Question about Starbucks Coffee Makers & Espresso Machines
SOURCE: Starbucks Barista Espresso Maker
This is a general comment for people having problems with leaks and pressure in their espresso machines. If you do not used filtered water, the minerals and other materials suspended in the water will bond to the moving parts and tubes of your machine (e.g.: scale). The problem will be worse if you live in an area with particularly hard water. In some cases the pressure pipes can get completely blocked and if the pump is powerful enough, the pipes can rupture, otherwise, the pump will simply not put out any water. The solution is to regularly flush out the system with descaler. The frequency of cleaning depends upon how often you use the machine. You can get descaler from any decent coffe place (like Starbucks), an appliance repair place, or the hardware store. I use CLR which is sold at hardware stores. CLR stands for Calcium-Lime-Rust, and it effectively cleans all of these and is cheaper than specialty scale removers. Simply dilute some in water and pour the mixture in the machine, then cycle the pump and run it through. Collect the spent liquid and run it through again 4 or 5 times (or more if you've never cleaned your machine before...) Allow the liquid to sit for 10-15 minutes between flushes so that the solution has a chance to eat away at the scale. Once you have done this a few times, flush out the machine thoroughly with clean water 4 or 5 times, using CLEAN water each time you rinse. If you want to get an idea of the scale that has been removed, keep a small amount of the original clean solution in a glass and then compare the spend cleaning liquid with unused cleaning liquid to see the difference. The spent liquid should be foggy/muddy compared to the clean stuff and if you let it sit, the scale will settle to the bottom of the glass and will be clearly visible. You can prevent some of the buildup in your machine by using filtered water as they do at Starbucks.
Posted on Jun 05, 2009
DPcurry is right. You may have to plug it in to get a "feel" for which way and to what degree to rotate the shaft, but works like a charm.
Posted on Jul 08, 2009
In your manual there should be a number for parts ordering. I had the same problem. The part apparently costs $30 but because I live in Vancouver, Canada, the kind gentleman at Starbucks offered to send it to me free of charge as the duties at our border/customs would inflate the cost big time. I was very surprised that he was so willing to do this. Keep in mind though, I bought the machine and it was near $200. Very expensive for a drip coffee maker.
Hope this helps.
Posted on Jan 20, 2010
The coffee maker is made by Bodum. You can get the filters at their web site (www.bodumusa.com) 4.95 each. Bodum calles the Utopia coffee maker Santo and is the copany Starbucks sourced them from. Just click on spare parts and you willl be taken to a page that has the filter.
Posted on Jan 21, 2010
SOURCE: looking for replacement parts
Starbucks no longer offers replacement parts nor any form of support for the Barista (Solo or Grande) coffee makers...eBay is your best bet!
Posted on Feb 12, 2010
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