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It can be difficult to decide whether an espresso machine is worth getting at first glance. There are so many things that can determine if it’s high-quality or just cool-looking.
That’s why I’ve made this review of the Mirox barista espresso machine to help you decide if it’s the machine for you or not.
My Star Rating
Obviously, one of the most important things to discuss is the quality of the espresso that is brewed from the MIROX coffee maker. After I set it up and figured out how it worked, I was delighted to find that the espressos I made were delicious!
If I’m honest, I thought that the espressos were going to be sub-par, mainly due to the fact that this machine uses a 15-bar system and not the industry average of 20 bar. For those of you that aren’t familiar with what this means, the higher the number, the more pressure the machine uses during the extraction process. Typically, higher pressure results in more flavors being taken from the coffee grounds, so you get a better-tasting espresso.
With all that being said, when I tested this machine against the Wirsh, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the quality of the espresso was roughly the same.
I’m also happy to report that I got consistent results when making an espresso; it was piping hot, flavourful, and had a healthy amount of crema on top. So, the PID (Proportional Integral Derivative) was definitely doing its job!
Furthermore, I used Mirox to make a variety of coffee-infused drinks, including cappuccinos, lattes, and even mochas. The steam wand was absolutely fantastic when I was making these drinks. It could be angled easily and turned my jug of boring old milk into foamy goodness in just a couple of minutes.
I’ve used my fair share of bad coffee grinders over the years, and I (and I guarantee many other people) can taste the difference between using consistently ground coffee beans and an uneven bumpy mess of grounds.
Thankfully, the grinder in this coffee maker didn’t disappoint. It has a conical burr grinder that grinds the beans quickly and effectively, and the grounds go straight into the portafilter. Also, I could choose from a selection of grind settings using the dial, which was located on the side of the machine. I’ve never seen an espresso machine have a dial, so I thought it was a nice touch that gave it some character.
In terms of the actual grinding process, I could slide my portafilter into the grinder’s holder and push it gently to activate it. Once I had enough grounds, I pulled it back – and that’s basically it.
Unlike some others I’ve tried, the interface was relatively simple. There are buttons laid out neatly, and they all come clearly labeled. I didn’t even have to use the manual for the Mirox espresso machine, which was amazing considering that I try to avoid them like the plague (especially poorly translated ones).
I was also impressed with the “hot water” button. By having one, the machine made it easy for me to make other hot-water-based drinks, like green tea. Plus, if one of my family members or friends wanted hot water for any reason, they could get it almost instantly and without any hassle.
The Mirox coffee maker uses a combination of plastic and stainless steel. Typically, most espresso machines use the same in this price range. However, if you’re willing to spend a little more, you’ll start to see options that consist of just stainless steel.
Personally, I didn’t mind the ABS plastic exterior, especially as it makes the maker easier to move around. Also, I think the contrast between the stainless steel and the plastic makes it look aesthetically pleasing. Well, at least it did for the black version that I got, not so much for the other color options.
The thing I hate most about owning an espresso machine is the cleaning, and I would bet money that you probably feel the same way!
I was relieved to find out that cleaning the machine was stress-free and quick. The drip tray can be taken out and scrubbed down, the massive water tank can be completely removed and cleaned, and with an espresso machine cleaner, the steaming wand stayed in good condition.
Alongside the machine, it comes with a high-quality portafilter that matches the machine’s color scheme. For me, the portafilter is very durable. There have been a few instances where my clumsy self had accidentally dropped it on hard surfaces, and I’m yet to find any marks or dents.
The tamper is cool too. A lot of the machines I’ve tried come with a plastic one that doesn’t come close to a proper barista tamper. However, this espresso machine gives you a metal tamper with a plastic handle cover. I can apply a lot more pressure when pressing down on the beans, which in turn produces a better-tasting espresso, so I’m extremely happy with that.
Wrapping Up My MIROX Barista Espresso Machine Review
Hopefully, you’ve found my MIROX Barista Espresso Machine review helpful. Overall, I think there are a lot of benefits to owning this machine, and I don’t regret my decision in the slightest to get one.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a great day! As always, I’ll catch you latte!