I made my first ever cappuccino five minutes after i opened the box. Made second cup for my wife and she loved it. -great cup off espresso/cappuccino-easy to froth milk-even skim milk-cleans easycons-had to buy separate st/steel frothing cup-measuring spoon does not have coffee packing tool.
The first worked great until it the steam knob broke (after 3 years). The second was a useless piece of junk. I called jarden for a replacement and they shipped me a more expensive model it was less than useless so i called jarden again. They told me that the “replacement center” did not have this model available for warranty replacement. I wasn’t having any of that so i became the squeeky wheel until they drop-shipped me this model. The lesson is the quality control is less than good. The main problem was it (the replacement) took 12-15 minutes to brew a pot when it should only take 4 minutes. If you intend to make an impressive froth you need to take the plastic “frother” and throw it in the trash. To properly froth hold the froth tip just above the milk to send some air into the milk. As the milk level rises lower the frothing cup continually to keep the tip just above the milk. I can froth 10 oz of milk to fill a 20 oz cup in about three minutes.
The seller had the product sent by ups and there was a track number. The seller reimbursed me even though he was not always as responsive as i would have liked, but in the end i got my money back and i went to a retail store to buy my espresso machine because i got tired of waiting for over a month to get it. This experience makes me rethink my buying online. I had a good experience with amazon and ebay until recently when i have not received items i paid for at least three times this month. I got my money back every time , but the items i ordered where time sensitive. My buying habits will change as of now.
As i work off shore on the oil rigs, this is a small simple compact unit which has proven to make well over 1000’s of cappuccino’s in it’s time. This is the second, after the first one got well used in the last 8 years from rig to rig. Good simple and easy to use.
- Love it BUT
- Great Coffee for 4-6 Years
- Great if you like strong coffee, not true espresso
Mr. Coffee ECM20 Steam Espresso Maker, Black
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- Measures 12 by 9 by 14; 1-year limited warranty
- 3 way select knob allows for separate brewing and frothing
- Removable drip tray for easy clenaing
- Steam pressure brewing
- Measuring scoop and tool included
I do not consider that a drawback. But i need to get this first tip right out in front for new purchasers:1) never, ever use the handle alone to “unscrew” the basket assembly or it will go the quickest (just think “cosmetics” for it) get your hand up underneath to do the job, or the thing will too soon break off in your hand. You can’t avoid some pressure on the handle when unscrewing as i’ve instructed. Its demise is inevitable, but you can still use the basket assembly w/o it, of course. Other tips to follow the following:consider me the expert on mr. Coffee ecm20–it’s my third time around for this unique product, which makes coffee tasting about midway between a very good drip and true espresso = great for the price and user-friendliness great coffee in about 3 min. Very quick and easy, no filters to mess with, and its small size fits anywhere.
Se gradite il caffè espresso italiano autentico, questa è la macchina per voi. Produce il caffè espresso squisito, appena come fanno a milano. Premi appena il tasto ed allora prenda una sorsata e pensate che siate in italia. Coffee per il salvataggio della mia unione.
Its an art to make it the way you want it. Coffee needs to be semi fine, slighty packed. I unplugg in the middle of steamimg so it won’t over heat. I wish they were $30 instead of $40. I will keep buying these as long as they make them. We have hard water so thats why they last 5 months max. Never poor water in it to make another while its still hot or you will kill it.It “glazes” the calcium deposits.
I bought this for my friend as a gift and she loves it. It’s totally cut down on her coffee runs cause now she can have it at home thanks to this awesome machine.
This little machine surprised me. When i first took it out of the box and saw the knobs for brew and steam i though, well what a pain in the ass. It brewed the espresso very well and then it steamed my milk up to 160 in a little under 2 mins. I expected a lot less for what i paid for, but what i got was a good machine, you will not be disappointed.
I’ve had years of success with the standard mr. Coffee filter machines; somehow they always manage to combine function with form, and make consistently good coffee, especially for the price. So when after a short trial, i got dissatisfied and disrespectful of the krups low-price espresso machine, i went looking for a mr. Be sure to read all the instructions for the ecm20. They are actually in first-class consumer-friendly language, obviously written by an english speaker and for sure a person who had actually used the product to make different kinds of espresso drinks. You readily learn to produce espresso with that “crema” on top, as well make creamy steamed milk for your lattes and cappucinos. And my partner, who usually likes a tidy, bare countertop, said this interesting design “looks good on the counter. ” (to get the fifth star, they just need to make the frother wand swivel.
This is a great coffee, expreso or capuchino maker.
So far i love this little espresso maker. It isn’t fancy but it does the job and it’s not huge so it fits in my tiny kitchen. The one frustrating thing is that the steamer is kind of awkward to use, it’s smaller than your average frothing cup. Still works fine and makes delicious drinks.
Brews as well as other more expensive models.
It makes excellent coffee and is easy to use. My only complaint is that the lid on the coffee pot does not come off easily, especially with coffee in it. I have made lattes at home for about 20 years, and i would prefer this over the more expensive machines with reservoirs.
I searched for 3-4 weeks at different stores and they all said they carried the mr. Coffee steam espresso maker, but they never were sure when they would get this back in stock. So my husband looked on amazon and found this great coffee maker and he ordered it for me. The transactions went smooth and the coffee maker arrived in a timely fashion and arrived brand new like described. I use it every morning and love it.
I’ve had 3 of these in the last 3 years. The average lifetime of this machine seems to be one year. Something or the other will fail. On one of them, steam started leaking from the top and the control knob broke on another. Too bad because i really liked the cappuccino it makes. I’m from southern india and it made great south indian coffee. Maybe i’ll get another one with the expectation that it will only last one year.
Although it seems to work as an espresso maker, the small, weak plastic parts such as the ‘clip’ on the filter basket and the handle on the pot are already broken. Did not last even three month.
I had one just like it for 17 years. Thank goodness i found one like it. Creature of habit i the morning.
The cost for any espresso machine, outside the us, is out of the sky. This little beauty (@$30) is just too good to be true. Yes it won’t last forever but i had my first one for two full years and used it just about every day at work. I’m now on my second machine and couldn’t be happier. Great espresso, great foam and my $400 machine can barely stay up.
My mother loved it and was very excited about receiving this as a christmas gift, it was one of the gifts she asked for. I was very happy for her and thanks for this great product and i love the size is perfect for her little kitchen.
Perfect for those who want only a single cup of coffee. The steaming function is great for frothing milk. We originally bought this about 4(?) years ago and ran it into the ground (the seal on the steamer wouldn’t hold very well), but it still made coffee. Went and bought the identical model (glad they didn’t change over to a different version. ) we’re delighted to have all of the capabilities back.
I was a little worried about getting this espresso/cappucino maker because of some of the complaints about the milk frother on the machine, but i don’t understand why anyone wouldn’t love this machine, particularly given its low cost compared to others on the market. The quality of the espresso is not the best i have ever tasted, but it does the job just fine, and the milk frother is top notch. I have owned any number of cappucino makers in my life, and this is the best one for making a stiff, thick foam. There are better machines to be had for three times the price, but this one is an excellent performer for the cost.