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SAGE The Bambino Plus SES500BSS Coffee Machine - Stainless Steel £199 at Currys PC World
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SAGE The Bambino Plus SES500BSS Coffee Machine - Stainless Steel £199 at Currys PC World

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Posted 29th Jan

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Available in stainless steel and smoked hickory colours.

50% off RRP, reviews look great.

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Total bargain.
looks like a prettier version of the gaggia
2 year guarantee included
I've never played with espresso at home but this is a very tempting price and would give me more budget to spend on a dedicated presso grinder. Cheers, OP.

Has anyone got this and used single-walled baskets? (Apparently you can get a different portafilter which will take them.)
loonyjetman29/01/2020 13:17

I've never played with espresso at home but this is a very tempting price …I've never played with espresso at home but this is a very tempting price and would give me more budget to spend on a dedicated presso grinder. Cheers, OP.Has anyone got this and used single-walled baskets? (Apparently you can get a different portafilter which will take them.)


If price is a factor then there's this thread going on about the Delonghi Dedica in case you hadn't seen it.
loonyjetman29/01/2020 13:17

I've never played with espresso at home but this is a very tempting price …I've never played with espresso at home but this is a very tempting price and would give me more budget to spend on a dedicated presso grinder. Cheers, OP.Has anyone got this and used single-walled baskets? (Apparently you can get a different portafilter which will take them.)


It should come with pressurised and non-pressurised single and double dose baskets and you don't need a different portafilter.
Rupert9529/01/2020 16:09

If price is a factor then there's this thread going on about the Delonghi …If price is a factor then there's this thread going on about the Delonghi Dedica in case you hadn't seen it.


As okay as the Dedica is, it really doesn't hold up against the Bambino.
Pokey29/01/2020 18:24

As okay as the Dedica is, it really doesn't hold up against the Bambino.


Good to know! As I said "if price is a factor..."
Pokey29/01/2020 18:23

It should come with pressurised and non-pressurised single and double dose …It should come with pressurised and non-pressurised single and double dose baskets and you don't need a different portafilter.



It only comes with pressurised baskets according to the spec. I'll have a look around on the net, I know I read/heard somewhere that you can use standard baskets though I could be thinking of a different model. You have one of the bigger models Pokey?
Pokey29/01/2020 18:23

It should come with pressurised and non-pressurised single and double dose …It should come with pressurised and non-pressurised single and double dose baskets and you don't need a different portafilter.



From what I can find it depends how old/new the stock is so I'll check in my local Currys tomorrow... fingers crossed.
Rupert9529/01/2020 16:09

If price is a factor then there's this thread going on about the Delonghi …If price is a factor then there's this thread going on about the Delonghi Dedica in case you hadn't seen it.



Cheers for the heads up, I'll look into it.
loonyjetman29/01/2020 19:06

It only comes with pressurised baskets according to the spec. I'll have a …It only comes with pressurised baskets according to the spec. I'll have a look around on the net, I know I read/heard somewhere that you can use standard baskets though I could be thinking of a different model. You have one of the bigger models Pokey?



It comes with 4 baskets 100%. I got one at Christmas and it has taken my coffee to a whole new level. Very very happy with this machine. The auto steam wand makes it very easy to use.
JL same price, should I dump my filter coffee?
rodman30/01/2020 23:48

JL same price, should I dump my filter coffee?


OOS though
privateeye030/01/2020 13:59

It comes with 4 baskets 100%. I got one at Christmas and it has taken my …It comes with 4 baskets 100%. I got one at Christmas and it has taken my coffee to a whole new level. Very very happy with this machine. The auto steam wand makes it very easy to use.



Cheers, it does seem to be a good machine for the money; do you use the non-pressure baskets?

From what I read it depends how old/new the stock is because the boxes still say 2 baskets. To be honest the experience I had at Currys yesterday reminded me why I haven't been there for years and put me off buying it then getting the baskets elsewhere if they weren't in the box. I'm in no hurry so it's all good
I've got a barista express (which is similar to this, but adds on a grinder). I think it cost about £350 (from AO using a deal a while ago)
It makes superb coffee - steam wand works very well too. I imagine this one would also be excellent.

This is a great price for this model. You could then buy your own grinder if you want,
rodman30/01/2020 23:48

JL same price, should I dump my filter coffee?



Well don't dump it if you're happy with it. Espresso is different to filter but IMHO the quality of the ingredients is more important than the brew method. You could enjoy both
Bought one recently and very impressed. It came with two pressurised baskets and I've ordered two single wall baskets from Sage for £8.
Was looking at this and Not to keen on the auto temp steam wand as to do it properly u need to introduce air into the milk and to do this the tip needs to be at the surface then you plunge to heat the milk. Not to sure if u can do this yourself and not rely on the machine to do it.
Edited by: "meridiusuk" 31st Jan
loonyjetman31/01/2020 08:43

Cheers, it does seem to be a good machine for the money; do you use the …Cheers, it does seem to be a good machine for the money; do you use the non-pressure baskets?From what I read it depends how old/new the stock is because the boxes still say 2 baskets. To be honest the experience I had at Currys yesterday reminded me why I haven't been there for years and put me off buying it then getting the baskets elsewhere if they weren't in the box. I'm in no hurry so it's all good



I bought mine from Currys in store but asked for them to deliver it, as the box is quite big and heavy so I don't see how there could be a problem with missing baskets but everyone seems to be giving a different answer

I am using the non-pressure 2 shot 54mm basket with grinds through my Sage Pro grinder and have been blown away by how good it tastes. Most of the high street chains and bakers coffee taste terrible in comparison now!

I am sure you will be happy if you decide to proceed.
meridiusuk31/01/2020 17:15

Was looking at this and Not to keen on the auto temp steam wand as to do …Was looking at this and Not to keen on the auto temp steam wand as to do it properly u need to introduce air into the milk and to do this the tip needs to be at the surface then you plunge to heat the milk. Not to sure if u can do this yourself and not rely on the machine to do it.



It works fine. It shoots the air through the machine and even cleans the inside itself after every steam. The jusg even has indicators to say the minimum and maximum milk. Every setting gives a completely different thickness, foam and texture.

PLUS it DOES have manual feature as well
Mabon31/01/2020 11:29

Bought one recently and very impressed. It came with two pressurised …Bought one recently and very impressed. It came with two pressurised baskets and I've ordered two single wall baskets from Sage for £8.



Cheers for the info
Bought one from Curry’s this morning and not disappointed! Makes a superb coffee very easily and the auto temp wand works a treat 👌
(And it comes with four baskets, two double wall and two single wall for 1 and 2 cups)
Edited by: "SamuelOstrolenk" 1st Feb
SamuelOstrolenk01/02/2020 11:13

Bought one from Curry’s this morning and not disappointed! Makes a superb c …Bought one from Curry’s this morning and not disappointed! Makes a superb coffee very easily and the auto temp wand works a treat 👌(And it comes with four baskets, two double wall and two single wall for 1 and 2 cups)


Nice one and enjoy. I am officially addicted because of this machine.
@Pokey Can I pick your brains please Do you think the Barista Pro at £450 (Costco) is worth the extra £250 over the Bambino: They are both thermojet with PID & 3-way valve and use 54mm baskets so it appears the main differences (apart from physical size / water tank) are the manual milk steamer, hot water outlet, grinder and increased pressure - I think 15 vs 9 bar (?) but if Sage are happy for us to use non-pressurised with Bambino then does that really matter?

I could get the Bambino and Sage Grinder Pro for ~£350 (my Wilfa won't cut it) but is there something I've missed that makes the Barista Pro worth another £100 in your opinion..?
loonyjetman04/02/2020 11:24

@Pokey Can I pick your brains please Do you think the Barista Pro at …@Pokey Can I pick your brains please Do you think the Barista Pro at £450 (Costco) is worth the extra £250 over the Bambino: They are both thermojet with PID & 3-way valve and use 54mm baskets so it appears the main differences (apart from physical size / water tank) are the manual milk steamer, hot water outlet, grinder and increased pressure - I think 15 vs 9 bar (?) but if Sage are happy for us to use non-pressurised with Bambino then does that really matter?I could get the Bambino and Sage Grinder Pro for ~£350 (my Wilfa won't cut it) but is there something I've missed that makes the Barista Pro worth another £100 in your opinion..?


Just comes down to personal preference I think. The Pro will probably give you more scope for experimenting, while with the Bambino the emphasis seems to be on ease of use. Not that you can't experiment with the Bambino and a good grinder. And there's extra convenience in having a separate pump machine and grinder. It widens your choice much more, so you could settle for a Sage grinder or spend the extra saving on something more upmarket. Or save a bit more still and really go for it and buy a Niche Zero. I always think you do better spending more on the grinder than the machine when you're buying separates at the lower end of the price range. And the boiler won't heat the grinder either if they're separate.

That said, I wouldn't swap my Pro. That's just my personal preference. If yours is to go the way of Bambino and grinder, I don't think it's because you've missed anything.

I'm sure the Bambino is 15 bar too, it will need to be for steaming, while both machines will use 9 bar for extraction.
Pokey04/02/2020 15:08

Just comes down to personal preference I think. The Pro will probably give …Just comes down to personal preference I think. The Pro will probably give you more scope for experimenting, while with the Bambino the emphasis seems to be on ease of use. Not that you can't experiment with the Bambino and a good grinder. And there's extra convenience in having a separate pump machine and grinder. It widens your choice much more, so you could settle for a Sage grinder or spend the extra saving on something more upmarket. Or save a bit more still and really go for it and buy a Niche Zero. I always think you do better spending more on the grinder than the machine when you're buying separates at the lower end of the price range. And the boiler won't heat the grinder either if they're separate.That said, I wouldn't swap my Pro. That's just my personal preference. If yours is to go the way of Bambino and grinder, I don't think it's because you've missed anything.I'm sure the Bambino is 15 bar too, it will need to be for steaming, while both machines will use 9 bar for extraction.



Cheers! I've always told myself there's no point in me making espresso at home as I'd only do it at weekends and I'd need a budget of ~£1000 to make a decent job of it, plus all the dialing-in & TLC for the machine; but it appears the Sage kit is exceptional value for money with results not a million miles from good cafes especially when making steamed milk drinks where delicate nuances of beans are veiled. Yeah I considered a Niche last year... maybe if I get a surprise windfall (time to visit that well-off old aunt I haven't seen in years haha!) I have some thinking to do, thanks for the info
Picked this up last night and it only came with two baskets
Had a couple of goes and not exactly had great results. Got a Sage Smart Grinder Pro but espressos so far have been very bitter.
@Pokey Any recommendations for beans/grind size?
mondayrunner18/02/2020 11:08

Picked this up last night and it only came with two baskets Had a …Picked this up last night and it only came with two baskets Had a couple of goes and not exactly had great results. Got a Sage Smart Grinder Pro but espressos so far have been very bitter.@Pokey Any recommendations for beans/grind size?


Just takes practice.

Non-pressurised baskets can be bought from Sage's website for £3. Free delivery over £10 so buy your next water filter too, they're not a bad price direct from Sage.

There are literally hundreds of roasters these days selling various quality levels of roast beans. My current favourites for both quality and value are Union Roasted, Rave (the Fudge blend is probably my favourite), Adams & Russell and Coffee Link. Don't choose whatever is labelled as an espresso blend, they're always roasted too dark and often contain cheap robusta. Go for something medium roasted for good espresso.

Can't really recommend a setting for the grinder. I would strongly suggest getting some micro scales so you can dial in properly, don't just go on what you can see. Weigh the amount of grind going in and the amount of espresso coming out. With the 54mm baskets I personally think you want about 18g of grind going in, fine enough to give you between 25-30 seconds to extract and start with aiming for about 36g. If it's too bitter, increase the extraction a little more; perhaps aim for 38g of espresso coming out. If you go too far and it's too sour, reduce the extraction until you find the sweet spot.

Just keep experimenting.
@Pokey That’s really, really helpful. Thank you.
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