Here at Balance, we are huge fans of Sage coffee machines. Using one of their espresso machines is an incredible way to create world-class coffee right in the comfort of your own home. When paired with a beautiful speciality coffee, you’re onto a winner!
However, there are so many questions you need to ask when it comes to choosing and maintaining one of these fancy home coffee machines. In this post, we are going to be answering the most commonly-asked questions when it comes to Sage espresso machines.
Choosing a Sage coffee machine
Which coffee machine should you buy?
There are lots of different Sage machines to choose from, so it’s difficult to know which machine would work perfectly in your kitchen and your life! We’re here to help you decide which Sage machine will be the best fit for you. First of all, you need to think about space. The Sage coffee machines tend to be quite large and hefty when compared to a cafetiere or a moka pot so we would definitely recommend measuring out how much space you have available on your kitchen counter. The largest (such as the Oracle) tend to be 37cm wide and 41cm deep, and the smallest (such as the Duo Temp Pro) tend to be 26cm wide and 30cm deep.
Secondly, you need to examine how you drink coffee and what you would use this coffee machine for.
Speed demon: If speed is of the essence, then a bean to cup machine such as the Sage Oracle Touch is your best bet. With this machine, you can add whole beans straight to the hopper, select your drink type from the touchscreen, and then it’ll make it quickly for you. There’s no faff here!
Filter coffee connoisseur: If you love a filter coffee, then the Sage Precision Brewer might be the best for you. There are many unique brewing modes which you can adjust further, such as changing the bloom time, flow rate or brewing temperature. There’s even an adaptor that will allow you to brew a pour-over coffee!
Espresso fiend: If espresso is your one true love, then a Sage Duo Temp Pro might be better. This machine is known for its precise espresso extraction, as it uses a low pressure pre-infusion to draw out the flavours of the coffee evenly.
Budding home barista: If you’re just dipping your toes into the home barista world, then the The Bambino Plus is probably the one you should go for. With its Digital Temperature Control, it always ensures that your water is exactly the right temperature for a perfectly extracted espresso.
The cream of the crop: Finally, the Sage Dual Boiler is perfect for baristas who want to experiment and generally geek out about how temperature affects espresso and how to create the perfect espresso shot.
Finally, it’s also essential to know about prices. The Sage Duo Temp Pro Espresso Coffee Machine, for example, is one of the cheaper models available (currently priced around £380), but it doesn’t come with a built-in coffee grinder. This means that if you want to grind your beans yourself, you’ll have to buy a coffee grinder separately. In contrast, a machine like the Sage Oracle has a built-in bean grinder with automatic dosing and tamping, and provides automatic milk texturing. But this is a much pricier model, as it tends to be around £1500 or more. The more expensive machines do come with more bells and whistles, so if you’re serious about brewing a perfect cup of coffee, it might be worth looking at the pricier options.
Where should you buy a buy Sage machine?
You can actually buy a Sage coffee machine from us! However, wherever you buy your Sage machine from, make sure that it comes with the 2 year repair, replace or refund guarantee (which is given at the sole discretion of Sage Appliances).
How to use a Sage coffee machine
As every Sage machine has different functions, we can’t give you a step-by-step guide that will work for every option available! However, here are our top tips for when you first buy your coffee machine.
- Remove all labelling and packaging materials
- Clean parts and accessories with warm water and a gentle dish soap
- Wipe outer parts with a soft, damp cloth and dry
- Condition the water filter (remove filter and soak in water, then rinse under running water)
- Complete a water flushing cycle without ground coffee (this ensures the machine has been conditioned)
How do you clean a Sage coffee machine?
While some Sage coffee machines vary, many share similar designs and features and therefore can be cleaned similarly. (However please do check the instructions for your coffee machine before cleaning!) Helpfully, many Sage coffee machines have a light labelled ‘Clean Me’ that comes on when you need to do just that. This indicates that you need to run a flush-back cycle, which basically means that your machine will build up pressurised water (combined with a cleaning tablet) which will clean the internal workings of the machine. Your espresso machine will come with detailed instructions on how to do this.
However, there are also other areas of your coffee machine that will need to be cleaned regularly. For example, the drip tray will show an ‘Empty Me’ sign whenever it is filled with water. Simply pour the water out and clean the tray. Another part of your machine that will need to be cleaned regularly is the knock-box (this is the box that you hit used coffee grounds into). You can throw the grounds in the bin or on top of flower beds.
How can you descale a Sage machine?
The cleaning cycle does not descale your coffee machine, so you’ll need to know how to do this as well. Once again, this is very simple, as there is a descale cycle. Your Sage machine instructions will guide you through it.
However, there isn’t a light to remind you to descale your machine. You’ll need to remember when you last did it – Sage recommends that if you live in an area where water hardness is a level 4, you should clean your machine every 90 days. If you live in a level 6 area, you should clean it every 60 days. (You can find out your water hardness level with this website.)
Other Sage FAQs
How can you reset a Sage coffee machine?
If you’re unhappy with your current settings on your coffee machine (such as the shot volumes or water temperature) you can easily reset them. Hold the programme button until the machine beeps three times, and then release the button. That’s all you need to do to go back to the default settings!
What is the best grind size for a Sage espresso machine?
You’ll want to have a fine grind for your espresso machine. You can find an espresso grind for all of our coffees.
We hope that answers many of your questions about Sage coffee machines.
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