How to Use the Starbucks Barista Espresso Machine

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The Starbucks Barista Espresso machine allows you to get store-quality coffee in the comfort of your home. It is easy to operate with the proper supplies, and also features simple and straightforward maintenance and cleaning.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Starbucks Barista Espresso Machine
  • Coffee ground to espresso (fine)
  • Rapporto filter
  • Shot glasses or coffee cup
  • Water
  • Cup
  • Small, chilled stainless steel pitcher
  • Cold milk
  • Cooking thermometer
  • Damp cloth

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    Using the Barista Machine to Brew a Shot of Espresso

  1. 1

    Turn the machine on. When the "Ready" light turns on, the machine is ready.

  2. 2

    Put ground coffee basket in the Rapporto filter.

  3. 3

    Put 1 1/2 tablespoons of finely ground espresso into the coffee basket. Level the coffee and wipe off any excess grounds to avoid residue.

  4. 4

    Insert Rapporto filter into the brew head, and turn the handle all the way to the right.

  5. 5

    Place two shot glasses or one cup underneath the Rapporto filter espresso dispensers, which are located on its underside.

  6. 6

    Press the "Brew" button. The espresso should begin flowing within five seconds. When the shot glasses are halfway full, press the "Brew" button again to turn it off.

    Using the Barista Machine to Steam Milk

  1. 1

    Fill the water tank at least halfway.

  2. 2

    Remove Rapporto filter, if it is in place.

  3. 3

    Position the steam wand. It should be on the side of the machine.

  4. 4

    Turn machine on and wait for the "Ready" light.

  5. 5

    Press the "Steam" button. The "Ready" light should turn off, and the colour on the "Steam" button should turn green. Wait for the "Ready" light to come back on.

  6. 6

    Turn the steam-wand valve knob. This will release any condensation remaining in the wand. Use caution as this may release steam. Close the valve after any steam has been released.

  7. 7

    Fill a pitcher halfway with cold milk and insert thermometer into the milk.

  8. 8

    Place pitcher under steam wand, until the wand is just under the milk's surface. Hold pitcher at a slight angle to encourage steam flow. When milk has steamed to the desired amount, submerge the wand halfway into the milk.

  9. 9

    Remove pitcher when milk reaches 65.6 to 76.7 degrees Celsius. Wipe steam wand clean with damp cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • For best quality, use fresh water and coffee. You can add flavourings such as vanilla or almond to personalise your drinks.
  • Clean the machine after each use to prevent malfunction.
  • Exercise caution when handling the steam wand and other metal parts of the machine, as they can get very hot.

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