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Starbucks Athena - J K's Review
Posted: January 28, 2006, 12:16pm
review rating: 8.0
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Arrow The Starbucks Athena has 12 Reviews
Arrow The Starbucks Athena has been rated 7.45 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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M G 9.40
James Kelly 8.14
Jeff Novick 8.00
J K 8.00
Sally Grimsley 7.66

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 6.8
Manufacturer: Estro Quality: 7
Average Price: $299.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $150.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: craigslist Aesthetics 6
Owned for: 1 week Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Great if you find a cheap, used one.
Positive Product Points

Relatively easy to use.
Great customer service.
Steaming pressure not bad.
Decent Crema.

Negative Product Points

I don't like to have to prime the pump.
Steaming bar a bit short.
Pressurized portafilter.
It is automatic, so losses some control

Detailed Commentary

This is my first real espresso machine and I have only used it a week, but have pulled at least 30+ shots so far.   It is great for my first one to learn on, but I will most likely upgrade eventually.   Having to prime the pump each time is cumbersome, but the overall experience is great.  This model is discontinued, but if a used one comes up for a decent price, I would recommend.

I have read complaints that the amount of water is too little (I think it holds 48 oz.).  I have not problem with that amount.  I have made several drinks with it and not had to refill.  Even if I do have to refill, it is not that hard.

Buying Experience

I bought it used on craigslist for $150.  The woman only used it 3 times, because she thought it was easier than she thought.

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