The Mr. Coffee ECMP 100 café barista premium espresso and cappuccino maker comes with a ton of features including a one-touch control panel, automatic milk frother, removable milk reservoir, and adjustable cup tray. In terms of ease of use, basically, this model is halfway between a manual and a super automatic model.
EMP 1000 Espresso and Cappuccino System Rundown and Features
This machine is manual in the sense that you’ll need to pull your own shots just like a barista, but it’s partially super automatic style in the sense that the machine will automatically froth and pour steamed milk into your hot espresso based beverage.
This makes the EMP 1000 a good choice for coffee drinkers who don’t want to deal with the hassle of learning how to properly froth milk. And for the price, this machine is perfect for coffee drinkers who want to enjoy daily espressos without blowing their budget.
In terms of features designed to make the brewing process a little easier, this model covers all the basics of a super automatic espresso maker. It’s equipped with a milk density adjuster, automatic frother, and pre-set beverage buttons.
Located in the heart of the machine you’ll find a single pump boiler, which is what’s responsible for extracting the espresso and the milk. Because of this design, you’ll have to alternate between both of these modes in order to finish your drink, instead of the ability to perform both functions at the same time. However, the boiler is still powerful enough to easily produce your morning cup of espresso, but it isn’t able to handle brewing in high volumes. This is an entry level machine, so if you need more power you’ll definitely need to look elsewhere.
When you’re frothing milk, you’ll notice that this machine is equipped with a manual, small steam wand. This wand is designed as a additional tool that can be used to heat up milk instead of a frothing tool you have to solely rely on.
Other popular features include the beverage buttons and the preprogrammed extraction. These features allow for a one-touch brewing process.
The machine’s automatic frother produces a frothy, dense foam. However, users can also tone down the froth using the appropriate dial. However, you won’t be able to make impressive latte art with this model.
When it comes to the quality of the espresso itself, this machine does a decent job, but it can be inconsistent at times. This is often due to the temperature stability in the boiler. This is a common problem with most models of entry-level espresso machines.
If you’ll mainly be making lattes and cappuccinos, then the overall taste of the espresso won’t matter as much. Just be sure to use freshly roasted beans and a decent grinder to get the best results.
Mr. Coffee Latte Machine Pros and Cons
Pros: The machine offers a really pro look due to the stainless steel design which is easy to keep clean using a soft cloth and some glass cleaner. The fifteen bar pressure is what powers this machine, so as long as you’re using good quality espresso beans you should be satisfied with the espresso maker’s results. This model allows you to pull a single or a double shot with each brew. You can also make larger shots by hitting the espresso button again, which will allow you to get as much as five ounces at once. The double and single shot filters are included and make it easy to get the right amount of coffee grounds in the portafilter, but if this machine doesn’t impress you, you can checkout the DeLonghi EC155.
Most models of espresso machines require the user to physically handle the frothing portion of the cappuccino and latte making process, which takes time. But this unit can be switched on, set to the appropriate function, so you can leave it alone during the brewing process and sit back as the machine automatically handles the frothing process as well.
This model also comes with a removable drip tray for easy cleanup. You’ll be able to fit a standard sized coffee mug under the spout. A cup that’s higher than five inches will need to be tipped in order to keep the drip tray in place while the machine is brewing.
The tamper and measuring scoop combination tool will come in handy and has a quality feel.
Cons: Consumers who had complaints regarding the water reservoir leaking were encouraged to return the machine for a replacement model. Mr. Coffee explained that the leaking reservoir issue that affected some models boiled down to a manufacturing error. If you have trouble with the milk reservoir leaking, this often occurs when the user fails to push the reservoir completely into place.
We should also mention that this machine is pretty loud during operation, producing a fairly loud whooshing and gurgling noise when frothing the milk. However, it’s really no louder than the average espresso machine.
Because this machine features a lot of moving parts, the cleaning process is extensive.
There have also been reports that this model loses pressure after twelve months of use, but this is not a common complaint.
ECMP 1000 Espresso Machine Conclusion and Rating
In our experience, the Mr. Coffee ECMP1000 Café Barista Premium Espresso and Cappuccino System is a handy, compact unit that offers a streamlined, almost automatic brewing process that allows you to enjoy a wide range of espresso-based drinks and professional quality froth. Overall, the machine is very user-friendly. This model comes with a book of cappuccino and latte recipes, which are easy and fun to try. While this machine can experience some performance issues, any manufacturing defects are covered under the machine’s one-year product warranty. Overall, consumers were satisfied with this model’s quality and performance. Consumers who purchased this coffee maker gave it a rating of four out of five stars for pricing, ease of use, and the semiautomatic operation.