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Starbucks Barista - Dave Rogers's Review
Posted: December 30, 2001, 8:09pm
review rating: 7.3
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Starbucks Barista Grinder
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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: 7
Average Price: $120.00 Usability: 6
Price Paid: $100.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: Starbucks Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 year Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: Intermediate Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Blade grinder
Bottom Line: A good--but not great--first burr grinder.
Positive Product Points

This is a good light-duty grinder and a definite improvement over those ubiquitous blade grinders. It takes only a little space on the counter and looks great.  We've ground a few batches each day for a year with little difficulty. Very easy to clean, too.

Negative Product Points

Well, first of all, that static problem is unfortunate. The grinds can cling to the bin and spill out onto the counter when the bin is removed.  It's not a big deal, but is a little annoying. Be forewarned!

The grind settings seem limited to me.  Coarse isn't quite coarse enough and the espresso grind could be finer. (Of course, you can tweak the latter if you wish with some simple and "unauthorized" adjustments. I have not done so.  Yet.)

I also had problems with the grind-setting mechanism getting out of whack--slipping around and jamming--but it was easy enough to fix.

Finally, it's a little too noisy for my tastes. Of course, that sound means fresh coffee or espresso is on the way, so there's positive reinforcement!

Detailed Commentary

My comments above make this grinder sound worse than it is!  In general, it performs like a trooper day after day for both drip coffee ad espresso.

Some advice: Keep this grinder clean. It seems susceptible to problems when grinds build up on the burrs. I'd suggest cleaning it more often than you think is necessary to keep things running as smoothly as possible.  

This is a nice grinder for intermediate coffee lovers and would make a nice gift.  The only reason I would not buy another is that I look forward to moving up to a more advanced model sometime in the future.

Buying Experience

A routine and unremarkable Starbucks purchase.

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