Still have that vintage Baratza Starbucks Barista and need parts? Here’s what you need to know.
There are a number of different Starbucks Barista appliances out in the world including drip coffee makers, espresso machines, and coffee grinders. At Baratza, we specialize exclusively in coffee grinders. At one point in time, circa 2004-2009 we did make a Baratza Starbucks Barista coffee grinder, and my hope in writing this is to help clear up confusion for those searching for information and guidance.
The sad reality is several other grinder manufacturers made Starbucks Barista coffee grinders. Before getting into the units Baratza did not make or sell, let’s start with the one we did: The Baratza Starbucks Barista model 1MP1SP, which looks like this:
But over the years, I’ve fielded inquiries about other models and have seen a number of them in person. In particular, the Type 166, EL60, and EL70 Starbucks Barista models come to mind. These three models are not units Baratza ever made or sold, but I happen to have some insights from the questions I’ve fielded over the years.
The hopper and lid for Baratza grinders is not a direct fit on the Type 166, EL60 or EL70. But, they are close in size and a determined individual wrote up a how to make a Baratza grinder fit these units and wrote a guide back in 2014 that is still up and available- https://www.epiphanydigest.com/2014/05/03/replacement-hopper-starbucks-barista-el60-grinder/.
The Type 166, EL60 and EL70 have custom knobs. However, the mechanical interface of their knobs, and the Baratza Maestro Plus knob are the same. So, if you’ve lost or broken your knob, you can buy the Baratza Maestro Plus timer knob and it will mechanically function. Cosmetically, our knob is a little smaller in diameter, so you’ll have a bit of an air gap around it when you put it on to the grinder.
The Type 166, EL60 and EL70 use a Solis gearbox/motor assembly. Baratza also used a Solis gearbox/motor assembly in our first years in business, so we do offer the few Solis parts we are still able to procure. Included in these parts is the paddle wheel, which is the sweeper that pushes ground coffee out of the burr chamber. If your grinder gets plugged up, is really slow or only grinds fine, a worn paddle wheel is likely and can be inspected visually (see the Solis paddle wheel guide in our Troubleshooting section of the website).
Motor, gears, burrs:
Unfortunately, these are no longer available parts from Solis. 😥
The Solis motor has an inline fuse on the motor- see the ‘Fuse Replacement’ guide in the Solis section of our Troubleshooting page. The fuse is not a part we have, but I believe it can be found at a well-stocked electronics store. If my memory serves, it is a 104c inline fuse.