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Posted Mon Nov 14, 2011, 10:31pm
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I am curious to know what brand of espresso machines do they use at Starbucks? LOL! Silly question I know but I am getting mixed information
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Posted Tue Nov 15, 2011, 8:26am
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Well, I confess I'm tempted to respond by saying "What possible difference could it make?" or "A crappy super-automatic," simply because their coffee is so bad, but you obviously want to know for a specific reason.  

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

A new espresso machine. The Mastrena espresso machine, from Thermoplan AG of Switzerland and made exclusively for Starbucks, will be the sole espresso machine installed in all new stores.

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Posted Tue Nov 15, 2011, 9:30am
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JasonBrandtLewis Said:

Well, I confess I'm tempted to respond by saying "What possible difference could it make?" or "A crappy super-automatic," simply because their coffee is so bad, but you obviously want to know for a specific reason.  

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:


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Thermoplan in Switzerland....ugh, Swiss coffee....that explains some things :P

I'm not sure how current or accurate that article is.  I know back in the 90's they used 100% La Marzoco Lineas, but in the early-mid 2000's switched them all out for Franke super autos (not sure the exact models.)  That was when they decided to make the switch from being a low-end cafe to being a high-end vending machine.  I'm not sure if the Thermoplan rollout is for 100% locations, or if it's taken effect it if it is to be 100%, so a little bit of the OP's question depends on "in what era" we're talking about.

In either case, as Jason said, the more exacting answer is "mediocre super automatics which produce lousy coffee from lousy beans" :)
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Posted Tue Nov 15, 2011, 7:12pm
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Most I've been to have the Mastrena or Verismo. A year ago, it looked like they were looking at semi automatics again, but I don't think they are anymore.

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Posted Wed Nov 16, 2011, 10:05am
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ampguy Said:

Most I've been to have the Mastrena or Verismo.

Posted November 15, 2011 link

Same here though it has been a loong time since I've set foot in one and that was to get the better half a chai.
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Posted Thu Nov 17, 2011, 11:08am
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ampguy Said:

Most I've been to have the Mastrena or Verismo. A year ago, it looked like they were looking at semi automatics again, but I don't think they are anymore.

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Interesting...must be regional.  In the Northeast it seems to be all Franke at all locations I've seen (passing by them...I don't go TO them these days... ;) )

There's something about the audacity of putting a tip jar out to reward the high school kids for pushing a button to get coffee and using a cash register, that tastes even worse than the coffee.  How does one determine the tip percentage based on service?  Do you give 5% more tip if they hit the "Vente" button square-on instead of slightly from the side?  Maybe if they give the lid an extra check to make sure that difficult process of snapping a plastic lid to a paper cup is completed to satisfaction? :)   If I don't want to give a tip, can I go behind the counter and push the "Vente" button myself to rid myself of the shame of not tipping someone else to push a button for me? :)
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Posted Thu Nov 17, 2011, 11:13am
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TheMadTamper Said:

If I don't want to give a tip, can I go behind the counter and push the "Vente" button myself to rid myself of the shame of not tipping someone else to push a button for me? :)

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LOL, it's coming. Like grocery store self checkout.

I use self checkout cause if you want something done correctly and fast, the only option is to "Do it yourself". :P

 
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Posted Fri Nov 18, 2011, 9:45am
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JtothaR Said:

LOL, it's coming. Like grocery store self checkout.

I use self checkout cause if you want something done correctly and fast, the only option is to "Do it yourself". :P

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I don't use self checkout because 3/10 times, the price in the register is incorrect....and when it rings up wrong, you can't do your own price overrides ;)
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Posted Sat Nov 19, 2011, 11:38pm
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TheMadTamper Said:

I don't use self checkout because 3/10 times, the price in the register is incorrect....and when it rings up wrong, you can't do your own price overrides ;)

Posted November 18, 2011 link

And now I've been outed for just buying bananas, eggs, milk, and liquor. Lol

And not caring about the prices if I'm honest, except on the liquor. :D

 
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