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A review of the Senseo Sarista 8030/60 Coffee Machine

I think I may have a coffee machine obsession. I like a cup of coffee as much as the next person, but I like getting a new coffee machine much more.

I think the attraction may relate to pressing a button which in turn operates a complex piece of machinery, and ultimately dispenses a cup of coffee. It's a bit like having a Star Trek Food Replicator in your kitchen.....although it won't respond to "Tea, Earl Grey, Hot."

Americans call comically overly-complicated devices Rube Goldberg Machines. Here in the UK they are known as Heath Robinson Contraptions. As a child I was alway making crazy contraptions. It seems that some hobbies never leave you, they just get more expensive.

Anyway, what of the Senseo Sarista. Well I love it and I hope it keeps working for many years to come, and I'd go as far as saying that if it were to break, I'd order a replacement immediately. One reason that I wanted to import one was so I could have the first English Language user demonstration on Youtube. I figure that if it does ever get released in the UK then I'll have a head start.

If you, like me, can't wait for an official UK release, you could always do what I did and import your own through eBay - here is a link to some auctions.

The only problem with importing the machine is that the Coffee Bean-funnels are not yet available here in the UK and importing them is expensive. I get 10 mugs of coffee out of each funnel, and I've already emptied two of my seven. So I have to figure out a solution quick or I won't be able to afford to keep running the machine.

I'm not naive though, I reasoned when I bought this machine that someone, somewhere would figure out a way of circumventing the Bean-Funnel's refill lock-out mechanism. As you can imagine, many individuals (coffee hackers?) quickly set about doing this very thing and already seem to have completely succeeded.

After collating ideas from various foreign-language bean-funnel hack demonstration videos and adding in a few tweaks of my own I can now demonstrate how I modified my empty bean-funnels to enable them to be refilled with my sensibly-priced coffee beans. Video Below.

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Reader Comments (36)

That's brillaint, Mat. I knew you'd find a way around the "no reuse" restriction. I must say, the cost of pods and canisters like this amazes me. I'd have to employ a reusable option as you have done if I am ever to own and use a coffee machine. Cheers from Oz.

January 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbiggles1024

Absolutely brilliant! Thanks for another great review, and a great trick with the funnels.

January 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTomaz Z.

I enjoyed the review esp. the hack. I do like machinery that works. BUT spending that much on a coffee maker is just crazy! My grinder and single cup coffee maker which I use 90% of the time cost less than $50. Add a 10 cup unit ($40) for company makes the total cost $90!! No hacks required to enjoy any coffee beans that catch my interest.

January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFred

Hi from dublin!
Well done on that mod. Nice that it was a purely mechanical fix and nothing electronic involved... all the comments telling you just to cut the top off the funnel not knowing about the mechanism inside! Those funnels shouldnt be disposable,it's an unbelievable waste that Philips expect you to throw them out each time they're empty,not to mention being stuck in their "walled coffee garden" There is also the cost of the electricity to run the machine to add to your price of 74p per cup(and washing up too!)
You should send your hack video to Philips and see if they would like to put it up on their site...

January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterConor

Sarista from the netherlands!
If you want to import. Just visit some webshops. If you send an e-mail. It will not be an issiue any more. Most dutch company's will help you. Under 2kg it is 9 euros to send a package to the UK.

January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRutger

Hey Matt. Here's a helpful tip for you. The coffee grinds that go into the bin actually make great compost. I don't know if you have a garden or anything but if you know someone who does you could let them have it instead of chucking it out. Just a suggestion and thanks for another fantastic review. A great solution you came up with. My local market sells a wide variety of coffee beans much cheaper.

January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJonny

Brilliant mod, thanks for sharing it with us!

Can I ask, what difference did it make in cost to you per cup for a decent set of beans to use in the pot mod?

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOliver


It is really not that crazy to spend 300 Euros on a coffee machine. Its all about style and taste.

My Saeco Magic Deluxe cost me 600 Euros (way back) and its not much better than the machine Techmoan reviewed. In fact - the brewer unit looks pretty much alike. My machine only has a couple more functions. I have a plate to heat up my cups, I can choose between beans or powder, I can froth the milk, I can programm the cup sizes individually. Programming also allows me to determine water temperature and so on...

When I wake up in the morning Im lazy and I have the intellectual capacity of a zombie. Thats when such a machine comes in handy :)

When I have company and people want coffee, cappuccinos and espressos - all I need to do is push a few buttons - everybody is happy. Believe me - its great!

January 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwilly


Of course they costs more, these coffeemachines are "superautomatic" one, no need manual intervention other than refilling & cleaning, totally different from the cheap single cups.
@ Willy machine here above most probably will have ceramic grinders and PID temperature control (while a cheap machine as an on/off thermostat).
There are even home coffemachine above these price level, with added features (rerigerated milk compartment, fingerprint recognition to have custom coffe for each user and dual boiler for steam)

January 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Fantastic mod

January 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Hi Techmoan nice review as usual shame I didnt know you were going to buy the coffee machine I could have sent a continental to uk adaptor....lets hope the machine doesnt go faulty..... first thing philips will say is the guarantee is null and void because you cut the plug off.Oh well never mind fingers crossed and talking of fingers did you cut your thumb doing the funnel conversion I noticed the plaster wasnt there on the first video.To Jonny yes Techmoan has a garden....rather well kept in fact you can see it through the kitchen window in the first video.....Sorry Matt retired or not its the little details that catch the eye.....regards as always to those who use and appreciate this site and techmoan,s guidance .....the french connection......

January 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIPOL

I never considered that a guarantee would be valid for my imported machine. I'm confident that if it breaks, I'll be on my own. The dealer I used on ebay was kind enough to include a converter plug...which unfortunately was too tight to fit. I do have various other travel adaptor plugs in the house that would have worked, but I know some youtube viewers would be confused by these and think that I was converting the voltage. I also wanted the plug to be low profile in my kitchen so it would not stick out from the wall, hence the plug change.The plaster on my thumb was to cover over a rather unpleasant looking cut...not caused through doing this mod though.

January 26, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

A complete depart from coffee machines Techmoan have you visited the site yet to get up to speed with the next phase video format...... it seems to be a step closer also EBDEALS have never responded to my requests for help with a program to activate the GPS google maps application for the GS2000 dashcam which is a shame as the camera works very well even night time resolution is acceptable...I have used the cam every day now for a few months at least 4 hours a day....the cam is fine its the after sales service and customer care that is sadly lacking ..Sorry ebdeals i will not be spending any more money with your company......If anyone out there can offer any assistance it will be much appreciated....Hope the thumb is on the mend Techmoan......regards as always to one and all......the french connection

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIpol

Forget the last request I finally found a program that apparently works with most dashcams with gps and G sensor capabilities it is not exactly the same as yours techmoan but it works exceptionally well with some nice features.For anyone who might be interested its called Registrator Viewer 3.9 - download........And its a free deepest gratitude to the person responsible for providing this application.....As Techmoan knows I have been searching for an app for some time now.........IPOL.....

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIPOL


February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFranz

Hi Techmoan i love your reviews.
You are using this coffee machine for more than a month now. Is it still working as expected? Any issues?
Thanks! Keep up the good work!

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

Glad you asked. It's been used every day since I bought it. Has made between 2 and 6 mugs a day (4 to 12) of their small cups. There are a couple of small issues...both of which I can live with.

1) The descale light comes on a bit too frequently. It's lit up twice already. This doesn't use a sensor to detect calcium buildup, its just lights up after a certain number of cups have been poured. To turn the light off you have to run through a 45 min de-calcify program. The first time I just used normal water (I don't get any calcification at all in my area). The second time I used a de scaler tablet I found in a drawer just to be on the safe side.

2) On occasion (every other day or so) the coffee grinds waste light will come on to indicate its full when its not. I discovered that this is caused when some used coffee that has got stuck in to the chute in the machine. This can be resolved by pulling out the grinds bin and poking a finger up in the chute to release the residue.

The only other things that some people may take issue with is the frequency with which the drip tray has to be emptied...but I'm fine with this as it means that water doesn't get to stand in there for too long.

The refillable Bean Funnel that I made in the video has been refilled many times now and is still working perfectly.

March 11, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thank you for your quick response. The issues you mentioned are not a deal breaker for me, so I will most certainly buy the machine. I also intend to mod the Bean Funnel according to your tutorial.

Do you think you can descale the machine using vinegar or citric acid? Because i found that their original descaling liquid is pretty expensive (around 10€ for a bottle, which is used in one descaling). I've usually cleaned my old filter coffee machine like that.


March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

Well descaler tablets cost just a few pence each so I'll use these every now and then - All the machine does when it's descaling is run a full tank of unheated water containing the diluted descaling liquid through and then another two clean tanks to flush it through - I do think it's over kill to do this so often, so I'll just do it every couple of months with a dissolved tablet and in-between with water just to make the light go out. If you live in a hard water area you may need to use a descaling liquid or tablet a bit more frequently. I'm not sure if vinegar or acid would affect the plastic mechanism, but I don't know if descaling tablets are bad either. The official liquid is much too expensive to use frequently though.

March 11, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

This looks awesome.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjazzist

Looks like zuma-lara is the only eBay seller, is that where you got yours Techmoan?


April 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjazzist

Brilliant mate... watch both videos and have to say they couldn't be any clearer!

Ordering my machine soon!! Thanks Love this site!

May 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Dear Techmoan, great review and I enjoyed your vids specifically the one for the mod. I've bought the machine and already using it for two days now. The only negative thing I found so far is the temperature of the coffee which I found is rather low. In to the special designed Senseo cup, the coffee temperature measures 67 degrees Celcius (= 153° F). Could you please tell me if this is about right or that I should call Philips for service?

June 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTony

I haven't measured mine...but it's definitely hot enough, but I tend to make mugs (2 cups) which might be hotter than a single one.

June 9, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Techmoan! My Senseo Sarista arrived today! Very exciting. It seems to be intact and produces a stunning cup of coffee really. I mean its not supposed to be an espresso machine but it does a very good job of a short black. One feature that I did not notice in my viewing of your review is that you can make your coffee stronger by pressing the same button you started to make your coffee with to cut the extrusion process short, giving you a stronger brew. Combined with setting the grinder to the finest setting (which I found it to be out of the box) this makes a pretty decent short black. I'm pleased to report that this machine works fine with the 240volts AC house current here in Australia, though you need an adaptor or plug replacement as you did. I look forward to hacking the funnels when I get through my coffee funnel reserves. I have a 3D printer (an Ultimaker, which I love a lot though it takes up a lot of time) and have printed these screw adapters ready to modify some funnels for re-use:

June 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGraeme Robinson

Good news. I don't know if I ever mentioned this…

If the Coffee Grounds waste bin full light comes on when it's not actually full (this will happen), slide the bin out and do the following with your hand… WIth your palm facing down scrape the coffee off the ramp (you'll find this at the top near the front) and then with your palm up, wipe the coffee granules off the water spout - at the front and pointing in to the machine). When you put the bin back in, the light will go out.

Hope that makes sense - it's a bit early in the day to try and describe things.

June 20, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan


First off love all your videos and find them very interesting and full of useful information. I am at the moment saving up my pennies (cents as I am in Dublin) to buy a Senseo Sarista, I am unsure if you know this but I have found that Philips now do a reusable bean funnel. I am still going to use the mod you show as, hey, waste not want not. It is nice that they have made a refilable one.

Thanks again, keep up the great vids


February 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha

Thanks for the information, I wasn't aware of an official refillable funnel. If you do end up getting the Sarista, I'll have to give you a couple of tips about things to look out for when it comes to cleaning it. The machine has a couple of quirks where coffee can build up in certain parts. It's very easy to resolve, but unless you know, you may think that there is a fault with the device.

It may be worth holding off a purchase though until I've got a chance to look at this machine. It too promises to be a bean to cup machine that can make a mug or a pot of coffee. It's due out at the end of May.

February 11, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

help? we inherited a Sarista, but it has a euro plug… we were give an adapter and things light up when we try to start it up… but after the initial warming process all the leds come on RED and flash. I watched a short video on the site but turning it off and unplugging it and taking all the part out and resetting has not helped.

Is it a power issue or is something wrong with the unit? Any advice is appreciated!

February 27, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjoe

Many thanks for your reviews of this product, it was your video and mod video that made me "need" the sarista, got it from eBay earlier this year ... And came with official refillable canister
I love it .... I've just gotta find me the right coffee, having its first seascape, came here to see if it was paramount to use the official descaling stuff .... As I had a a pack of descale in cupboard from the quadrant
Love your work

Fran (Australia)

December 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFran

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