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Starbucks Barista - J M's Review
Posted: January 29, 2008, 5:45pm
review rating: 6.0
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Starbucks Barista
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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: 7.6
Manufacturer: saeco Quality: 8
Average Price: $350.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $160.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: craigslist Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 2 years Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: learn how to replace the seals for the steam wand yourself and you should be happy
Positive Product Points

looks good, makes a nice shot of espresso, reasonable priced

Negative Product Points

tinted water resevoir makes it difficult to see how much is there. My unit prone to leaking steam arm.

Detailed Commentary

I bought this Stainless steel unit off craigslist for $160 CAD and within 3 months the steam arm was pissing when drawing a shot. I took it to Saeco west for repair where they replaced the o ring that was leaking. cost $90 for a 10 cent washer and it took almost 6 weeks to get it back. Within 6 months of repair it began leaving again I guess i'll just have to take it apart and relace the seal myself.  Someone on list suggested a pingpong ball in the resevoir makes the water level somewhat visible but I havent gotten around to it yet, i would rather complain about it every day i guess..............................

Buying Experience

overall i got my money's worth i believe

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One Year Followup

Someone left a comment,  in response to my problems re: leaky steam arm, to try adjusting the cam.  I did this and have had no problems with unit since.  Overall very good machine.

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