Posted Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:05am Subject: Re: Starbucks Barista or Gaggia Evolution?
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You did not describe your machine, experience, or your goals and usage. The machines are both fairly basic, Single Boiler Dual Use without an easy adjustment to pressure and no 3 way selonoid IIRC. It seems more of a side step than upgrade if your machine is still in decent shape. If yours has problems, and the Gaggia is cheap enough and well maintained, then perhaps.
Both machines are capable of using a pressurized basket, not recommended, or unpressurized. You may have to depressurize the Barista, I do not recall.
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