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Overall Rating 8.2, Based on 162 Reviews
Avg Price $350.00
Manufacturer Estro
Machine Type Pump, Single Boiler, Reservoir, Semi Auto Espresso Machine
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Class Semi Automatic Dual Purpose Boiler
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Max Ekstrom 01.15.2004 Rating: 8.0
Bottom Line: If you are ready to tinker, it's a solid shooter.
William CHARSCHAN 12.18.2001 Rating: 10.0
Bottom Line: Great machine and when on sale, a great value
Sheryl Garnik 05.10.2008 Rating: 7.8
Bottom Line: A great first machine! Have never regretted the purchase.
Andrew Heffron 07.08.2009 Rating: 8.8
Bottom Line: Hard working, dependable, and stylish.  A great beginner machine.
Jonathan Ewing 09.22.2009 Rating: 8.2
Bottom Line: Starbucks Barista, which is an Italian Saeco machine rebranded by Starbucks, is an excellent starter, with excellent build quality and consistency.
Harvey Dent 01.01.2010 Rating: 9.2
Bottom Line: easy to use + consistancy in taste + good quality esspresso - whatelse should one expect from an esspresso machine? machine looks neat&tiny but is very heavy, reliable and cosistant.
Douglas Engel 10.18.2008 Rating: 8.6
Bottom Line: Sturdy, well made, and simple to use.
Chris Wyser-Pratte 03.20.2000 Rating: 7.2
Bottom Line: OK coffee, sometimes not hot enough. Modest steaming capacity. But it‘s not expensive and the service is great.
Bob Zolan 05.01.2000 Rating: 8.4
Bottom Line: Great value,good service and support available
Chris Schmelzer 05.07.2000 Rating: 7.2
Bottom Line: Good value if purchased on sale or refurb
Glenn408 12.10.2001 Rating: 7.6
Bottom Line: Great draws if you can get everything PERFECT. The machine needs to cooperate somewhat...
Dean Deaver 04.23.2008 Rating: 5.2
Bottom Line: It's been an okay machine.  Average at best.  It's okay for the price, but I'm looking to upgrade now.
Donny Raus 08.24.2005 Rating: 7.8
Bottom Line: It is a great machine for the beginner home barista that consistently pulls an above average shot of espresso. If possible wait for the Starbuck’s annual brewing sale (late November/middle of December). No regrets here!
J. Valenta 07.10.2003 Rating: 8.2
Bottom Line: Great "starter" machine, best bang for $ when bought on sale. (although the competition is closing in)
Richard Orlin 12.28.2005 Rating: 8.0
Bottom Line: Easy to use, fool-proof semi-automatic for the coffeegeek-in-training.
Joel Stevens 01.04.2006 Rating: 9.4
Bottom Line: Looks good, Works Great, and it is as Tough as a Tank.
Brian Rose 01.14.2006 Rating: 5.4
Bottom Line: For the money, I guess it will do.  But don't expect anything more than adequate espresso.
Sean Strugnell 07.26.2003 Rating: 7.2
Bottom Line: Good value for $$$, but shot quality is inconsistent.
D. O. 02.16.2007 Rating: 8.6
Bottom Line: Definitely recommended for the price. Just make sure you get a decent grinder!
Kay James 08.21.2007 Rating: 8.2
Bottom Line: better than all the other machines I could find locally at a simillar price.I'm pleased with it
Seth Jones 09.05.2007 Rating: 9.6
Bottom Line: Best espresso machine I've ever owned
Kaysee 08.12.2000 Rating: 8.4
Bottom Line: the only reason i would not buy again is curiosity about the next level -- it‘s the espresso obsession, searching for the ultimate..
Jack 11.25.2000 Rating: 10.0
Bottom Line: The Barista is a great espresso machine; don‘t waste your money on a "designer" machine like the Francis X Francis, which is plastic, has a poor porta
David DCosta 12.02.2000 Rating: 8.0
Bottom Line: A solid addition to the everyday kitchen
Nichole Smith 09.25.2012 Rating: 8.6
Bottom Line: Great machine and best value in this price range. Highly recommend.
Mark 01.22.2001 Rating: 6.0
Bottom Line: I  will shop for a different brand next time. The functions were O.K., but I think I can find a machine which lasts for more than 2 yrs for the price.
Michael Oliverio 02.20.2001 Rating: 9.2
Bottom Line: Originally bought for my office, but couldn‘t think of not using it on the weekends.
R Monroe 06.22.2001 Rating: 8.8
Bottom Line: If you like Americano, this is great. If you‘re looking for strong espresso, you might look elsewhere.
Bob Butler 06.14.2001 Rating: 5.6
Bottom Line: I had alot of problems
Bryan & Cristina 06.19.2001 Rating: 8.8
Bottom Line: good bargain on sale, an excellent addition to your kitchen
Timothy A. Nitz 04.09.2001 Rating: 8.8
Bottom Line: Great value for beginning to intermediate home pulls.
Marie 04.09.2001 Rating: 8.8
Bottom Line: I highly recommend this machine
Philip M Fortman 10.11.2012 Rating: 7.2
Bottom Line: Well worth the price!
Ken Lempit 01.12.2012 Rating: 8.6
Bottom Line: Unless you're a serious coffee geek this should be enough machine for you.
Roman Beyga 08.18.2011 Rating: 9.0
Bottom Line: Great first espresso machine, good quality, very forgiving. But you'll want to upgrade.
Joel Stevens 12.08.2000 Rating: 10.0
Bottom Line: I would certainly recomend it to anyone who really wanted to make espresso regularly
Nancy C Lea 01.17.2010 Rating: 9.4
Bottom Line: Excellent home machine, ease of use and cleaning, great little cuppas!
Mark Kunitomi 01.18.2010 Rating: 7.0
Bottom Line: Great machine to learn how to make espresso. Get one used.
Michael Friedman 03.14.2001 Rating: 8.4
Bottom Line: Watch out Seaco/Gaggia - on sale this machine is an unbeatable value and makes a great shot of espresso
Carl Lafong (quality: 0.3) 04.09.2000 Rating: 10.0
Bottom Line: great machine stay away from silva and run to starbucks
Benedikt Halldorsson (quality: 1.0) 11.03.2005 Rating: 9.4
Bottom Line: After I learned a few espresso-making tricks, my satisfaction level with this machine went from 50% to 100%
Dan (quality: 1.0) 11.12.2001 Rating: 6.4
Bottom Line: good, but don?t buy a painted one.
Eric Bain (quality: 1.0) 04.13.2014 Rating: 8.0
Bottom Line: entry level bliss.... and then some... Unless you are going all the way from the get go, this machine will make you smile....
Larry Morrison (quality: 2.0) 01.15.2004 Rating: 6.4
Bottom Line: Not a bad entry level machine.
Calvin D. Pond (quality: 2.0) 08.15.2001 Rating: 8.8
Bottom Line: Beautiful machine... only problem has been the occasional vapour lock, but easily resolved.
Willi Mazereeuw (quality: 2.0) 11.26.2006 Rating: 6.6
Bottom Line: sorry I bought this machine
Rick Hiebert (quality: 2.0) 01.28.2008 Rating: 6.8
Bottom Line: Be prepared for repair bills
Jan Henneberry (quality: 2.0) 04.20.2008 Rating: 10.0
Bottom Line: 2 pounds of beans will pay for the machine!
Ed Italiano (quality: 2.5) 06.02.2010 Rating: 9.0
Bottom Line: Great, basic, easy to use, cute machine
JENNIFER BETUZZI (quality: 2.7) 12.20.2007 Rating: 8.8
Bottom Line: Great expresso and great frothing wand.  Wish the machine was able to make a really hot cup of coffee.
R Saiers (quality: 3.0) 08.08.2006 Rating: 6.2
Bottom Line: Not bad as an entry-level machine for producing okay espresso. But for the price, try the Saeco Aroma, which features 15 bars rather than the Barista's 8-12 bars of pressure.
Michael Owen (quality: 3.0) 08.28.2007 Rating: 9.0
Bottom Line: Great espresso machine at an even better price. Customer service is #1.
Margaret (quality: 3.0) 01.24.2000 Rating: 9.6
Bottom Line: good buy for money
Mark D (quality: 3.0) 02.25.2009 Rating: 5.0
Bottom Line: Save your money and buy a Gaggia
Liz Runkle (quality: 3.0) 12.13.2007 Rating: 7.2
Bottom Line: I'm keeping this one until it is beyond repair... it's 12 now and may last much longer.
Bob (quality: 3.0) 03.19.2000 Rating: 9.2
Bottom Line: I'd buy it again.  On sale.
Reed Nelson (quality: 3.1) 11.08.2004 Rating: 8.6
Bottom Line: The BEST first pump driven unit. Low $$$ + high quality + good coffee= happy customer with stained teeth!!!
G Laufer (quality: 3.3) 08.17.2008 Rating: 7.8
Bottom Line: Buy it as a first machine or one you just want to use occasionaly.
Robert Furey (quality: 3.7) 09.19.2005 Rating: 8.8
Bottom Line: Great Machine for the novice and intermeadiate expresso baristas, Strong, durable, and makes consistant expresso every time
Jeff Miller (quality: 4.0) 01.10.2003 Rating: 6.4
Bottom Line: A good starter machine that will quickly make you want to buy an auto.
Michael Sherman (quality: 4.0) 05.19.2004 Rating: 9.4
Bottom Line: Solid workhorse for ten years.  Still going strong.  Best purchase ever.
Lee Grocholski (quality: 4.0) 12.08.2006 Rating: 9.2
Bottom Line: Fantastic Fantastic Fantastic!!!
Rich Lyons (quality: 4.0) 01.20.2000 Rating: 8.4
Bottom Line: A good machine if you are not in the financial realm to buy a Sylvia!
David M Strom (quality: 4.0) 02.21.2000 Rating: 7.6
Bottom Line: Good starter machine. Could be improved with a better portafilter.
Ben Moore (quality: 4.0) 12.31.2007 Rating: 7.6
Bottom Line: 10+ years of faithful service from my Proteo without a problem. This should say it all.
Wendy (quality: 4.0) 01.14.2001 Rating: 9.2
Bottom Line: Very nice machine with good results all the time
Dan Wood (quality: 4.0) 07.04.2007 Rating: 9.0
Bottom Line: Great machine for the price.  I highly recommend it for the novice to intermediate that wants a good cup of espresso without a lot of hassle or money.
Jason Morton (quality: 4.1) 06.24.2003 Rating: 10.0
Bottom Line: Greatest Machine ever! The Barista makes the the best shot ever and is easy!
Jeff Johnson (quality: 4.3) 04.29.2005 Rating: 7.8
Bottom Line: Good quality, easy to find machine that is good as a first step in quality espresso.  Easily outgrown.
Geoff Corey (quality: 4.5) 12.16.2004 Rating: 7.6
Bottom Line: All in all it is a good machine at a good price.
Gary Meyers (quality: 4.7) 04.30.2004 Rating: 9.0
Bottom Line: All the basics with good quality and reliability- serves 2-3 people best
Bongo BCBeanBoy (quality: 4.7) 03.18.2002 Rating: 8.0
Bottom Line: Dissa machinna issa notta goin'ah bakkah too-ah dah storra.
Ann Phillips (quality: 4.8) 05.10.2005 Rating: 7.6
Bottom Line: Better than a Krups Disposable!
John Southern (quality: 4.8) 03.01.2004 Rating: 9.2
Bottom Line: Best machine for price/support/warranty though I'd sell it after 2 year waranty is up.
Josh (quality: 5.0) 12.19.2000 Rating: 10.0
Bottom Line: I was tired of paying $3 a latte, so now I make my own.  Great machine for the novice or intermediate barista
Linda Hughes (quality: 5.0) 01.15.2008 Rating: 9.6
Bottom Line: I love my machine, it makes better latte's than Starbuck's, it paid for itself in 6 months!
Larry Lemmon (quality: 5.0) 02.18.2008 Rating: 9.2
Bottom Line: I considered this to be an entry machine that I would replace with a more sophisticated - expensive one.  After using it for 6 months, I'll use it til it dies.
Jeff Breckon (quality: 5.0) 03.04.2003 Rating: 8.0
Bottom Line: Good solid machine, makes better espresso, and cappas than most Starbucks employees can pull.  Hats off to those Starbuckies who know their way around a La Marzocco.
Bill Kendall (quality: 5.0) 02.05.2006 Rating: 7.2
Bottom Line: Wait for the annual sale to buy; be faithful to follow the instructions; save the box for the inevitable replacement under warrenty; DO call the 1-800 tech number for help. They're friendly!
Joseph Dickson (quality: 5.0) 01.06.2005 Rating: 8.8
Bottom Line: A great machine, simple, easy great results for the price range.
Mark Martin (quality: 5.0) 03.04.2007 Rating: 7.2
Bottom Line: Not great but I would buy another.  Good value.
Don McFall (quality: 5.0) 10.12.2002 Rating: 7.8
Bottom Line: Good solid machine if you can find it on sale
Benj Bell (quality: 5.0) 01.20.2007 Rating: 8.2
Bottom Line: Great coffee machine for people developing their addiction and the related skills required to make good coffee
Ed Medina (quality: 5.0) 06.15.2012 Rating: 9.6
Bottom Line: If you can find it buy it you will not regret it.
Peter Aeschliman (quality: 5.0) 05.31.2007 Rating: 8.6
Bottom Line: This machine is reliable, easy to use, and most of all, the best quality for the money.
Colin Newell (quality: 5.0) 01.12.2002 Rating: 7.0
Bottom Line: Great for the beginner but not for the serious espresso hound.
Otto G. (quality: 5.3) 11.25.2001 Rating: 8.8
Bottom Line: Early Barista(Estro Profi) built in grinder, 5 years old, works like new,  no probelms, other than grinder trap door spring,  makes excellent espresso
Misty Espresso (quality: 5.4) 10.24.2002 Rating: 8.0
Bottom Line: I guess you can gather from above this is a great buy, fun to use and makes a great shot of espresso.
Luis Barrera (quality: 5.5) 09.24.2007 Rating: 8.4
Bottom Line: For the price, it's a great buy
Peter Economy (quality: 5.5) 12.28.2000 Rating: 10.0
Bottom Line: Great choice for the serious, but not fanatical, espresso drinker!
Thomas Hoeffel (quality: 5.7) 07.03.2002 Rating: 7.8
Bottom Line: Not bad, not bad at all.
Fred Kennedy (quality: 5.7) 11.16.2004 Rating: 8.6
Bottom Line: This machine makes my latte one of the best times of my day.....
Josh Baer (quality: 5.7) 09.08.2007 Rating: 7.6
Bottom Line: The Calvin Coolidge of espresso: there's better, and there's worse, but it's pretty darn endearing nonetheless.
Michael Mermigan (quality: 6.0) 07.22.2004 Rating: 8.0
Bottom Line: Well built and easy to use out of the box.
John Brion (quality: 6.0) 05.01.2007 Rating: 8.0
Bottom Line: Certainly not the best money can buy, but you'll be able to make better shots then you get from starbucks' teenage baristas.
Sharky Meyer (quality: 6.0) 03.12.2004 Rating: 9.2
Bottom Line: Great entry level product, with great customer service.  If you upgrade from a steam (non-pump) machine, you will be shocked by the improvement.
David Kyle (quality: 6.0) 03.02.2003 Rating: 8.6
Bottom Line: This is an easy machine to love. I should know, I'm a repeat customer!
Yegor Timofeyenko (quality: 6.0) 06.22.2004 Rating: 4.2
Bottom Line: If Silvia's expresso quality is worth 500 dollars, then I would say that Barsta's expresso quality is worth 150 (Yeah! There is that much difference!!!) . People, Please, DON'T BUY the BARISTA
Bob (quality: 6.0) 12.29.2000 Rating: 9.6
Bottom Line: A very usable machine which produces excellent espresso and crema yet won‘t leave you too poor to afford Superb coffee which is so important.
Ayesha A (quality: 6.0) 07.25.2007 Rating: 8.0
Bottom Line: Great customer service; easy to clean; predictable shots; easy to add water; compact
Bob Holland (quality: 6.0) 04.27.2003 Rating: 8.0
Bottom Line: Great step up from the steam toys and usually somebody local who can show you how to get started.
Glenn Martin (quality: 6.0) 01.17.2006 Rating: 9.6
Bottom Line: This Machine in my opinion is the best for the price range and the lifetime support!!!!
Andy Singer (quality: 6.0) 01.13.2010 Rating: 9.2
Bottom Line: This low-maintainence machine works great out-of-the box and has been serving barrista-made shots daily for 10 years and brewing.
Barry Nielsen (quality: 6.0) 03.28.2009 Rating: 8.4
Bottom Line: a very reasonably priced machine to learn the basics of coffee preparation, especially if found used.
J M (quality: 6.0) 01.29.2008 Rating: 7.6
Bottom Line: learn how to replace the seals for the steam wand yourself and you should be happy
Tim W (quality: 6.0) 03.01.2005 Rating: 6.2
Bottom Line: Great starter machine or for small kitchens
Bob (quality: 6.0) 01.06.2001 Rating: 8.4
Bottom Line: Good value if bought on sale. Good first machine
Kim Allen (quality: 6.0) 10.13.2005 Rating: 7.6
Bottom Line: Love it and would highly recommend to the novice espresso maker.
Occoffeefan Occoffeefan (quality: 6.0) 09.27.2008 Rating: 9.0
Bottom Line: Consider the Auber PID for the Starbucks Barista for consistent great tasting shots....
Shane Olson (quality: 6.0) 01.15.2002 Rating: 7.8
Bottom Line: a good first machine
Jason Rizos (quality: 6.0) 04.09.2007 Rating: 8.0
Bottom Line: Starbucks Barista will make a great shot of espresso, great value, great quality, and customer service.
Michael Austin (quality: 6.3) 12.04.2006 Rating: 9.2
Bottom Line: It made over 2,500 drinks during 11 years before it was time to retire. I've never owned anything that worked so well for so long.
Michael Smith (quality: 6.3) 03.31.2003 Rating: 8.8
Bottom Line: Very satisfied!  Sorry Starbuck's, but you sold me your own replacement!
Seth Sonenthal (quality: 6.3) 06.24.2003 Rating: 7.4
Bottom Line: Great unit for once or twice a day use if you can get it on sale.
Rick Clark (quality: 6.5) 07.06.2002 Rating: 8.2
Bottom Line: Produces excellent espresso.  But if you are serious about developing your espresso skills, buy a machine without the pressurized crema disk.
Jon Stackpole (quality: 6.6) 03.07.2002 Rating: 9.0
Bottom Line: Good value for most home users without the anti Starbucks snob complex.
Don Sucher (quality: 6.6) 01.14.2002 Rating: 9.2
Bottom Line: This makes good (indeed very good) espresso so easily accessable that the coffee religion may suffer for it.  Buyer beware!
Eric Svendson (quality: 6.7) 01.19.2000 Rating: 8.4
Bottom Line: Great value at the "sales price" of $250-275 for 1st time buyer
James Carrigan (quality: 6.7) 04.17.2005 Rating: 8.4
Bottom Line: The Starbucks Barista is a good value, easy to use espresso machine that is durable, provides consistent quality and is relatively easy to clean and maintain.  Great for new coffee/espresso loving families.
Michael Rasborn (quality: 6.8) 10.26.2007 Rating: 8.6
Bottom Line: Affordable now, $249, $399 then; very solid performer, extensive parts available online if needed; makes excellent, crema-filled espresso; good foam with effort and patience; drained pucks well.
J. Valenta (quality: 6.8) 07.10.2003 Rating: 8.2
Bottom Line: Great "starter" machine, best bang for $ when bought on sale. (although the competition is closing in)
Matthew Lynch (quality: 6.8) 10.25.2003 Rating: 9.8
Bottom Line: Buy one and you will not regret it (well as long as you actually use it)
Holden (quality: 7.0) 02.11.2000 Rating: 10.0
Bottom Line: Outstanding!  I‘ve abused my machine for 3 years now (5000+ draws/2500+ froths) and the more I abuse it, the more it loves me right back!
Charles Sutton (quality: 7.0) 11.02.2006 Rating: 8.2
Bottom Line: A capable starter machine that can be had for a great price, but is invariably outgrown.
David D (quality: 7.0) 01.02.2004 Rating: 8.2
Bottom Line: For cost considerations, ease of use and overall attractiveness you can’t go wrong with this machine.
Lindsey Kent (quality: 7.0) 08.20.2006 Rating: 8.4
Bottom Line: A very good consistent machine for the money.
Darla Wiese (quality: 7.0) 04.09.2006 Rating: 7.2
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.
Jon Phillips (quality: 7.0) 04.12.2007 Rating: 8.4
Bottom Line: This is the perfect beginner addict machine.
John Gilchrist (quality: 7.0) 06.29.2003 Rating: 8.6
Bottom Line: Great machine to start, but will upgrade in the future.
Dennis Barberic (quality: 7.0) 11.22.2006 Rating: 8.0
Bottom Line: Great machine for entry and mid-level espresso fans.  After a few years you may want to move up to a better machine.
Lou Pescarmona (quality: 7.0) 05.09.2002 Rating: 8.0
Bottom Line: A solid performer for the home, functional and easy to use.
Dave Rogers (quality: 7.0) 12.30.2001 Rating: 8.0
Bottom Line: A high-quality machine for those entering the world of espresso.
Laurie Prestia (quality: 7.0) 07.26.2004 Rating: 8.8
Bottom Line: Though my friends are coffee drinkers, I'll NEVER give up my Barista and afternoon lattes.
Jennifer M (quality: 7.0) 09.05.2007 Rating: 9.0
Bottom Line: This is a must have if you can find one. Even for $199, it is a great machine.
Tia Marie (quality: 7.0) 09.05.2007 Rating: 9.4
Bottom Line: Great machine
Joe Foo (quality: 7.0) 07.08.2002 Rating: 7.4
Bottom Line: Solid machine, easy to use. Don't pay list for it. Skip the grinder model.
Glen S (quality: 7.0) 09.25.2007 Rating: 8.6
Bottom Line: This is a good beginner machine only if you want to save money on per-cup prices at the stores.
Laura Costa (quality: 7.0) 09.26.2007 Rating: 9.2
Bottom Line: Great Machine for an Inexpensive Price . . What a GREAT Combo - and you don't have to SUPERSIZE!!
Loren B (quality: 7.0) 09.27.2007 Rating: 9.2
Bottom Line: If you can find one, go for it!   Make sure you use a  non pressurized portafilter and a good grinder with it (or modify your Starbucks Barista Grinder as I have)
Sis Soft (quality: 7.0) 12.14.2000 Rating: 8.4
Bottom Line: Good starter machine for budding espresso lovers, but will soon grow out of it and demand more.
Norm Hardy (quality: 7.0) 12.27.2006 Rating: 7.8
Bottom Line: A great machine for making good espresso and milk-drinks.
Angie Weaver (quality: 7.0) 12.18.2007 Rating: 9.0
Bottom Line: I will never go back to the store bought drinks!! Sooo happy with this purchase! Thanks for your help in choosing the right machine :)
Brendan Getchel (quality: 7.2) 08.31.2001 Rating: 7.2
Bottom Line: Not great, not horrible, just plain satisfactory. A very respectable first-time unit for $250 or LESS.
Lou (quality: 7.2) 12.13.2000 Rating: 10.0
Bottom Line: Superb machine (Rancilio and Solis should take a lesson!!)
Theresa Zittritsch (quality: 7.2) 07.27.2004 Rating: 8.0
Bottom Line: Well functioning machine with good build quality.   I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to another.
Powder Hound (quality: 7.2) 04.02.2002 Rating: 9.8
Bottom Line: This is the point of diminishing returns. You can spend more, but why?
Doug Welty (quality: 7.3) 01.06.2005 Rating: 7.8
Bottom Line: The best machine I've seen for anything near its price.
William French (quality: 7.5) 06.05.2009 Rating: 8.0
Bottom Line: a simple, reliable machine that can produce delicious coffee
Darren Conrad (quality: 7.5) 10.18.2002 Rating: 7.4
Bottom Line: A great buy if on sale for those wanting a no-fuss machine backed by excellent customer service!
Glas Hoppah (quality: 7.5) 01.02.2003 Rating: 9.6
Bottom Line: Excellent machine for the money.
Will Taylor (quality: 7.5) 09.20.2002 Rating: 6.2
Bottom Line: This is a decent machine, but you could get a Rancilio Silvia for a little more.
Patrick Anwandter (quality: 7.6) 07.22.2004 Rating: 7.4
Bottom Line: Great for the price - call it the first step in the stairway to E61
Max Johnson (quality: 7.7) 05.03.2009 Rating: 9.2
Bottom Line: Great machine
Jared . (quality: 7.8) 06.28.2005 Rating: 6.8
Bottom Line: If you're going to buy this machine, buy it on sale and DON'T use the stock PPF!!! - Take the valve out or purchase a non-pressurized portafilter from Saeco.  It will be worthwhile to spend a bit of extra money and get a better machine to start out with.
Donny Raus (quality: 7.8) 08.24.2005 Rating: 7.8
Bottom Line: It is a great machine for the beginner home barista that consistently pulls an above average shot of espresso. If possible wait for the Starbuck’s annual brewing sale (late November/middle of December). No regrets here!
Eric C (quality: 7.8) 07.13.2003 Rating: 7.2
Bottom Line: Excellent shots with fine grind and preheated portafilter. Great value.
Jim Pennington (quality: 8.0) 03.21.2010 Rating: 7.8
Bottom Line: Buy it cheap, learn the quirks, fix the portafilter, use it often.
Dave Jahsman (quality: 8.0) 12.01.2006 Rating: 9.2
Bottom Line: If you want to get started brewing your own espresso shots and lattes, the Starbucks Barista is an unbeatable value as your first machine.
Kevin Bailey (quality: 8.0) 09.26.2009 Rating: 6.4
Bottom Line: This is definitely a BEGINNER machine. A good grinder will do leaps and bounds for the overall product this puts out (as it does any machine). Treat yourself to a Silvia instead.
Larry Holt (quality: 8.0) 12.08.2007 Rating: 3.2
Bottom Line: Good beginner machine... You shouldn't pay over $200 for it... Decent machine to hone your skills with...
Rick Wayne (quality: 8.2) 11.18.2006 Rating: 8.0
Bottom Line: Buy on sale, brew and foam your way to amazingly smooth and tasty cappuccinos and machiattos... this is very good machine!
Carl Lobitz (quality: 8.7) 09.28.2009 Rating: 8.0
Bottom Line: Nice starter machine; don't pay too much for it.
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