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Mr Coffee Pump Espresso & Cappuccino Maker Review

At $40, the Mr. Coffee ECMP50 isn't much of a steal because of inadequate performance.

December 13, 2011
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Performance Overview

Lackluster performance overall, with weak espresso and poor foam.

Espresso Speed

The Mr. Coffee ECMP50 is a rather slow brewer: we were able to make a single shot of espresso in 52 seconds, and a double in 67. That is the time from when we start tamping the beans to when the last drop of espresso hits the cup. Part of the reason for this is that it outputs less water than most, so it takes longer to brew More on how we test the brewing process.

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Espresso Quality

We were not impressed with the quality of the espresso that we made in our tests, which came out rather pale and with poor creama. Good crema has small bubbles that persist, but the crema on top of the shots produced by this machine had large bubbles and dissipated quickly.

We don't test the taste of the shots in our tests, but we do look at the strength by measuring the TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) of the brew. This is one of the main indicators of strength: the higher the TDS, the stronger the drink. We measure the strength of both a single and a double shot, and we found that both were rather weak, with a TDS range of 3% to 3.4%. That means that this machine can produce only weak shots, which won't make fans of strong espresso happy. More on how we test the brewing process.

Espresso Shot Photo
A shot brewed by the ECMP50
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Espresso Quantity

This machine has a manual quantity control; the water keeps flowing until you turn it off. That means that it can brew anything from a single shot of just under a fluid ounce up to a triple shot. The filter only holds enough coffee for a double shot, so you won't be able to get more out of it than that. More on how we test the brewing process.

Milk & Foam

The performance of the Mr. Coffee ECMP50 at foaming milk was disappointing; we were only able to produce milk with large bubbles that quickly burst, leading to foam that dissipated after just a couple of minutes. This is perhaps why Mr Coffee markets this as a cappuccino maker rather than a latte maker, as cappuchinos use this larger foam.

Foam Photo
A latte macchiato brewed by the ECMP50

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  2. Design
  3. Performance
  4. Usability
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  8. Conclusion
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