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Posted Tue Jan 1, 2013, 8:22am
Subject: Starbucks Barista or Gaggia Evolution?
 

Is it worth it to go from an old Starbucks Barista machine to a Gaggia Evolution?  I found a used Evolution locally.


I keep looking at Classics and Silvias online, but am not sure I want to fork over all that money yet.
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Posted Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:05am
Subject: Re: Starbucks Barista or Gaggia Evolution?
 

Welcome to CG.  

You did not describe your machine, experience, or your goals and usage.  The machines are both fairly basic, Single Boiler Dual Use without an easy adjustment to pressure and no 3 way selonoid IIRC.  It seems more of a side step than upgrade if your machine is still in decent shape.  If yours has problems, and the Gaggia is cheap enough and well maintained, then perhaps.

Both machines are capable of using a pressurized basket, not recommended, or unpressurized.  You may have to depressurize the Barista, I do not recall.

 
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Posted Wed Jan 2, 2013, 1:25pm
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I'd agree, doesn't seem worth the hassle to me. If you're open to used equipment, I'd spend a little more for a machine with a commercial portafilter and a 3-way solenoid.

That being said, if you're using pre-ground right now with the Barista, you'd be better off looking for a grinder.
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