Mr. Coffee ECMP50
Today we’ll review the Mr. Coffee ECMP50 which is a cheap espresso machine or cappuccino machine offered from the fine folks at Mr. Coffee. Mr. Coffee most of us are familiar with for their coffee machines and coffee carafes. In fact, they’re one of the few brands that make buying coffee carafes for their coffee makers. However, a coffee maker and coffee carafe are a different animal all together than an espresso machine. Can you be good at coffee makers and espresso makers too? Let’s find out.
What do you get with this Mr. Coffee espresso maker? Well, you get one of the better Mr. Coffee espresso makers that they make. They offer a half a dozen or so, but this one is my favorite because of design but also because of features. This is a pump driven espresso maker which is preferred over steam driven espresso machines. Because you can get better pressure to extract more flavor from your espresso coffee beans. I also look for a minimum of 12 bars of pressure. The Mr. Coffee ECMP 50 has 15 bars of pressure which is terrific.
I have found that in my experience you need a good 12 bars of pressure as minimum to make a nice crema on your espresso. This ECMP50 has 15 bars. Good news. It also has a thermoblock heating system which allows for quicker heating of the water for both your espresso and for the steam you need for your milk frothing wand. There is nothing worse than having your espresso go cold while you wait for the water to get hot enough for steam.
Here are some of the features of the Mr. Coffee ECMP50:
- Thermoblock heating system for quick and hot water heating
- Ample and removable water reservoir for easy refilling
- Milk frother nozzle is powerful and especially designed to create velvet froth
- Removable drip tray for quick and easy clean up
- Lighted on and off switch gets rid of any guesswork
Another great benefit of this Mr Coffee espresso machine is that it offers both solo and doppio filters for the coffee portafilter. So if you’re just making a single espresso or cappuccino drink for yourself then you just use the single filter so the measurement of the needed ground espresso beans is practically done for you. This Mr Coffee cappuccino machine also has a larger filter to use when making 2 lattes or espresso based beverages. Included with the Mr. Coffee ECMP50 is an espresso tamper which is handy, though you’ll want to buy your own metal one once you’ve become better at espresso art.
Here’s what one satisfied customer had to say about their Mr. Coffee ECMP50 espresso machine:
After taking this one around the block a few times I have to say I’m extremely impressed with the design improvements they’ve made. I LOVE the top tray. I store my espresso cup, tamper… brew basket, and espresso pitchers on it. There’s more clearance under the brew basket! UPDATE AFTER ONE YEAR: I use it off and on and it’s still working well. – K. Krueger