A few weeks back, the lovely folks from Sunbeam sent over a Sunbeam Barista Max Espresso Machine with Integrated Grinder for us to play with and with Nick being a bit of a coffee freak, I knew he would help me put it to the test. After about 40 cups of coffee and a fair few iced coffees over the last few weeks, I think it’s safe to say we have thoroughly tested it!
I’m going to be honest, we got rid of our old coffee machine a few years ago because of me. You had to manually time the coffee pour, grind the beans in a seperate gadget, it was messy, took up way too much room on the bench and it was just in the too hard basket for me to use. I hated it. We’ve been using a pod style coffee machine and while they’re always consistent, you still don’t get the beautifullness that is the taste of freshly ground coffee.
What we both love most about the Sunbeam Barista Max Espresso Machine is thanks to it’s semi-auto functions, it’s so super easy to use. So easy that even I, the person who struggled with a coffee machine can use it! While a good coffee does come down to the quality of the beans you use, the machine helps make a top notch coffee that will rival your local coffee shop.
The preset buttons for a single and double shot mean you don’t have to think about how long the coffee draw is. If you want to DIY, you have the option to do a manual pour but the preset buttons are perfect if you struggle a bit like I do to make a good cup of coffee.
When we’re groggy at 6am in the morning after seeing Izzy’s face multiple times in the night, we push that magic button that turns the Sunbeam Barista Max Espresso Machine on and it’s ready to go in less than a minute. The steam wand heats the milk up super quickly which means… coffee in our system ASAP!
The built in coffee grinder is HANDY! It has multiple settings which allowed you to change the grind to your personal preference. Whether you’re a coarse grind kind of person or you like it fine, it’s got your back plus, there’s nothing like the smell of freshly ground coffee! Pop the cafe head into the tap and go cradle, push down, freshly ground coffee falls into the head and you’re ready to make a cup of liquid gold.
The Sunbeam Barista Max Espresso Machine with Integrated Grinder retails for $699 which an awesome price for a semi-auto coffee machine with a built in grinder. It’s a beautiful looking, doesn’t take up too much room on the bench and most importantly, it’s makes a bloody good cup of coffee!
We’ve been testing and experimenting a lot over the last couple of weeks with the Sunbeam Barista Max Espresso Machine and here are our tips for making a top notch coffee at home.
- Make sure your coffee machine is clean after each use. Wipe away the dregs of coffee and run some hot water through it after making a coffee. Having old coffee dregs lurking about can help to make an awful coffee.
- When you go to tamper your freshly ground coffee beans, you’ll want to put half of your arm strength and just push down once for half a second and twist. Tampering compacts the coffee so that the water pushed through it evenly which means you get a great coffee flavour.
- Good quality beans make all the difference! We use either Havana or Caffe L’affare. They’re the same price as buying pods BUT you get way more cups of coffee out of a bag of beans!
- Learn how to “stretch milk”. YouTube is your friend when it comes to this. Stretching milk fills the milk with micro bubbles and changes the texture so it’s lovely and silky.
Nicks a latte guy where as I’m a sucker for a good iced coffee, especially as the months get warmer so I thought I would share one of my faves- Gingerbread Iced Coffee!
- - double shot espresso
- - 2 TBSP golden syrup
- - 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- - 1/2 tsp ginger
- - 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- - 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- - 250-300mls milk
- - handful of ice
- - Tatau whipped cream for the top
- - Turn on the Sunbeam Barista Max Espresso Machine and grab a large glass or mason jar.
- - While it's heating up, add your golden syrup, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and vanilla extract to your glass/jar and mix it all together.
- - Pop the cafe head into the tap and go grinder holder and fill with coffee. Tamp it down and get ready to brew.
- - Chuck a small cup under the cafe head, hit the double shot espresso button and watch that liquid gold flow freely into the cup.
- - Add the hot coffee to your glass and give it a really good mix together so everything dissolves into the coffee.
- - Add in a good handful of ice, top the glass up with milk and give it another good mix together.
- - Swirl on a good dollop of whipped cream, in goes a straw and viola, you’ve got yourself a gingerbread iced coffee!