In this review, you are going to find out whether Mr. Coffee ECM160 Espresso Machine is as pretty as its manufacturers claim. Its small size is the most obvious thing to notice about Mr Coffee ECM160 4-Cup Steam Espresso Machine.
It is pretty tiny, measuring only 8’’ by 6.5’’ by 10.5’’ with a weight of 6 pounds only. This size is almost good enough to take it with you to every room in your house. Its contemporary look given by the black accents and silver face makes it fit for your modern kitchen space. The size is just so good that you’ll be able to put in the cabinet should you not find counter space for it.
As small as it is, Mr. Coffee ECM160 4-Cup Steam Espresso Machine has a number of excellent features that make it more attractive and functional as its superior counterparts.
- It can give you up to 20 Oz of coffee brew in one go
- It comes with a frothing aid which is removable for easier frothing
- The decanter is quite easy to hold and has measuring marks together with a spout that’s’ drip free
- The drip tray is also removable for facilitating cleaning
- Comes with a power frother which makes it good for cappuccinos and lattes
- The steam is forced through a filter to provide rich and dark espresso
- Its frothing arm creates a creamy froth on top of your lattes and cappuccinos
You’ve already learned from this review that Mr Coffee ECM160 espresso machine is good for cappuccinos and lattes. So, here’s a simple procedure on how to prepare a crème caramel latte.
Ingredients: 6 tablespoons of espresso coffee, 8 ounces of water, 13 ounces of milk, 5 tablespoons of Torani vanilla syrup, and 1 tablespoon of caramel ice cream topping.
- Fill the water reservoir with 8 ounces of water
- Add 6 tablespoons of espresso coffee in the brewer
- Add 13 ounces of milk and 5 tablespoons of Torani Vanilla syrup in the pitcher
- Add 1 tablespoon of caramel ice cream in the pitcher
- Plug in the machine and switch it on
- Select your brew
The Coffee Maker
The coffee quality is quite good, though it’s better off with cappuccinos and lattes than espresso. Being a steam machine, steam is forced through the ground coffee to extract a rich flavor as much as possible. However, the pressure is not good enough to produce a thick crema as in the pump machines.
So long as the fresh ground coffee is used, the resulting brew is rich and delicious, typical of a café-style brew but for cappuccinos and lattes. It’s not good enough to produce café-style espressos.
The Coffee Maker Quality
The fact that it is a steam coffee brewer means that it’s not fitted with many moving parts like the expensive pump machines. Quite a number of consumers have also praised Mr. Coffee ECM160 espresso machine on many reviews online due to its capability to make a lot of coffee at once, despite its small size. You can make 20 Oz of espresso with this machine at a go if you need more of it. And the time that it takes to make that much coffee is only about 3 minutes.
It comes fully assembled meaning that you don’t need to be an expert in espresso machines to enjoy your first brew. However, you don’t want to end up burning yourself with the steam so it would be better if you read the manual first before use. Actually, most of the problems such as steam blow can be solved by reading the manual first. Those who complain of steam burns probably don’t read the manual.
It is also nice and very quiet, which is not the case always with espresso brewers. Generally, the machine is a good quality machine that’s worth your money.
Ease of Use
Mr. Coffee ECM160 espresso machine is easy to use, but that much easy as we’ve witnessed with other machines. At first, you need to read the manual first before using it. The fact that it comes fully assembled is good enough if you already know how it works. All you’ll need to do is simply get your brew ready in a few minutes. No skills are required to set it up.
Its small size and weight is also a plus, if you’d like to use it in any other room apart from the kitchen, you are good to go. The machine is generally easy to use and is fit for its price.
Mr Coffee ECM160 comes with a one year warranty just like many other espresso machines. The warranty, however, is limited to the parts and labor, so you better read the warranty details that come with it before use.
Replacement Parts Availability
You don’t expect the machine to give you a lifetime service without needing some repairs and replacements. At some point in time, a number of parts may need replacements just as it is with any appliances. Some of the parts that may need replacements include:
- Espresso frothing aid tip
- Espresso spoon and tamper
- Frothing attachment
- Water reservoir
- Drip tray assembly
- Filter basket
These replacement parts are available online at cheaper prices not exceeding $10.
Final Thoughts on Mr Coffee ECM160
Mr. Coffee is generally a credible manufacturer of coffee brewing machines and has been conducting this business for a very long time. The Mr Coffee ECM160 espresso machine does just good enough as their manufacturers claim, but not as good as the pump machines. The blowing up of steam from time to time can be a downside as most Mr. Coffee ECM160 espresso machine reviews claim. But you’d want to look into it yourself.
If you are a cappuccino and latte enthusiast, you’ll find this machine quite helpful because that is what it is good at. It lacks the power to make espressos the way coffeehouses do. So follow some tips to buying an espresso machine and make your final choice.