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Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista Espresso and Cappuccino Maker, Silver
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- Semi-automatic 3-in-1 espresso maker, cappuccino maker, and latte maker
- 15-bar pump system brews rich-tasting espresso coffee
- Trouble-free automatic milk frother removes the guesswork
- One-touch control panel for drink selections
- Easy-fill, removable water and milk reservoirs
- Cord length: 26 Inches & Watts: 1040
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Since 1970 the Mr. Coffee brand has been doing one thing and one thing only brewing coffee. No one has served cup after delicious cup to more Americans than us. For us, bringing a rich coffee experience into your home is our top priority. Along with coffee makers, we are here to share everything coffee with you.
Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista
Be Your Own Barista
Craft delectable, robust coffeehouse-quality espressos, cappuccinos, and lattes with the Mr. Coffee Café Barista. Featuring an electric 15-bar pump that creates powerful pressure to extract bold, rich flavors during the brew. Anyone can become a cafe expert with the simple-to-use espresso maker. One-touch controls let you choose between single or double shots and automatically froths milk with an adjustable control knob. The milk reservoir is removable to store leftover milk not used during the brew in the refrigerator, so you just fill it and let the Café Barista determine the amount needed. A recipe book is included to easily create impressive coffee drinks or inspire you to invent original recipes all from the comfort of your home.
One-Touch Control Panel
Allows you to choose from a single or a double shot for your espresso, cappuccino, or latte.
Easy to Use
Simply pick a single shot or double shot filter, select your grounds, fill the milk reservoir, and choose your brew.
Automatically Froths Milk
Automatically froths milk into cappuccino and latte selections.
Removable Water Reservoir
Removable water reservoir fills and cleans easily at the sink.
|Mr. Coffee Steam Espresso and Cappucino Maker||Mr. Coffee Pump Espresso and Cappucino Maker||Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista Pump Espresso Maker with Milk Frother|
|Great for||Perfect starter espresso machine or a gift espresso machine||Coffee House lovers and Coffee Connoisseurs||Latte and Cappuccino lovers and Espresso Aficionados|
|Pressure||Creates steam pressure of about 3 bars.||An electric pump creates about 15 or more bars of pressure.||An electric pump creates about 15 bars of pressure.|
|Beverage Preparation Time||Fast||Faster||Fastest|
|Taste||Good||Very Good||Great - Achieve Coffee House Quality with true Crema|
|Milk||Manual Steam||Manual Steam||Automatic Frothing with Removable Milk Tank|
|Tools||Glass Carafe, Measuring Scoop/Tamper||Measuring Scoop/Tamper; Filter for Single and Double Espresso||Measuring Scoop/Tamper; Filter for Single and Double Espresso|
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With one simple touch, Mr. Coffee Café Barista Premium Espresso & Cappuccino System brews espresso and automatically froths milk for cappuccino and latté selections. You don't need barista know-how to create custom drinks like your favorite coffeehouse; simply pick a single or double shot filter, select your grounds, fill the milk reservoir, and choose your brew. A recipe book is included to help you create impressive coffee drinks—from Espresso Martinis to Raspberry Cappuccinos to Choco-Nutty Lattes.
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First off my background. I am not, nor have I every been a barista. I am an average person who likes mochas from the coffee shop, but I live 80 miles from town, so I don't get them very often and wanted to try making them at home. This is my first espresso machine. I read a lot of blogs and watched online videos from real baristas giving tips how to make good espresso drinks at home before purchasing this. I got this thing and things didn't taste right to me, bitter. So I did more research and figured out the problem, it wasn't heating up well. I checked temperature and it was only getting to 157*F on average (too cold) and took 14-15 seconds to make one shot (too fast). NOT what the online advice says you need. Online advice says 170-180*F and 27-30 seconds is about right. So I called Mr Coffee for help before I sent it back to Amazon. GLAD I did.
The call: In short, customer service told me to run a cleaning cycle per directions from page 16 in the user manual. Which is 1/2 tank of white vinegar, hit the button for double shot. Repeat as many times as you need. Also run a cleaning cycle through the milk dispenser. My thought was, "what the heck, its a new machine! I did the priming as directed before use, how can it be dirty?" But I had to give it a try or send it back. Well I'll be go to heck, it WORKED!
While directions said you only need to run it few times. I had the time, so I ran the whole 1/2 tank white vinegar through (double shot at at a time) since I has to toss the vinegar anyway, so why not really clean it eh? Anyway, after a couple times running the double shot espresso button the temperature went from consistent 157*F to 175-182*F. Wahoo! It seemed to matter how long I let it warm up between shots. Running two times consecutively got the 175-177*, which is just what you want. Letting it sit and warm up a few minutes before runs got it 180-184*, which is getting a little too hot. BTW, I was using a good quality quick, calibrated thermometer that I use for caramel making, which is a very exacting process to do right. So I figured it could accurately measure the espresso before it cooled from air temperature, which by the way is mere seconds I found out.
NOTE: The higher temperature is NOT for drinking comfort (how hot you like it) it is what the espresso NEEDS to properly extract and not be bitter. You can let it sit a few minutes if you don't like it that hot, personally I don't want a burned tongue, so I wait a little. Coming out of the machine perfect drinking temperature is NOT a good thing.
SECOND NOTE: Running the vinegar through is NOT descaling, it is cleaning. Descaling is something else you do, read the manual on how. The vinegar clean is NOT priming, it is cleaning. Don't know why you need to clean the new machine in addition to priming, but DO it anyway. Make sure to rinse the reservoir out, then run some PLAIN water through to remove the vinegar afterwards, do it as many times as it takes to get the smell out, mine took a full reservoir. Honestly though it's faster shipping it back and waiting for a replacement machine because it doesn't get hot enough, this WORKS.
When I first got it, as I said it was taking 14-15 seconds to run the shots through. During the cleaning process they got longer and longer. Now that it's clean, it's about 28-30 seconds. Again, just what you want. I use my cell phone stop watch feature to be accurate.
In summary, based on what I've read and how I got it to work well, at least for "normal" person standards. This a good machine. Here's my TIPS TO GET IT WORKING RIGHT:
1. Learn to grind grounds well. Do NOT buy pre-ground, buy beans and grind them yourself. It has to do with when the oil is release one how well it works. If you are going to the trouble to use a machine like this (rather than just normal a coffee machine) you can go to the effort to grind as well, it's just part of the process.
You can use the hand held cone burr grinders for the most accurate fine ground. Or you can spend a bundle on an electric burr grinder. From what I read, you REALLY do need to get a good one if you go electric. In fact that is almost more important than the machine they say. Inconsistent size of grounds will yield inconsistent shots. Too fine (Turkish grind, which is like flour) and it clogs the filter making the machine unable to push all the water through. Too course (regular coffee machine grind) and the water goes through too fast making it bitter. Espresso grind has to be the consistency of table salt.
I'm cheap, so using the hand grinder does work and I advise it for other cheap people. However, in the morning I am cranky and impatient, I'm also lazy, so I've ordered a couple different electric burr grinders to see if that works as well. I plan to return which ever (or both) that don't grind as the espresso NEEDS (good ol Amazon prime and their return policies). No, I did not take the online baristas advice and buy a $200 burr grinder (I am cheap after all), but I did spend about $50 on a burr grinder and $20 on a blade style. Will update when I have decided what works or not, which I kept or if I end up just doing the hand grind.
2. Learn how full to fill the cup. At least to the top of the rim, or a little higher. You want the end result about 1/8-1/4" from the top. The amount in the cup DOES matter.
3. Learn how to pack your grounds to 30lbs of pressure. How to do that, put your bathroom scale on the counter. Use your tamper to push until you get the feel of 30lbs pressure. Repeat several times until you can push it pretty accurately. This is very important. Also, but a metal tamper, the plastic one isn't sturdy enough for 30 lbs pressure, it bents and packs unevenly. You can get metal tampers cheap, it's worth it.
4. Before you make your cup each morning, warm the machine as directions indicate, but ALSO run a shot of plain water through first. The second time through will be hotter, and it only takes 30 seconds.
5. Even though it's a new machine, and you did the priming as the manual says, run 1/2 tank of white vinegar through it (directions on page 16 of manual) and it will make a tremendous difference. Don't argue, just do it.
6. You can open the lid and fill the reservoir with it ON the machine with a pitcher if taking it on and off is too hard.
NOTE: I did NOT receive this at a discount in exchange for an honest review. This is a good machine for the average espresso based specialty coffee drinker. I gave it a full 5 stars because it's pretty idiot proof (I'm not the most mechanical person) and it makes mochas that are pretty darn good in my average persons opinion. I have no idea what a real coffee expert would say, and really, shouldn't they have a professional machine anyway? [...]
We've gone through two of these machines in the last 14 months. The first machine was purchased for me as a Christmas gift in December 2014. It worked well and I loved brewing my own expresso at home. Then, around the tenth month we noticed that less expresso than usual was coming out the machine. Around the 12th month, it started curdling the milk.
Though we cleaned our machine religiously after each brew and use fresh milk, when the milk went into the cup, it looked spoiled and made the coffee completely undrinkable. Luckily the machine was under warranty, so we were able to send it back and get a second machine in February 2016. Like the first one, it worked great at first. Then, last week, it began curdling the milk again. It's been two months this time.
I called and spoke to Mr. Coffee's customer service about an hour ago and the rep was friendly and helpful, but said she wasn't sure why our machine was doing that. I asked her for suggestions on how to fix it because I didn't want a refund or a new machine, I just want my current one to work properly.
She then put me on hold and spoke to her supervisor who also was not sure. So, they're sending us another machine...our third one in less than two years.
I'll take the new machine, but I'm planning to look for something similar under a different brand. I don't want to keep replacing them.
So anyway, here you are on Amazon, trying to filter - ha ha, please note clever pun - through the endless product choices, which range from cheapo plastic crap to espresso machines so expensive and complicated that you wonder if you'll need a degree in engineering to operate them. Your head is getting ready to explode as you read about things like burr grinders, with some Amazonians subtly implying that if you don't use one of these for your home-roasted gourmet coffee beans - the ones you import weekly on a private jet from an exclusive estate in the Ethiopian Highlands - then your intellect must compare unfavorably with that of certain lower primates. And then there are the reviews that provide detailed instructions regarding this or that machine's temperamental foibles and intolerance of idiots, advising you sternly that if you don't do X, Y and Z in a very particular order, accompanied by ritual chanting and animal sacrifice, your $2000 espresso machine will never perform in the optimal way.
Or so it sure seems sometimes.
So here's the key question: WHY do you want an espresso machine? Do you truly want to become an espresso master, the envy and talk of all your Yuppie friends ("Wow, Bob has a Lockheed-Martin X-320 Parisian-Bistro-Espresso Cafe Super-System with built-in burr grinder and rocket launch module, and he sure knows how to use it!") Or do you just want a machine that costs (way) under a thousand bucks that'll make a tasty latté or cappuccino in the morning, and in so doing save you from supporting your local coffee shop owner's boat payments?
If it's the latter, then I humbly recommend this fine little machine. It's easy to set up, and if one uses decent ground espresso (for the record, I use Lavazza) it makes excellent coffee drinks with a minimum of fuss. You don't need to fiddle with frothing yourself - just hit the right buttons and it will turn out coffee that will have you saying "Mmm, that's good!" before you proceed with your day. Unless, of course, you're a coffee snob who wouldn't dream of using anything smacking of "automatic" that doesn't involve multiple complex steps, a $300 grinder, manual frothing, a degree in engineering and animal sacrifices. But then if you're that person you're probably not looking at this machine.
Put the machine through a clean cycle regularly, and DO delime it at least once in a while. It's a tedious procedure but not doing so may affect performance (we had some issues a few months in and deliming fixed them).
Do follow the setup instructions carefully, especially with regard to priming the machine the first time. And don't do what I did, which is to wonder why nothing was happening - specifically, why no water was coming out - and then finally notice the sticker on the back of the water tank that said "Remove plastic plug before use".
UPDATE, JUNE 2014: A year after we bought this, using it every day, it has started to exhibit issues with the frothing. Despite deliming, it is having a harder time getting up to pressure and producing froth. It still works, but doesn't froth as easily and I have to usually run it a couple of times to get the volume we had a year ago. This machine has nonetheless saved us a ton of money over the past year and I'd still recommend it (and perhaps buy another when this one finally dies).
As some others have noted, the reservoir sometimes leaks water. My stupid but effective solution to this was to insert a strip of thin cardboard (part of the flap of a small cardboard box works) between the machine and the reservoir (i.e. behind the reservoir). Apparently this "pushes" the reservoir back enough to set it right, and it fixed the issue.