Mr. Coffee model ECM250 Espresso Maker
Mr. Coffee ECM250
I received this espresso maker as a gift, and am happy with it overall. It is a Mr. Coffee brand, model ECM250 Espresso/Cappuccino Maker. It was given to me, but if I had bought an espresso maker myself, this is most likely the model I would have bought. It is a well made, quality product as most things from Mr. Coffee are. It is the first and only espresso maker I have owned but I think it is better than many other makers in this price group.
It looks very nice on the counter. It is black with grey and stainless steel accents. It is more compact than some makers and takes up little counter space. The case seems to be very sturdy and although it plastic it feels much stronger than a typical coffee maker and many cheap espresso makers I have looked at.
The only thing that has failed on it is the glass carafe, but that was due to my bumping it off the table and is not a fault of the product. The carafe has become a problem, though, as I have not been able to replace it. I thought a name brand product like Mr. Coffee would be easy to find replacement parts for but none of the stores I have looked in carry it. Even stores which sell this exact maker do not sell replacement carafes for it. Unfortunately this means that I have not been able to use the maker for quite a while. I have found replacement carafes online, but the cost of the carafe plus shipping would almost equal the cost of just buying a whole new maker.
The one flaw I have found with the maker is the frothing feature. The frothing arm has never done a good job of frothing the milk, even when I chill the milk in the freezer before hand. Also, the frothing arm and tip are difficult to clean. Because of this, I usually do not try to froth any milk and make cappuccino, but just make espresso instead.