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Starbucks Barista - Darla Wiese's Review
Posted: April 9, 2006, 1:57pm
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: 7.2
Manufacturer: Estro Quality: 7
Average Price: $350.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $400.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: Starbucks Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 2 years Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Easy to use, quality results, sturdy, but I agree that for a true coffee connoisseur it is easily outgrown. Excellant for the above-avg. coffee lover though.
Positive Product Points

easy to use, quality results

Negative Product Points

easily outgrown, wish i could brew and steam at the same time. The brew head gets clogged easy

Detailed Commentary

I like the drinks I make with this thing better than most coffeehouses. The shots often are pulled "lop-sided" because one of the spouts will clog, it's frustrating. The quality it produces is adequeat but I am already dreaming of a higher-quality machine for espresso normale-- I wouldn't use this machine for straight espresso shots. The steam wand could be a little longer, it's difficult to steam only enough milk for 8 oz, but the upside is you can easily steam enough milk for two.  It also requires cleaning after every use. The water basket is large and all the pieces together equals a cumbersome mess on the counter while they are drying--- makes me hesitant to use it on a daily basis but that's just me being lazy.

Buying Experience

This was actually a college graduation gift so I really can't complain. I had a hell of time switching my new navy blue machine for a stainless steel one though. Starbucks made it way to complicated and it took several calls to HQ.

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