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Starbucks Barista - Rob McHattie's Review
Posted: December 30, 2003, 7:16am
review rating: 6.5
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Starbucks Barista Grinder
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Arrow The Starbucks Barista has 94 Reviews
Arrow The Starbucks Barista has been rated 7.89 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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D R 9.50
John Eubanks 8.57
JP Cordill 8.40
Mark Prince 8.33
Jim Robin 8.33

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.8
Manufacturer: Starbucks Quality: 8
Average Price: $120.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $65.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Starbucks, UK Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 2 weeks Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: A quiet, reasonably priced machine that seems capable.
Positive Product Points

Small, very quiet, big hopper.

Negative Product Points

Small grind box, static

Detailed Commentary

This is the Starbucks Barista version, which seems to be selling here in the UK for a respectable 40, although a price sticker on the unit itself said 60!
Ive read a lot here about the grind not being fine enough for good espresso, but I cant see that myself. It seems to grind as fine as the Illy pre-ground espresso I usually buy, although I may try tweaking at some point if im feeling brave.
I was also sceptical about the alleged static issue, but it really does seem to cause a problem! I have to dispense the grinds out over the sink, as theres always a constant 'stream' that sticks to the top edge and spreads itself over the work surface..very annoying!
Im amazed at how quiet it is though. I used to have a generic burr grinder which made a very high pitched whine, but this just makes a muted whirring noise, and seems to grind very quickly indeed.

Buying Experience

Went into local Starbucks, the manager got one from stock and threw in a pack of epsresso beans for free..as they cost 4 thats equal to a 10% saving.

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