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Starbucks Barista - Darrell's Review
Posted: January 10, 2001, 11:21am
review rating: 6.0
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.8
Manufacturer: Solis Quality: 10
Average Price: $120.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 month Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Intermediate Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: Good grinder but cant grind fine enough for a good machine like the Rancilio Silvia
Positive Product Points

Well built.  Grinds well for most needs.

Negative Product Points

Cannot grind fine enough for a really good home espresso machine

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Good grinder but cant grind fine enough for a good machine like the Rancilio Silvia.  My shots were too fast and no crema even with a heavy tamp.  It may be OK for less powerful espresso machines but I dont know for sure.  Tried for a month to get good shots, then went to a coffee shop and got some espresso ground on their commercial grinder and got 20 - 25 second shots and good crema immediately.  Ive heard these grinders vary somewhat so other folks may have a different experience, but I recommend going the extra $80 to $100 for the Rancilio Rocky or equivalent if you have an espresso machine that produces 15+ bars.  Ill continue to use it for regular coffee.  I paid $95 for mine on sale and I would pay no more than that for it, its not worth it if you have to pay the $120 list price.

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