Summary: This is a terrific coffee maker and I love the taste of the coffee but unfortunately it quit working about 2 wks after I bought it and I think this model is discontinued so I am out of luck again! When it works it is the best, but if it shorts out and doesn't work it the pits!
Summary: I don't need to say much, it's pretty much already said. But to add to the bad reviews the freaking thing is huge, it's warping our cabinets from the steam. We will get another brand. DON'T BUY THIS COFFEE MAKER!
Java Junk: You Can't Judge a Coffee Maker by It's Cover
Gretchen Grimshaw, Amazon
9 July 2010
Summary: I was delighted with our Starbucks Barista. For several years it was used at least once every day and performed beautifully. But the carafe finally bit the dust this spring, and so I went looking to buy another one. Although Starbucks no longer offers that coffee maker, this one looked almost identical; same specs, same look, same price, only the name seemed different.
Summary: The instructions mentioned that the top to the carafe had to be placed correctly, but no matter what I did, the coffee ended up on the counter, not in the carafe. Finally, the top came apart. Surely, this could be engineered differently.
Summary: Everything about this product has been a disaster. I originally ordered it as a gift for my parents for Christmas '10. The product arrived in March. Knock one. They took it home and made their first pot of coffee. They were able to drink about half a cup, the rest found its way onto the counter. I have been in touch with Wolfgang Puck's customer service several times. It is now the end of May and still to resolution.
Summary: We've had more coffee on the floor than in the pot since getting this coffee maker. Coffee's good, but you have to hold your mug under the lip of the counter top and let the coffee drip into it from there. It takes a long time to get a cup of coffee that way. The worst part of all of this? The company won't respond. No response to emails. Can't get through on the phone (although while on hold you can refill your cup using the above described method).
Summary: I, like so many others, was excited by what appeared to be the return of the Starbucks Barista. I also used my trusty Barista for about 10 years without any trouble. This unit may look like the Barista but that's where any similarity ends. The Puck model simply doesn't work. Coffee leaks everywhere. Initially I thought just the lid was defective but the coffee leaks from the back/bottom of the unit as well. Simply replacing the lid will not solve all the problems.
Summary: This coffee maker is flawed in more than a few ways. If I preferred to slurp coffee off of my counter with a straw I would be thrilled. However, I prefer my delicious coffee in the confines of a comforting ceramic mug. As mentioned by nearly every single reviewer of this coffee maker, I too suffer from the craptastically engineered carafe-to-basket interface that randomly causes coffee to not make it into the carafe but to brew itself all over the counter.
Summary: I have used this for a couple months and have been very happy with it. Yes, I did once have the leak problem that other reviewers have noted, but there is a solution: It is necessary to press the pour button at the top of the carafe as you insert the carafe into the coffee maker. If you do not press that button, it pushes an internal part to the side and causes the overflow problem. Since I began doing that I have had no problems.