8.2, Based on 163 Reviews
Pump, Single Boiler, Reservoir, Semi Auto Espresso Machine
Semi Automatic Dual Purpose Boiler
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Starbucks' long-running consumer espresso machine
Bam T (quality: 9.5)
Bottom Line: This machine earns its name. Very good piece for its price, with a few tips and tricks. Get it used if you can, and replace the portafilter.
Carl Lobitz (quality: 8.7)
Bottom Line: Nice starter machine; don't pay too much for it.
Rick Wayne (quality: 8.2)
Bottom Line: Buy on sale, brew and foam your way to amazingly smooth and tasty cappuccinos and machiattos... this is very good machine!
Dave Jahsman (quality: 8.0)
Bottom Line: If you want to get started brewing your own espresso shots and lattes, the Starbucks Barista is an unbeatable value as your first machine.
Kevin Bailey (quality: 8.0)
Bottom Line: This is definitely a BEGINNER machine. A good grinder will do leaps and bounds for the overall product this puts out (as it does any machine). Treat yourself to a Silvia instead.
Larry Holt (quality: 8.0)
Bottom Line: Good beginner machine... You shouldn't pay over $200 for it... Decent machine to hone your skills with...
Jim Pennington (quality: 8.0)
Bottom Line: Buy it cheap, learn the quirks, fix the portafilter, use it often.
Eric C (quality: 7.8)
Bottom Line: Excellent shots with fine grind and preheated portafilter. Great value.
Donny Raus (quality: 7.8)
Bottom Line: It is a great machine for the beginner home barista that consistently pulls an above average shot of espresso. If possible wait for the Starbuck’s annual brewing sale (late November/middle of December). No regrets here!
Jared . (quality: 7.8)
Bottom Line: If you're going to buy this machine, buy it on sale and DON'T use the stock PPF!!! - Take the valve out or purchase a non-pressurized portafilter from Saeco. It will be worthwhile to spend a bit of extra money and get a better machine to start out with.
Max Johnson (quality: 7.7)
Bottom Line: Great machine
Patrick Anwandter (quality: 7.6)
Bottom Line: Great for the price - call it the first step in the stairway to E61
Glas Hoppah (quality: 7.5)
Bottom Line: Excellent machine for the money.
Darren Conrad (quality: 7.5)
Bottom Line: A great buy if on sale for those wanting a no-fuss machine backed by excellent customer service!
William French (quality: 7.5)
Bottom Line: a simple, reliable machine that can produce delicious coffee
Will Taylor (quality: 7.5)
Bottom Line: This is a decent machine, but you could get a Rancilio Silvia for a little more.
Doug Welty (quality: 7.3)
Bottom Line: The best machine I've seen for anything near its price.
Powder Hound (quality: 7.2)
Bottom Line: This is the point of diminishing returns. You can spend more, but why?
Theresa Zittritsch (quality: 7.2)
Bottom Line: Well functioning machine with good build quality. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to another.
Brendan Getchel (quality: 7.2)
Bottom Line: Not great, not horrible, just plain satisfactory. A very respectable first-time unit for $250 or LESS.
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