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BKSinAZ
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Posted Tue Nov 27, 2012, 12:07pm
Subject: Can the Starbucks Barista Machine make a good shot of espresso?
 

With a good grinder and a non-presurized portafilter, can the Starbucks Barista made by Saeco draw a good shot of espresso?
Just installed an new pump and I took my portafilter apart and removed the presurized components.
I own this same exact model: Click Here (www.ifixit.com)
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Posted Tue Nov 27, 2012, 12:21pm
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It is in the grinder!  I do not see what you are using or have in mind.  The Baratza Preciso (refurb) is about the least expensive adequate grinder, unless you want to mod a grinder for fine steps or stepless.

 
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Posted Tue Nov 27, 2012, 12:34pm
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The question properly stated is; 'Can I make a good shot of espresso with a Starbucks Barista Machine?'
There is an important difference and you are in the position to answer the question.
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Posted Tue Nov 27, 2012, 12:37pm
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Frost Said:

The question properly stated is; 'Can I make a good shot of espresso with a Starbucks Barista Machine?'
There is an important difference and you are in the position to answer the question.

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I guess that also answers the original question - the machine is able :)

 
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Posted Tue Nov 27, 2012, 2:32pm
Subject: Re: Can the Starbucks Barista Machine make a good shot of espresso?
 

Check my avatar pic <-----

The answer is yes, but you need, as you've stated, A) A decent grinder and B) a non-pressurized portafilter and tamper and C) coffee that is NOT from Starbucks as well :)

Seattle Coffee Gear has a great naked portafilter that I used before I upgraded:

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Posted Tue Nov 27, 2012, 2:37pm
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D4F Said:

I guess that also answers the original question - the machine is able :)

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How so? I'm not following the inference. It remains to be actually accomplished, demonstrated or proven.
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Posted Tue Nov 27, 2012, 3:24pm
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SURE, it may be capable of producing a great shot! - but...*when*? - how often? My guess, accidentally. the stars would have to be aligned just so. I know of many small lightweight machines that only make strong coffee or over-extracted, astringent waste - in the most capable of hands. This one is made well enough to deliver espresso. Probably good enough - for the money. Be realistic in your expectations, though.
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Posted Tue Nov 27, 2012, 3:59pm
Subject: Re: Can the Starbucks Barista Machine make a good shot of espresso?
 

Markarian Said:

Check my avatar pic <-----

The answer is yes, but you need, as you've stated, A) A decent grinder and B) a non-pressurized portafilter and tamper and C) coffee that is NOT from Starbucks as well :)

Seattle Coffee Gear has a great naked portafilter that I used before I upgraded:

Click Here (www.seattlecoffeegear.com)

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where to get good coffee?
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Posted Tue Nov 27, 2012, 4:02pm
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Frost Said:

How so? I'm not following the inference. It remains to be actually accomplished, demonstrated or proven.

Posted November 27, 2012 link

Sorry, my mistake then.  I thought that you meant that the machine was capable if OP was which is what I had almost posted :)

 
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Posted Tue Nov 27, 2012, 4:03pm
Subject: Re: Can the Starbucks Barista Machine make a good shot of espresso?
 

BKSinAZ Said:

where to get good coffee?

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Redbird

 
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