Rated 4 out of 5 by Kimberly N Great, Inexpensive Espresso Machine
The original Mr. Coffee espresso machine I purchased lasted for many years, and when it finally quit working, I replaced it with the ECM 160. The replacement has been working fine. I mainly use it to brew the espresso, not for the frothing capability. I use a glass frothing pitcher to make the hot milk and froth, because I did not have much success using the frother on this machine. This coffee maker makes great espresso, as long as you use a fairly fine grind of coffee (but not too fine of a grind - not powdery). I also use only filtered water and clean it regularly, otherwise the taste is a bit off - but our water is hard. The only thing that could be improved upon is that the handles for the brewing basket holders have broken off on both of the machines owned. I tried to get a replacement basket holder, but it has been impossible to find. However, I would still consider replacing my current machine with the same model.
December 29, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Silverhawk13 Horrible metallic taste! I can't get rid of it.
I really really wanted this for Christmas and was very adamant that this was the one I wanted. Now I feel guilty because I don't use it. The machine smells like burned metal and the coffee tastes like the machine smells. I tried descaling with vinegar as suggested, and it lessened a bit, but it is still not drinkable. Overall a bitter disappointment. The machine will be returned this week.
January 16, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by ristey Tastes like plastic.
This was a Christmas gift i was really excited about. I went out and bought freshly ground espresso. I followed the instructions, but it didn't taste right. I bought a tamper and starbucks espresso and have tried over and over but it has a strong plastic taste. It's a shame because it work really well. You can get a really nice froth on the milk. But in the end not worth it.
January 10, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by robk Like it
Actually on my third one. Works great for the price. My first one lasted many years and was going strong until the knob broke. Second one, the knob broke again in less than a year. Between these two I had a $200 Krups pump, but it took way too long for me to brew and the milk was always tepid and froth-less as the steam output was surprisingly weak. Ended up giving it away. I like hot frothy milk, so I bought number two. That died and I got a DeLonghi, which I still have and like. Saw the Mr Coffee on sale again at Target and couldn't pass it up for my third one. Will treat the knob gently, hopefully it will last like my first one. If it weren't for the weak knob, I'd give it five stars.
January 2, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Kbert Thank you for the replacement machine.
I am happy Mt Coffee replaced my defective machine I purchasrd in Nov 2015.
January 15, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Seekurdreams Terrible chemical taste
I got this machine a Christmas gift from my parents - I was so excited about this until I made the first cup and it tasted like plastic/metal/chemicals. We couldn't figure out why - or how. We cleaned it brewed vinegar and let the vinegar sit in the chamber as stated in manual and no such luck. In so disappointed, thankfully target has a good return policy. This will go back to the store today.
January 4, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Mstoltman Not espresso
For $40 I shouldn't have expected much but worth a try. It does not make espresso coffee; just a plastic tasting cup of coffee. No crema either. Just pay for the real thing which will run you several hundred but this machine isn't worth having as it isn't drinkable.
January 5, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Meboy35 Junk
Got for Christmas. I've used espresso makers before so I'm knowledgeable of how they work. This thing brews all the water that is put in the machine and leaves non to steam. You can't take the top off to add water since it's hot and under pressure. Machine also doesn't sit level and seems to be made of cheap plastic. I think I'll be throwing this out and accept that I'm out $40. Sticking with keurig!
December 26, 2015