Sage by Heston Blumenthal Coffee Machine Review

Sage by Heston Blumenthal is a range of premium, high quality appliances, designed by one of the top chefs in the world. Their coffee machines come with a hefty price tag, but are supremely professional, superbly designed, and create customisable, aromatic and delicious coffees. Designed for the true coffee lover, who enjoys learning about the science of coffee and creating drinks with style and attention to detail. If you are after quick, cheap and easy, these are not the machines for you, but if you are a true coffee afficianado you will be in heaven with these machines.

1. Barista Express - With Grinder BES870UK

This is the crème de la crème of coffee machines, stylishly beautiful, and able to proceed from whole beans to a finished espresso in less than a minute! The integrated conical burr grinder with dose control provides the exact amount of coffee, and you have the choice of automatic or manual operation.

Barista Express - With Grinder BES870UK

Pros:

  • There is a separate hot water stand for pre-heating cups or making a long black or Americano
  • The steam wand allows you to hand texture the foam, and even create your own coffee art

Cons:

  • With so many options and settings available, this is not for the beginner wanting a quick and easy brew
  • It takes some practice and experimentation to use

2. Duo Temp Pro Coffee Machine BES810BSS UKM

Delicious espressos or cappuccinos are a cinch with this Sage by Heston Blumenthal beauty. Featuring low pressure pre-infusion to ensure a balanced flavour, and PID temperature control to heat the water evenly.

Duo Temp Pro Coffee Machine BES810BSS UKM

Pros:

  • Comes with a variety of accessories including water filter, cleaning tablets, extra baskets and more
  • Automatic cool down between brewing ensures your coffee beans don’t burn

Cons:

  • Of all the machines in this range, this has the slowest brew time, at 2 minutes 45 seconds
  • Some Heston Blumenthal coffee machine reviews comment on the loud noise when in use
  • No integrated coffee grinder

3. Dual Boiler Coffee Maker BES920UK

Designed for the user who enjoys complete control over every step of the espresso process. If you love the ritual and science behind coffee brewing, then this machine will be your best friend. Featuring a stainless-steel espresso boiler and separate steam boiler.

Dual Boiler Coffee Maker BES920UK

Pros:

  • Features a stylish backlit digital control panel.
  • Lightweight when compared to similar machines.
  • Has a fully adjustable boiler temperature to suit different coffee beans.

Cons:

  • This machine does not feature a built-in grinder, so you will need to do this part of the process separately
  • Not for beginners, you will need some coffee making know-how to get the best out of this appliance

4. Sage by Heston Blumenthal the Oracle

Described by Sage as “the world’s first automatic manual coffee machine”, The Oracle still gives you control over the brewing process, but has automated the more difficult components of coffee brewing. Heston Blumenthal coffee machine reviews talk about the mind boggling number of bells and whistles this machine has.

Sage by Heston Blumenthal the Oracle

Pros:

  • Super-fast, able to go from beans to latte in under a minute
  • The integrated grinder automatically gives you the correct amount
  • Features a one touch button for an Americano

Cons:

  • Big footprint, so you’ll need a bit of extra bench space to fit this in

Conclusion

If you’re looking to really splash out and get a machine that a professional barista would be happy to use in their own home, this is the perfect range. Some machines are fully automatic, still giving you high-quality coffee but without the extra fuss, and some are fully customisable throughout the whole process. Your ideal machine depends on how committed you are to the science of coffee making. The overwhelming majority of Heston Blumenthal Coffee machine reviews are glowingly positive, with users falling in love with their new Sage machine.

Product images sourced from Amazon.co.uk

Stephen Richardson
 

Hi there, I’m Stephen Richardson, chief editor at Coffee Caboodle and we believe in sharing our passion for all things coffee.

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