Sage Bambino Plus Review

This is a genuine user review of the Sage Bambino Plus espresso coffee machine, or the Breville Bambino Plus if you’re outside of Europe, written by someone (me, Kev)  who has many experience with this espresso coffee coffee brewing equipment.

 

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I say genuine review of the Sage Bambino Plus, by the way, due to the reality that it’s rare when searching for coffee preparation equipment reviews (or when searching for any forms of reviews) to find an actual user review.

Before writing this review, I wasn’t able to find a single real user review of the Sage Bambino plus. Not that I’m saying there weren’t any or there aren’t any now other than my Bambino review, however I couldn’t find any that I believed to be genuine user reviews.

The majority of coffee machine reviews and “best coffee machines” type blog posts (not just coffee machines either, it’s true of all products), are written by professional writers who’re hired to write articles for blogs and other websites.

These types of reviews are largely based on science, and from reading the marketing blurb, and contain very little (if anything) in terms of real, valuable user feedback.

If you’ve read any of my other posts, you’ll find out that coffee blog is completely different to commercial blogs.

The reviews I write are genuine user reviews I’ve created of the coffee machines, espresso machines, coffee grinders, coffee brewers etc., that I’ve first used for long enough to allow me to create true user reviews.

So if you’ve searched for “Sage Bambino Plus Review” or “Sage Bambino Coffee Machine” hoping to find an actual, honest review written by someone who knows a little bit bit about espresso coffee coffee machines, who’s spent some time utilizing the Bambino plus, you’ve found what you were looking for!

My Sage Bambino Plus Review.

Sage Bambino Plus.
Latte art via the Sage Bambino Plus, in my kitchen.

Breville Australia, make some simply innovative coffee machines – which are known in the UK as Sage coffee machines, due to the truth that the brand name was sold here in the 80s.

There’s the famous Sage Oracle range of bean to cup machines, and the equally renowned Barista range, including the Barista Express, Barista Touch & Barista Pro.

One of their many popular coffee machines within the past couple of years, has been the Sage Bambino Plus, so of course I had to get my hands on one, utilize it for a few weeks and review it.

Update February 2021

A few weeks turned into a few months, and a few months turned into a couple of years!

I’ve been utilizing the Sage Bambino plus now for over 2 years, and this review has been amended over this time so I can share more of the stuff I’ve figured out about the Bambino Plus over this time.

So truly keep in mind now as you’re reading this review, I’m someone who has real experience with this particular espresso coffee coffee makeking equipment.

Over the past five years or so I’ve likewise had experience of several other espresso machines, which implies I’m also in rather a rare position of being able to tell you how this machine compares to others that you may be considering within a similar price range.

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My Sage Bambino Plus Review in a Nutshell

I’m going to start this review by cutting to the chase and telling you what I think of the Bambino plus in a nutshell, after utilizing this machine as my main home espresso coffee coffee machine for a few weeks initially, followed by utilizing it for a couple of years.

In short, I think this is an awesome little espresso coffee makeking equipment. This is why I’ve carried on utilizing it as my main espresso coffee brewing equipment.

I’d go so far as to say that if you were thinking of buying any other customer degree semi auto espresso coffee pump espresso coffee coffee machine, so basically just about any other machine on the market at under £300 – you’d probably be producing a better decision by spending a little bit bit bit more on the Bambino.

The reasons I say that:

You’re getting a 9 bar machine which comes with both fundamental and pressured (dual walled) baskets. My videos below explain the differences.

Many other customer extent espresso coffee machines are 15 bar machines, and many of them come with pressured portafilters or pressured baskets.

What this means is that the Bambino has the potential to create better tasting espresso than other domestic machines, however the option is there for anyone who prefers the ease of utilize of pressured baskets.

For more on this see 15 bar machines & pressured baskets.

It has a PID (digital temperature control), which you’re simply unlikely to find on other cheaper (or even more expensive) consumer level machines.

Again, this indicates the Bambino has the potential for better tasting espresso coffee, and also better consistency from one shot to the next, as many of the cheaper machines suffer from temperature instability.

The PID on the bambino pulls the temp back down after steaming (very quickly) and keeps it at the preset brew temp while pulling shots.

It has a ridiculously fast heat up time (3 seconds) & uniformly fast steam ready time.

Other low cost espresso coffee coffee machines may only take a minute or so longer to heat up, however I don’t find out of any other single boiler espresso coffee machine that is steam ready and then brew ready again as quickly as with the Bambino Plus.

It has low pressure pre-infusion, which is factory set to about 8 seconds, nevertheless which you can also control manually.

This is a feature you would usually only find on MUCH higher cost espresso coffee coffee machines, and again it offers the Bambino better shot quality potential as pre-infused shots are less likely to suffer from channelling, which is one of the a lot of common triggers of poor tasting espresso.

It has the ability to produce decent milk texture automatically, with three different temperature settings and three texture settings.

But it also has the ability to create MEGA milk texture manually, with a little bit bit of practice.

There’s no doubt in my mind that the Bambino is leaps and bounds above the lower cost espresso coffee coffee machines on the market that I’m aware of, when it comes to milk texturing.

So all the above combined indicates the Bambino plus has the ability for better espresso coffee coffee and better textured milk than with practically any other espresso coffee coffee brewing equipment on the market within a price range of up to around £300.

Extremely the only machine I think really competes with the Bambino plus at this price, is the  Gaggia Classic.

But, of the box without any modification, in my humble opinion, the classic isn’t up to the abilities of the Bambino plus, not straight out of the box.

I enjoy the Gaggia Classic. I have this espresso coffee machine too, the original pre 2009 and the new Gaggia Classic Pro. It’s capable of better espresso coffee than the Bambino plus, but only through time, effort & investment in modding.

It doesn’t come with a PID, as the Bambino Plus does.  You have to pay for that separately and retro fit it.

It doesn’t come at 9 bar, you have to mod it to be 9 bar, although that’s quick and only about a tenner.

It doesn’t have the ability for pre-infusion, unless you fit a more expensive PID kit which includes pre steeping.

The same is true of the Rancilio Silvia, too. An espresso coffee coffee brewing equipment at a hundred quid or so above the Bambino Plus & the Gaggia Classic.

So, straight out of the box, with no modifications, the Sage Bambino plus, as far as I’m anxious is one of the perfect espresso machines at present for this kind of price – both in terms of shot quality, and certainly in terms of user friendliness and beginner friendliness.

Add to the above that it’s incredibly compact, portable & good looking, and there you have the reasons that it’s very hard to get hold of one of these machines at the moment, as they’ve become one of the most popular espresso coffee coffee machines in the UK.

What about the negatives?

There aren’t lots of, to be honest, that I’ve discovered over the past couple of years.

It’s actually lightweight machine, so it has a tendency to slide around when you lock and unlock the portafilter – you’ll basically get into the habit of holding it with one hand as you lock & unlock the portafilter with the other.

The drip tray is in reality small, however this is something you’ll get use too also. I just shove a spare milk jug under the steam wand when it auto purges, to save space in the drip tray. If you don’t have a spare jug you can utilize a mug, or even a bottle.

Utilizing the Sage Bambino Plus in an Workplace – Quick Tip

 

Quick Tip - Using the Sage Bambino Plus in an Workplace.

The guys who design these machines are very clever, I’ve met among them, and I understand this is a team of people who pride themselves on going much further than many other coffee creating tool designers, even inventing lots of the parts needed to make their ideas possible.

So why these guys didn’t think to add simply maybe 1cm of height to this tiny machine, by designing a drip tray which uses all of the depth of the machine, I’m not sure. Maybe I’m missing something – probably, I’m no machine designer!

This wouldn’t put me off buying the Bambino even though. As I say, you very get used to regularly emptying the drip tray.

But here’s a quick tip for you, if you are looking for a coffee creating equipment to utilize in an office, home office, or another room which isn’t close to a sink.

After steaming milk, give the wand a wipe & then instead of pushing it back into position above the drip tray, literally stick a jug or a cup, a jar, a jug or something similar under the wand to save guzzling to go & empty the drip tray straight away.

If whatever you’re using is too tall to fit under the wand, such as a bottle, literally remove the drip tray, pull the Bambino to the edge of the desk/worktop, and push the wand into position above a bottle. Then screw the cap on and simply empty it at the end of the day when you also empty the drip tray (which will still need emptying as the solenoid valve will dump water directly in there after pulling shots).

To be fair, straight out of the box the Bambino would probably beat the Classic in a scrap, in terms of espresso coffee coffee quality & shot consistency thanks to the PID on the Bambino which the classic lacks, and the 9 bar pressure of the Bambino vs 12 bars with the Classic.

However the Classic has the potential to be crafted capable of better shot quality than the Bambino.

You can very easily & cheaply (about a tenner) switch out the over pressure valve spring to make it 9 bar, and for around £100 you can mod the classic to do away with the need for temperature surfing.

For around £150 you can add a PID which likewise includes pre-infusion. If you invest in a higher quality espresso coffee coffee mill, along with the pressure mod and the PID, then overall you have a machine which in all likelihood would be quite a little bit more capable when it comes to espresso coffee quality, than the Bambino.

Yes, by this time you would have also invested quite a little bit more cash than you would have with the Bambino, however you’d also have a setup which is likely to last a lot longer.

The Gaggia Classic isn’t a consumer level machine in terms of build quality and potential life span.

While machines like the Bambino are actually designed to last the 2 year warranty, and any more use you get out of it after that is considered a bonus – the Classic is a more old school machine which can be fettled with, serviced and maintained over the years & will probably still be going bold in ten or even twenty years if looked after.

My Gaggia classic old model is still going bold after 17 years.

The classic isn’t for everyone, it’s definitely not as user friendly and as beginner friendly as the Bambino.

But, for anyone who sees themselves as a home barista, and is focused on being able to pull the extremely excellent quality shots possible, and doesn’t mind doing a little bit of modding, at the same RRP the Classic might be a better match.

 

Full Sage Bambino Plus Review

So – there we go, that’s the shortened version of the Sage Bambino Plus review post. For anyone who’s after a little bit more detail, and has some more time to kill:

Dimensions & Specs

Size: 19.5 cm wide, 32cm deep & 31cm tall.

Construction: Stainless Steel

Boiler: The new ThermoJet® thermocoil.

Water Tank: 2 quarts, removable, with filter.

Steam wand: Proper steam wand (not a panarello) with both auto milk frothing, and manual texturing.

Power: 1600 Watts.

Warm up time: 3 Seconds…

Warranty: 2 Year Repair, Replace or Refund Guarantee.

Baskets: Current stock ship with single and double standard baskets and single and double dual wall baskets.

Older stock may come with only dual walled baskets, so if you’re not buying directly from Sage Appliances (which I would advise you do if you’re buying now, as I can’t find them as cheap anywhere else) I would suggest that you check with the retailer whether you’re getting one of the newer units with the standard baskets.

First Impressions

 

On unboxing this machine, the first thing to impress me about the Bambino plus, is its compact stature, and how pretty it is to look at.

I’m not surprised about that, Sage do make very shiny, pretty looking espresso machines, however I was pleasantly surprised by the size of the water tank.

It has a bigger water tank than a lot of other small espresso machines, at 2 quarts, which is a in fact good size for such a compact machine.

This little machine isn’t going to take up much room on your kitchen worktop, and it’s only likely to enhance the look of your kitchen.

While some espresso coffee machines can look a bit industrial, Sage espresso machines never do, they’re always designed to look as pretty as possible in modern kitchens.

3 Second Warmup Time

The next thing to impress me about this machine, is the ridiculous 3 second warm up time – and by the way, this is real, it’s not a over the top marketing, this machine in reality does heat up in 3 seconds.

Obviously, the group, the portafilter etc., will all need a bit of warming up, so you’ll need to pull some water through the portafilter to get everything warmed up before pulling your shot, nevertheless even after doing that you’ll still be pulling your shot within 10-15 seconds of turning on the machine, which is very impressive, and has me wondering if perhaps there’s some alien technology at work here from a certain downed craft from Roswell New Mexico…

9 Bars of Pressure

Another impressive feature of the Bambino plus, is the 9 bars of pressure – which is the ideal pressure for espresso coffee coffee. You’ll see lots of lower cost espresso coffee coffee machines, and even some at a similar price point to the Bambino, being marketed as 15 bar pump machines, along with marketing blurb which appears to insist that 15 bars of pressure is a good thing.

If 15 bars of pressure is good, why are professional espresso machines that are used by pro Baristas everywhere, 9 bar? The reality is truly that 15 bar pressure works for very low cost machines, especially for those that are designed to utilize pressurized baskets – and more on them shortly.

Even with the Gaggia Classic, as I explained earlier, you have to mod it to make it 9 bar, it comes factory set to 12 bar, which I think is to make it work a little better with pressured baskets if the user decides to work with them rather than to utilize them as indoor frisbees, which is what I reckon they’re better for.

So the truth the Bambino plus comes at 9 bars out of the box, is an very positive thing for this little machine.

Single Baskets Vs. Dual Wall Baskets

 

Standard portafilter basket.The Sage Bambino plus comes with both single and double shot baskets as single walled fundamental baskets, and dual walled pressurized baskets.

Well, the newer stock does. If you’ve already bought one of these and yours only came with pressured baskets, you can get them directly from Sage Appliances, when they’re in stock, for a fiver.

Nevertheless Sage have told me that the latest stock of the Bambino comes with both basic and pressured baskets.

Basic filter baskets have a load of holes at the bottom, to allow the extracted coffee to filter through while preventing the coffee grinds from ending up in your espresso coffee coffee.

Pressured baskets (or dual walled baskets as Sage call them) on the other hand direct all of the extracted coffee through a very small hole, thus creating pressure in the basket itself, which is supposedly a way to produce espresso without a capable espresso coffee grinder.

So the idea is that you can work with pre-ground coffee beans (which are primarily speaking rather a bit more coarse) or work with a coffee grinder not capable of grinding fine enough to get good impacts via a fundamental baskets, for more accessible home espresso coffee.

To be fair to pressured or dual walled baskets, though I’ve just referred to them as only being fit for being used as indoor frisbees, I can just see the benefit of these baskets.

Dialing in (meaning to modify the grind in order to nail the extraction) is a pain, it takes time and money in the terms of wasted coffee beans, and of course having a capable espresso grinding machine implies investment too – so I know the idea of pressured baskets.

Sage / Breville Dual Wall Baskets.

Actually, as I discovered when creating the videos I’ve shared below, as long as you’re using decent coffee beans in the first place, with the Bambino the espresso coffee coffee via the dual walled baskets is OK.

I found from taste testing with the same coffee freshly ground and pre ground, that it flavors better freshly ground via the standard baskets, but still, the pre-ground via the pressured baskets was OK, it wasn’t awful, the espresso via the basic basket & freshly ground espresso coffee tasted better, nevertheless it wasn’t a massive difference.

I’ve tasted absolutely awful espresso via other espresso coffee machines that come with pressured baskets.

I assume that’s a result of the combination of 15 bars of pressure, pressured baskets & poor temp stability leading to channeling, which creates potential for in fact bad tasting stuff which has no right to be discussed as espresso coffee coffee. However it’s not quite the same with the Bambino.

Thanks to everything else this machine has going for it including the 9 bar pressure, PID & pre soaking, the bambino is capable of OK espresso coffee coffee even with pressured baskets & pre-ground coffee – as long as you work with good quality coffee, of course.

Low Pressure Pre-Infusion

This is something I forgot to mention in the video, primarily due to the truth that I’m a muppet. T

his clever little espresso coffee coffee makeking device has low pressure pre-infusion, which is something I wouldn’t expect to find on an espresso coffee coffee brewing equipment at this price point.

Even the Rancilio Silvia doesn’t have this feature – simply to get an espresso coffee coffee makeking device with low pressure pre-infusion you’d usually have to spend around a thousand pounds or more – except for the Sage machines.

As well as sipping factory pre-set pre-infusion, if you pull your shots manually, you can manually control the pre-infusion length too.

To do this, you basically press and hold the shot button, and pre-infusion will begin at this point. When you’re done with pre-infusion, basically let go of the button and the pressure will start to increase. When you want to stop the shot, push the flashing shot button again.

By the way, re pre-infusion time, I’d recommend somewhere between 6-10 seconds, but whatever you pick, I’d suggest sticking with and only changing if you’re trying to fine-tune to enhance effects.

I’d advise keeping all the other elements the same & only alter one thing at a time, I.e. grind size, tamp pressure, dose or pre-infusion time.

Another point about pre-infusion, a common matter is whether the pre-infusion time callsfor to be added to, or included in the total shot time, and it’s the latter.

If you’re looking for around 30 seconds for instance, to extract the desired amount of liquid espresso coffee from the ground coffee at the brew ratio you’re using, for example 2:1 (19g dry ground coffee:38g liquid espresso coffee coffee), then this 30 seconds is the total shot time including the pre-infusion time.

For a brilliant guide on all this technical stuff, I’d highly recommend James Hoffman’s YouTube series on dialing in, beginning with: How I Dial-In Espresso coffee – Part #1

PID Controller

I’ve found the Bambino to be literally consistent from one shot to the next – and what’s generally to thank for this, is the reality that this machine has a PID, which is rare thing to find in an espresso coffee coffee makeking equipment at this sort of price point.

A PID controller, usually very spoken about as a “PID”, which stands for Proportional Integral Derivative, is just an algorithmic temperature controller. PIDs are used for all sorts, they’re controllers which utilize an algorithm to keep things at a defined set point, and in the case of espresso coffee machines, this is temperature.

What having a PID means, is that you don't need to stress about the temperature wildly fluctuating while pulling the shot, as the temperature is controlled by the PID. What this suggests is better shot quality and more consistent shots than would be the case if the temperature wasn’t PID controlled.

As I mentioned earlier, machines like the Gaggia Classic and Rancilio Silvia have to be modded in order to benefit from PID control, so the truth that this machine, at this price point, as a PID, is an incredibly bit plus for the Bambino.

The only other espresso coffee machines at anywhere near this sort of price point that have PIDs that I’m aware of, are the other Sage espresso coffee machines.

Milk Steaming Capability – Automatic.

So let me get this straight – this little espresso coffee coffee makeking equipment, available for a few hundred quid, will automatically texture milk for me? Yup.

Not only that, however I can select from three milk temps, and three texture settings? Yup.

I’ll stop talking to myself now – nevertheless this was literally the internal conversation I had when I first heard about the auto milk texturing features of the Sage Bambino plus.

But I had a little bit of an question with it.

I like steaming milk manually, it’s taken me ages to (literally about – nevertheless still not quite) master the art of adequately texturing milk, and I don’t truly want to press a button. I soon discovered that the Bambino’s steam wand can likewise be used manually!

So if someone like me wants to steam milk manually, then I can fill my boots – and if someone else in the house just wants textured milk at the touch of of a button, I don’t have to get up off my arse and go texture the milk for them.

However the milk this machine can texture automatically is probably pretty rubbish right? Wrong!

This flipping smug little machine can almost do as good a job of texturing milk at the touch of a button as I can manage manually after four or five years of trying to master the art of manually texturing milk!

I did say in the first review video that there was something wrong with the temp setting on the Bambino when steaming automatically, however I later on. updated my YouTube channel to confirm that there is just something wrong with me, I’m an idiot.

I didn’t have the milk jug on the temp sensor adequately.

I’ve used the Bambino the majority of times since utilizing the auto steaming feature, and it in reality is very good. I can usually get mildly better effects manually utilizing the Bambino, but only in truth mildly – and there’s no doubt that the texture via the auto steaming feature is better than I could manage for at least a year or two, or maybe more, into learning to texture milk manually.

Quick Auto Milk Steaming Tips

Dritan Alsela Motta Milk Jugs for Latte Art

The Sage blurb & instructions tell you that you need to work with the jug that comes with the machine in order to work with the auto milk texturing feature. I have come to favour the 500ml Motta milk jugs recently, the jugs used by latte art king Dritan Alsela.

Just out of interest, I tried the Motta 500ml jug with the auto steaming, and it worked perfectly.

Keep the jug on the sensor.

As I discussed earlier, I didn’t do this during my first video review, and as a result it didn’t work correctly because the machine didn’t know what temp the milk was at.

The position of the jug is towards the back of the drip tray, so you have to remember to press the jug towards the back so it’s sitting on top of the sensor.

Keep the sensor dry. I’ve found in some cases the foam and the temp to be mildly inconsistent, however someone told me via a YouTube comment that this happens when you don’t keep the sensor dry.

So I experimented with wiping the temp sensor before steaming to ensure it’s dry, and this does seem to be the case – so really check the temp sensor is dry before steaming milk on auto.

Experiment with temp and foam settings. We’re all different, you may like your coffee hotter or cooler than me, you may like a more dry foam than me, etc., so just experiment and see what temp and foam combination works best for you.

The Cleaning Cycle

This is a backflush cycle. Backflushing is where you use a blind disk, or “backflush disk” which blocks the holes on the filter basket, and you put a cleaning tablet, or a little bit bit of backflush powder into this, and pull a series of short shots, actually.

At some point (it’s supposed to be after 200 shots) the bambino will start winking at you – alternately flashing the single shot and double shot buttons. This indicates that it wants you to do a backflush cycle.

If you’re not ready, push the steam button, and it’ll let you carry on – but next time you turn it on it will wink at you again.

So just put the single basket in (dual wall or standard, doesn’t issue) – put one of the cleaning tablets that it comes with, in the little indentation, lock the portafilter in, and press the single and double shot buttons together for at least five seconds, and then both of the shot buttons must be lit up solid – at this point, push either of the shot buttons just once, and the cycle ought to begin.

Ignore the stuff in the instructions about putting a bowl under the portafilter, it’s wrong. No water comes out of the portafilter, that’s the point of the backflush disk, it goes through the internals and directly into the drip tray. I think the reason for this misleading info in the instructions is that initially the backflush disk had a hole in it and water did come directly out of the group, nevertheless they changed this and didn’t change the instructions.

It’ll go into ready mode once it’s done – at which point literally put the backflush disk somewhere safe, give the portafilter a rinse and empty the drip tray.

Some backflushing tips:

The Bambino decides when. It doesn’t appear possible to go into the backflush cycle manually.

I tried this in the video below and later on. on. reported that I realised I’d brewed a fairly common schoolboy error, in that I’d in reality basically re-programmed the single shot button to the maximum, quite than entering the backflush mode.

So if you want to backflush before the Bambino winks at you, very do it manually, by doing putting the cleaning tablet on the backflush disk and then pulling five or six 10 second shots, or until the tablet or power dissolves.

Bambino won’t stop winking. This is rather common, and it could be that your machine fancies you, or more than likely it’s that it doesn’t think you’ve completed the backflush cycle.

So extremely do it again, without a cleaning tablet in there if you’re sure you did very put it through a proper backflush the first time, and literally make sure you’re definitely beginning the cleaning cycle by keeping both shot buttons pressed together for at least 5 seconds.

Make sure you keep them pressed until both lights go solid, and then a single push of either button – and make sure you’re also allowing it to complete the cycle, don’t touch it until it goes back into basic ready mode.

Cleaning tablets are pricey.  The little cleaning disks from Sage are not cheap, but you can get cleaning powder which is way more cost effective. I work with Puly Caff which is about a tenner for 900g, so this works out far cheaper.

Not only that, nevertheless you can also utilize this to clean your portafilter & steam wand tip. Also, I find this stuff is amazing for keeping the stainless steel suface clean.

Simply mix a little bit of the powder in hot water and give the bambino a wipe with it, followed by drying it with another cloth, does a ideal job! I tried this because I worked at McDonalds as a kid, and we used to work with an exceptionally similar powder for cleaning down metal machines, I can’t remember the name of that stuff however this powder looks and smells really similar, so I tried it to see if it would do the same job, and it does.

The Descaling Cycle

The Bambino will tell you it wants you to descale it by alternately flashing the shot button lights and the steam button light for 15 seconds each. You can cancel it by pressing any of the flashing buttons, but it’ll prompt you again the next time you turn on the Bambino. So here’s what to do.

Turn the machine off, so it starts to cool down while you’re getting ready to descale.

Remove the filter from the water tank. The big white thing with the numbers on the top, this is your water filter, take that out, and then fill the water tank to the “DESCALE” line – which is at the 1L mark. Open the descale sachet, pour the contents into the water tank and give it a stir with a stirry type implement such as a spoon.

Remove the portafilter, you don’t want this in while it’s descaling.

Put a Jug or bowl under the group and steam wand, you’ll need 2L capacity. You only need 1L capacity for the first part of the descale cycle, but for the second part, the rinsing cycle, you need 2l. If you don't have a big enough bowl then literally work with two bowls and replace one with the other half way through the rinsing cycle.

Push the single shot button and steam button together for 5 seconds, to enter the descale mode.

You’ll understand it’s beginning the descale when the single shot button light and steam button light both go solid – at this point, push either the single shot button or the steam button to start the descale cycle. Both buttons will continuously flash while it’s descaling.

Once the 1L of water has been used up, the descaling will pause while you refill the water tank, this time fill it to the max line – empty the jug or bowl, then put it back in place and the single shot button and steam button will go solid again, press the steam button or single shot button again to resume the cycle.

Once the cycle is complete, the single shot button light and steam button light will start blinking again, and the bambino will go into standby mode. At this point, empty the bowl, rinse both the drip tray and the water tank – put the water filter back in, and you’re all sorted.

Conclusion

To conclude – I’m hugely impressed with the Sage Bambino plus.

I think it’s a truly good preference for anyone wanting an espresso coffee machine who’s looking for a particularly user friendly entry to home espresso coffee.

It’ll produce good tasting espresso coffee coffee (as long as you utilize wonderful quality coffee of course), it’ll create remarkable textured milk, and it’s cleverly designed to produce a excellent user experience even for the complete home espresso novice.

I also think it’s a ideal choice as a back up machine for home baristas with a much higher appreciate setup for when they need coffee fast and their machine isn’t warmed up & ready.

It’s also a an incredible machine in terms of portability, I stuck the bambino in the boot recently when we went on holiday to Cornwall, it took up hardly any space, and there was no faffing around at all getting it set up once at the holiday cottage, just straight out of the boot, plugged in, filled up – and ready for much essential coffee within seconds.

The Bambino Plus is definitely one of the best home espresso machines you’ll come across when it comes to beginner friendliness, and shot quality straight out of the box, at this price point.

 

This post firstly appeared at Coffee Blog – The UK Specialty Coffee Blog – For Lovers of REAL Coffee!