January 17, 2023 3 min read

Getting that perfectly rich, silky espresso is up there on the list of priorities for most budding home baristas – but getting it without the right kit isn’t always easy. The problem is that the ‘right kit’ can often cost, leaving you with a rather deep hole in your pocket by the time you’re done.

Or course, there are home espresso machines that don’t cost the earth, but you’ll certainly notice the difference when it comes to the results in your cup.

Generally, the more you spend, the higher quality your equipment will be and the better your brew. But that doesn’t mean you have to remortgage just to have your perfect cup of Joe! There is a nice middle ground that will keep both your desire for exceptional espresso and your bank balance happy!


There are of course a wide range of home espresso machines on the market for a variety of budgets – ranging from the low hundreds to £7,000 for high end La Marzocco. But if you’re looking for an espresso machine that produces exceptional coffee, looks the part, is easy to use and is kinder on your wallet – look no further than the Sage Barista Express Impress.

Coming in at £729.95 the Sage Barista Express Impress is a home kitchen countertop godsend. It is renowned for replicating the movement and pressure of pro barista tamping at a fraction of the price of competitor machines.

Complete with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a top-quality espresso machine…

  • a thermocoil heating system with PID temperature control delivering water at exactly 93ºC for perfectly balanced flavours
  • a built-in grinder
  • a steaming wand that creates gorgeously silky, velvety microfoam milk to elevate your flat whites time and time again

…you’ll be hard-pressed to find something to dislike about this machine.


An upgrade on Sage’s previous model, the Barista Express, the Impress does exactly what it says on the tin – exciting its users with an impressive (excuse the pun) new tamping system. Intelligent dosing means you’ll get the perfect dose without much elbow grease. The dose is automatically calculated and adjusted based off previous grinds. So if your dose requires a bit more or a bit less, the intelligent dose system will auto correct, remembering the last dose and tamp outcome, adjusting it to ensure you achieve the perfect dose this time around.

As if this wasn’t enough, the assisted tamping feature is built to replicate a pro barista’s tamp, delivering a consistent 10kg impression and a 7-degree twist at the end to ensure a more polished puck. If you enjoy the manual motion of tamping this is an excellent middle ground between being fully-automated and having a more hands-on approach ensuring you still get tamping satisfaction.

Overall, this excellent bit of kit will give you delectable specialty coffee for a fraction of the price you’d expect to pay with other industry-leading espresso machines. Easy to use, and great to look at – we can bet you won’t be disappointed should you welcome the Impress to your home!

For more on how to set your machine up Sage have made a handy video to follow below.


Check out our bundle offers where you can get 10% off selected Sage and Baratza product pairings.

Sage Bambino Bundle Offer

Sage Barista Express Impress Bundle Offer

Sage Barista Pro Bundle Offer

Sage Dual Boiler Bundle Offer

Sage Bambino Plus Bundle Offer

Sage Precision Brewer Bundle Offer

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