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Starbucks Sirena Espresso Machine

Starbucks is obviously known for its 12,000+ coffee shops scattered all over the world, but they've also produced their own espresso maker called the Starbucks Sirena Espresso Machine. Starbucks is a great coffee company, but how well do they stand up as a machine maker? Find out today...

Let's Look At The Machine

Starbucks Sirena Espresso Machine
The Sirena has a standard 15 bars of pressure. It's a pump powered machine that has a dual brewing spout as well as a one touch single or double shot option.

It has a steam wand as you would expect, but unexpectedly the wand has a Pannarello Adapter which is a nice little surprise. You'll have no problems making your favorite cappuccinos or lattes with this machine!

Unlike most espresso machines, you can use both ground coffee beans as well as E.S.E. pods. Anyone who regularly visits my site knows that I'm a "bean guy" and stay a long way away from pods, but I understand why a growing number of people enjoy them.

Finally, the Sirena comes with a 57.5 ounce water tank and adjustable drip tray; both of which are easily removable which makes cleaning a snap.

*Fun Fact - The Sirena was designed by the world famous BMW Designworks.

What Are People Saying About The Sirena?

Out of 73 customer reviews at Amazon, the Sirena averaged about three and a half stars. That's not great, by any standard, but it's also not terrible either. Fully twenty-seven people rated it a 5 out of 5 stars, and another twelve gave it a 4-star review. Another seven gave it 3-stars, twelve gave it 2-stars, and fifteen gave it 1-star.

Generally when we see a curve like that with a lot of good reviews at the top and a lot of bad reviews at the bottom it indicates a problem. In this case people who gave it poor reviews tended to have trouble with the machine right out of the box, including leaking. People have also had problems with the steamer, others have had their entire machine die after a few months.

Normally I would disregard those problems because all machines have a small minority of defects, but in this case I take the reviews more seriously. Why? Because I'm always just a little leery of a company who focuses mostly on something else (in this case, coffee and coffee shops) and decides to launch their own machine simply to take advantage of synergy.

What's The Bottom Line?

Basically I see it like this... this is a really nice looking machine, but it's incredibly expensive (relatively speaking). Plus its been out for a while and its a little hard to find. I recommend you spend your money on a machine made by a company that only focuses on making amazing espresso makers, not someone who launches one model seemingly as an afterthought to take advantage of synergy and brand loyalty.

But that's just me.

If you've held this machine in your hands in the store, liked what you saw, and have $400-$500 bucks to spare then by all means, give the Starbucks Sirena Espresso Machine a try. If you're more interested in a quality machine that makes great espresso and will last for years to come, you might want to take a look elsewhere.