If you’re looking for an espresso machine that truly extracts the coffee oils from the beans, look no further than the Duo Temp Pro. It has heat control for precise extraction.
This Sage Duo Temp Pro Review explores the ins and outs of this device.
Sage Duo Temp Pro Review In a Nutshell
The Sage Duo Temp Pro espresso machine takes a more defined turn towards heat control to get the most out of the coffee beans. This sets this machine a cut above the rest.
You’ll pay a fair price for the Sage Duo Temp coffee machine considering it works the same as most high-end commercial coffee machines. It also includes a few added extras in the purchase.
The Sage Duo Temp Pro has a PID temperature control, which contributes to excellent heating.
The Sage Duo Temp Pro Coffee Espresso Machine has an impressive stainless steel casing built for endurance. Its auto-purge function also works well.
The paraphernalia that the Duo Temp Machine comes with includes:
- Milk jug
- Razor dose trimming tool
- Single and dual walled filter basket
The Sage Duo Espresso Machine specs show solid value for money and why most users look upon this device favourably.
The Duo Temp is beautiful but also delivers a worthwhile result in terms of taste. Let’s take a closer look at what this device has to offer.
|System||Thermo Coil Heating system|
|Construction Materials||Stainless steel|
|Maximum Mug Height||100 mm|
|Dimensions (WxDxH)||33.7 cm x 44.6 cm x 39.5 cm|
|Accessories||Razor Dose Trimming Tool
1 Cup & 2 Cup Single & Dual Wall Filter Baskets
Stainless Steel Milk Jug
Water Filter Holder and Water Filter
|Special Features||Milk frother|
|Colour Options||It does come in black at a higher cost|
|Settings||Auto Purge and PID Temperature control
15 Pump Bar
|Warranty||Two Year Repair, Replace or Refund Guarantee|
The espresso machine is actually not just your average home coffee brewing machine. The Duo Temp Pro stands out with features you simply can not find among its close competitors.
15 Pump Bar
The 15 pump bar brings excellent pre-infusion pressure to the freshly ground coffee puck. This process draws out the oils and flavours that make great-tasting coffee.
The Sage Duo low-pressure pre-infusion allows better control of the sweetness, acidity, and bitterness from each extraction.
Digital PID Temperature Control
The Sage Duo Temp Pro Coffee Espresso Machine has a digital PID temperature control.
The 15-bar pressure, combined with the accurate heating gives a thorough pre-infusion.
This can make the espresso machine more attractive to a barista. This effect also ensures a consistently good cup of coffee.
Brushed Steel Exterior Casing
This stylish silver Sage Duo Temp Pro Machine has a durable construction that can positively impact it’s lifespan.
Since it’s stainless steel, you can rest assured that it won’t rust.
1.7 L Detachable Water Tank
The 1.7 L detachable water tank fits well at the back of the Sage Temp Pro and is easy to refill.
However, because it’s a bigger tank, it needs refilling less often than other, smaller coffee machines.
This allows you to make around ten cups of coffee, depending on whether you make a single or double shot.
You’ll need to change the Sage Duo Temp Pro Water Filter regularly – just check in on any changes in your water quality over time. Whether you can wait weeks or months heavily depends on the water you use with the machine.
The Steam Wand
The Steam Wand has 1600-watt elements that deliver creamy micro milk.
Presentation is key, and excellent microfoam allows you to showcase your coffee with great latte art in every cup.
The device comes with a fair-sized steel milk jug. The size allows you to work the wand in the swirling process that forms the best milk texture.
The silicone dial gives you full control of the steam time.
This feature is by far the best factor in the make-up of the Sage Duo Temp Pro Coffee Machine.
The machine requires higher temperatures for steaming than for making coffee.
It automatically cools down after steaming in preparation for making the next cup of coffee.
The Sage Duo is ready in a few seconds after steaming thanks to this function.
The Sage Duo Temp Pro has a 54 cm portafilter that fits neatly in the base top of the machine with a simple twist lock.
The magnetized tamper sits next to the portafilter, ready to tamp down the grounds for your next cup of coffee.
The Drip Tray
The drip tray slips out easily for cleaning. There’s a neat storage tray behind it where you can keep your cleaning gear. The drip tray is steel and keeps your cup heated.
The Easy to Use Control Panel
The Sage Duo Temp Pro has a simple, user-friendly control panel. It has a power button on the left and a select button on the right to select either hot water or steam.
A centre dial allows you to switch between the steam wand and the portafilter. Turn the knob left for coffee and right for steam.
You can also control the amount of coffee or steam. Simply switch the dial to standby when you’re done brewing coffee or steaming milk.
Issues To Consider
We love the look, style, and class of the Sage Duo Temp Pro Espresso Machine, but let’s look at the darker side and play open cards on some low points.
No Built-in Grinder
Although having a separate grinder is preferable, it’s an additional cost and takes up more space.
An integrated grinder is much cheaper and more convenient, but this device doesn’t have one.
You’ll need to buy a standalone grinder or buy ground coffee beans. However, the latter will compromise the freshness of your cup of coffee.
Lack of Automatic functions
There are no automatic functions for switching off and controlling the single or double shot amount and steam time.
All these functions are manual and, for the beginner, finding the right measures of time, etc. will be a learning curve.
The Tedious Cleanup
There’s no getting around it, the machine isn’t self-cleaning. That will become your job, and it’s an essential part of looking after your machine.
You’ll need to source the Sage Duo Temp Pro cleaning tablets to get a good clean out of the machine.
However, worry not: We have a great guide to descaling your espresso machine!
Setting Up The Sage Duo Temp Espresso Machine
Setting up a big machine like this one may feel a bit overwhelming.
However, most users report that it only takes about ten minutes to set up the machine and make your first cup of coffee.
Sage has made the set-up a simple process:
- Ensure that you have the Sage Duo Temp Pro plugged in and ready to go
- Detach the water tank at the back of the machine and fill it with water. Fit it back into the machine, and make sure it’s securely fitted.
- Remove the portafilter and fill it with a good measure of ground coffee. Then use the tamper to give it a good press for a firm puck.
- Use the razor dose trimming tool to take the excess grounds out of the portafilter.
- Place the portafilter back into the group head and ensure it’s locked into the machine.
- Press the power button for the machine to start the warm-up and place a cup underneath the spouts
- You’ll need to start the dose by turning the dial to the right.
- Once you have enough coffee (30 ml for a single shot and 60 ml for a double) turn the dial back to the middle for standby.
- For an Americano, you can pour hot water out of the steam wand. For frothing milk, have your milk jug ready with refrigerated milk.
- We suggest doing some research on how to froth milk to get the microfoam texture perfect for cappuccinos and flat whites.
Sage Duo Temp Pro BES810BSS vs Barista Touch Espresso Machine SES878BSS
It’s always wise to compare two espresso machines so that you get a feel for what you want from your espresso machine.
- Both come with a two-year warranty.
- Both machines have a magnetised holder for the tamper.
- Both have neatly presented storage spaces, which keep the unit stylish.
- Both come with a selection of accessories that help you make a better cup of coffee.
- Both the Duo Temp Pro and the Barista Touch have an attractive solid stainless steel casing.
The Barista Touch has a few more features, making it the better of two, which of course comes at a higher price.
- The Barista Touch costs more than the Sage Duo Temp Pro.
- It comes with a fitted burr grinder and offers dose control grinding.
- The device has a 2L water tank instead of the Duo Temp Pro’s 1.7L water tank.
- The machine has a touch screen which makes the selection easier to use and more stylish.
- It offers five pre-programmed cafe favourites settings and you can create and save another eight.
Why Should I Choose The Sage Coffee Machine?
The Sage Duo Temp Pro is simple to use and focuses more on the pre-infusion and extraction of the coffee beans’ oils and flavours.
The auto-purge system attends to a fail-safe experience for the next cup of coffee that you make.
The Sage Duo Temp Pro offers good value for money and will no doubt make an excellent showcase in your kitchen.
The accessories that come with the Sage Duo Temp extend your barista experience and aid in learning the ways you can make a good cup of coffee.
All in all, the Sage Duo Temp Pro is a very good choice.
All these features combined keep your coffee-making experience both sweet and simple, but with complex background work done by the machine itself.
And we hope that our Sage Duo Temp Pro review has given you a better idea of what to expect from this powerful machine.
Still not convinced? Here’s a list of the best bean-to-cup coffee machines in 2022.
If you start to get interested in Sage and want some more reviews on this brand’s products, check out our guide on Sage Barista Express, Sage Barista Pro, and Sage Dual Boiler machine.
Don’t forget to check out the Swan Retro Pump Espresso coffee machine or Sage Bambino Plus if you need a pretty and affordable choice for beginner.
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- Sage Duo Temp Pro Review In a Nutshell
- Issues To Consider
- Setting Up The Sage Duo Temp Espresso Machine
- Sage Duo Temp Pro BES810BSS vs Barista Touch Espresso Machine SES878BSS
- Why Should I Choose The Sage Coffee Machine?