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Starbucks Barista - D R's Review
Posted: July 20, 2011, 6:42am
review rating: 9.5
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Starbucks Barista Grinder
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D R 9.50
John Eubanks 8.57
JP Cordill 8.40
Mark Prince 8.33
Jim Robin 8.33

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.2
Manufacturer: Solis Quality: 7
Average Price: $120.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $10.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Garage sale Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 year Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Gaggia MDF
Bottom Line: Nothing fancy, but gets the job done (if what you want is a uniform, small grind).
Positive Product Points

Fine grind adjustments. Solid, large conical burr set. Will grind fairly uniform, in a range acceptable for espresso.

Negative Product Points

Very narrow grind range
Somewhat low quality construction

Detailed Commentary

On the lower end it is nearly fine enough for Turkish, on the upper end it is not quite coarse enough for drip. This is where the problem lies- it is a fine grinder for espresso but not much else, and the step marks don't quite yield enough definition to really dial in an espresso grind. The hopper is a little too freely able to move when the grinder kicks on, and sometimes would twist to a slightly different position. The good thing is that there aren't definate clicks for grind settings, the bad thing is that they aren't stable either. Shortly after I bought it, the switch broke and the grinder would not turn off unless unplugged. I admit, I could have mongo'd the switch, but it truly was made out of a flimsy plastic for something that should be designed for a lot of mechanical movements. The container that the coffee falls into often would be static-y, holding way too much grounds. If you remove the container, there is no way to fit a portafilter in the space left behind, so it really is only functional with the container used as it is designed.

I bought mine for 10$ at an estate sale, so the value for me was IMMENSE. Would I pay full price for one? No way- but thats not to say it is overpriced. Compared to its competitors on the market this is a decent price even new. The burrs are incredibly easy to remove, just twist off the hopper and lift up the lower burr set. I would grind some rice and then vacuum out the burr set. The grind was also pretty uniform. Nothing to brag about, but light years ahead of the Cuisinart "burr" grinder I had upgraded from. Hardly any fines are created in this one. The grind container holds a decent amount of coffee. I would grind my coffee for the work day right before work at the coarsest setting and would have just enough when the container was full. The hopper is a good size as well, not too big so you are not tempted to over load and get stale coffee two weeks later, but large enough you don't have to constantly fill.

Buying Experience

Like I said, estate sale. So this does not apply :)

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