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Starbucks Barista - Dee Ann Abel's Review
Posted: November 3, 2000, 7:23pm
review rating: 5.5
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Starbucks Barista Grinder
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D R 9.50
John Eubanks 8.57
JP Cordill 8.40
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.2
Manufacturer: Solis Quality: 8
Average Price: $120.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $85.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: barataza.com Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 year Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: Intermediate Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Braun KMM, Zassenhaus hand mill
Bottom Line: Reasonably quiet, attractive, and no dust
Positive Product Points

Nice looking
No dust
Works great for my espresso and drip brewing

Negative Product Points

The Starbucks version didn't work for my espresso machine, so I got the refurb Solis, and it works great.

Detailed Commentary

I'm really happy with this grinder.  I'm not having a static problem.  I suppose it's loud compared to the Rocky, but it's a dream compared to the Braun.  I can use it in the morning without waking up everyone in the house, and that was my litmus test.

And I'm getting fine shots.  My espresso machine is really nothing special - a five year old Krups thermoblock machine.  But I'm giving it fresh coffee ground with this grinder, and I'm getting some nice shots - plenty of richly colored crema, not sour, and not bitter.  This is the best espresso I've ever had, but, hey, we're not known for great espresso here in Virginia.

I guess the moral of the story is, if you're considering upgrading your espresso machine, you should first buy a decent grinder and get some good coffee.  Try to take your old machine to it's limit.  You might be surprised.

Buying Experience

I recommend baratza.com - They were incredibly helpful.  I got a better deal, and their service was above and beyond the call of duty.

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