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Cuisinart EM-100 1000-Watt 15-Bar Espresso Maker  Review

When you discover what the Cuisinart EM-100 1000-Watt 15-Bar Espresso Maker has to offer, youíll find that good things really do come in small packages. The Cuisinart has a small footprint and a thoughtful design. It features a 53-ounce removable water tank, cup-warming plate, steam nozzle and frothing cup. The tamping tool and measuring spoon are perfect to use when making your own espresso, while the filters, removable drip tray and cover keep the machine easy to clean and maintain. If you donít feel like making your own espresso, take advantage of ESE pods that are compatible with the Cuisinart. With a sleek, stainless steel exterior and an affordable price tag, youíll find you donít need a top-end machine to get you the perfect espresso.

Cuisinart EM-100 1000-Watt 15-Bar Espresso Maker Specifications:

Average Price: $270.00
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 10.9 x 12.6 inches; 9 pounds
Pressure: 15-bars
Power: 1000-watts
Features: 53-ounce removable reservoir, portafilter holder, cup-warming plate, steam nozzle, frothing cup, removable drip tray, tamping tool
Warranty: 3-year limited†

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Whatís So Great About the Cuisinart EM-100 1000-Watt 15-Bar Espresso Maker ?

Trendy Design: Even though you may be most concerned about how the espresso maker operates, the style and design of the machine is also of importance. Youíll be pleased to know that the Cuisinart Espresso Maker is very stylish and attractive thanks to its stainless steel housing and thoughtful design. It looks great on any countertop since it has a small footprint, metal exterior and sturdy turn knobs. The espresso maker even operates quietly, leaving you with few limitations as to where you can place the machine. The Cuisinart is a lovely addition to todayís modern kitchens.†

Versatile: If you love making espressos using your own coffee beans, youíll enjoy using the Cuisinart Espresso Maker. On the other hand, if you love the ease of using coffee pods, youíll enjoy using the Cuisinart Espresso Maker. Thatís right; this machine works with both your own ground espresso or ESE pods. This gives users the most options and will allow you to experiment with various espresso beans while having the convenience of popping in a pod. If you do choose to make your own espresso, youíll love the range of features that are offered on this machine that will eventually get you to that Ďperfect cupí. With three settings to steam, hot water and make coffee, youíll find this espresso maker to be a versatile addition to your kitchen.†

Smart Accessories: Not only does the Cuisinart Espresso Maker come at a value, but also it has so many neat features that youíll feel like youíre buying a top-end machine. For starters, the espresso maker has a stainless steel steam nozzle and frothing cup to transform espressos into creamy cappuccinos or lattes. The removable drip tray and cover make the machine easy to clean, while the 53-ounce water reservoir and cup-warming plate give the machine its added ease and versatility. Youíll also find the tamping tool and measuring spoon to assist you when making your own espressos. For the price of this espresso maker, it surely doesnít fall short on the details.

Whatís Not So Great About the Cuisinart EM-100 1000-Watt 15-Bar Espresso Maker?

Leaky: There is one caveat to the Cuisinart Espresso Maker: it can be leaky and messy at times. Like other faults with products, some customers have had no issues, while others have had serious issues. The espresso maker does have a removable drip tray that is designed to collect water, but the drip tray can easily overflow and cause  puddles of water around the machine. Some people have chosen to keep their espresso makers on towels or plastic trays to help with the problem, but either way, youíll  want to keep an eye out for unexpected leaks.†

Tamping Sensitivities: The Cuisinart Espresso Maker is a bit sensitive when it comes to how much, or little, you tamp the coffee grounds. Despite the 15-bars of pressure, if you over-tamp the grounds, they will end up coming out the sides of the filter and leaving you with a mug of gritty coffee. Many users have found that itís hard to balance this at first, as even a little bit of tamping can cause the coffee grounds to spill out at the sides. Furthermore, you have to clean around the filter basket regularly since the coffee grounds get stuck along the basket with each use.†

Porta-filter: The porta-filter is where the coffee comes out, and this spout is rather small. When it gets clogged with coffee grounds, it makes it nearly impossible to let any water through the filter. A clogged porta-filter can also cause the machine to essentially break down. You will need to take extra precautions to make sure that the holes do not become clogged such as by not grinding the coffee beans too finely. If you use the ESE pods, you should have no problems with this issue. Also, the space between the porta-filter and the warming plate isnít that tall, which means you may have to transfer your mug of coffee to a larger cup if making lattes.†

Is the Cuisinart EM-100 1000-Watt 15-Bar Espresso Maker a Great Purchase?

The Cuisinart EM-100 15-Bar Espresso Maker reminds us that you donít have to spend thousands of dollars on a well-built, quality espresso machine. The Cuisinart looks sharp and will surely look lovely in your kitchen. Itís easy to use while still allowing you the freedom to make your own espresso and experiment with various beans and quantities. When you want to be assured that the coffee will come out great, stick in an ESE pod that will leave you with the perfect cup of espresso. The Cuisinart also has plenty of features such as a steam nozzle, frothing wand and cup-warming plate. With 15-bars of pressure and 1000-watts of power, you can expect this machine to give you full-flavored beverages just like the coffeehouses.†


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