After spending a small fortune every month on coffee pods, I was excited to see how well the Sunbeam Barista Max performed at producing coffee from beans and replacing my old machine.
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From the outset, it is a large device which gives you a feeling of being a barista. I’ve always wanted to try this sort of machine especially after seeing it done so many times for me in coffee shops.
The setup, I found was intuitive and straight forward. You can choose between using a one cup filter for the coffee or a two cup filter (I always use the two cup option). There is a neat little storage space under the tray for the remaining accessories which I find, is very handy.
The grinder sits nicely at the top of the machine and the ability to see the beans is an added plus to the overall aesthetic. There are 30 different grinding options, from coarse to fine allowing you to have a different length of extraction. This alone, has taught me a lesson in coffee that I wished I had known earlier.
Then there’s the ‘group handle’ the part that holds the coffee. Once again I felt very 'professional’ using this and was excited to see it in action. To grind the coffee beans you simply push the group handle downwards below the grinder and the sweet smell of aromatic coffee fills the vicinity. The machine comes with a tamper to push the coffee down. The pressure of this takes some getting used too, too hard and the extraction is slower making the coffee taste bitter, just right and the coffee tastes amazing.
Putting the group holder into place for extraction, at first is a little hard, there is a warning of this in the manual and it does get easier with continued use. Press the On/Off button, select one or two coffee cups and watch the beautiful coffee percolate through to your cup. For added satisfaction, use a clear glass.
You can choose to have an espresso or if you fancy, go one step further and be a full on barista and use the steam milk function. I have always wanted to do this and I was so excited that the machine comes with a stainless steel pot to use, because in other brands, this is sold separately. Put enough milk in the container (don’t fill it up all the way) and heat up the steamer (wait till the light stops flashing). Then place the nozzle towards the top of the milk going in a rotatory motion. Hold it with the handle (as it gets hot) and watch the milk froth up as much as you like. I tap the bottom of the container on a hard surface to get rid of the large bubbles and then pour it into my cup. The temperature of the milk can be modified with the amount of steam you put into the container. I enjoy my coffee hot so I hold the steamer in for longer, but you can adjust according to your needs.
After the first time I used this machine, I felt like a barista and couldn’t stop making coffees, it was fun and they tasted amazing. I still haven’t mastered how to create shapes in the milk, but with practice comes perfection. I can see this machine as being a great device for those that want to tap into the barista market or who enjoy the feeling of making their own coffee from scratch. I have certainly converted from my pod machine, let alone the amount of money saved by buying a big bag of coffee beans that lasts much longer than the pods.
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