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Starbucks Barista - Tim W's Review
Posted: March 1, 2005, 11:44am
review rating: 6.0
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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: 6.2
Manufacturer: Estro Quality: 6
Average Price: $350.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $180.00 Cost vs. Value 5
Where Bought: EBAY Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 3 months Overall 6
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: SB Barista, R. Silvia
Bottom Line: Great starter machine or for small kitchens
Positive Product Points

-Nice looking
-Easy Maintanance
-Decent Espresso
-Good cost (other than new at SB)
-Great way to get addicted to the whole Upgrade cycle. ;)
-Good tech support from SB, even if not bought from them

Negative Product Points

-A bit difficult to find the perfect time to pull your shot
-Steaming is a bit weak, but will get the job done with practice
-Pressurized portafilter can cause some inconsistancy
-Brand new they're over priced

Detailed Commentary

I got a wild hair and decided to get a "real" espresso machine before Christmas time. After much searching, including on this forum and ebay, I decided on a Barista. For the money it seemed to be the best bang for the buck.

All in all I really liked this machine. It's solidly built, quick to heat up, easy to keep clean and looks nice in the kitchen. But after reading about all these "perfect" (aka GOD shots) shots I decided to upgrade to a Silvia. In someways I miss the ease of pulling a shot on the Barista, but I have to admit the Silvia's worst shot is better than the Baristas best, but it takes A LOT more work to get there.

If you drink Cappas and Lattes or just want a quick espresso (better than what most local places serve) then the Barista is a great machine. But I would definately look for one used, or at least on sale at SB. $399 retail is a bit steep.

Buying Experience

Ebay, it's a gamble. I got two, both were functional, but not great. Took some intense cleaning and patience to get them back up to par. Others have had better results.

As mentioned prior, Starbucks customer service/tech support are very nice and patient, even when they knew I didn't buy the machine from my local store.

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