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Mr Coffee Espresso (All) - Robert Pusztavari's Review
Posted: June 5, 2003, 9:43pm
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Rene Lacroix 10.00
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Darren Conrad 7.50
George Swanson 7.33

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.4
Product Reviewed: ECMP10
Manufacturer: Mr Coffee/Sunbeam Quality: 6
Average Price: Varies Usability: 7
Price Paid: $39.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Target Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 1 year Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Maybe
Similar Items Owned: New TEA owner
Bottom Line: Much better than a steamer and cheap.
Positive Product Points

At below $50 it's always good for a back-up. Heats very fast and runs off my DC to AC 15 AMP converter no sweat. Awesome tool for camping ;-) Great way to wake up in the morning and meet the neighbors while enjoying the great out doors. Small and light at 9 3/8"(w) x 9"(d) x 11 3/4"(h) she takes up very little space in the camping, err.. I mean on the counter. Never weighted it, but I'd guess around 10 lbs dripping wet.

Negative Product Points

Very small boiler that peters out on a double. It's good with the single basket and fresh beans. Steam is very weak but with patience can get soggy microfoam that is much better than Oregon coast "Dutch Brothers" chain (think *$ with out competition). Drip tray will leak due to small size and a cut out for over flow. VERY LOUD, sorry... had to shout over the thumping of the steamer <evil grin>. Both machines never leaked at removable water container, but it looks very weak.

Detailed Commentary

My better half received the Mr coffee pump machine as a Xmass gift 1 1/2 years ago and was ready to throw it out. I bought the Solis 166 used and with good fresh beans I could make decent shots. With a Maestro I can almost make bitter free singles (Malabar Gold). The new Rocky is way over kill with the Mr Coffee, but plays nice with the Isomac HEX.  So the saying "spend the $$ on a good grinder" really is true. This machine does not get hot enough for the MG roast, but can and does make drinkable shots. I have replaced her original because for the 1st month she used heavy well water and back flushing  or descaling this machine is not worth the time or effort for a NON-solenoid  valve machine. With practice, this machine can make better than *$ on average. Patience is a must if a group is present. Waiting for thin aluminum to heat up more than 15 minutes is not necessary or realistic. Recommend frothing your milk 1st, wait for ready light, run 4 oz of water thru the basketless PF until heating light comes on, wait at least 10 sec after the ready light comes on again (really small boiler, heats fast) and *$ has competition... well, kind of. It's a heck of a lot cheaper :-D  I'm now spoiled with the TEA/Rocky combo, but at $50 the ECMP10 has my respect. I still have the second machine at work for those long days , but the frothing has become a joke (end user abuse ;-)
If the new one would die, I'd most likely get a replacement if local. An excellent starter if mated to a burr grinder. This machine has flaws, but at $50 I see it as a good gauge for a new user who would like to see if home espresso is to their liking, or as a back-up portable. Came in very handy during the Xmass family gathering at the retreat.

Buying Experience

Bought at Wal-Mart originally, Target has 'em now even cheaper.

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