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Starbucks Barista - Andy Ciordia's Review
Posted: October 23, 2004, 4:40pm
review rating: 8.0
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Arrow The Starbucks Barista has 94 Reviews
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.4
Manufacturer: Solis Quality: 7
Average Price: $120.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $135.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Starbucks Aesthetics 6
Owned for: 4+ years Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: Pro Barista Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: n/a
Bottom Line: Simple, Clean, easy loading, effective.  Not the best of the best, but for the dollar it can't be beat.
Positive Product Points

Simple and effective.  It does its job for drip, press, and does make a standard espresso shot.

Negative Product Points

Fine tuning for the espresso is lacking.  Timer could be a little better but works well enough.  The container ends up getting static shock sensative and ends up spraying grounds around.

Detailed Commentary

Simple and effective.  It does its job for drip, press, and does make a standard espresso shot.

I like this unit.  I've had it for almost 5 years and its still kicking.  I'm looking to move up soon as my espresso skills need fine tuning and require the finess of something greater but this has paid for itself over and over again.

It has a basic rotating timer on it which might be a little better but it has never broken or failed to operate as directed so that says something.  All materials are plastic.  The lid being clear can sometimes fool you in the morning and I've spilled beans on the ground from not seeing the lid was on.   The lid and holding stem can be cleaned easily by disconnecting and  putting in your dishwasher.  The units collection facility is a little weak.  Static, like usual, is being fought with on dryer days and that causes more than can be understood diameter of coffee dust.

The actual grind degrees are from press through drip to espresso.  While it could use a little more granularity when it comes to its espresso levels its not as bad as it seems and you'll pull fine shots at home.

Enjoy the unit, I have.

Buying Experience

Too long ago.  Probably standard Starbuckian experience of general consumerism.

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