Is the Pump Driven Starbucks Sirena Espresso Machine For You?

by admin on August 24, 2010

If you want a Starbucks quality espresso, it would only make sense to purchase a Starbucks endorsed espresso maker, right? The Starbucks Sirena Espresso maker is a pump driven 15 bar machine made from stainless steel and comes in a sleek sophisticated design. It has dual brewing spout, a steam want with a pannarello adapter, user programmable settings and can do a one touch pre-measured single or double single shots. The Sirena can accommodate both ground espresso coffee beans as well as E.S.E pods. It features a rapid steam boiler which allows for quick switching from the brewing to the frothing, and finally – it has a fifty seven ounce removable water tank and adjustable drip tray which is removable as well. In short, this espresso maker has all the bells and whistles that one would come to expect for a Starbucks backed product.

So thats what Saeco, the manufacturer wants us to know – now the real question is, what is the review of consumers? Most consumers are generally happy with the Sirena, however I should also note that this maker isn’t the best for the first time user with very little patience. Consumers who are familiar and comfortable with espresso machines in general should have no problem with Sirena. They report that it is easy to use and like the fact that you can use both pods and grinds. The Starbucks Sirena also seems to be pretty durable according so consumers, with reports of six to ten pulls per day for months.The froth is very fluffy and the contemporary design of the machine is also a big plus for many users.

Now the negatives to the Sirena may be mostly end user error and should not totally discourage you from purchasing theĀ  machine if you know what you’re doing. One complaint that many have is with the water tank. The Sirena includes a sensor that alerts you to low levels, but apparently – the sensor has a mind of its own at times. Although the levels are good, the sensor still indicates otherwise. This is something relatively minor for most, but a major annoyance for others. There also seems to be confusion on who covers the warranty. When users needed to replace parts or the machine all together, there were misunderstandings between Saeco and Starbucks, it may be frustrating – so its best to clarify this upfront when you purchase.

All in all the Starbucks Sirena by Saeco is a pretty solid espresso maker. If you are a newbie to making espresso shots, the machine can grow with you – but you have to be patient. If you are a veteran in the game you’ll be more than satisfied with all the features, taste and abilities.

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