Cuisinart EM-100 2 Cups Espresso Machine - Silver Reviews

Cuisinart EM-100 2 Cups Espresso Machine - Silver

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Great value for the money

Jan 18, 2008 (Updated Jan 21, 2008)
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Pros:Stainless Steel boiler, ESE pod-capable, looks great, price, large water reservoir, hot water dispenser.

Cons:Froth-enhancer, pre-heat "rinse" required, steam wand could be higher to allow for larger cups (americanos).

The Bottom Line: I would buy this machine again. The drinks made by this machine are fantastic for the price. I may even lose some weight drinking lattes instead of eating desserts. :)


I would say that I am a bigger than average fan of espresso drinks and love the idea of the freedom and cost-savings of having high quality coffee drinks at home.

I got my espresso machine from William-Sonoma about a week ago and have been using, practicing, and loving it everyday since. I paid $250 for the machine.

I had been researching and looking for a good pump-driven machine (my first) for a couple of years before getting the EM-100. The main reasons I picked this unit were its stainless steel boiler (instead of aluminum thermoblocks typically found on espresso machines at this pricepoint), aesthetics, and price.

The espresso machine has been doing a good job for me.
After a week of use, I have found that running a couple of ounces of water through the machine before pulling the shot makes a huge difference. When I don't do this, there is virtually no crema.

So, here is the method I have found for making drinks. Let the system heat up (less than 2 minutes), steam milk(if applicable), let a couple of ounces pump through the system into my cup (This both heats my cup and gets the plumbing from the boiler to the shower nice and toasty.), grind, tamp, attach portafilter and pull my shot. The results have been great.

The system has its quirks though, which could be good to know before you buy.
1)If you don't fill the filter basket to the top, the puck of grounds is soggy on the top. If the basket is filled to the top with extra coffee, shots are either big ristrettos, or 1 1/2 shots. This isn't necessarily bad, just quirky.
2)The steam doesn't have a valve. It's on or off. This hasn't proved to be a problem though, because the steam seems to come out at a pretty good rate.
3)The little "froth enhancer" isn't very good. It's simply a stainless steel tube that has pinholes on the top that slips over the steam wand. I tried to use it once and I got such big (bad) bubbles, that the steaming pitcher (12oz), overflowed while trying to froth about 4 oz of milk. But it just slips off, so now I just leave it off.

Overall for the price, I am very happy. My coffee at home has never been better and I definitely would buy it again.


Recommend this product? Yes

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