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Estro Barista Athena

Estro Barista Athena
alaAverage 4

9 reviews

Sep, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the build quality. The usability also gets good reviews, whereas there are some critical opinions about the size and value for money.

usability, build quality

value for money, size

On average, users rate this product 80/100.

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Faulty Wiring - Beware!!

 

I purchased the now discontinued Starbucks Barista Athena espresso machine just over two years ago. I paid what I consider to be a decent amount of money for this machine; I realize it wasn't the most expensive espresso machine out there, but I trusted...

Makes tasty espresso ; easy to use

Poor workmanship ; machine did not last nearly as long as expected

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What a fun way to spoil oneself!

 

I come from a family that seems to have a slight obsession with coffee. With a total of nine people (7 kids!), and most of us kids being adults now, we have a lot of combined experience when it comes to expresso machines, coffee makers, and coffee in ...

Helpful instructional video ; ease of use ; Quality, Durability and Performance

Cost can be prohibitive, especially since accessories must be purchased seperately

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GOOD, BETTER, BEST

 

The good is that if you want a great cup of espresso, you should read no further: out of the box (after washing the machine and watching the video which comes with it), the Starbucks Barista Athena easily pulled the best double shot of espresso I have ...

Best espresso ever, easy to use, automatically programmed for amount of water to pull.

High enough price that you'll want to try to wait until a sale.

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Coffee bar taste at home

 

I have only been using the Athena machine for a few weeks, but I am very happy with my purchase. ...

Excellent crema, fine froth,

Time consuming due to required priming. not good for a large (more than 4) crowd.

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Go to Europe - get hooked for life.

 

I began my quest for a perfect shot of home brewed espresso after a visit to Europe. In every cafe throughout Paris and London,coffee was served "crema style," which is a pressure brewed cup of very dark roast (a shot of espresso made larger and...

Thick, rich, delicious espresso.

Time consuming priming required.

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A super machine

 

From the minute I took it out of the box, I knew this was a high-quality machine. Everything about it - the fit, the finish and the performance, are just outstanding.

Very high quality

none so far

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A best buy.

 

I tried 5 different machines before I realized the best place to get consistently good espresso was the best place to get a consistent espresso machine. As soon as you take it out of the box, the quality behind this machine is obvious. From the...

Quality, ease of use, instructional video.

Haven't found any yet.

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Barista Athena is junk

 

I bought an Athena from a local Starbucks today I couldn't wait to get home and set it up, I watched the video that came with it and went along with it verbatim. I found that the steam was less then adequate to froth the milk the way it was supposed...

none

Poor Quality

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Starbucks in your House

 

The Barista Athena is a an excellent machine for home use. Making a latte or mocha is fairly simple and tastes just like a store bought Starbucks. It also has support for Starbucks pods, which are a self contained espresso grounds in a packet for...

Great espresso, excellent frothing, fast brewing

Expensive, hard to learn