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I'm thinking about buying the Starbucks Barista espresso machine. Is this a decent machine for someone who doesn't really know good espresso and has no experience making espresso at home?
The Starbucks Barista machine is basically am upgraded Saeco Classico SS. ... sta/latest

I had a Saeco Rio Vapore, which was the predecessor to the Classico and it was fine for home use. It has been chugging along since 1998. It could use some new gaskets, but aside from that, it works great.

The steam will be a bit weak for good microfoam, but in its price range, it is a solid machine.

I remember the manual not being a lot of help. If you can get someone who knows what they are doing to give you a lesson, that will be well worth your time. I'd also recommend getting a good grinder. I'm very pleased with the Solis Maestro Plus, but the Maestro will serve you well and it is $50 less expensive.