Mr. Coffee ECM250 4-Cup Espresso/Cappuccino Maker
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- Powerful milk frother
- Easy to pour decanter
- Removable drip tray
- On/Off indicator light
- Convenient cord storage
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Have the ability to make espressos and cappuccinos in the comfort of you own home. The Mr. Coffee steam espresso maker delivers quality drinks on a consistent basis. The powerful frothing tip makes heating milk an easy task.
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The machine works fairly quickly. Once I have the espresso measured and the water in, it takes a few minutes to brew. During that time I get my milk ready to steam. I sometimes use a metal steaming cup that I bought at the same time as the espresso maker, and sometimes just my normal ceramic mug. Once the espresso is ready, I immediately turn the dial to steam and steam my milk. The entire process takes maybe 5 minutes. I try to always clean off the steaming wand immediately after mixing my flavorings (I use DaVinci Gourmet flavorings and love them) with my milk and espresso. If I remember to clean it immediately it's very easy and quick. If I wait it takes a little more rubbing to get it clean.
It is small, and serving more than 2-3 people isn't really practical with this machine. The steaming wand is a little shorter than I'd like. But overall, a great product for the price!
Plenty of steam available, but we nuke the milk a bit first to speed up the process. The steam gives a good scalded flavor and plenty of foam, and pre-heating the milk enables us to make two lattes, each with a full cup of non-fat milk, and have very hot lattes.
We've tried other variations on the steam machine theme, and this is the one we return to, because it's reliable, has a pilot light on the front where it can be seen, cleans easily, has the carafe, and the steam pipe is high enough to accommodate our preferred super-tall latte cups (many are positioned too low for this...anticipating that we'd use a stainless steel milk steamer pot. We steam right in the cup.)
We have very hard well-water. I'm able to successfully clean and rejuvenate the espresso machine using vinegar about a dozen times before it's ruined. That, too, is good performance. I buy a new one about once a year, and given the price, that's a bargain.
This thing leaks steam and water near the end of the cycle.
The filter holder does not fit or seal properly into the holding ring.
So the pressure builds and then exceeds the limits of the seal.
Don't know if it's a design or assembly problem - makes no difference.
It sprays steam and water over the counter - so probably never gets close to the desired 'bars'.
The flavor is so-so, but we didn't get our money's worth.
This one is too cheap to repair and is probably headed to the trash.
C'est la vie.