Mr. Coffee Steam Espresso Machine
(New Port Richey, FL, USA)
Mr Coffee Steam
We received our Mr. Coffee Steam Espresso Machine as a gift this past Christmas. We're not exactly sure why- my husband doesn't drink any coffee products at all, and I'm usually a black coffee person myself. So we thought maybe we got this as a re-gift, and I'd be lying if I said the thought of re-gifting this machine again didn't occur to me.
I decided to try it out and see if I could be an espresso fan. This particular machine also makes lattes and cappuccinos, and is extremely easy to clean after using it. One of the other, smaller and seemingly insignificant features that I love is the cord storage. I can't stand dealing with the cords on my counter top appliances. I am not an expert at making espresso, lattes, or cappuccinos, but I found this machine really easy to use, and the end results being pretty tasty.
I don't use it daily (I'll keep my black coffee routine), but I use it when having guests over, or on a particularly chilly day. Everyone has enjoyed the coffee drinks that have come from this machine- even some of the snobbiest of coffee drinkers in our circle of friends. We have noticed, however, that you do have to add a great deal of water to the machine when using it (more than the instructions recommend), in order to keep it from burning up. It is also pretty useless when it comes to steaming milk. The milk never gets hot enough, and steam actually escapes out of the top of the machine.
This is definitely not the fanciest or most sophisticated espresso machine, but it's certainly a quality machine considering it is under $50. For someone looking for a true coffee house style espresso at home, however, I'd recommend paying a bit more for a better brand of machine.