Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista Espresso Machine
The Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista is a semi-automatic pump espresso machine that also includes a removable frother steamer milk tank for quick and easy espresso based drinks.
Ease of Use/Performance: 4/5
How much I enjoy 5/5
The Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista is a semi-automatic espresso machine that uses a 15 bar pump system to brew great espresso. The removable automatic milk frother reservoir allows you to store your milk in the fridge between brewing for convenience.
The Cafe Barista comes with the pump espresso machine, removable milk and water reservoirs, stainless steel porta filter and 2 baskets, tamper scoop and manual with recipe book. The Café Barista machine has a removable water tank and milk reservoir for easy espresso based drinks while the two baskets are for single and double espressos.
The one tray is a pull out tray that fits over the other tray to allow for smaller shot sized glasses to fit under the porta filter. When you have medium sized glasses you can slide that tray under the plastic mount where the milk reservoir sits.
The Cafe Barista uses a regular 15 bar pump system to brew tasty espresso with plenty of crema while the milk heating and frothing system makes espresso drinks easily. The automatic milk frother and steamer allows for quick and easy milk based espresso drinks with adjustable amounts of froth.
The milk frothing reservoir has a rubber tube that draws milk into the top portion with steam entering through the machine into the top of the reservoir frother to steam or froth your milk. This frothing is a complex system with tubes and seals that snap into the machine but you do need to make sure it is fully seated when installing.
You can use the single cup or double shot espresso stainless steel baskets to make one or two shots of espresso. The double shot is the usual one I have been using and this works great for rich tasting espresso based drinks as well.
The front control panel has buttons for espresso, cappuccino and latte for both a single and double shot with all three being adjustable. The Cafe Barista allows you to use the default amount of water as well as being able to adjust the amount using the controls.
When you brew a cappuccino or latte the milk reservoir is required with cold milk which fills in the top and the unit snaps in easily but a few times I did have to push a bit to get it seated. The reservoir has a latte and cappuccino knob on it that either just heats the milk with steam or froths the milk and heats it.
The more the knob is turned to clockwise the more froth is added to the milk when it is automatically dispensed in your drink. The knob is also used to clean the milk frother by simply pushing steam through the unit to clean the tubes and internal components of the frother.
When making a milk based drink the system will send a little steam through the frother but you should clean out the unit occasionally to keep it clean. The machine is easy to clean and the reservoir can easily be stored in the fridge to keep the milk cold and ready for the next drinks.
The Cafe Barista is a handy all in one machine that uses regular espresso and an automatic frother to make espresso based drinks quickly and easily. Other than ensuring the milk frother tank is fully seated I had no problems with the Cafe Barista.
The Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista costs about $200 and is available at local stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond Wal-Mart as well as online at Amazon.com. I can easily recommend the Cafe Barista as a fantastic at home espresso and espresso drink machine that makes great espresso drinks.
Makes great espresso
Easy to use frother steamer
Removable milk reservoir and water reservoir
Milk reservoir cleans with steam
Milk reservoir sometimes needed a push to be fully seated