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Starbucks Barista Aroma Grande

Reviewing: Starbucks Barista Aroma Grande  |  Rating:
Candida Eittreim By Candida Eittreim on
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I love coffee, especially coffee brewed from African beans. Since we have been Starbucks customers since their early catalogue days, when it came to buying a good coffee machine, we looked to them first. Oh, we had bought other coffeemakers, but were so often disappointed by poor performance and shoddy construction, we gave up and eventually just used a French Press.

One day when in Starbucks buying our beans, I noticed this big sleek looking coffee machine and got curious about what made it so special. After all, for $130.00, I expected it to perhaps get up and sing the national anthem or do something extraordinary. My husband on the other hand, wanted to cart it home immediately. Unfortunately, this touched off a rather ugly spat. No way could I see justifying paying that much for a coffeepot.

Weeks later while back in the store I asked about the features of this pot. I was told it had a full 2 year warranty, a built in water filter and a solid stainless steel carafe. They guaranteed it would keep coffee piping hot up to 12 hours. Plus they also promised a truly hot cup of coffee. This is one thing I've noticed with other pots-the coffee rarely is as hot as it should be.

Since Davids birthday was a few days off and he was still upset over not getting his way, I bought him the pot. It turned out to be the best coffeemaker we've ever had. Day after day, it creates the perfectly brewed piping hot coffee we craved. You can set it to turn on in the morning, so you wake up to the delicious aromas of freshly brewed coffee.

It is very easy to clean, and even easier to fill. The sleek solid stainless exterior is attractive and functional. A quick wipe with a damp cloth and it looks like new. The only drawback is its size. This is a great big 12 cup machine that needs alot of counter space to look well, though they do offer both an 8 cup and a cute little single cup in the line.

Currently these are being sold only in Canada and in Washington at their flagship stores. But it's worth hunting for if you truly love excellent coffee.