Mr. Coffee BVMC-ECMP1000 Café Barista Espresso Maker

Mr. Coffee BVMC-ECMP1000

5 / 5 stars      

Consider the Mr. Coffee BVMC-ECMP1000 if you’re looking for an inexpensive espresso maker.  As a matter of fact, this is the least expensive espresso maker I’ve found that still offers some quality.  So if you’re not some kind of espresso connoisseur that feels he has to spend thousands of dollars to be able to create the perfect cup of espresso, this Mr. Coffee is definitely a contender.  If you decide you want something that’s a step up and has a few more features, check out the Breville BES840XL Infuser.  At the time of writing this, it’s being offered at a killer discount!

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For those of you who don’t want to do something complex and complicated first thing in the morning, the ECMP1000 is a dream.  Decide whether you want an espresso, cappuccino or latte, then decide size and press the corresponding button.  As far as customizing the amount of espresso or the amount of frothed milk you’ll use a manual setting in these cases.  When making a latte you also use the manual function to control the clearing cycle for the frothed milk dispensing tube.

The control panel also provides lights that will let you know about things like whether or not your water reservoir empty, whether the unit is heating up, whether it’s ready to use, whether or not the milk reservoir is inserted properly, and so forth.


BVMC-ECMP1000 Café Barista Pros & Cons

Pros:  Inexpensive – Easy To Use — Automatic Frothier — Settings for espresso, cappuccino or latte — Choose your cup size

Cons: In some units the water reservoir doesn’t seem to fit properly

Before using the Mr. Coffee Café Barista for the first time, you need to thoroughly clean prime the unit.  If you want to get the best out of your new espresso maker, this is an important step.  Priming the unit entails filling both the water in milk reservoirs with water, putting the filter in place, and then going to the following cycle.  Power on the unit so that the three control lights begin to pulse once their solid press the espresso button and hold it for three seconds.  Let the pump start and leave the water flowing for up to 90 seconds.  After the allotted time, press the espresso button again to stop the process.  Now you want to repeat these steps, but this time use the cappuccino button.  Once you’ve completed this the control panel lights will turn on solid, thus indicating that the unit is fully primed and ready to be used.

One important thing to note the manual states that using sugar roasted ground coffee or sugar roasted coffee beans will clog the filter and damaged the unit, so don’t use either of those.

For a simple, inexpensive model, the BVMC-ECMP1000 puts out a fantastic cup of espresso with incredibly rich, thick crema.

The milk container does seem to be a little clunky.  Not sure if that’s the case on every unit or there’s just a little bit of quality control issues going on here.  But inserting it or removing it isn’t necessarily a smooth process.  Just try to do it as gently as possible or you may end up wearing your milk.

All in all, for espresso maker that’s a fraction of cost of many others, this is a great choice.  It’s easy to use.  It makes a great cuppa.  It’s under $200.  And it rates 5/5 in my view, despite a few apparent quality issues.

Features & Dimensions

  • One touch controls.
  • Choice of single or double shot
  • Ability to customize your shot
  • Automatic milk frothier
  • removable milk and water reservoirs
  • 15 bars of pressure
  • 12 x 14 x 12″ and 9 pounds

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