Moka Express Vs. Mr. Coffee Espresso Maker: What’s Best?

In this article, we compare a Moka Express vs. Mr. Coffee Espresso maker to see what’s best.

Moka Express vs. Mr. Coffee Espresso maker
Moka Express vs. Mr. Coffee Espresso Maker

During college, my dorm room became an unintended coffee shop. Word got out that I had a coffee pot, as well as an espresso machine (and all the flavoring options you could want). Tired students came from every floor to get a free pick-me-up.

Since then, my affinity for coffee hasn’t waned. I have used most brewing methods out there, including Moka pots and the Mr. Coffee Espresso Maker.

You likely are familiar with Mr. Coffee, whose machines are a household name. You may not have heard of Moka pots, though. Read on for a side-by-side look at them.

What Are Moka Express Pots And Mr. Coffee Espresso Makers?

Moka Express is a stovetop coffee pot originating in Italy. Made of aluminum, they brew using a unique bottom-up system.

A smaller size (like a French Press), you can store it in cabinets until needed. Or, if you love a leisurely caffeine jolt in the morning like myself, it can sit at the ready on your stovetop.

The Mr. Coffee Espresso Maker is a 2 in 1 system, allowing you to create lattes or cappuccinos from scratch! Like a standard coffee pot, this espresso maker sits on your counter, waiting to brighten your day.

 Moka ExpressMr. Coffee Espresso Maker
Brewing MethodWater ExtractionSteam
MaterialAluminumStainless steel frothing pitcher
ExtrasN/AFrothing wand
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Mr. Coffee Espresso and Cappuccino Machine

Mr. Coffee Espresso and Cappuccino Machine, Single Serve Coffee Maker with Milk Frothing Pitcher and Steam Wand, Stainless Steel

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What Do They Have In Common?

Coffee dripping into two white cups from a coffee machine.
Both products allow you to enjoy a quality cup of espresso at home

Both products are easy to maintain. The Moka Express requires a simple rinse after use. The Mr. Coffee brews straight into your espresso cup (or mug).

The only thing to do is clean out the portafilter. The frothing wand wipes down easily once you are done.

Both also sit at an entry-level price point, a particularly nice feature if you enjoy a quality cup of coffee or espresso at home.

Moka Express Vs. Mr. Coffee Espresso Makers: The Differences

The Moka Express and Mr. Coffee brew caffeinated beverages are equally good enough to satisfy your cravings. But, there are some key differences. 

First is the brewing speed. As an automated system, Mr. Coffee brews espresso rapidly. In contrast, the Moka Express is a slower brew, as the water has to come to a boil.

Another difference is how much space they take up. Moka Express is lighter, portable, takes up little space, and is easy to store.

In contrast, Mr. Coffee takes up more counter space. It also does not make the best travel companion on those AirBnB adventures. If you enjoyed this post, you might be interested in our guide on a Moka Pot vs Percolator.

What Makes The Moka Express Better?

Moka Express brews smooth coffee

The Moka Express brews smooth and flavorful coffee. 

Cleaning is a breeze. No detergents are necessary; you only need to give it a rinse after each use. 

The only waste produced is biodegradable, making it sustainable and eco-friendly.

It is also quite portable (being lightweight) and user-friendly. 

The slower brewing process extracts many of the flavors found in individual roasts.

What Makes Mr. Coffee Espresso Makers Better?

Many of us are used to a quick caffeine jolt. The Mr. Coffee Espresso maker takes care of that. A quick brew can produce four shots at a time (for those extra-tired mornings).

It also comes equipped with a frothing wand, allowing you to get your latte or cappuccino fix! 

A compact design, this espresso maker sits on your counter for easy access.

Who Should Get A Moka Express (And Why)

Anyone who prefers a more traditional cup of coffee should invest in a Moka Express. It provides an ideal solution for slow weekend mornings or those Zoom meetings where you now find yourself.

Travelers will also enjoy owning a Moka Express – if their destination has a stove. As it is easy to use and easy to clean, you can ensure you have your favorite cup of coffee while away from home.

Who Should Get A Mr. Coffee Espresso Maker (And Why)

For busy or large households, the Mr. Coffee Espresso maker is your ideal solution. It allows you to have a latte ready before racing out the door. 

It is also great to have around when you have many espresso drinkers in your home or have regular company. With Mr. Coffee, you can serve many people without having to be stuck brewing for long periods.


  • Aisling O'Connor

    Aisling is an Irish food and drinks writer and journalist fueled by coffee and herbal tea. She followed up her journalism degree with nutrition studies. Find Aisling on LinkedIn.