A quiet, reasonably priced machine that seems capable.
Positive Product Points
Small, very quiet, big hopper.
Negative Product Points
Small grind box, static
This is the Starbucks Barista version, which seems to be selling here in the UK for a respectable £40, although a price sticker on the unit itself said £60! Ive read a lot here about the grind not being fine enough for good espresso, but I cant see that myself. It seems to grind as fine as the Illy pre-ground espresso I usually buy, although I may try tweaking at some point if im feeling brave. I was also sceptical about the alleged static issue, but it really does seem to cause a problem! I have to dispense the grinds out over the sink, as theres always a constant 'stream' that sticks to the top edge and spreads itself over the work surface..very annoying! Im amazed at how quiet it is though. I used to have a generic burr grinder which made a very high pitched whine, but this just makes a muted whirring noise, and seems to grind very quickly indeed.
Went into local Starbucks, the manager got one from stock and threw in a pack of epsresso beans for free..as they cost £4 thats equal to a 10% saving.