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Starbucks Barista - Chris Wyser-Pratte's Review
Posted: March 20, 2000, 12:05am
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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: 7.2
Manufacturer: Estro Quality: 8
Average Price: $350.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Aesthetics 6
Owned for: 2 years Overall 6
Writer's Expertise: Aficionado Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: OK coffee, sometimes not hot enough. Modest steaming capacity. But its not expensive and the service is great.
Positive Product Points

Crema is usually pretty good (though enhanced, I think, by the portafilter construction.)Reasonable price, especially on frequent reduced-price sales. Compact, and easy to maintain. Moreover, Ive found Starbucks service to be without par. I actually broke the handle of the portafilter after the warranty period expired, and they sent me a new one FREE. (I received it right away by Fedex and they enclosed a free shipping return label. How much better can service get?)

Negative Product Points

Coffee is sometimes not hot enough. I actually engage the steam button to boost the boiler temperature before making coffee, and I still occasionally have to put the resulting product in the microwave. Steaming capacity is modest.

Detailed Commentary

In fairness, I should say that this product actually has the Saeco label on it. But it was bought at Starbucks, and when I bought it they told me they were going to begin private labeling the machine;and there are no external changes in the version with the Starbucks name; I doubt there are really any internal changes.

Basically its a pretty good starter machine for the money, certainly easier to use than La Pavoni Europiccola. But make no mistake about it; the Baby Gaggia makes better coffee and better steam for not much more money.

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