This Mr. Coffee makes cafe drinks in robotic fashion
Creating espresso-based drinks takes a lot more time, practice, and skill than, say, making a fresh pot of joe.
For $200, though, the Cafe Barista from Mr. Coffee is built to automate much of that process.
The Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista may not have stunning European styling or all metal construction, but with a black plastic body sporting brushed metal accents, it'll fit right in among modern kitchen ware and countertops.
Buttons on the front of the device command the cafe baristas to make single or double shots of espresso, plus small or large lattes and cappuccino.
Provided you've loaded the included porta-filter with fresh coffee grounds, added brewing water to the tank and milk to the appliance's reservoir, the device will whip up espresso drinks to order all by itself You also have to angle the milk wand into your cup and select your desired level of steam.
Less steam for lattes and more for cappuccinos.
The milk module is removable too and even can be stored in the fridge until you need it.
The cafe barista though has trouble brewing at a consistent temperature and makes espresso that's a little on the weak side if you use it's standard settings and suggested basket sizes.
The machine also can't pull the more pleasant flavors from lightly roasted beans and gets clogged up by very fine grounds.
If what you really need to satisfy your coffee habit is a relatively affordably way to make decent lattes and And cappuccinos with a little less hassle, then the Mr. Coffee barista is a solid choice.
This is no super automatic espresso machine, however, that does everything for you when you press the button.
For that, you have to spend thousands of dollars.
For more, check out the full review at cnet.com.
Here at the CNET smart home, I'm Brian Bennett.