Can You Use Regular Coffee In a Mr. Coffee Espresso Machine?

I love being vegan and I love real espresso coffee! So when we were asked: “Can you use regular coffee in a Mr. Coffee espresso machine?” I felt compelled to answer the question even though it’s not really vegan related 🙂 You see … being an annoying vegan, I’m always looking for a way to bring veganism into a conversation so here goes!


Can You Use Regular Coffee In a Mr. Coffee Espresso Machine?

 Yes you can use regular coffee in a Mr. Coffee Espresso Machine as long as you pay attention to the grind consistency. A coarse ground coffee is not suitable for espresso machines because of the rapid extraction time employed by most units, including all Mr Coffee espresso makers. If you use a regular coffee you may need to whizz it through a grinder first. 


Watch: Are you making these three common mistakes with your espressos?

( a quick 3:30 minute dive into avoiding messing up your shots )


What Type Of Coffee Do You Use In Mr Coffee Espresso Machines?

In my opinion the best coffee to use in Mr Coffee espresso machines is a fine freshly ground coffee bean. Ideally you will grind the beans immediately before making the brew and this would apply to all espresso machines.

Freshly grinding your beans every time ensures you extract the maximum flavor from your chosen brand of coffee. This is partly due to the fact that you’re minimizing the oxidation which begins the moment a bean is ground.

You are also maximizing the flavorsome oil content in your brew which makes for a richer and more luxurious taste profile. Just like you would get at a pro barista coffee shop.

Freshly ground coffee also gives you the best aroma due to that same oil retention. We all know that the sense of smell is a big part of what you taste so paying attention to these finer details makes a big difference to your finished product.


Do Espresso Machines Work With Plant Milks?

Yep, they certainly do and these days many people prefer an oat milk latte over the cow’s milk option. It makes for a lighter experience due to the lower fat content and it doesn’t leave that slightly rancid taste in your mouth.

Close up of a barista artfully pouring milk into a cappuccino cup. In our article, “Does Oat Milk Boil?” you can watch the video from Emilee Bryant where she demonstrates in great detail how well oat milk performs with an espresso machine.

Most espresso machines including all Mr Coffee models work well with soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk, oat milk, pea protein milk and I’d assume the potato milk also works just fine although that particular beverage doesn’t seem to have taken off as it was expected to.

On the Mr Coffee website, in the FAQ section they specifically mention plant milks and how they’re fine to use. They do say that the foam created from a plant milk will settle more readily than the dairy option. Presumably this is due to the fat content.



  • What type of coffee do you use in a Mr Coffee espresso machine?
    Freshly ground coffee is best to use in Mr Coffee espresso machines.
  • What happens if you use regular ground coffee in an espresso machine?
    It still works but you have less control over your finished product.
  • How do you make coffee in a Mr Coffee espresso machine?
    It’s very similar to other espresso machines. Grind, tamp, froth and go!
  • Do you need coffee filters for a Mr Coffee espresso machine?
    No. The filter is built in.
  • Can you use pods in a Mr Coffee espresso machine?
    Some models are compatible with pods but most are not.

Shameless Opportunism

So I’m going to use this short section to shamelessly promote my strong belief in a vegan way of life! That is the purpose of this website after all 🙂

A sign held high at a protest reading "We stop buying, they stop dying - go vegan".If you’re hovering over the ‘back’ button please hear me out just for a moment.

I don’t want to be pushy and turn you off but I do want to ask you to simply consider your choices when you reach for the milk, making your espresso.

Because you do have options.

One option is to use an oat milk, for example, which produces a perfectly delicious end result to wrap your lips around and the other is to stick to the cow’s milk because … well, you’ve always done that.

The first option involves growing plants and harvesting them. Not without some crop deaths, admittedly (far fewer than some would have you believe though) and the second option involves some pretty extreme levels of cruelty towards cows.

Contrary to the idyllic pictures on the side of your milk bottle, the reality for dairy cows is a short, desperate life of exhausting continuous pregnancy via forced impregnation. Then when she gives birth, the calf is removed which is highly distressing for both.

When mother cow reaches 5 or 6 years old, she is utterly broken and has given up fighting; she’s so tired. Often she can’t walk any more and is removed from the system with a crane. She ends up in a slaughterhouse, which is probably a blessed relief … if somewhat traumatic.

I’m going to leave it there because I know these truths are difficult to hear when you thought there was nothing wrong with the dairy industry. If you’re interested in knowing more we published an article entitled “Why Are Vegans Against Milk?” … but I should warn you the video on that page contains some very graphic footage.


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