ensuring optimal espresso extraction.
  • Auto purge: Automatically purging the heat system after steaming ensures your next espresso is extracted at the right temperature.

Summary: Sage Bambino Plus Coffee Machine Review

This compact machine, whilst a little more advanced than many entry-level machines makes a delicious espresso coffee as good as any local coffee shop.

It’s ease of use and quality design which doesn’t take up much space makes it a great choice for those who love the perfect espresso.

To summarise, I love this machine. It’s taken me a week or more to master the art of using it – it’s essential to read the detailed instructions, watch a few videos and practise in order to get the hang of it.

Making the best barista-quality coffee means perfecting the preparation process and sometimes I’m just a little too slap-dash! It’s definitely worth taking your time to fill the filter to the right level, tamper it down properly and use the razor to clean off the excess.

It’s a good size, very compact and neat and looks stylish and professional on the kitchen counter. I like the design very much. If you have limited space in your kitchen for one of the sage espresso machines, this one is an excellent choice.

The coffee is delicious. The temperature is very good – having used other pod machines, they don’t always make a hot cup of coffee, but the Bambino Plus gets this right every time.

Any downsides? Well, it’s a little messy! But I think that’s just my way of preparing the filter. I’m getting better at it and making less mess – I’d highly recommend a good coffee container with a wide neck to hold your ground coffee. Use this to hold your filter whilst you fill, tamp and level it to catch any excess coffee.

If you’re using coffee beans, you’ll want to keep your pre-ground beans handy and maybe spend time and money on a decent grinder to ensure you get the best coffee.

All in all it’s a massive thumbs up from me. It’s well worth the money if you’re into a good cup of coffee in the comfort of your own home. The price point might be in the range for those that are more serious about barista style coffee at home. but if you love caffeine, you’ll love the great coffee from this machine.

I’ve tried several home coffee machines, and this is one of the best espresso machines I’ve used.

The main differences between this and other pod machines is firstly, the good temperature of the coffee and milk, and secondly, the different settings for frothing milk.

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What’s the difference between a Sage Bambino and the Sage Bambino Plus?

The Bambino Plus has a larger water reservoir and automatic milk frother. If you want a higher quality coffee, even at the higher price point the Bambino Plus is the better choice.

I’d love to know your thoughts on the Sage Bambino Plus review – is this a coffee machine you’d have in your home.

You can find out more about this machine and others in the range at the Sage Applicances website

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The Sage Bambino Plus was gifted for the purposes of this review – all opinions are my own and honest. Thanks for supporting the brands that make the blog possible. 

Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an interiors writer and blogger and has an insatiable love of home style and decor

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2 Comments

  1. Iris Tilley
    January 31, 2019 / 7:12 pm

    Good looking coffee

  2. Victoria
    August 2, 2023 / 8:36 pm

    This is great for beginners using Sage bambino plus. One thing i would love is someone to explain what measurements and what buttons to press for different coffees.

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