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Starbucks Barista - Todd Warnke's Review
Posted: March 16, 2002, 3:24am
review rating: 7.8
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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: 9.2
Manufacturer: Solis Quality: 9
Average Price: $120.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $99.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Starbucks Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 month Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: Aficionado Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Solis
Bottom Line: Buy it on sale, adjust the burrs and save $100 over a similar quality grinder.
Positive Product Points

After doing to the mod to allow a finer grind, the Barista is perfectly capable of grinding for Silvia or any other quality espresso machine, plus it's easy to set for french press as well.

Negative Product Points

As it ships from the factory it, most likely, is not set fine enough for espresso and so you need to disassemble and reset.

Detailed Commentary

While it is a hassle to have to dissasemble and adjust the burr settings to allow for a fine grind, doing so saves you $100 over a comparable grinder, and only have to do this once.  The Barista is small and light, but if you are using it at home use it is more than capable.  In fact, being on the small side is nice as it has a small footprint on the counter.  It's also fairly quiet, at least for this price range.  I got mine on sale for $99, making it a no-brainer.  If you see it for this price, jump on it.

Buying Experience

Easy as can be.

Three Month Followup

After three months the Barista is still a bargain.  It grinds fine enough for every roast I've tried, and is very consistent.  The only drawback I have found is that repeating an intermediate setting (between clicks) is a hassle.  That said, I would not change my ratings.  This is an affordable workhorse and a wonderful value, made especially for someone who only pulls a couple of shots a day or so.

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