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Starbucks Barista - Timothy A. Nitz's Review
Posted: April 9, 2001, 2:27pm
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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: 8.8
Manufacturer: Estro Quality: 10
Average Price: $350.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 month Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Intermediate Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: Great value for beginning to intermediate home pulls.
Positive Product Points

Appearance, overall quality of build, no internal aluminum, price point.

Negative Product Points

Haven‘t been able to produce a 20-second shot. Use of steam wand for hot water is somewhat unpredictable and undocumented in Starbucks lit. "Warming" rack worthless (probably why Starbucks doesn‘t discuss this either).

Detailed Commentary

I paid $249 on sale. Note that if the machine is not on sale at Starbucks, you can order it as the Saeco model from a number of importers for a little less than the sale price at Starbucks.

If you use the Starbucks Espresso Roast correctly ground, you can replicate a Starbucks drink nearly exactly (if that‘s what you are after).

Difficult if not impossible to pull a 20-second shot. I average around 15 seconds. The crema produced is beautiful but can be misleading. Would like to try a traditional portafilter on it.

Quick to use, and easy to use. Clean-up fairly simple. Emptying grounds from portafilter not as clean as a larger unit since the grounds are most often fairly wet, I guess partly a result of the rapporto filter system.

Great for lefties as steam wand is on left and therefore more conveniently used.

The drip tray is rather small, and the drawer/tray pretty useless since water often gets in there. I would have preferred one large drip tray to replace the 3 plastic pieces it comes with.

Steaming is adequate as is size of the water tank.

Find and purchase something brightly colored that floats to place in the watertank - it‘s VERY HARD to see the water level in the tank as is. You might try one of those plastic "ice-cubes" sold at kitchen shops.

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