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Starbucks Barista Equipment Sale

March 19, 2005


A little birdie told me today that Starbucks is having another big sale on their Barista coffee equipment next week — starting Wednesday, March 23rd, in fact.

If you’re a regular reader of this site, you’re probably aware that while I’m not a terribly big fan of Starbucks’ coffee (over-roasted, over-priced, and served overly tarted-up, in general), I do happen to be quite fond of their Barista coffee makers. They actually work well, and wonder-of-wonders (for consumer grade coffee makers) they actually brew at around 190 degrees, which produces a proper cup of coffee.

So I’m seriously thinking about a new coffee maker. My oldest has been wanting to swipe a morning cup from my beloved Barista Aroma Quattro, which screws up the whole “it makes exactly enough coffee” thing, so I’ve been thinking about getting an 8 cup anyway.

They seem to have a new version of the 8 cup Barista Aroma Grande in stainless (and I love stainless steel gear — it’s the geek in me), and it’s supposed to be priced under $100 for the sale (vs. the standard Barista Aroma Grande stainless at $149 list); I may just have to get one.

Just so I can review it, of course.

I’m also seriously thinking about their Barista burr grinder, which going to be on sale also. My little blade grinder barely makes a Quattro load, and the evenness of the grind leaves a lot to be desired.

I know the serious espresso crowd turns up their nose at the Starbucks burr grinder, but I don’t really want to spend $200+ on a grinder. If you’ve had any experience with it, or would like to recommend a decent burr grinder for $100 or under, please leave me a comment…

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2 Responses to “Starbucks Barista Equipment Sale”

  1. John Boddie on March 30th, 2005 4:38 pm

    I got a Starbucks Barista burr grinder (I believe Solis manufactures them) about a year ago and use it to grind both espresso and drip coffee.

    It’s proven to be absolutely reliable, easy to keep clean, and almost static free. It’s resonably compact and holds more than enough coffee for a 15-cup brew.

    I got mine on sale at Starbucks, and I’d do it again.

    I’m thinking of going to a better espresso machine, but I see no need to upgrade the grinder.

    If you buy one, you won’t be sorry.

    JB

  2. Chuck on March 31st, 2005 6:37 am

    Hi John!

    Thanks for the advice. I did in fact go ahead and buy the Starbucks burr grinder. What finally decided me was reading the reviews of the various grinders in that rough price range, it appeared that a lot of them end up having maintenance problems, or failures after six months or so. With the Starbucks grinder I’ve got a two year warranty, and a 10 minute drive to take it back to the store. I figured I could do a lot worse for my first time out with a burr grinder.

    So far I like it, but I’m having quite a time finding my “optimal” grind for drip coffee. As soon as I have it “dialed in”, I’ll put up a review for it.

    For $100 (and a free pound of beans), it’s an excellent deal during the sale.

    – Chuck

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