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Starbucks Espresso Machines and Beans



Starbucks! I was a little torn about whether to dedicate a section of the site to Starbucks. A lot of "espresso people" don't really like them because they see them as dumbing down the art of espresso or other such silly things; but I love them and it's my web site, so that's that!


Besides, I'm an espresso snob, but that doesn't stop me from starting each and every day at Starbucks with my newspaper and steaming cup of coffee. It's a great way to start any day and I won't apologize for it!


The Company


I don't think I need to go into a great amount of detail because if you don't know about these guys, you've probably been living under a rock for the last decade and you probably don't have Internet access so you won't be reading this page anyway! So I'll just say a few quick words...


Based in Seattle Washington, they own and operate around 17,000 coffee shops around the world (in over 50 countries). The company started as a small coffee shop in Seattle run by Jerry Baldwin, Zev Siegl, and Gordon Bowker (two teachers and a writer). Howard Schultz bought the company in 1987 and started expanding. The company went public in 1992 and the rest is history.


Starbucks Espresso Machines


I tend to focus on espresso machines here at the web site, and many people don't realize that Starbucks does in fact sell machines (you thought they just sold drinks and mugs didn't you?!). Granted, they don't make the machines themselves; instead they market a number of machines from Saeco and Delonghi.


Starbucks Sirena Espresso Machine


The company also markets its own branded espresso machine, called the Sirena. It runs about $300 if you can find it. Often times the only way you can buy it is if you find it used or refurbished.


I'll say the same thing about this machine that I say about all the other specialty machines out there. Why risk it? Companies try to find synergy by branching out to products that are related to their main product line. It makes sense for a coffee company to produce it's own machine. But how well will that machine really work?


It might work just fine! But for my money, I'm going to purchase an espresso maker from a company who focuses ONLY on making amazing machines, not one who manufactures one machine as an afterthought in order to squeeze a little more money out of it's current customer base. That's just my opinion though! To tell you the truth, I don't know anything about the Sirena.


Starbucks Espresso Beans


What we really want to focus on is the beans. Starbucks offers a dizzying variety of coffee and espresso beans and you simply can't beat the convenience of grabbing a bag from one of the thousands of corner locations near you.


Starbucks coffee beans are really nice middle of the range beans. They aren't cheap, and they aren't expensive. You can pick up a bag for around $10 bucks or so in a huge range of flavors, styles, and bean types. That makes them a good "every day" type of bean.


We all have our favorite espresso bean, but chances are it's incredibly expensive. You might not be able to drink that expensive stuff every day. In the mean time, Starbucks beans make a nice substitute. Check out the links below for reviews on some of my favorite beans for espresso use, as well as a write up of some of the espresso machines that Starbucks offers for sale in it's stores.








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