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Starbucks Barista - Bongo BCBeanBoy's Review
Posted: March 18, 2002, 10:37am
review rating: 4.7
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Arrow The Starbucks Barista has 163 Reviews
Arrow The Starbucks Barista has been rated 8.23 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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Bam T 9.50
Carl Lobitz 8.67
Rick Wayne 8.22
Dave Jahsman 8.00
Kevin Bailey 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.0
Manufacturer: Estro Quality: 9
Average Price: $350.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $250.00 Cost vs. Value 6
Where Bought: canada Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 month Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Aficionado Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: aroma, utopia
Bottom Line: Dissa machinna issa notta goin'ah bakkah too-ah dah storra.
Positive Product Points

excellent and tasty espresso/coffee
steams great even for a beginner
looks sharp
straighforward care and cleaning
quiet

Negative Product Points

steam wand should be on the right
PRICEY
espresso "handle" should load right to left for firmer fit
at this price should include more accessories (milk pitcher, thermom, metal tamper), shot glasses.
an auto-off button would be good

Detailed Commentary

Well, after going thru all of buckys other coffee makers it was inevitable that I try the top o' line unit.

Bought the machine on sale but still pricey.  Watched the video (buckys should include a mpeg cd-rom with the vid instructions on it for those of us who do not own a vcr), read the manual and made an EXCELLENT capuccino first time off.  Yeah baby, I am a barista!

You need to prime the machine before each procedure; but that is quite quick and some shortcuts are possible...like not needing to prime the brewhead TWICE before brewing...once is adequate.

Surprised it was a very quiet machine even steaming; my roomies did not wake up at all (until they smelled the sweet espresso aroma wafting in the house).

If you ritualize the steps in making espresso with the barista it is fast and efficient...just make sure you have an empty dishrack at the end for cleanup.

Barista is a keeper.

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April 1 2002

This is a bit of a follow-up on the barista because I am an obsessive java-nut.

Apart from making astoundingly tasty espresso; capuccino et lattes...I have started using the barista to make coffee!

I know this addendum will annoy the heck out of some "afficenados" but hey, I don't owna strictly java machine.  So this issa what you do:

Get some tasty coffee flavour (I like Verona) ground to espresso ground...okay now microwave or heat up a little milke (or cream)...(add sugar...why I do not know but add some if that is how you drink your joe)...put 2 scoops of the verona ground into your portofilter (aka "the handle")...slip your favourite mug underneath the barista with the milk/cream/sugar...and press the button...verona drips into mug for 23-25 secs....then fill up hot water from the steam wand....Voila!

You have an outstanding cup of joe.  Yeah yeah I know it is basically an americano with a different blend and pre-mixed with the moo juice...but hey...since it may not be totally original it is innovative.

so there you go...don't just make espresso with your barista...make a damn good cuppa joe!  Only drawback is you can make one at a time, but I use a BIG mug (just remember to pull out the little plastic shelves at the base of the barista or your mug won't fit)...and I can make a strong 16oz cup.  That is good for the morning fix anyways.  

Also, by using the machine more often you get to see its performance more than usual...hence if it does break you will at least be able to get it covered undered warranty (2 yrs) AND maximize the cost-effectiveness of your machine by using it as a dual purpose device.

ok...back to work.  

ps...oh yeah....I found that a GLASS 500ml mason jar is the best size for doing the pre-post priming.

ps2...and I really think the steel Bucky's scoop-tamper $10 is worth the buy...originally thought it may be overkill and obssessive but it is important to get a good psi tamp and the plastic one which comes with the machina is embarrassing.

Buying Experience

easy breezey miss yummy pants sold me the machine; nice staff.

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