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Starbucks Barista - Keith's Review
Posted: January 6, 2001, 8:29am
review rating: 6.0
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Starbucks Barista Grinder
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 6.0
Manufacturer: Solis Quality: 6
Average Price: $120.00 Usability: 6
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: Solis 177 - Cheap, but for everyting else available in price range, only one worth having.
Positive Product Points

Cheap, but OK for coffee

Negative Product Points

Just a little better than a toy but a whole lot better than one of those $50 things I tried.
Rather noisey, much more so than than my Rocky
Some static but at least it doesn't go flying all over the kitchen (again like those cheaper units)

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I bought this unit to grind my coffee for the drip pot.  Don't think I would even dream of trying to grind a shot for the espresso machine, grind is not consistent enough and it produces a lot of powder, even with a drip grind.  The Timer is a spring loaded device like these $2.00 oven timers you see and the numbers were already gone when I took it out of the box.  It took two pounds of coffee to come a with a setting that gave the amount I want to make a pot in my drip coffee maker.  I then had to mark the knob with a marker so I could tell what setting I had.  There is still considerable static which makes it somewhat messy (but nothing like those cheaper units, I tried one of those and coffee flew all over the kitchen).  It is noisy, much more so than my Rocky I use for espresso.  I'm looking at buying a better espresso grinder, but the Rocky wouldn't make a good coffee grinder (who would want to pull that doser 10 or 12 times every time you wanted a pot of coffee).  Overall, you get what you pay for and I'm convenced after seeing what's available in that priice range you're not going to get much better.

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