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Starbucks Barista - Colin Newell's Review
Posted: January 12, 2002, 5:27pm
review rating: 5.0
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Starbucks Barista
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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: 7.0
Manufacturer: Estro Quality: 6
Average Price: $350.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: Canada Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 year Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: Intermediate Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: 3 other baristas
Bottom Line: Great for the beginner but not for the serious espresso hound.
Positive Product Points

The Barista is everypersons first time serious espresso machine. It is a good machine to own before getting really serious.

Negative Product Points

An inlaw owns this unit and it is on from 7AM in the morning til 9PM at night. He is on his 4th unit under warranty!

Detailed Commentary

The Starbucks barista could well be the most common pump driven espresso machine in America and Canada. It ranks high in the looks department but there are several issues, for me, that make me give it a general failing grade. Let's talk temperature: I used it for an hour, doing my best to get the accoutrements up to temperature, that is, the portafilter and various components that would come in contact with the espresso coffee. To no avail! The espresso was not lukewarm, but not hot either. The steaming power seems woefully inadequate for serious work so one ends up with a Luke Latte or Cool Cappuccino.

Buying Experience

It was a hands on experience, not a purchase.

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