The Sunbeam coffee machine that punches well above its weight
The Sunbeam Mini Barista EM4300 is an amazing machine. I paid $238 for mine, and from my research, delivers a coffee at least equal to others costing significantly more. It is a semi-automatic machine containing a PID for spot-on temperature control (sort of like a cruise control on a car, but always spot-on). As a result, coffee temperature is very consistent.
The machine is very easy to use and comes with a Quick Coffee Making Guide to ensure good procedure once the manual has been read. The dial, with its alert lights, indicates when to do ...a shot and when to steam milk. The dial also allows delivery of a pre-set shot for 1 or 2 cups. NOTE: a grinder is best to get that perfect shot. Store bought pre-ground coffee is generally too coarse. Some cafes will assist in finding your right grind if you buy beans from them. Sunbeam indicate on their guide where to fill the coffee basket to. This helps not only ensuring a consistent cup of coffee but also in determining a good grind setting. Included is a reasonably solid plastic tamper which fits the basket very neatly. Consistent and even tamping also help get that perfect cup. Sunbeam says to insert the group handle to the centre position. This can take a bit of effort, also to release it after the shot. The reason for this seems to be the light weight of the machine. That said, I've learnt to deal with it. Emptying the basket seems to need several attempts at hitting against the bin. I'm not sure what the handle will take but I do half a dozen tempered knocks to achieve an empty basket. I like strong coffee and so do a 2-cup setting into 1 cup. I have noticed the group handle delivers unevenly. If delivery was into 2 cups, the cups would receive uneven shots.
Can't even get started - dreadful
We bought this machine recently and today tried to use it. After following all priming instructions, the group handle, after properly being inserted, will not turn around to the centre. Sunbeam website is appalling, telling me I don't know what I'm talking about, wrong product name and I hadn't put in CAPTA message when there wasn't one showing until the 4th attempt. When I finally got onto Sunbeam call centre after a long wait I spoke with a woman I couldn't understand and had to ask to her keep repeating what she said. She told me she coul...d not help me and to take the machine back to the store. It was bought from Myers on the internet and delivered. I cannot take this heavy item to the station, catch a train then walk to Myers. I'm sick of inferior products and inferior service. I would give this product no stars if I could. Can't even get started.
Best value on the market
Still the best value espresso machine on the market.
I've had both the mini barista and the cafe crema from Sunbeam and both are outstanding.
I've just returned from 9 months in Italy and about to purchase another machine which will no doubt be a sunbeam. I gave the mini barista to my son before I left and he now won't part with it.
When you consider that a coffee in a cafe costs $5 these days, it doesn't take a lot of math to figure out the short pay back period of the cafe crema or the mini barista.
Purchased in February 2018 at K Mart for $200.00.
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A fantastic Coffee machine for its price but get a good extended warranty
We upgraded our coffee machine from our old Sunbeam unit to the Mini Barista 30 April 2018. 3 weeks later, (22 May) there was a fault. No power to the unit when switched on. The supplier immediately replaced the unit. Since then the Mini Barista has been fantastic, working perfectly, I must say better than machines 5 times the price. The quality, consistency and temperature of the coffer produced by the machine can't be faulted. We make up to a dozen cups of coffer each day. And then yesterday it failed. Tragedy! The pump turned on when...the machine was off (but plugged in at the wall), and started leaking water. Very frustrating given the warranty ran out five months ago. This appears to be the same fault as Kate's post on this site 11 days ago. (See below). So we are going to see what it costs to repair. We are now seriously thinking about buying a new unit and paying extra for an extended warranty (up to 3 years). You have to admit you get a great coffee machine for bargain basement price. Perhaps realistically, at this price, you may have to accept reliability issues. So .... "Dear Sunbeam, Would you consider improving the reliability and quality and offering a 3 year warranty for an $100 increase in price". I would be a buyer.
Love it, not as sturdy as the previous model though.
I've had the previous model to this one for about 6 years before getting this one when my last one died. This one is a little more flimsy + light feeling that the old one but overall still a great machine. Consistently good quality coffee. You can choose 1 or 2 shots. Temperature is great. Perfect home machine - one of us drinks a double espresso and the other a coffee with milk, we use it daily and haven't had any problems. With the previous model I found that the seal would start to leak after a few years, will have to wait and see what happens with this one, I've only had it for a year.
Purchased this machine for $240 and it is excellent, nothing bad to say. Coffee crema is cafe worthy, if not better than many and the milk frothing wand works perfectly. We use the machine daily and it's easy to use and clean.
Purchased in August 2018.
So far so great
Had been having plunger coffee for approx 6 m before taking the leap and buying the Mini Barista. Can say, the quality of the coffee is fantastic. Easy to use and clean. No complaints whatsoever
Purchased in October 2019 at The Good Guys Narre Warren for $220.00.
Great until it stopped working!
A great machine until it stopped working for some unknown reason few days ago. The pump turned on when the machine was off (but plugged in at the wall), and started leaking water. Now it doesn’t work at all. Very disappointing given the warranty ran out a few months ago.
Purchased in April 2018 for $220.00.
Product overall is top notch for its price, I would say its espresso shots are better than some automatics costing 5 times more. However, there are some problems which may or may not apply to everyone.
The group head spouts are too far apart. I take my espresso as a shot, with a small cup whose diameter is about the same as distance between the spouts. Do we see a problem :) Its not too bad, it spills over the sides if I don't centre it properly.
The biggest issue would be the water container, the plastic used is terrible. It imparts a plasticky taste if water is left in it overnight. I have soaked and rinsed it in hot water a few times but its still there. Resorted to emptying out the container every morning to pour fresh water in.
Sunbeam mini barista
Received as a gift in Dec 2018, started leaking 7 months later, rang retail outlet it was bought from they no help , as I have no receipt but my husband purchased on zip pay so there is a record of purchase, still no good.
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Reliability could be better, but worth a shot!
Firstly, my apologies for succumbing to temptation and titling this review with an awful pun!
Nevertheless, this is a neat little machine which has the capability of producing some really great coffee, especially for one at such a low price point.
Unfortunately it's let down by rather poor build quality, as a result of which, as a family, we have now owned 5 of them - mine having been replaced under warranty twice, and my brother's once.
Nevertheless, I was so impressed with the coffee, that I had my portafilter sent away to Pullman Espresso...Accessories in South Australia to have the bottom removed, which is not the sort of thing one would normally do for a machine of this price. They did a mighty fine job, and watching the coffee extract from my custom-modified bottomless portafilter adds to the coffee experience. It also allows you to fine-tune your grinding/tamping/distribution techniques, as you can actually see when you're getting a good pour or a messy one, which is something that's completely hidden from view when using a standard portafilter! [see photo below] The portafilter is 58mm, but it's not E-61 compatible, so you have to use the Sunbeam baskets that come with it. You get a single-cup basket and a 2-cup basket, and both are double-walled. This isn't ideal if you want to get the most out of your coffee, but fortunately Sunbeam does offer single-walled baskets as accessories and they are reasonably priced, so naturally we purchased those and use them all the time.
Was amazing for the first year
This coffee machine was absolutely amazing the first year but not even 2 months after my warranty expired it has stopped working. I am surprised these expensive machines only have 12 months warranty with the manufacturer.
My neighbours also stopped working but luckily just before her warranty expired, so was able to get another machine.
I would give this machine a 5/5 but due to the fact I know of 2 machines that have died (one not even a year in and the other just over a year in) I have given 3 stars.
Purchased in June 2018 for $196.00.
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Great machine at a reasonable price
This wasn't my first home espresso machine, but it is the first one I really like. My first one cost 5 times the price I paid for my Mini Barista and the coffee wasn't half as good. There are no bells and whistles to complicate this machine, just turn the dial (select one or two cups) and get a consistent coffee every time. I like cappuccino and the major downside to this machine is that you can't run the coffee through and use the wand to froth at the same time, but I had already decided to buy a separate milk frother and so far this has be...en a good decision - no more messing around trying to get a good froth on the milk, which was my Achilles heel making a cappuccino. The crema is thick and rich, the temperature is adequate (there is no adjustment which some might find a negative) and the taste is very good. This is a well designed machine, even down to the water holder which is a generous 2 liters and easy to refill without removing it. I've had it for a couple of months now, and I'm very happy with my choice.
As a coffee addict, this is my first "proper" coffee machine, though I have a capsule machine which I use in the office. Prior to this Sunbeam I used a plunger (French press) most often. Given what I paid (about $200 online), it is well worth it. The coffee is good, and I prefer it over the plunger. I use the milk function about once a day, the coffee making function much more. However, my first one malfunctioned after 6 months, it started leaking water. No worries, Bing Lee & Sunbeam replaced it without problem. Hopefully the replacement one (now about a year old) will last longer ...
My goodness, Sunbeam you have outdone yourselves!
I bought this machine nearly 2 months ago now and I could not be happier!
Coming from a capsule (pod) machine I am very impressed with the Mini Barista's design and streamlined finish. It is just so easy to use. The quality of the coffee in my opinion is excellent with lovely Crema production for a smaller machine.
The steam wand...what can I say....it is fantastic!! It has not taken me very long at all to get the milk to my desired preference consistently. This is mostly thanks to the included instructions which are super easy to follow and...understand. I love the integrated handle inside the water tank, makes it so easy to refill it as I primarily use the tap. The idea of storing the accessories behind the catch tank is ingenious, they are then always at hand when needed. My wife has been favouring coffee sachets and water from the kettle, but since getting this great little machine she has converted to real coffee (I never thought I would see the day). In summing up, for the price point you can not find a better machine. Period. Combining it's ease of use, functionality and easy clean design this machine is an absolute stunner. I absolutely recommend it for those looking for a cheaper alternative to the big bulky machines. Well done Sunbeam for creating such a brilliant little gem.
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Wish I'd found this machine years ago
I bought a mini barista just this morning from The Good Guys in Midland W.A. for $240. I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the long black it made for me. Wonderful crema. I bought the new machine because my previous machine, a Sunbeam Cafe Espresso II about 5 or 6 years old, suddenly gave up the ghost and I needed my coffee hit. I only drink long black and I carefully followed the instructions in the manual to produce my first amazing cup of coffee. I never use the wand for milk but it was good to have it for hot water to make the...long black. The previous machine only produced steam not hot water. My only beef is that my daughter likes her espresso from a demitasse and the dual output spreads too wide for the diameter of the tiny cup making it necessary to make two cups simultaneously. In the previous machine the two outputs were directed downwards so that both landed inside the demitasse diameter. The flavour of the espresso (and the long black) is a great improvement on the old machine. With the old one I used to raise the temperature in the microwave but I don't need to with this one. So far I have only had one long black and two espressos but they were all great.
Purchased in July 2019 for $240.00.
Very satisfied with the coffee machine, simple to use and makes better coffee than most cafes. I love this machine, it was cheap, easy to use and clean. Hasn’t missed a beat.
I purchased this machine a few weeks ago. I had done my research and looked at lots of reviews and different products.
I’m really happy with this machine. It’s fabulous value for money, I purchased it on sale for $200, which is extremely cheap for a decent coffee machine. Full price is about $300 which I still think is pretty good value.
It’s very easy to use, easy to clean and makes a great coffee! Milk steamer is very good too... I like extra hot coffee and heat the milk to at least 75 degrees with no problem!
Should have bought one earlier.
I purchased this machine around two months ago and am very pleased with it. Coffee tastes very good indeed. Just remember to heat up the mug(s) with hot water, otherwise the coffee is not as hot as you may like it.
Great home espresso
Good easy to use machine,
Frothing is amazing wand works to a impressive standard.
Coffee creme is pretty impressive,
Pressure/heat seems pretty good.
However faults I have found are that on cold days/morning the main switch doesn't work that well. It doesn't select double/single/frother at times you have to try 3-4 times to get the thing started.
Even though this happens I still love the machine, makes decent coffee for the money.
Purchased in December 2018.
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Questions & Answers
I had my sunbeam now for 3 months , an when I go to use it the wand it is constantly steam out water,even if i I have turned it off , an then when try to use coffee section the wand starts again ? Anything I can do ?
Hello Shara C,
It sounds like the machine just needs to be cleaned, follow the steps from page 18 on: https://www.sunbeam.com.au/Root/Specifications/InstructionBooklet/EM4300_3245_A_IB_Web.pdf
Hi Shara C - that must be really annoying. I'm not much good 'under the bonnet'. I would presume you've followed the instructions in the manual and allowed the steam pump to warm up, etc. Another aspect I've forgotten a couple of times is to leave the group handle in the machine until after doing the milk - see Quick Coffee Making Guide, bottom RH corner of first page. I have no idea why this is necessary, but I do it. Finally, immediately after every milk-steam, clean the wand (hygiene) and then turn on the steam wand or the hot water and let it run for time. Milk can easily clog a machine. Sounding like the machine needs a clean.
Thanks Bassa - You're a legend!
I have the Sunbeam Mini Barista. Had it now for about 2.5 years. Today with the power plug in but the machine switched off, it suddenly started to pump and released most of the water from the unit. Turned everything off. Re-filled water, made sure it all fitted properly and with the machine switched off but the plug switched on, it does it again. Only stops when I turn the power switch off. Is that weird or what??
Yeah, that's weird! Sure hope mine doesn't do that. I only know how to drive it - stuff under the bonnet is a mystery. Like, I know what the PID does but I sure don't know how it does it. Sounds like a mechanic's job.
Hello Stan B,
That shouldn't be happening when the machine is standby mode. We have a directory of repair service agents, find your local agent here: https://www.sunbeam.com.au/en/Service-Agent-Locator/
Hi, my coffee EM4300 has recently stopped extracting and coffee at all and , instead decided to leak water out the side on the group handle. I used to be a full time barista and would usually say it needs a new seal, but I do find it weird that no coffee at all is coming out of the basket. Also I pulled the seal out and gave it a quick clean and noticed it has a particular shape... which I can't seem to find online anywhere. Does any know if a regular seal will work for the mini barista? I saw a Sunbeam "Cafe Crema" seal on ebay. Will this work?
Our spare parts and quality control team member has informed me that the brew head seal on the EM4300 is very durable. It's more likely because of a blocked filter basket ,not the seal, that's why the water is not coming through.
Unblocking Filter Baskets steps on page 18-19: https://www.sunbeam.com.au/Root/Specifications/InstructionBooklet/EM4300_3245_A_IB_Web.pdf
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