April 28, 2008

New Starbucks Mastrena - Miracle Espresso Machine


So if you have been following the Starbucks news lately and have heard of their turn around plans, you have probably heard of the new miracle machine that they are betting the house on... or at least the store. The new Mastrena High Performance Espresso Machine at starbucks is being brought into the stores because the production line automation machines that are there now blew the feel of the place right out the door with their efficiency. No grinding, no hand tamping, no long waits, and as a result no magic. The Mastrena is supposed to bring back a little flair to the experience while keeping the production line efficiency that no doubt boosted the bottom line a while back.

The Mastrena is shorter and with the flying saucer orb on top to hold whole beans, it will get the store all aromatic and stuff as it grinds for your shot. I think that move in particular will help. In walking into a real cafe, the overpowering aroma of coffee has to hit you and embrace you; which just doesn't happen when the coffee is preground and stored in mylar air-tight bags only to be dumped into a hopper and auto-tamped.

I am not so sure that having the thing shorter is going to actually do anything for the banter or the chemistry of the place. I mean, I don't get much of that now, and never did. Anyway, they will be in 30 percent of the stores by the end of this year, and 75 percent by the end of 2010.


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Posted by Scott Martin at April 28, 2008 8:20 AM
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i am looking for a simple coffee machine that automaticly grinds and brews and discards used grounds all together for one shot.
also heats milk too

Posted by: Gene at January 15, 2013 11:26 PM

Shame, the making of traditional espresso machine has been phased out... At least they can save money on training staff... you might as well go to Mac donalds for the same bean to up coffee....

Posted by: chris at March 12, 2010 4:12 AM

I'm certainly not defending starbucks or anything, but the coffee in the old superautomatic was also poured into the hopper as whole-bean. This new machine does nothing except make the drinks seem more fancy. It looks different - that is all.


Posted by: Richard at September 12, 2008 6:07 PM
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