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…