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Starbucks Barista - Shane Olson's Review
Posted: January 15, 2002, 12:24pm
review rating: 6.0
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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: 7.8
Manufacturer: Estro Quality: 7
Average Price: $350.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $100.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: used Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 2 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Krups espresso mini
Bottom Line: a good first machine
Positive Product Points

I like the way it heats up quite quickly.  It seems to be fairly sturdily made.  The water resevoir is large and can be filled from the top and the water level is somewhat visible without opening anything.

Negative Product Points

I don't like the pressurised porta-filter  Lots of stuff to get dirty.

Detailed Commentary

I would not have gotten this machine brand new, I would have spent the extra $100 or so to get a silvia.   When I was offered the chance to purchase a barista, I was a bit unsure after reading the reviews on it.  After using it I found that it is a pretty good machine, a vast improvement from my steam powerd Krups.   I am not sure if I like the portafilter, lots of places to get quite dirty and encrusted with  espresso residue.  I always run a couple of ounces of clear water through after doing a shot.    I have also found that a light tamp produces the best results.

Buying Experience

I bought it sightly used from a friend, so my experience was good.

Three Month Followup

It has still been performing well.  I can't complain much, when I consider the low amount that I have invested in it.

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