Originally Posted by noexit
I can't stand Starbucks. The baristas don't actually know how to make an espresso drink anymore. They all have automatic machines.
Yeah, I wouldn't order a Cafe Romano or anything but out of curiosity what espresso drinks are you ordering?
The machines automatically tamp, pull the shot, and dump the grounds. I can imagine that's nice for the baristas when you're making that many drinks.
I also have an appreciation for the consistency those machines bring. I went to one of those hole in the wall cafe's and my non fat latte was a dead shot in cold whole milk.