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Starbucks Barista - Joel Stevens's Review
Posted: December 8, 2000, 1:22am
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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: 10.0
Manufacturer: Estro Quality: 10
Average Price: $350.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 year Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: Intermediate Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: I would certainly recomend it to anyone who really wanted to make espresso regularly
Positive Product Points

Very solid, Easy to Clean, Large Water Reservoir. 190 deg brew temp.  Steam wand is very easy to use, with the ball joint on top.

Negative Product Points

No Serious ones

Detailed Commentary

This is by far the best machine I have owned.  It is built like a tank, and works consistently every time.  The molded plastic parts are a little crude, but most of the machine is metal anyway.  I always preheat the filter, and then run a shot of hot water though it again when Im done to clean the portafilter and screen.  I really appreciate the large water supply since I use so much xtra water. "I also use q-tips to clean the gasket area."  I bought mine for $350 with the excelent Barista Grinder, so the Machine was basically $250.  Ive used it every day for a year, and it looks and works just as good as the day we bought it.  The left hand steam wand bothered me at first, but Ive gotten used to it.  The steam wand mounting is excelent and doesnt leak.  No funky attachments, just a steam nozzel, thats easy to keep clean.

I might like it better with a conventional portafilter, but the pressurized one seems to work ok.  I do run water though it to clean it each time.

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