Dawn Samperisi has been awarded US$3.5m by a Manhattan jury after her right hand was burned by steam and coffee from a Starbucks espresso machine. The Long Island woman was burned on 25 February 1999, when she asked to see an espresso machine she was considering buying as a gift. An employee at the Glen Cove Starbucks coffee shop offered to demonstrate the machine, but steam caused it to blow apart, and scald Samperisi's hand.