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Starbucks Barista - Luis Barrera's Review
Posted: September 24, 2007, 8:13pm
review rating: 5.5
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Arrow The Starbucks Barista has 162 Reviews
Arrow The Starbucks Barista has been rated 8.23 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.4
Manufacturer: Estro Quality: 8
Average Price: $350.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $150.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: eBay Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 1 week Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: For the price, it's a great buy
Positive Product Points

- Delivers a satisfying espresso shot without much trouble.
- Large water reservoir
- Powerful frother for the price
- Fine aesthetics
- Simple operation

Negative Product Points

- Pressurized portafilter
- Boiler takes time to be ready for steaming after brewing

Detailed Commentary

This machine fulfilled my expectations quite well. It's perfect for the beginner-intermediate who is not particularly worried about his/her barista skills, but just wants a machine that will reliably deliver a good shot of espresso. I say this mostly because of the pressurized portafilter, which eliminates the need for real tamping. It can be a blessing since once you find the correct setting for your grinder, you can very consistently deliver good shots, but you can go along without any need to even buy a tamper. Operation is very straightforward once you understand basics such as priming and releasing steam pressure after frothing before pouring a shot. I'm not really a huge fan of drinks with milk, and prefer just straight espresso, but I tested the frother just for kicks and found it satisfying. I like the large water reservoir and the accessory drawer below the drip tray, though the latter feels cheap.

Overall, I feel satisfied with it and hope it'll last me for a few years before I feel the need to upgrade.

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