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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)

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 H265.net 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 download....my 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

Hallo?

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.

Thanks!

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

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