Introducing the biggest piece of crap ever made by man: The Starbucks Barista Aromo Solo.
Do not buy this coffee machine. Don’t even read any other reviews of this coffee machine. It’s pure garbage.
This coffee machine overheated the first day I had it. It filled my kitchen not with a coffee aroma but with a putrid melting electronics aroma. Oh yeah, before it did that, it leaked all over the counter and onto the floor. Thankfully, for once I saved my receipt so I drove to Starbucks (where I bought it) to get an exchange. The one positive thing about this whole ordeal is that Starbucks does have good customer service — so exchanging the machine for a new one wasn’t a hassle. By the way, I have no idea why I exchanged this machine, I should have gone for the refund.
I have had the Aroma Solo for about a month now, every time I make coffee out of it I am displeased or frustrated in some way.
-First of all, coffee does not taste good out of the thermos. The plastic cap takes away from the natural coffee flavor (unless you like your coffee to taste like Organic Peruvian Burnt Plastic blend).
-Second, every time I make coffee, some of the grounds go through the filter and into the cup. This means that you can’t drink the bottom eigth of the coffee without getting a mouthful of ground up coffee.
-Third, if you don’t put the thermos in the exact position in the coffee machine, the coffee will leak everywhere.
-Fourth, forget about making more coffee after your first cup, because if you use this thing more than once per hour, it will overheat.
-Last, since this coffee machine uses a metal filter instead of a paper filter, you need to clean it after every use which is very annoying. What’s the point to having a metal filter anyway? Starbucks says that you still need to buy a new metal filter every three months.
I paid roughly $90 for this machine. That’s very expensive ,especially for the small volume of coffee it produces (only a thermos). I really can’t stress enough how bad the Barista Aromo Solo is. I wouldn’t even pay $20 for it. Save yourself the headaches (pun intended) and never ever buy this.