I have been using this coffee machine at least once a day for the past 7 months or so and I love it.
Today I want to share with you my thoughts on the Sage Bambino coffee machine. How I use it, what I like about it, anything I’m not keen on, and any thoughts if you’re in the market for getting your own brand new coffee machine.
Full disclosure, I was sent this coffee machine as a gift but no obligation to review, I’m just sharing it with you here on the blog because I genuinely like this product and have used it repeatedly all year. I only share things I actually think you might benefit from.
OK, so let’s get to the beautiful coffee machine. And that’s my first point – it is gorgeous to look at. It has that professional coffee shop machine vibe about it with it’s chrome and black styling. It’s designed to look neat and compact, which means it fits nice and snug on my kitchen counter top. I don’t actually have much counter top space so this coffee machine fits perfectly. It’s stylish, modern and space-friendly; all things I am looking for in my kitchen.
Next up, the coffee making.
The Sage Bambino comes with a few tools to help you use the machine properly. There’s a tamper which is an instrument you use to press the coffee grains down into the filter basket. After using that you use the Razor™ Precision Dosing Tool which essentially scrapes off any excess coffee to make sure you get just the right amount.
After getting your coffee grounds set nicely into the filter basket you simply press up and to the side to lock it into position on the machine.
There are a couple of options to make the coffee – 1 cup or 2 cups. Plus there is a third button which operates the steaming wand.
And this leads me onto my favourite bit, the steaming wand. After my espresso is poured I pour the minimum amount of oat milk into the silver jug provided (I’m not a milk fan so this is just enough for my morning coffee). I simply pull the wand upwards, place the jug underneath and push it back so it sits straight on top of the tray. The milk steamer can be used in flexible fashion depending on how hot and frothy you like it. I think that’s a great feature to have and over the months I’ve figured out exactly what level of froth I like.
There’s something pretty satisfying about making your own barista-worthy espresso and frothy milk. I personally enjoy the stronger coffee flavour and I like how easy it is to use. Sure, it does seem a little fiddily at first as there a few steps to take to operate the machine and this a bit different from the pod-machine I had previously. But now that I have been using the Sage Bambino Plus for a few months I find that I go into autopilot when making the coffee. It’s all part of my morning routine and I genuinely really enjoy those few minutes of making my own good quality coffee for my breakfast.
What hasn’t worked for me?
The product specification indicts you can make latte art using the steam wand, but I haven’t been able to quite master that. Maybe that might be fun to be able to do, but I honestly don’t care that much about latte art. Plus, I drink non-dairy milks so that might make a difference, I’m not sure.
I would say the other thing to bear in mind if you get this coffee machine is that you need to have space to measure out the coffee grounds, scrape it off to the right level and tap out the remains after the espresso has been pulled.
And finally, the self-cleaning mechanism on the machine is ace. I love that it spurts out some hot water after you’ve frothed your milk. But you do have to clean the wand each time with a wipe down, and it really needs a slight damp cloth to get it clean. It’s not a problem for me as I’ve made a little coffee station and have all the bits and bobs around the machine ready to create my morning coffee. Just something you might want to think about if you’re getting the Sage Bambino Plus.
The Sage Bambino Plus product spec
‘Sage makes barista quality coffee possible.’
Product size is 19.5(W) x 32(D) x 31(H) cm, so it’s nice and compact for the everyday kitchen. It’s made mostly with stainless steel so it’s practical and looks great on the countertop.
The water tank is located at the back of the machine and holds up to 1.9l at a time.
The control panel has 3 main function buttons – 1 cup, 2 cup, and steam.
The machine heats up in just 3 seconds, which is super fast – handy when you’re needing your caffeine hit!
Sage Bambino Plus is retailing at £399.95 and it does hold a 2 year warranty. Great value if you are buying barista coffees on the high street several times a week.
I have found the act of making my coffee from scratch using the Bambino Plus quite a nice mindful task every morning. It’s a few minutes to myself where I craft my delicious coffee. I get to start the day with a task that is focused and for me. I then have a high quality coffee to enjoy as I go about my morning routine (usually writing my morning pages).
The coffee machine might seem like a pricey initial outlay, but given the cost of premium coffees on the high street you actually end up with it being great value. Plus, you get to try different beans and roasts (we were sent a packet from 200 Degrees coffee, I sometimes go to their Birmingham coffee shop).
Overall, the coffee machine is well designed, easy to use (even if there are a few extra steps compared to pod machines), and produces excellent coffee. I can’t start my day without a good cup of coffee, and this year this coffee machine has made my mornings all that bit nicer.
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