Sage By Heston Blumenthal The Barista Express Espresso Coffee Machine £448 at  ao.com
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Sage By Heston Blumenthal The Barista Express Espresso Coffee Machine £448 at ao.com

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Found 15th Dec 2017
AO have 10% off all Coffee machine orders over £99 with code COFFEE10. But this particular machine is rarely on offer. Plus free next day delivery + 1% Quidco cashback. Previous best offer was £450 at John Lewis (now back up to £499).
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no jug?
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rodman44 m ago

no jug?


Description says it comes with a jug. Which jug it comes with I can't tell you until mine arrives tomorrow. I'm hoping it's the fancy one that retails £30.
I have the basic machine and it's excellent
I have this and it is fantastic.
I second Mikey_b; I have a Gaggia classic and this one. This is a great machine. I don't know if it will last as long as the Gaggia (16 years and going strong), but it looks robust and serves grand coffee. Only niggle (minor one) is that the head is small and as a result it tends to make a mess when filling the portafilter with coffee.
I've had this machine for over a year and love it. It takes a bit of getting used to and taking care of. This is a great price!
£448.20 at Amazon too
Great machine. Prefer the Brushed Steel look.

Worth buying a digital milk thermometer. Better than the jug’s ‘estimate’ temperature.
God that's a beautiful machine .........and here's me with a jar of Asda granules for 80p and three quid milk frother
from Tiger............but it still tastes nice. Can I start a Dear Santa letter on here.....? Just kidding - hope whoever gets one of those enjoys it ....
YiannisF14 m ago

I second Mikey_b; I have a Gaggia classic and this one. This is a great …I second Mikey_b; I have a Gaggia classic and this one. This is a great machine. I don't know if it will last as long as the Gaggia (16 years and going strong), but it looks robust and serves grand coffee. Only niggle (minor one) is that the head is small and as a result it tends to make a mess when filling the portafilter with coffee.


What grinder did you have with the Gaggia?
How does the espresso compare between the two?
Rebadged Breville?
Ripperoo39 m ago

Rebadged Breville?


Same company. Sage is their premium brand in the UK.

i bought this 3 days ago from john lewis (mine is silver). it is excellent. Heats up really quickly and I can make a better cup of coffee more quickly with this than my previous (and rubbish!) Delonghi 44.660 superautomatic machine!
Ripperoo43 m ago

Rebadged Breville?


Yes it is, I looked at getting one myself but it didn't feel like a quality piece of equipment for the money, and it's lightweight, ended up with a La Spaziale coffee machine instead, much better quality.
Ripperoo1 h, 22 m ago

Rebadged Breville?


Aussie Breville though, not the UK company; hence the name Sage-thus preventing copyright litigation.
m12_shakes30 m ago

Aussie Breville though, not the UK company; hence the name Sage-thus …Aussie Breville though, not the UK company; hence the name Sage-thus preventing copyright litigation.


This one is sold pretty much around the world as Breville, not just Australia.
chelseablue1 h, 21 m ago

Yes it is, I looked at getting one myself but it didn't feel like a …Yes it is, I looked at getting one myself but it didn't feel like a quality piece of equipment for the money, and it's lightweight, ended up with a La Spaziale coffee machine instead, much better quality.


I would love a La Spaziale but they're a serious investment. Which model did you go for?
chelseablue3 h, 9 m ago

Yes it is, I looked at getting one myself but it didn't feel like a …Yes it is, I looked at getting one myself but it didn't feel like a quality piece of equipment for the money, and it's lightweight, ended up with a La Spaziale coffee machine instead, much better quality.


Yes, at three times the cost for the most basic model; I am not surprised. Hardly a fair comparision is it?
chelseablue2 h, 55 m ago

This one is sold pretty much around the world as Breville, not just …This one is sold pretty much around the world as Breville, not just Australia.


The point is it's not U.K. Breville from my understanding U.K. Breville license was sold to a third party so when Breville (Australia) wanted to enter the U.K. Market again they have had to use a different brand name that being sage.

Wiki: 'In 1982, Breville Australia sold its ownership of the brand in Europe, which today is owned by Jarden. The European business is based in England and trades almost exclusively in the United Kingdom and has collaborated with Antony Worrall Thompson.'
Edited by: "jamhops" 15th Dec 2017

"Sage By Heston Blumenthal" I wonder what part he played in the mechanical design of this-or even what it looks like. I like a good coffee as much as the next man , but am I alone in thinking this type of celebrity endorsement (no doubt for a decent cut of the selling price) is pretentious c**p.
nickhale7562 h, 45 m ago

"Sage By Heston Blumenthal" I wonder what part he played in the mechanical …"Sage By Heston Blumenthal" I wonder what part he played in the mechanical design of this-or even what it looks like. I like a good coffee as much as the next man , but am I alone in thinking this type of celebrity endorsement (no doubt for a decent cut of the selling price) is pretentious c**p.


He put absolutely no input into the design of them they were already on sale in other parts of the world before sage used Heston t put his name to it.
indyjukebox3 h, 56 m ago

Yes, at three times the cost for the most basic model; I am not surprised. …Yes, at three times the cost for the most basic model; I am not surprised. Hardly a fair comparision is it?


I was looking at the dual boiler version for just over £1000, so it is comparable to the la Spaziale I bought, but everything about it was cheap and lightweight, it looks the part I will give it that, but it felt too plastic to me and wasn't as good as the la Spaziale when I tested them out.
MBeeching5 h, 51 m ago

I would love a La Spaziale but they're a serious investment. Which model …I would love a La Spaziale but they're a serious investment. Which model did you go for?


I bought the S1, there are 2 types, one you plumb in to the water mains, but use a filter with it, or they do the one you fill up yourself, but use filtered water with that too, I'm very passionate about coffee, so had to have the best I could afford, and I don't regret it one bit, everyone is in awe of it when they see it, it's basically the same machines they use in the coffee shops, but half the size, and people keep telling me that it's the best coffee they have ever tasted when I make them something from it.
chelseablue47 m ago

I was looking at the dual boiler version for just over £1000, so it is …I was looking at the dual boiler version for just over £1000, so it is comparable to the la Spaziale I bought, but everything about it was cheap and lightweight, it looks the part I will give it that, but it felt too plastic to me and wasn't as good as the la Spaziale when I tested them out.


Again, what does a £1000 variant of Sage have to do with this post? Can you get a new la Spaz for £448? No. So why compare the build quality of this to a £1000+ machine? If this post was for the Sage dual boiler version, then your statement would have been helpful. As such you are misleading people into thinking that you can buy a la Spaz for around the same price as this and with much superior build quality. Which isnt the case.

What may have been helpful is suggesting an alternative at this price point. Rather than going on about some machine that is twice the price+ of the machine posted here.
indyjukebox9 h, 2 m ago

Again, what does a £1000 variant of Sage have to do with this post? Can …Again, what does a £1000 variant of Sage have to do with this post? Can you get a new la Spaz for £448? No. So why compare the build quality of this to a £1000+ machine? If this post was for the Sage dual boiler version, then your statement would have been helpful. As such you are misleading people into thinking that you can buy a la Spaz for around the same price as this and with much superior build quality. Which isnt the case.What may have been helpful is suggesting an alternative at this price point. Rather than going on about some machine that is twice the price+ of the machine posted here.


I would get a Gaggia classic over this Sage anyday, better build quality, plus the grinder n this Sage is not very good, the grinder is on a par with the Kenwood burr grinder which retails for around £40, it depends what you are after really, something that produces a good coffee or something that looks good with half decent results. Personally I wouldn't go anywhere near a Sage espresso machine.
The Breville Smart Grinder Pro is actually meant to be a very decent grinder for the money - not sure if it's the same as the one in this but just saying that Breville do produce a good grinder.
chelseablue2 h, 59 m ago

I would get a Gaggia classic over this Sage anyday, better build quality, …I would get a Gaggia classic over this Sage anyday, better build quality, plus the grinder n this Sage is not very good, the grinder is on a par with the Kenwood burr grinder which retails for around £40, it depends what you are after really, something that produces a good coffee or something that looks good with half decent results. Personally I wouldn't go anywhere near a Sage espresso machine.


See, I am not so sure. The new classic is nowhere as robust as the original. Those horrible soft buttons up front. The build quality has dropped a lot from the original. Drip tray is quite flimsy. Finishing/aesthetics are not great either. No denying the flavour though.
Additionally, it only accommodates espresso cups as it is a pure espresso machine. For owners who like a variety of drinks (especially when entertaining), the Sage seems to have better clearance for bigger cups.

I think it depends really, on what the owner wants. The Gaggia classic is really for purists who dont mind an industrial looking thing in their home. Not everyone wants that though.
Today I went to John Lewis MK, the sage rep demo the machine for me, he made, espresso, cuppacino, effortlessly. The machine had more than enough pressure to cope with the tasks at hand, it’s not light weight and flimsy at 13kg. He matched the price above, I got the polished silver version, with a free waste coffee tray/bang out pot worth £30. Tips and advice too, I suggest you find a local demo and taste the coffee for yourself,
Had one of these for a Christmas present and Ive got to say that it's fantastic. I'm using it 5 or 6 times a day up to now and it produces very very nice coffee ( as good as any Costa or Starbucks). What I will say is that I think the milk frother should have a larger end. It's not as simple as grinding beans and hey presto..... I must have used a tenners worth of beans to even start getting a brew. Well pleased now though.
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