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
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, neat machine which doesn’t take up much space and has the ability to create barista-quality coffee.
The Sage Bambino Plus retails at £399.99 and has lots of features which I’ll talk you through below.
How to Make Your Coffee with the Sage Bambino Plus
To make your coffee you fill the portafilter with the optimum amount of ground coffee – ideally 19g – 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.
Next you take the supplied Razor 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.
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.
Sage Bambino Plus Review – Making the Coffee
Wait for your espresso shot to be filtered into the cup and there you have it. It takes just minutes.
BUT, that’s not the end if you want a taller, longer drink.
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.
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)
Next hold the froth back with a spoon, pour in your milk and top with your froth.
And now your work is done, sit back and relax with your Sage Bambino Plus barista-quality coffee!
The Main Features of the Sage Bambino Plus Coffee Machine
- 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
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 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.
The coffee is spot on. The temperature is very good – having used other pod style 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. Use this to hold your filter whilst you fill, tamp and level it to catch any excess coffee.
All in all it’s a massive thumbs up from me. Well worth the money if you’re into a good cup of coffee in the comfort of your own home.
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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