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If you are looking forward to buying a good coffee maker, and this Mr. Coffee masterpiece is one of the choices, then read through this Mr Coffee Cafe Barista Review to know everything important about this product, and make the right decision.
Mr Coffee, a trusted and favoured brand for coffee related equipment, launched the Cafe Barista Coffee maker to help those who wanted to make professional coffee at home.
The coffee maker is capable of preparing a barista-level espresso, cappuccino and latte, of different quantities. The coffee maker might be ideal for someone who knows their coffee, that is, who know exactly what they will love.
However, it can be owned by beginners too, who are willing to learn, thanks to the simple controls and understandable control. The user manual too is quite informative and helpful.
Let's dive in this review of the Mr Coffee Cafe Barista Coffee Maker.
The Mr Coffee Cafe Barista makes a barista level espresso, latte and cappuccino with minimum hassle and maximum effectiveness and efficiency. It has a clearly labelled control panel, which makes your coffee automatically after you put in the particulars like quantity. But every good thing has some cons too, right? So, let’s see what is good and what is not so good about this coffee machine.
This coffee maker is capable of making 3 kinds of cafe-level coffee drinks- espresso, cappuccino and latte. Coffee lovers know how different these drinks are, and how convenient it is to have a single machine which can make all of them.
For an espresso, it allows you to decide the amount of espresso in the beverage. The coffee machine also has a milk frother and dispenser to complete your latte and cappuccino wonderfully. You can also decide the amount of froth you want in your cappuccino and latte.
To make things simpler for beginners, the Mr Coffee Cafe Barista has an automatic mode for all the 3 kinds of coffee. For preparing a small quantity of espresso automatically, you need to press the espresso button once. You should press it twice for a larger quantity of brew. In a similar way, you can select the quantity of latte and cappuccino you want to drink. The auto mode button is on the left side of the control panel.
The amounts of coffee served in the various size options are as follows:
For an espresso, you can brew less coffee compared to the preset setting if you press the function button when the desired amount of coffee has been reached. Also, if you are brewing a small cup, you should use a single shot filter, and you should use a double shot filter for a large cup.
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For those who like to customize their coffee, the coffee machine offers the manual mode, present in the right side of the control panel. The functions of the manual mode buttons for different types of coffee are:
You can decide the amount of frothed milk you want to add to your cappuccino or latte by using the knob near the milk frother.
The Mr Coffee Cafe Barista is equipped with an automatic milk frother which eliminates any kind of guesswork which would’ve been done while steaming the milk, had you been dealing with a manual milk frother. You just need to fill the milk reservoir, and press down the lever for frothed milk.
You can easily adjust the amount of froth you want, using the knob which is located beside the lever. If you are unsure of how much froth is needed for your drink, you should refer to the signs on the knob which tell the ideal amount of froth for a cappuccino or a latte.
You can also add the frothed milk to the brew later, or froth milk in a separate container. To do this, you should place the cup beneath the frother in such a manner that the tube is positioned over the centre of the cup. Then, you have to press the cappuccino button for around 3 seconds to start pouring frothed milk into the container. To stop it, you should again press the button once.
The coffee maker has various button lights and icon lights to let you know the stage of the brewing cycle. They indicate what needs to be done, and alert you if you have done something wrong. The functions of the various indicators are:
As the name of the brand already suggests, Mr Coffee specialises in manufacturing iced coffee makers, espresso machines and coffee machines of high-quality, equipped with amazing features to fulfill the wants of all coffee lovers.It was founded almost 50 years ago, and has established a good name in the coffee maker market. It is a subsidiary of Newell Brands and is based in Ohio in the United States of America. It is still one of the most trusted brands when it comes to coffee makers, and is preferred by most coffee experts around the world.
Talking about the Mr Coffee Cafe Barista, there is no doubt that this coffee machine will deliver a barista-level coffee in the comforts of your house. To make a good espresso shot, the machine comes with both single-shot and double shot filters so you can choose the filter according to the brew size. If you like to customise the quantity of the brew, the machine allows you to do that. So, you can make an espresso exactly the way you like it.
For lattes and cappuccinos, the coffee maker offers an automatic milk steamer and frother, so even if you are unaware of how to froth milk, or for how much time you should froth the milk, you can still make a pretty good latte. However, if you are a fan of deciding the quantity of the frothed milk yourself, you can easily do that with the help of the knob.
Another very useful feature of this coffee machine is that the milk frother can be used to froth milk in a separate container. This allows you to use perfectly frothed milk in other drinks like hot chocolate, macchiatos, etc.However, there are some drawbacks too. You will have to select the coffee grounds yourself. The coffee maker does not have an integrated grinder, so you will either have to purchase pre-ground coffee, or buy coffee beans and roast them at home. Of course, coffee beans play a huge role in determining the taste of the brew. So, if you are unaware of the kind of coffee which suits you best, you may end up choosing the wrong coffee grounds, which may take away the brew’s flavour.
The coffee maker is a good pick for beginners because of the easy-to-use controls. It has a clearly labelled control panel, and a highly instructive user manual which will help you understand how to use it easily. Before using it for the first time, you should clean the appliance and prime the unit as per the instructions given in the user manual.
When your coffee machine is ready for use, and you want to make your first cup of coffee, you should first fill the water reservoir upto the “max” level. If you want to make a latte or a cappuccino, you should fill the milk reservoir too.
After this, you need to select the filter (single shot or double shot) depending upon the brew size. Then you should place the filter in the portafilter carefully, and then fill it with freshly ground coffee. Make sure that after you have tamped the coffee grounds, they are lying ⅛ inch below the top of the filter, and there’s no excess coffee, as that may lead to leakage.After this you should place the portafilter in its proper place, and put a cup into the unit, using the height adjustment tray if required. Then you should plug the unit it, and switch it on. Select the coffee you want to brew with the help of the control panel, and wait for the cup of deliciousness.
The Mr Coffee Cafe Barista Coffee maker is quite easy to clean. To clean the milk frother, you should turn the knob on the frother to “clean” and then aim the frother at an empty cup. After this, you need to press the clean button that is present on the “manual” side of the latte row in the control panel for 3 seconds. This starts the pump. You may stop it midway by pressing the clean button again or wait for it to stop automatically in 30 seconds.
The milk reservoir and the water reservoir should be cleaned with warm soapy water after almost every use. You should remember that the milk reservoir and lid are top-rack dishwasher safe, but the water reservoir is not. As for the portafilter, you should clean it with soap and water, and you should brew a single shot espresso (without adding coffee grounds in the filter) to clean it thoroughly.The user manual contains elaborate instructions on how to clean the filter and the unit as a whole, and the mistakes that you should avoid in general. It also contains the steps for deliming, which should be done after every 80 brews if you use soft water and after every 40 brews if you use hard water.
The Mr Coffee Cafe Barista Coffee Maker is a good choice for both beginners and experts. However, it is best for those who are in the intermediate stage, that is, they are learning the basics of making a cafe-level coffee and are just discovering what they like and dislike.
Like every product in the market, it has some drawbacks like not having a grinder, which is a huge disadvantage for expert coffee makers. But investing in a good coffee grinder can help you overcome this.
Hopefully, this review could tell you all about this coffee maker and now you can decide whether or not you should buy the product.