Starbucks admits to burning hot coffee machines

By Craig Zammit

WASHINGTON, D.C: The Starbucks Coffee Company will offer consumers a free pound of coffee as an incentive to return over 73,000 of its faulty Barista Aroma stainless steel eight-cup drip filter coffee brewers which have been reported to have defective electrical wiring.

The defective wiring of the coffee machine can potentially result in overheating, smoking, burning and melting, posing a potential fire hazard. Starbucks has so far received 23 reports of melting in the plastic housing of the brewers.

North American consumers have been advised to stop using the affect product and contact Starbucks to receive further instructions.

The coffee brewers, which were manufactured in China, were sold in Starbucks Company owned and operated stores across the USA between March 2005 and September 2006 for about $US100 and were not available in Australia.

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