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Starbucks Sirena Espresso Machine, Stainless and Black

3.0 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews

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  • 15-bar pump-driven espresso machine with stainless steel broiler and patented back pressure adapter
  • Dual brewing spout; one-touch pre-measured single and double shots; user-programmable settings
  • Steam wand with pannarello adapter; Rapid Steam boiler for rapidly switching from brewing to frothing
  • Accommodates E.S.E. pods and ground espresso, 57.5-ounce removable water tank, adjustable and removable drip tray
  • Measures 13 by 15 by 12 inches; 1-year limited warranty

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Product Description

With this beautiful, simple, and impeccably engineered espresso machine, you’ll pull shots so perfect and steam milk so frothy-your passion for superb coffee will only grow deeper. Bring home performance and beauty in every cup. Engineered to be simple. Designed to be timeless. Created to produce the perfect shot of espresso at home. Sirena's Rapid Steam ™ Boiler gives you continuous, powerful steam--and lets you move from frothing directly to brewing without waiting. At just 15 inches tall, Sirena is just the size to fit into any kitchen. Commercial quality portafilter retains heat easily, and features a patented back-pressure adaptor which adjusts automatically to the coffee's grind, for a full, rich crema.

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Designed by the award-winning BMW Designworks exclusively for Starbucks, the Sirena is a 15-bar pump-driven espresso machine with dual brewing spouts, a stainless steel broiler, and a patented back pressure adapter to ensure great espresso extraction. The included steam wand with pannarello adapter lets you easily froth milk for lattes or cappuccinos. A ground coffee filter lets you make single or double shots, or use the included pod filter which accommodates E.S.E. coffee pods. Easy to read status lights show when the machine is ready to brew or steam, and the Rapid Steam boiler allows for quickly switching from brewing to frothing. The 57.5-ounce water tank removes easily for cleaning and refilling and a blue LED light indicates when the water tank is empty. Additional features include an adjustable and removable drip tray, a cup-warming surface, programmable brew settings, a temperature gauge, and an auto shut-off safety feature after 90 minutes of inactivity.

What’s in the Box
Sirena espresso machine; 1 portafilter;1 power cord; 1 user’s manual; 1 plastic support peg; 1 rubber gasket adapter; 1 ground coffee filter; 1 pod filter


Product Information

Product Dimensions 16 x 15 x 19 inches
Item Weight 22.2 pounds
Shipping Weight 22.2 pounds
Manufacturer Starbucks Coffee Co
ASIN B0010Z9LI6
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number 398574
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3.0 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #248,557 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#265 in Kitchen & Dining > Coffee, Tea & Espresso > Espresso Machines
Date first available at Amazon.com December 7, 2007

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By K. Cap on February 3, 2008
Bottom line up front: I'm happy with the Sirena.

I'm not a coffee snob and don't really care one way or another what name comes on the outside of the machine. I like strong espresso and this machine doesn't disappoint. There are a couple of things that I like and a couple of things that I don't. Here they are:

Like:
- Easy to use
- Can grow with you, i.e. if you want to pull out the Pressurizing disc and start tamping your own shots, you can, and after some practice, will probably get a better quality of crema and espresso. Bean quality, grind, etc... dependent.
- Quick heat up time (less than 2 mins in the morning) and quick steam (less than 10 seconds.
- Good micro-foam on the steamer. My wife likes capuccinos and the good quality foam makes her very happy.

Dislike:
- The water level sensor drives me crazy. It comes on, I refill the container, and it doesn't go off. I have to mess with the container where it attaches to the machine to get it to turn off....eventually. I've read more than a few reviews about this problem. Small overall, but annoying.
- Price. I purchased this machine at the X-mas special (499 w/grinder, barista kit, 1lb coffee with a 30% employee discount ($375 paid in the end). It was an incredible deal...that made it very worth the money. Full price...I don't know. I like this machine, but I'm cheap and I'd rather pay for quality and performance than looks. This machine offers both, but without the discount it would've made my choice more difficult.

There is a great thread on coffeegeek.com about the Sirena. A guy named Wayne, a.k.a. roastaroma, has made it his mission in life to break this machine apart and extract every bit of usefullness out of it.
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Ok - I spent hours pouring over reviews of machines before purchasing the Sirena. Because I wanted to do everything just right, I took an hour after the purchase to set it up following the extended instructions word by word. (For more experienced users, the quick setup would work and you would have your drink quick!) My first latte was amazing! I didn't even use syrup - it tasted great.

My initial concern: long time to brew espresso/confusion as to the purpose of the "self-tamper". It took a long time for my shots to pull, mostly just dripping. So, I reread thoroughly all the Amazon reviews (much better than those on the SB website) and found that:

FIRST - those with major issues probably had faulty machines or it was user-error. (no offense)
SECOND - there is some trial and error required for grind, etc.
MOST IMPORTANT - if your shots pull slowly (drip) simply POKE A LARGER HOLE IN THE RUBBER GASKET (self tamper).

Although I tried removing the self-tamper completely as some suggested - it produced zero creme. By simply using a sewing needle to open the hole a bit more, my espresso flowed smoothly out of the portafilter in seconds and it had the most beautiful creme. I AM THRILLED! I tested the heat of the straight shot and it was quite warm - but when added to frothed milk at a temp of 160 or more - it was the most delightful latte I have ever had - definitely rivals that of SB!

This machine is great for quality espresso, quality froth and good looks.

Oh - one more thing - I do agree with other reviewers that the need to drain the excess water from the steam wand before steaming is annoying, however, I have a system. Here is my method:

1. Turn on and warm up, meanwhile warm your mug with hot water
2.
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The Sirena has a bit of a learning curve but once you realize that you do so much better without the "self-tamper" you'll be on your way. My problem was the machine backed up all the time until I read that I should remove the disk and the rubber self tamper -- it made all the difference between HATING this machine and loving it. I can now pack a lot of coffee into the basket without the thing blowing up. Also, I did not realize there was a whole world of tampers. Now that I have a good tamper, not a plastic one!, my espresso has changed considerably.

The good:
1) Once you remove the tamper the coffee is great.
2) You can reprogram the coffee levels
3) Looks great
4) Easy clean-up
5) Decent foaming

The bad:
1) Sprays a little too much water while steaming milk
2) If you have your machine under the counter, it's a little hard to pull the water tank out
3) A learning curve

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I've had a lot of espresso machines over the last 20 years, both at home for personal use and also in a small office, and this is definitely one of the better quality machines I've had. Let me just say, all espresso machines have their quirks, but after owning this Sirena for over 2 months, I think I've got the hang of it. First, like others are saying, get rid of that rubber disk or "self-tamper" as they call it, and buy yourself a real coffee tamper. (Make sure you buy a heavy flat bottom tamper, and not a cheap rounded one like they had at Crate & Barrel). I also got a Kitchenaid Burr Grinder. And actually I don't like the Starbucks Espresso Coffee. I don't know why Americans think espresso coffee should be those burnt shiny beans - Yuck! Intellegentsia Coffee here in Chicago by me sells 2 different espresso coffee that are fantastic! Basically what I am trying to say is to get a good cup of espresso from any machine, you are going to have to practice and try different things until you get it right. But when you find the right beans, grind setting, tamp pressure, quantity, and how to ride the thermostat, this machine will pull an excellent shot of creamy espresso.
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