September 5, 2005
It’s no real surprise that when people “step up” from blade grinders and poorly built home-store grinders, they often end up with a Starbucks grinder. Starbucks is omnipresent in most parts of the US, and although I’m ever more disenchanted with their coffee, they do sell some quite nice equipment.
The Starbucks Barista Burr Grinder is essentially a rebranded version of the Solis 166 Conical Burr Grinder. Solis is a well-known manufacturer of coffee and espresso equipment, and they make a nice grinder, particularly if you’re more interested in drip brew or press-pot brewing than high-end espresso. Solis has updated this grinder slightly in their own line, and market the updated version as the Solis Maestro (pictured above).
I spent about 6 months with the Barista Burr Grinder and was in general quite pleased with it.