Sage Appliances has included in its product offer the new generation of The Barista Express (its best-selling espresso machine): The Barista Express Impress, well-prepared for professional-style coffee thanks to a dose optimization system, precise tamping and tight grinding.
In the words of Rui Nevesbusiness development manager of Sage for southern Europe “Thanks to the new The Barista Express Impress, and to the 4 key elements present in all Sage espresso machines, it is possible to enjoy different types of coffee at home. This new coffee machine achieves a perfect result through a simple experience with its new technology of Impress disc system.”
The Barista Express, the classic espresso machine from Sage Appliances, has sold more than 2 million units globally. The new espresso combines The Barista Express features with the technology that achieves optimal coffee preparation.
The new Sage model introduces a new technology through its Impress disk system, which provides a smart dosing so that each dose of ground espresso that is supplied to the filter is calculated based on the previous grind, to the taste of the consumer. It provides an ideal recommended dose of between 18 and 22 grams of freshly ground coffee, achieving the formula for good flavor. Automatically adjusts the dose when the barista changes the grind setting or wants to make a different coffee. These precision settings achieve a rich, balanced flavor. The system also ensures that the espresso beans reach the center of the filter basket before tamping, promoting even distribution, essential for a optimal extraction.
It also incorporates a new “assisted tamping” system with a tamping lever with a 7º turn, just like the pros. Turning the tamper automatically polishes the surface of the disc, removing excess espresso grind to reduce waste.
As Rui Neves reports: “It is the more modern, complete and spectacular of Sage’s range of espresso machines, redefining the Third Wave coffee experience at home.” In short, and from the perspective of the brand, this machine solves two of the biggest challenges for those who prepare an espresso at home: achieving a precise and consistent dose and reducing waste. Its technology automatically adjusts the dose based on the previous grinding, allowing at the same time the manual control if preferred.
It is, as Rui Neves points out, “the first manually assisted espresso machine from Sage Appliances, which allows consumers to become baristas in their own home. Its intelligent dosing Impress puck system ensures that each dose of ground espresso that is placed in the filter basket is calculated based on its previous grind, just as the consumer likes it. The system automatically adjusts the dose and also includes “Assisted Tamping” with a professional type lever”.
The new Impress disc system allows for adequate tamping in a simple way and also, as Rui Neves points out: “It will guide towards the ideal dose and reduce waste. This new technology makes it easy to get the best coffee in your own home. This machine is also ideal for more advanced coffee drinkers, as it allows the user to go into manual mode if they prefer.”
In the words of Paul Knight, founder of Hola Coffee, the advantages, compared to a manual espresso machine, are that: “It offers more intuitive control when preparing coffee. Thanks to the Impress Puck system and assisted pounding, it maintains the barista (manual) feel while still ensuring the best quality (less hassle, less mess).
This will not only improve the uniformity and compactness of the ground coffee for a perfect extraction, but it will also read if the amount of ground coffee is sufficient or if you need a little more or a little less. In this way, the machine recalculates the amount of ground coffee so that the next time we have a perfect coffee again”.
Information on the coffee dose through a matrix of LEDs, which informs of the perfect dose
54mm stainless steel portafilter
Thermocoil heating system
PID temperature control
Precision Tapered End Mills
250 gram grain hopper
2 liter water tank
Manual high-pressure steam wand to prepare milk with a micro-foam texture
hot water outlet
Automatic tamping of 10 kg and barista turning of 7º
Low pressure pre-infusion process and high pressure extraction (9 bar) using a 15 bar Italian pump
The Barista Express Impress by Sage retails for about 830 euros.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism