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Starbucks Barista - Loren B's Review
Posted: September 27, 2007, 12:15am
review rating: 7.0
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Bam T 9.50
Carl Lobitz 8.67
Rick Wayne 8.22
Dave Jahsman 8.00
Kevin Bailey 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.2
Manufacturer: Saeco Quality: 9
Average Price: $350.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $99.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Starbucks Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 2 weeks Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: If you can find one, go for it!   Make sure you use a  non pressurized portafilter and a good grinder with it (or modify your Starbucks Barista Grinder as I have)
Positive Product Points

great espresso machine, fantastic price

Negative Product Points

heavy machine

Detailed Commentary

I have been into espresso for some years now, I have owned a Starbucks Athena (which I have replaced with this Starbucks Barista machine
and the Starbucks Barista grinder.
I had to look hard to find this machine for 99 bucks (they are sold out everywhere since they are being blown out by Starbucks)

Here is how I have turned my espresso into great espresso with this machine.
I got a non- pressured portafilter off the net (used for the Saeco Via Veneto) - check out Saeco parts
Also, I got a 52 mm stainless steel tamp made by barista basics with a very slight curve - almost flat.
I put felt pads on the rear rubber pads only to move the machine on my counter , yet provide stability with the front rubber pads.
I  modified my Starbucks Barista grinder to a finer grind (by moving the ring inside counter clockwise two holes from the factory setting ..
(look up Starbucks Barista grinder hack on Google)
I don't have the machine tamp anymore, the grind is so fine.. a light tamp from my barista basics tamp is good enough, I don't have to tightly tamp
the portafilter on the machine.
I preinfuse the coffee until it just starts to drip out and slows down on the pull.
I don't pull a one ounce shot from one shot of ground coffee .. I pull 1/2 to 3/4 oz - this gives me  oily, thick, rich espresso  - about as good as the shots I get from my local espresso shop
I now don't feel the need to spend lots of bucks on a higher end espresso machine and grinder

Buying Experience

great, except I had to really look hard to find a new one .

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