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Starbucks Brewers - All - James Jones's Review
Posted: April 6, 2003, 6:47pm
review rating: 3.4
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Arrow The Starbucks Brewers - All has 56 Reviews
Arrow The Starbucks Brewers - All has been rated 6.77 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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Scott Eklund 10.00
J. D. 10.00
Scott Sowers 9.00
Brad Beaman 9.00
Robert Hagstrom 8.50

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 2.0
Product Reviewed: Barista Aroma
Manufacturer: Varies Quality: 3
Average Price: Varies Usability: 1
Price Paid: $99.99 Cost vs. Value 0
Where Bought: Springfield, VA Aesthetics 4
Owned for: 1 year Overall 2
Writer's Expertise: Intermediate Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: Run - don't walk - from this one. Buy something that works.
Positive Product Points

Thermal carafe keeps coffee hot.

Negative Product Points

Carafe lid vapor locks - always when you are away from pot - and brews all over the counter.

Detailed Commentary

I bought this brewer for $99. I had to wheedle for 1 lb of coffee to go with it - they wanted to give me 1/2 lb.
I read the instructions, seasoned it, and started brewing. By the 3rd pot, I felt comfortable with it, and set the automatic timer. I came downstairs to coffee everywhere but in the pot.
I checked everything out to see why it had overflowed, and could find no reason. I re-seasoned it, and tried again.
Several pots later, again unwatched, it brewed all over the counter. I determined that the carafe lid was vapor-locking.
I called Starbucks and they said that there was a problem with the carafes, and they sent me a new one. I was happy. Until the next unwatched pot.
You guessed it.
Nothing I have tried has helped. I have even salted the water to try and soften up my hard well water. It not only did not work, it made a terrible pot of coffee!
I now brew with the lid off, at Starbucks suggestion. This works fine, but makes the automatic timer useless. I can no longer wake up to the smell and taste of fresh coffee.
As soon as I can afford it, I will by a Krups carafe, and donate the Aroma to a charity.

Buying Experience

The store tried to give me 1/2 lb of coffee. I had read some stores were giving 2 lbs! I wheedled, cajoled, and pled, and finally he gave me 1 lb. He said it was up to the individual stores. Great.

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Posted: April 6, 2003, 6:47pm
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