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Starbucks Barista - Chris's Review
Posted: June 12, 2001, 5:33pm
review rating: 4.7
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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
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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: 7.2
Manufacturer: Solis Quality: 8
Average Price: $120.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 6
Where Bought: Aesthetics 6
Owned for: 1 month Overall 6
Writer's Expertise: Intermediate Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: Older Starbucks Barista not suitable for Rancilio Silvia
Positive Product Points

Good inexpensive grinder for normal use (I think, but I only make expresso, so I can‘t be sure).  I liked it much better than my Braun flat burr grinder.

Negative Product Points

Doesn‘t grind fine enough for my Rancilio Silva.  I was hoping that by paying twice the price of my Braun grinder that I could get twice the performance and it would be enough to get 25 second shots.

Detailed Commentary

Starbucks was having a Father‘s day sale on their older version Barista (i.e. Solis 166) for $99.  I bought one believing that I could adjust it to a finer grind suitable for my Silvia and not spend $200 on a bean grinder.  While I found instructions that claimed to allow me to adjust the Starbucks Barista (Solis 166) to a finer grind, I found that the instructions were not appropriate to the grinder that I had purchased.  In fact, after taking the grinder apart (the instructions up to this point was very accurate), I found the only thing that was adjustable is how the whole bean hopper fits into the unit; and this has nothing to do with how fine the beans are ground.  Oh well.  I guess I‘ll just have to buy a Rancilio Rocky instead.

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