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Mr Coffee Espresso (All) - Jacob Miheve's Review
Posted: March 10, 2006, 1:32pm
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Mr Coffee Espresso (All)
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Arrow The Mr Coffee Espresso (All) has 22 Reviews
Arrow The Mr Coffee Espresso (All) has been rated 6.85 overall by our member reviewers
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Quality Reviews
These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
Rene Lacroix 10.00
Becky Scripter 10.00
Sespe33 Sespe33 8.14
Darren Conrad 7.50
George Swanson 7.33

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.6
Product Reviewed: Mr Coffee ECMP40
Manufacturer: Varies Quality: 7
Average Price: Varies Usability: 7
Price Paid: $60.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Target Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 2 weeks Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned:
Bottom Line: A good machine in the under $100 category.
Positive Product Points

-Makes espresso comparable to the local coffee shops (better than some, not quite as good as others).
-Very easy to use.
-Steams and froths well.
-Good pump machine for those who can't afford to spend $100 or more.

Negative Product Points

-The grouphead must be wiped between shots, even with well tamped grounds.
-The steam wand produces hot water for the first 5-10 seconds before producing steam.
-The steam wand swivels out, but not up, and the tip sits a little too low for convenience.

Detailed Commentary

Please note, this is not the same model pictured.

I bought this as a step up from my steam toy because it was affordable, and I needed a pump machine. I have been very pleased with it so far. After 3 weeks of use, I can say it produces a good quality espresso. Better than some of the local coffee shops, not quite as good as the best local shop even using their beans (roasted in the store, so I know they're fresh). I can get a decent crema, but I think I'll be able to do even better with a little 'fine tuning'.

Some tips for this machine:
-The pre-use cleaning process as described in the manual didn't work for me. With no grounds in the basket, the pump would not draw any water from the reservoir. I thought at first I had a bad machine. I decided to try running it with a pod, and it started to work. It seems like it needed the resistance at the output end to prime the pump. Keep 1 pod to prime the pump.
-The pods it comes with are absolutely horrible. Lose them as fast as possible, but keep 1 like I said above.
-This machine comes with a plastic insert for the portafilter, supposedly to reduce spattering when the coffee exits the portafilter. I have tried it with and without the insert. Not only does it seem to spatter more with the insert, but I seem to get a better crema without it. I recommend putting it in a drawer and leaving it there.
-There is a plastic 'frother' gizmo for the steam wand, like on many low end espresso machines. Like on those machines, it doesn't seem to make any difference.

Overall, this seems to be a very good machine for the price.

Buying Experience

The usual Target experience.

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