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Starbucks Barista - Richard Orlin's Review
Posted: December 28, 2005, 1:24pm
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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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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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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: 8.0
Manufacturer: Estro Quality: 8
Average Price: $350.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $299.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Starbucks Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 2 weeks Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Just starting Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Easy to use, fool-proof semi-automatic for the coffeegeek-in-training.
Positive Product Points
  1. Inexpensive, when on sale.
  2. Easy to use; no tamping required, grind-forgiving.
  3. High quality workmanship for price.
Negative Product Points

Too expensive when not on sale.
Too forgiving, so you never really learn how to grind/tamp/pull a shot

Detailed Commentary

I've been researching inexpensive semi-automatic espresso machines for about a month and have purchased several, but have found them all to be lacking. Lucky for me that I bought them all at stores with liberal return policies. I've tried several Dilonghis, the new Krups EX4000 and a Saeco Via Veneto. The Saeco Via Veneto came closest to what I was looking for and the price was right ($100) but I decided the all-plastic construction was just too flimsy (read "cheesey") for me. I read all the reviews on the Starbucks Barista and thought that this is the right espresso machine for me. However, $399 was more that I wanted to spend. Then I happened upon the Starbucks Christmas sale and purchased a Barista for $299 with a free pound of coffee.

This espresso machine is all that I wished for. I am not a coffee-geek,  I just like a good latte;  I'm not a straight espresso drinker. This machine makes the best lattes I have ever tasted. My wife, who balked at me spending $300 for a "coffemaker" was a quick convert.

I highly recommend this machine if you don't want to be bothered by grinding, dosing, tamping, pulling and just want a good espresso or latte. It comes with accessories for espresso pods and a training video. It's so easy to use that I haven't unwrapped the video. The sale is on until January 5th, so hurry. If you buy one on eBay, make sure it is new, in the box. As I understand it, Starbucks has two sales a year: Christmas sale and a brewing sale  either March or May.

Buying Experience

Easy: pick it up and hand the barista your Amex card.

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