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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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Reader Comments (36)

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 descale, 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

One problem with the Sarista is the frequency with which the Descale light comes on. It happens so frequently that I've ended up ignoring it. I live in an area that nothing ever needs descaling - it's a 'hard water' area. If you do need to descale - any old cheap descaler tablets or liquid will do the job.

December 13, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I was lucky enough to find this coffee maker second hand recently, but it has no bean funnels. I discovered that refillable bean funnels are now available but the only ebay seller selling these is charging double the true price PLUS £75 postage from Germany to the UK. I can't even find any funnels containing cofffee to adapt and I've been searching long and hard online for about 10 days. Do you or does anyone else know where I can purchase either the refillable bean funnels or funnels with beans in them? Keen to use the coffee maker but until I get the funnels I'm unable to. Thanks in advance, Sarah

April 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

These don't seem to be available any more.

However, perhaps you might review this cheapo one from Aldi:

https://www.aldi.co.uk/grind-and-brew-coffee-machine/p/068839007523200
Cheers

May 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGarret

Awesome, it honestly looks great

October 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

Nice Picard reference!

May 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJacob

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