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Starbucks Barista - Rick Hiebert's Review
Posted: January 28, 2008, 5:58pm
review rating: 2.0
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Arrow The Starbucks Barista has been rated 8.23 overall by our member reviewers
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Bam T 9.50
Carl Lobitz 8.67
Rick Wayne 8.22
Jim Pennington 8.00
Larry Holt 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 6.8
Manufacturer: Saeco Quality: 6
Average Price: $350.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $399.00 Cost vs. Value 6
Where Bought: Starbucks Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 2 years Overall 6
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: Be prepared for repair bills
Positive Product Points

Worked great for the first two years. Simple to operate. Makes great lattes.

Negative Product Points

Limited lifespan

Detailed Commentary

Two years plus a month (one month past warranty) the steam wand started spewing water and steam while drawing a shot. I phoned Starbucks warranty who led me through a procedure to adjust the steam knob but it did not solve the problem. They said I should descale the unit and it would probably work. I descaled it and it made no change. So I phoned Starbucks warranty department again and they got me to adjust the steam knob again and when this did not work they said I was out of luck; they would not cover the repairs because the warranty had expired.

One month later: I brought my machine in to a repair shop and they replaced the steam valve ($80 including labor). The machine works even better than it did at first - great steam and no leaks.

Buying Experience

Friendly informative encouraging staff who spoke from personal experience.

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