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Starbucks Barista - Mark Farris's Review
Posted: January 15, 2000, 4:12am
review rating: 6.0
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Starbucks Barista Grinder
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Arrow The Starbucks Barista has 94 Reviews
Arrow The Starbucks Barista has been rated 7.89 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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JP Cordill 8.40
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.2
Manufacturer: Solis Quality: 6
Average Price: $120.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Aesthetics 6
Owned for: 1 year Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Professional Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: A great grinder, if you can find one that works to its full potential
Positive Product Points

Has conical burrs, which reduces heat.
Not too expensive.
Grinds from French Press to espresso.
Handy timer on/off switch.

Negative Product Points

Somewhat noisy.
Can produce a lot of static.
Quality Control issues.

Detailed Commentary

Starbucks Barista Grinder: $120

I own two of these and, interestingly enough, the difference between them is night and day. While one grinds fine enough to use in my Barista machine, the other cannot. While one produces so much static that coffee grounds end up everywhere, the other doesn‘t. Whatever it is that causes these differences, it is nice to know that Starbucks has a rather liberaly return policy. If you buy one that doesn‘t perform well enough for you, don‘t be afraid to exchange it until you find one that does.

 I had to modify one to grind fine enough for espresso, as at the factory setting it was just too coarse. Of course doing this voids the warrenty, so I wouldn‘t recommend doing it unless you don‘t plan on returning it.

The amount of static on one of them is unbelieveable. There are severel methods which supposedly help in cutting down the amount of static a grinder produces, but none of them helped in any observable manner.

Quality Control issues aside, this is a good grinder at a good price. Not only that, but Starbucks is known for their excellent customer service, so if you have problems with the grinder, getting it taken care of should be a breeze.

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