iFixit breaks down… a Starbucks Barista espresso machine

I bet you thought iFixit only tore apart Apple products and high-profile electronics. Not so! The Starbucks Barista is in fact not a barista but a machine that makes espresso. You could argue that’s what real baristas are as well, but we can talk about that another time. The Barista espresso machine is a good representative of the home-espresso machine world, and it isn’t some cheap piece of garbage, either. It’s got lots of real metal in there and… are those molex connectors?

The insides are pretty much what you expect: a boiler, pump to move water to the spout or steamer, and some common-looking wiring making sure power and signals go to the right doodads.

I’d dissect my stovetop espresso machine, but it only has five parts. I think I like that better.