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Topic: Need help with machine: Starbucks Barista (10 msgs / 227 lines)
1) From: bemason
I picked up a Starbucks Barista Espresso maker at a garage sale for $2
this weekend, but I need some help...  Here's my situation:
I plug in the machine, having filled the water reservoir most of the way. 
I press ON the power switch, and water begins spraying into the cup that
holds the ground coffee.  I figured this shouldn't occur until I press the
switch for brew, or press the switch for steam...
Is my lack of knowledge the problem? This could be - let me know what I am
missing...
Or, is the mechanism likely broken inside?  I will try to descale the
thing tonight - seems to be a big deal on their website...
Any help or insight is much appreciated!
Regards,
Brett Mason

2) From: George Holt
I have a Saecco classico .The Barista is basicaly the same machine.
To brew turn on power top left. Brew light should come on. On the
Saecco the brew switch is below the power switch. Once the machine is
up to temperature the light goes out. At that point you should prime
machine by running a few ml of water thru the steam wand.If the brew
light comes on at that point wait for it to go out then flip brew
switch. After a few seconds coffee should flow.
To steam flip the steam switch wait for the "brew" light to go out
then you are ready to steam. I like to let the first wet steam blow
into a cup are drip tray just before steaming.
I like to let my machine warm up a minimum of 30 minutes.
On Mon, 4 Oct 2004 15:53:10 -0700 (PDT), bemason
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Living large In Waxhaw, NC.
George Holt

3) From: Dennis Parham
can you hear the pump vibrating?
Dennis Parham
On Oct 4, 2004, at 5:53 PM, bemason wrote:
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4) From: Gene Smith
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Brett, I'm no expert, but I do have a Barista.  Mine has three buttons: 
On/Off, Brew, and Steam.  If the Brew button is on when you turn the On/Off 
button to On, it begins pumping immediately, so one logical thing to look at 
would be that Brew switch.  If it is permanently on though internal 
malfunction, I think it would create the situation you describe.  Also, if 
some sort of short circuit is supplying power *instead* of the switched 
power, the same thing would happen.
I would open it up an look for obvious wiring problems...bad insulation, 
wires crossed, etc.  In the absence of something either obviously faulty, or 
obviously faultily repaired, I think I would figure out how to take that 
Brew switch out of commision and see if the problem disappears.  If it does, 
then a replacement switch ought to fix things up.
This is all what you might call the 'obvious' approach.  I haven't had mine 
open (less than a year old) and if you get advice from someone who has, I'd 
be inclined to pay more attention to their suggestions than mine.
Gene Smith
riding the wild learning curve, in Houston

5) From: bemason
Hi All,
I worked with *$ support people this morning - we made one adjustment
inside, and now all the buttons seem to work properly, at the right time.
I also descaled the machine using CLR in a 1-4 dilution, and followed with
a few quarts of water....
New problem (and I'll call *$ tomorrow if I can't fix it myself) for your
ideas:  the water flowing through the portafilter head is merely a
trickle, and certainly noit strong enough to push through even a rough
grind.
I plan to pull the portafilter screen and clean it and clear it with a
needle (anyone have some other ideas?).  I am thinking of descaling again
tonight as well...
I was SO SAD when I couldn't get the "now working" Barista to make me a
morning shot :-(
You guys are the best!
Brett
=Message: 23
=Date: Mon, 4 Oct 2004 15:53:10 -0700 (PDT)
=From: bemason
=To: homeroast
=Subject:
=Reply-To: homeroast
=
=I picked up a Starbucks Barista Espresso maker at a garage sale for $2
=this weekend, but I need some help...  Here's my situation:
=
=I plug in the machine, having filled the water reservoir most of the way.
=I press ON the power switch, and water begins spraying into the cup that
=holds the ground coffee.  I figured this shouldn't occur until I press the
=switch for brew, or press the switch for steam...
=
=Is my lack of knowledge the problem? This could be - let me know what I am
=missing...
=
=Or, is the mechanism likely broken inside?  I will try to descale the
=thing tonight - seems to be a big deal on their website...
=
=Any help or insight is much appreciated!
=
=Regards,
=Brett Mason
=
=

6) From: George Holt
Have you try yet? The Barista has an Pressurized portafilter. So the
pressure has to build up before it starts to flows.It takes several
seconds before the coffee will flow. I replaced my pressurized
portafilter with a non-presurized portafilter. Can't recall exactly
how long it take before the coffee begins to flow.
On Tue, 5 Oct 2004 09:57:46 -0700 (PDT), bemason
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Living large In Waxhaw, NC.
George Holt

7) From: Paul Goelz
At 02:31 PM 10/5/2004, you wrote:
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Where did you get it?  I have looked and asked in *$ and they don't know 
what I am talking about.
Paul
Paul Goelz
Rochester Hills, MI USA
paul
www.pgoelz.com

8) From: Gene Smith
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Umm...Brett...what was the 'one adjustment' that did it?
gene

9) From: George Holt
Black non-pressurized portafilter - 226551350 - $18.50 (on backorder
until July/August)
Gray non-pressurized portafilter - 226551563 - $18.50 (in stock)
Shipping - $5.90
This was my contact 
Dana Cahill
Customer Service Representative
Office 440-528-2000 (ext 113)
Fax   440-542-9173
Toll Free 1-800-933-7876
On Tue, 05 Oct 2004 16:47:35 -0400, Paul Goelz  wrote:
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Living large In Waxhaw, NC.
George Holt

10) From: George Holt
That address is for Saecco USA
On Tue, 5 Oct 2004 20:46:34 -0400, George Holt  wrote:
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Living large In Waxhaw, NC.
George Holt


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