What I noticed right away is that like many other coffee or espresso machines in this price range, all inner components are protected in a black plastic housing. To give the semiautomatic Mr. Coffee Café Barista Espresso Maker a touch of luxury, the front panels were upgraded with a stainless steel look though it’s not real steel.
The buttons are straightforward and no master degree is necessary to operate this machine. With one or two pushes, you can choose from a single or double shot of espresso, cappuccino or latte. By holding down a button for about 3 seconds, you also have three additional options:
- Customize Your Espresso
- Add extra frothed milk
- Clean espresso machine
Before you can start enjoying your espresso drinks you must prime your machine. Sounds complicated but is described very clearly – so don’t fear this challenge. You simply fill up both the water and milk tank with water and run a couple different cycles. That’s it.
Included in the Mr. Coffee package is a Porta Filter, one Milk Reservoir, one Water Tank with lid, one filter for a single shot and one for a double shot and a measuring scoop/tamper. Additionally you get recipes for creative espresso drinks.