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Sunday
Jan202013

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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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

@Fred:

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

@Fred

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

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