Mr. Coffee Café Barista ECMP1000

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Mr. Coffee Café Barista ECMP1000
6.1 Total Score

$147.99 $199.99

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  • All Inclusive
  • Economic
  • Lots of Accessories Included
  • Multi Programmable

Description and Review

Mr. Coffee Café Barista ECMP1000 Review

Overview

The Mr. Coffee Café Barista ECMP1000 is an all inclusive espresso machine, capable of making espresso and milk frothing simultaneously. Very low priced promises a lot of functions such as one touch control panel, automatic milk frother and adjustable cup tray. A multi button control panel is placed in front and a removable water tank at the back side. Its pump can put out up to 15 bars which is more than enough to make a proper espresso.

The structure is made out of plastic and some decoration of thin aluminum parts exist. A removable metal drip tray sits at the bottom and a step can be folded out to accommodate shorter cups. From the control panel you can have an espresso, cappuccino or latte option and manual or automatic function. The milk container has adjustable froth output from latte to cappuccino.

Testing

After filling the water tank and milk container with water and milk respectively, you place the portafilter in place. There is an option of single or double shot filter to accommodate inside it. As expected at this price range even the portafilter dispensing nozzles are made of plastic and that makes it fragile. Using the one touch preset buttons you can select your desired beverage and size by pushing the corresponding one.

Regarding speed it’s relatively quick, but making the “perfect latte” sounds like a dream. One shot makes it too weak and double shot makes it bitter. Concerning loudness it is not the most quiet machine but considering its price it is acceptable. The amount of espresso output is less than it should be and will dissapoint if you have been used to generous cups.

Unfortunately the froth was poor regardless of the dial setting. Strangely too sometimes it sounds like pumping milk without putting anything out. Furthermore it fails to keep consistent brewing temperature and cappuccino tastes weak. The machine can’t pull the more pleasant flavors from light roasted beans and tends to get clogged by very fine grounds.

Verdict

Plenty of options seem appealing at first but increase the machine complexity and reliability. Certainly it is an economical way to make your daily espresso at home but don’t expect miracles. As usual the cheap price matches with cheap performance and this espresso machine is no exception. Better save some bucks and aim for a reputable machine such as Jura Ena Micro 1.

6.1 Total Score

Build Quality
5
Functions
8
Ease of Use
6
Coffee Taste
5.5
PROS
  • All Inclusive
  • Economic
  • Lots of Accessories Included
  • Multi Programmable
CONS
  • Cheap Quality
  • Unflexible Milk Frother
  • Leaking of Water Tank
  • Undersized Espresso Shots

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