Discover the SAGE The Barista Pro™
Wow, how incredibly happy I am with you. Yesterday (December 23) my fully automatic machine broke and I ordered a Barista Pro semi-automatic from you. I never expected that a day later I would enjoy a nice cup of coffee with my new device. Both the coffee and the Barista Pro were delivered neatly at home on December 24, the busiest delivery day of the year. Cheers!!! By the way, the coffee is delicious. Happy Holidays to you!!!
I have had the Sage Barista Pro at home since July 2021. At first I wanted to buy a Sage Barista Express, but mainly because the Pro can switch faster between making Espresso and frothing milk, I still opted for the Pro. I also saw the ease of setting the grinding degree and the meal via the LCD screen as a major advantage. Sometimes I think I would have liked to have had the pressure gauge on my machine (which is present on the Express), but with lead time you can also see if you are on the right track.
In my search for the cheapest webshop I came across Zwarte Roes. Here the Sage Barista Pro was significantly cheaper than at other webshops. Ordering was simple and straightforward and shipping went as promised. I was also allowed to choose a kilo of fresh beans when purchasing the Sage Barista Pro, for free! The beans and the machine are shipped separately, so they can best be delivered on different days.
Because this is my first piston machine, I was not aware that a number of things can make life much easier, such as:
- Dosing cup (prevents a lot of rumbling when grinding the beans)
- Distribution tool (to distribute and straighten the coffee with a consistent result)
- Scale (to weigh the beans and measure the output/coffee)
After a few shots of espresso, I notice a few things that I consider 'detrimental'. Firstly, without a dosing cup you have to continuously pause the grinding of the coffee to distribute/shake the coffee in the basket. And even then, coffee can still fall next to your basket. The dosing cup solves all this. In addition, the machine won't get hot (enough) if you preheat it 15 minutes before you want espresso. The best way to warm everything up is to first do a shot without the portafilter in the machine and then 2 shots with an empty portafilter in the machine. The hot water then heats up the metal parts of the machine and the portafilter.
As a final drawback I would mention the two holes that are in the grille. The machine rattles a tiny bit as the pressure builds up. If you use a small espresso glass (in my case a double-walled Bodum espresso glass) then such a glass is not stable on those holes. I solved this by using a rubber mat when brewing the espresso.
After a few months I can say that I finally make espresso that is not sour or bitter, nor too strong. But I have to say that when drinking the espresso I have a hard time discovering the flavors mentioned on the packaging of the beans (such as chocolate, fruit, nuts, etc.)
I only recently started to see if I would succeed in frothing milk. Because I can't stand cow's milk, I can't use whole milk. That doesn't make frothing milk any easier. I'm working on foaming with almond milk, but it's not easy. I don't think this is because of the steam wand. This one seems to work well and gives good pressure. But here too: Practice makes perfect :-)
Really happy with the device. Makes delicious coffee, easy and fast. Fine service also from black rust, highly recommended
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