Mr. Coffee ECM160 4-Cup Steam Espresso Machine, Black Review

Mr. Coffee 4-Cup Steam Espresso System with Milk Frother, ECM160

  • Steam Heat forces hot steam through the filter for dark, rich espresso brew
  • Frothing Arm makes creamy froth to top off your cappuccinos and lattes
  • Easy Pour Glass Carafe serves up to 4 shots with just the tilt of the wrist
  • The Drip Catcher is a removable, washable drip tray to collect coffee drips and keep brew space neat and clean
Make delicious coffeehouse style drinks at home with the Mr. Coffee® Café Espresso Steam Espresso and Cappuccino Maker. Be your own barista and create rich espresso, bold cappuccinos and creamy lattes. Brews 1-4 cups of espresso into easy-pour glass decanter with drip-free spout. Frother steams milk up light and creamy to top off your coffee drinks. Designed with removable drip tray and cord storage. Recipes and measuring scoop included.

List Price: $ 35.99 Price: $ 35.99

3 Comments on “Mr. Coffee ECM160 4-Cup Steam Espresso Machine, Black Review
  1. 678 of 691 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    RECESSION SPECIAL!, January 4, 2009
    By 
    Dassit

    This review is from: Mr. Coffee ECM160 4-Cup Steam Espresso Machine, Black (Kitchen)
    I’ve had this machine for over a year. I have tried other machines, even a pump. It makes good cappuccinos/lattes when the milk is steamed properly at the right temperature. If your only into espresso shots, I would go with a different pump driven machine.

    PROS
    -Inexpensive, Small
    -Frother is strong, plastic tip is removable
    -Quiet (then a pump machine)
    -Latte art hearts (SEE picture)

    CONS
    -Supplied tamper is just a slightly flattened end of the coffee scooper.
    -No frothing pitcher.
    -Multiple shots requires de-pressuring the machine.

    NOTES
    There seems to be a lot of reviews stating it works fine in the beginning then after a while is poor or just stops. Ive noticed that during regular use, water starts to build up in the tank. This is because you never really use all the water in the tank per brew. This excess water I believe causes a problem. Either dump it out after, or what I do is, brew it out “before” I make a cappuccino as to warm up the machine on a cold start.

    There also seems to be a lot of reviews saying it’s not real espresso or there is no crema. This is true. It’s a steam driven machine they’ve been making this type of machine for years. It can not match the pressure or the amount of crema produced by a pump driven machine. BUT it can produce a decent ‘steam’ espresso w/ crema ready to be made to a latte/cappuccino. The problem with the reviewers is that there are so many factors involved in why are not producing crema or a good cup. It could be the bean, the grind, the tamp, perhaps it’s a cold start, not enough water, or too much water, etc etc the list goes on. It’s something you’ll have to figure out yourself.

    Another thing to note is that the bean grind/freshness is directly proportional to the effectiveness of the steamer wand. If the beans are old and/or too course the water will brew through the coffee so fast that no pressure built up for the steamer wand to be effective. Likewise if the beans are too fine or the tamp too hard, the water will have a hard time passing thru the coffee and too much pressure will build up which isnt good either for this machine.

    Do the descaling with vinegar per instructions.

    Also want to note I added a picture of a latte heart I made, just to prove minimal latte art is somewhat possible with this machine.

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  2. 624 of 649 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Buy, October 12, 2008
    By 
    Jessica Culp (California/ Alaska) –
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    This review is from: Mr. Coffee ECM160 4-Cup Steam Espresso Machine, Black (Kitchen)
    Love this product. I read all the other reviews before buying, so I knew it didn’t come with a steaming pitcher and ordered one to go with it. However, I didn’t realize that it didn’t come with an espresso tamper either. I would have ordered one had I known, now I have to wait for the one I ordered to come in and hope it fits this machine. Would have given it 5 stars, but as a former barista, I know that to make a good latte I need a steaming pitcher and a tamper. So for an espresso machine not to come with these items is like getting a pair of sneakers with no laces. I have had no problem with leaking, and as long as the user READS THE INSTRUCTIONS, they shouldn’t have any problems either. For $40, I’ve already gotten my money’s worth in the last week. And anyone interested in buying, I would say “GO FOR IT!!!” but order a steaming pitcher and espresso tamper along with it.

    Note: P.S. Get a 49mm espresso tamper to go with it. Doesn’t fit “perfectly” but its as close as I could find that wouldn’t be too big.

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  3. 535 of 563 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    don’t buy a $300 espresso machine, buy this one, February 27, 2008
    By 
    Creative Tornado (New England) –

    This review is from: Mr. Coffee ECM160 4-Cup Steam Espresso Machine, Black (Kitchen)
    I bought this at Targét for $29, and it is freaking awesome. To the two reviewers above… if you actually read the manual you would know that the cord underneath the base can be unraveled to the desired length. This is to eliminate excess cord on your countertop.

    Anyway, I discovered I was spending almost $200 at Starbucks… a near crack habit. My previous espresso machine broke over the summer–a $300 Gaggia. Prior to the gaggia I had a krups.

    So I plunked down a few bucks for this one knowing I was taking a wee gamble. Usually you get what you pay for.

    Let me tell ya, this little machine is great. First, it is super super quiet. My previous machines were deafening especially when frothing. Secondly, it takes up little space. Third, it’s fairly nice looking and matches our coffee maker. And of course last, it makes great lattés.

    So, don’t waste your money on some huge hulking espresso machine that will only last a few years. This one does the job and won’t cause ear trauma.

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