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Starbucks Barista - William CHARSCHAN's Review
Posted: December 18, 2001, 6:53am
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Bam T 9.50
Carl Lobitz 8.67
Rick Wayne 8.22
Dave Jahsman 8.00
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 10.0
Manufacturer: Estro Quality: 10
Average Price: $350.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 4+ years Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: Intermediate Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: Great machine and when on sale, a great value
Positive Product Points

So easy to use, machine is self tamping and almost idiot proof, great dry steam and fine froth, nice looking machine, Holds nice amount of water, great tasting espresso, especially when compared to my old capresso model 101 which I recently gave away after 5 yrs of good use

Negative Product Points

Havent noticed any yet.  So far, very impressed

Detailed Commentary

A friend of mine purchased this machine a few yrs ago and I remembered the great hit of espresso it made and what he paid.  They had it on sale this x mas for 319 in stainless (I would have liked it cheaper but I wanted stainless).  I considered either this or the rancilio, which from what I have read is a monster in both size and steaming capacity compared to this machine.  It also was 80 dollars more and somewhat finicky for the novice user.  After demoing this in two starbucks, the second store sold me on it because the sales person was more knowlegable, I decided that this made a great cup of espresso, and since it was self tamping, that made it easier.  whats more, my braun grinder which is also 5 yrs old does grind well for this machine at its finest setting, saving me another 130 or so for another grinder. Since tamp pressure is minimally important and since the machine is self tamping, even my wife can use this machine without incident.  I even use if for tea at night (undocumented feature) by leaving it on brew and turning on the steam knob.  The water comes out at the right tempurature and even gives the tea a nice head of froth.  The two year warrantee is nice as well

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