Mr. Coffee ECM160 4-Cup Steam Espresso Machine, Black

Makes delicious espressos, cappuccinos, and lattes. Powerful milk frother. 4-Cup capacity: 20-ounce. Per shot. Removable drip tray. Easy to pour decanter. Removable frothing aid. On/off indicator light.

Product Features

  • Steam espresso machine brews 1 to 4 cups (20 ounces)
  • Removable frothing aid; powerful milk frother for creamy cappuccinos
  • Decanter with measuring marks, stay-cool handle, and drip-free pouring spout
  • Cup warmer; removable drip tray; cord storage; measuring scoop included
  • Measures 8 by 6-1/2 by 10-1/2 inches

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3 Responses to “Mr. Coffee ECM160 4-Cup Steam Espresso Machine, Black”

  1. <path_to_url> Dassit

    RECESSION SPECIAL! I’ve had this machine for over a year. I have tried other machines, even a pump. It makes good cappuccinos/lattes when the milk is steamed properly at the right temperature. If your only into espresso shots, I would go with a different pump driven machine.PROS-Inexpensive, Small-Frother is strong, plastic tip is removable-Quiet (then a pump machine)-Latte art hearts (SEE picture)CONS-Supplied tamper is just a slightly flattened end of the coffee scooper.-No frothing pitcher.-Multiple shots requires de-pressuring the machine.NOTESThere seems to be a lot of reviews stating it works fine in the beginning then after a while is poor or just stops. Ive noticed that during regular use, water starts to build up in the tank. This is because you never really use all the water in the tank per brew. This excess water I believe causes a problem. Either dump it out after, or what I do is, brew it out “before” I make a cappuccino as to warm up the machine on a cold start.There also seems to be a lot of reviews saying it’s not real espresso or there is no crema. This is true. It’s a steam driven machine they’ve been making this type of machine for years. It can not match the pressure or the amount of crema produced by a pump driven machine. BUT it can produce a decent ‘steam’ espresso w/ crema ready to be made to a latte/cappuccino. The problem with the reviewers is that there are so many factors involved in why are not producing crema or a good cup. It could be the bean, the grind, the tamp, perhaps it’s a cold start, not enough water, or too much water, etc etc the list goes on. It’s something you’ll have to figure out yourself.Another thing to note is that the bean grind/freshness is directly proportional to the effectiveness of the steamer wand. If the beans are old and/or too course the water will brew through the coffee so fast that no pressure built up for the steamer wand to be effective. Likewise if the beans are too fine or the tamp too hard, the water will have a hard time passing thru the coffee and too much pressure will build up which isnt good either for this machine.Do the descaling with vinegar per instructions.Also want to note I added a picture of a latte heart I made, just to prove minimal latte art is somewhat possible with this machine.

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  2. <path_to_url> Jessica Culp

    Great Buy Love this product. I read all the other reviews before buying, so I knew it didn’t come with a steaming pitcher and ordered one to go with it. However, I didn’t realize that it didn’t come with an espresso tamper either. I would have ordered one had I known, now I have to wait for the one I ordered to come in and hope it fits this machine. Would have given it 5 stars, but as a former barista, I know that to make a good latte I need a steaming pitcher and a tamper. So for an espresso machine not to come with these items is like getting a pair of sneakers with no laces. I have had no problem with leaking, and as long as the user READS THE INSTRUCTIONS, they shouldn’t have any problems either. For $40, I’ve already gotten my money’s worth in the last week. And anyone interested in buying, I would say “GO FOR IT!!!” but order a steaming pitcher and espresso tamper along with it.Note: P.S. Get a 49mm espresso tamper to go with it. Doesn’t fit “perfectly” but its as close as I could find that wouldn’t be too big.

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  3. <path_to_url> Creative Tornado

    don’t buy a $300 espresso machine, buy this one I bought this at Targét for $29, and it is freaking awesome. To the two reviewers above… if you actually read the manual you would know that the cord underneath the base can be unraveled to the desired length. This is to eliminate excess cord on your countertop.Anyway, I discovered I was spending almost $200 at Starbucks… a near crack habit. My previous espresso machine broke over the summer–a $300 Gaggia. Prior to the gaggia I had a krups.So I plunked down a few bucks for this one knowing I was taking a wee gamble. Usually you get what you pay for.Let me tell ya, this little machine is great. First, it is super super quiet. My previous machines were deafening especially when frothing. Secondly, it takes up little space. Third, it’s fairly nice looking and matches our coffee maker. And of course last, it makes great lattés.So, don’t waste your money on some huge hulking espresso machine that will only last a few years. This one does the job and won’t cause ear trauma.

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