Mr. Coffee ECMP50 Espresso Machine Review

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Introduction

Mr. Coffee ECMP50 is one of the most affordable espresso machines on the market. It’s a great starter unit for those who want to get into making espresso or latte at home just the way they like it. There are no fancy bells and whistles, you’ll get a solid machine for extracting espresso under a 15-bar pump pressure and steaming/frothing milk to make your own cappuccino.

Most reviewers like the fact that it’s so easy to use and breezy to clean. If you are not a espresso snob, this machine will serve you well for the cost of 12 lattes at Starbucks.

 Table of Contents
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1. Introduction
2. Features & Benefits
3. Brewing
4. Steaming
5. Display & Control
6. Additional Features
7. How to Clean
8. Accessories
9. Power & Cord
10. Dimensions & Weight
11. Warranty
12. Pros & Cons
13. Consumer Reviews
14. Price
15. Summary

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Features & Benefits of Mr. Coffee ECMP50

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  • 15-Bar Pump Pressure: As much as it costs so little, the ECMP50 is still equipped with a 15-bar pump pressure. This ensures the water is pumped through the thermoblock and heated quickly for extraction or steaming. The preheat takes less than a minute and the downtime from brewing to steaming is 15 seconds or so.
  • 40 Oz. Water Reservoir: The size is not huge but you are not going to use a lot of water in making a cup of espresso. The reservoir sits in the back of the machine allowing you to topfill with a pitcher or remove it to fill at the sink.
  • Powerful Steam Wand: The steam wand is quite powerful for steaming and frothing cold milk.
  • Single and Double Portafilters: Two sizes of portafilters give you the option to brew a single or a double shot.
  • Removable Drip Tray: This is a standard fair for you to empty the drip tray.
  • Extra Storage: On top of the machine, there is an area for cup warming or some people use the space to store supplies.

Brewing

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Before using the machine for the first time, you need to wash the removable parts such as the water reservoir, the brew basket and filters. To brew espresso, follow the following steps:

  1. Fill the water reservoir with fresh or filtered/bottled water not exceeding the maximum line.
  2. Select a filter size and place it in the filter basket.
  3. Fill the filter with ground coffee. Clean any excess from the filter and tamp it with 20-30 pounds of pressure. Make sure the coffee ground is consistent in grind size which should felt like “salt” between fingers. If it’s too fine, the water won’t penetrate through or over-extraction will occur. If it’s too coarse, you’d run the risk of under-extracting as water flows through the grounds too quickly. This may result in a sour taste. This is a crucial step in ensuring the flavor and taste of your espresso. A burr grinder is always recommended if you can afford one.
  4. Attach the filter to the brew head.
  5. Place a or two cups underneath the brew spout. Warming the cup/s is a great practice to maintain the consistent temperature.
  6. Plug the power cord into an outlet and turn on the machine by pressing the red button on the right hand side.
  7. Wait for the Ready Indicator light turn solid green and press the “brew” button.
  8. Rotate the side knob to brew position by turning it counter-clockwise.
  9. Turn off the side knob when the desired level is filled.
  10. If brewing more espresso, repeats Steps # 3 through 9.

Steaming

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After making espresso, fill a milk pitcher half full with fresh cold milk. Press the red switch until the ready light is solid green. Position the pitcher under the steam wand to allow the tip of the wand dip into the milk and press the “steam” button until the indicator light becomes steady green. Turn the side knob clockwise to the steam position. Move the pitcher in a circular motion with the steam wand in the middle for about 50 seconds until the milk reaches to 150 F. Some people judge by the heat outside of the pitcher (it’s too hot to hold) while others use a thermometer inside of the milk.

To make a cappuccino, first pour the espresso as 1/3 of the liquid, followed by 1/3 steamed milk and 1/3 frothed milk.

Display & Control

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On the front panel, there are Power Indicator Light (red), Brew Button with Indicator Light (green), Ready Indicator Light (green) and Control Knob on the right hand side and On/Off Button in the lower right hand side.

Additional Features

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None

How to Clean

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Routine cleaning involves flushing and wiping clean the steaming wand after each use. Of course, discard the used coffee puck, rinse the filters and clean the drip tray.

Deliming should be done after 80 brews with soft water and 40 hard water. It entails deliming the water reservoir and internal parts following the instructions in the User Manual. The more you take care of the machine, the longer it will serve you.

Accessories

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Included Accessories

A coffee scoop doubled up as a tamper on one end and two filters

Optional Accessories

A good metal tamper is a great item to consider. The basket size is 51mm in diameter so make sure you choose the right size. The ECMP50 doesn’t come with a milk pitcher. You may want to get a stainless steel one.

Power & Cord

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  • Input Power (W): Couldn’t find any info
  • Voltage/Frequency (V-Hz): 110/60 (assumed)

Dimensions & Weight

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  • Dimensions (W x D x H inches): 11.4 x 13.7 x 13
  • Weight (lbs): 9

Warranty

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1-year limited warranty on parts and labor

Pros & Cons

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Pros

  • It’s one of the best espresso machines in the price range. You’ll definitely get a good bang for your buck as well as be able to pull decent espresso shots.
  • 15-bar pressure pump ensures great extraction out of your coffee.
  • The small footprint won’t hog all the counter space in the kitchen.
  • The steam wand is quite powerful to steam and froth milk.
  • Easy to use and clean with parts easily removed.
  • Detailed instructions in the User Manual on care and maintenance.

Cons

  • A few customers reported leakage from the unit.
  • Inconsistent customer service quality.
  • There is no auto-pour feature so you’ll have to keep a close eye when brewing.

Consumer Reviews

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3.9 out of 5.0

75% of the reviewers on Amazon have rated it as 4-5 stars while others split between 1 to 3 stars. The most touted features are the affordability and functionality. It doesn’t take much to learn to use this machine. One of the complaints is the minor leakage of water.

Price

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The price of the ECMP50 is way under $100. By the time you get a few Starbucks lattes, you’d be breaking even with the cost of buying this machine.

Summary

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Mr. Coffee ECMP50 is not a top-of-line espresso machine to earn you a bragging right. Yet it’s cheap and fully capable of producing good espresso and milk-based drinks at a fraction of the cost you would have spent in a coffee shop. Some of the customers have owned this unit for years and are still very happy with the performance.

Whether you want to get it for yourself, someone in your family or as a gift to a newly-wedded couple, this will be a memorable present to remember you by.

 

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