Cuisinart EM-100 Espresso Maker

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Brand Name Cuisinart
Model EM100
Rating ★★★½☆ 
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The Cuisinart EM-100 Espresso Machine comes from a trusted name in kitchen appliances; Cuisinart. This well built espresso maker is not without its flaws, but has been a favorite among consumers for many years now.

Cuisinart EM-100 Features:

The Cuisinart EM-100This is a pump-driven model featuring a powerful 15-bar pump. It has a sizeable 53 ounce removable water tank. A cup warming plate suitable for for cups is also present and very useful.

A commercial steam wand will help you steam milk for lattes and cappucinos. The Cuisinart EM-100 also has a removable drip tray with a grate. Cleaning pins help you remove milk that gets stuck in the steam wand, as well any other particles that refuse to leave the filter basket.

There’s a stainless frothing pitcher and tamping tool with measuring scoop. Finally, three filter baskets allow you to easily create a single espresso, double espresso or use espresso pods. The EM-100 is quite a package out of the box.

The first thing you’ll notice is that this is a heavy machine. It is very sturdily built. It makes a beautiful latte and decent, though not spectacular espresso. One thing you need to be careful about is grinding your coffee too fine. This can cause blockages in the machine. The water reservoir at 53 ounces provides a decent amount of liquid for repeated use without refilling. The machine also makes wonderful crema and does a great job of frothing milk. The cup warmer also works very well indeed.

The steaming wand is a little low and makes it hard to remove the pitcher without spilling since you have to tilt it. The coffee nozzles are low as well and you can’t use large cups or mugs.

Cuisinart EM-100 Verdict

The Cuisinart EM-100 Espresso Maker is a solid, well featured appliance. It delivers good quality beverages for a model at this price point. Some poor design decisions, like the steam wand being too low, unfortunately spoil things just a little.

For the price and for moderate use, the Cuisinart EM-100 Espresso Maker is a decent enough machine. If however you make lots of espressos and similar drinks, you may want to look for a more heavy duty model.

 Customer Reviews

After trying a few other brands in around the same price rage we ended up with a Cuisinart. I have friends that have other items in this brand and love them but this is my first perchase of the brand.
I am in love with this machine and so is my husband. The other brands We tried prior to purchasing a Cuisineart were very frustrating. There was more maintenance steps that you needed to follow to maintain the machines functionality. This machine runs like a charm and compared to others in the same price range out shines them all.KimmyBelle
New At This
I've never had an espresso maker before and this was a retirement gift from my company so I didn't get to do any research or choose an espresso maker based on any knowledge of my own. That said, I give it 5 stars thus far because I've used it half a dozen times or so and its easy to use, works like the instructions say it will and my first few attempts at making an americano and cafe mochas have not been total failures, which I've heard they usually are with any new machine. In fact I think I'll shortly have the cafe mocha down to something I enjoy as much as the drive through versions out there if not more. Of course I'm new at this and still experimenting and learning but I'm happy with it.Newbie 001
Great Machine!
I have purchased two of these and this one has been even better. Noticeable improvements have even been made. I am thrilled to have this! Cuisinart has always been a great company that stands behind their work. That is why I keep coming back.M. Nelson
Great espresso for a reasonable price
For the price this is a great espresso maker. Although it is manuel I would be hard pressed to pay tons more for a different product because the espresso tastes so goodKKRussell
Great Product
Maintain this unit and maybe you will get a good 14 years out it like I did!
Use only filter water and run a rinse brew after each use. A remarkable product!DonnieC
Delicious cappuccino and espresso
I've had my espresso maker for about three weeks and use it almost daily. It was easy to get started, but I will say that had I not received it as a retirement gift and thus have the luxury of time. I would not be able to enjoy it as often. It is completely manual and each cup is a bit of a process and there is definitely clean up involved. So worth it though, because the results are so yummy!Cycloneillini
Pretty good expresso machine
The water container is a little smaller than I would like and it's a little noisy. It's a little complicated the first time you use it. Would like a better coffee switch. However, it makes 2 shots of expresso fairly quickly, although tamping is critical. I like that it has a 3 year warranty. I've gone through 3 other machines in the past 6 years.Slotoo
Pleased so far with espresso machine
This is a good basic espresso machine that is easy to use. Not as heavy duty as my previous Breville machine, but so far seems to work well. I chose this model due to reasonable price and Cuisinart's reputation for good customer service. Also, CNET ranked this their number 3 pick, just below two much pricier Breville models.Foxtailgirl
Makes a good espresso
It's a little noisy but works well. It's hard to know when it's hot enough to make the espresso. The instructions were a bit confusing regarding that part. Still I like this machine, all my cappuccinos have been delicious.ISmiley29
I am very disappointed in my order. This is the second coffee maker I have ordered from this website. The first one came to me broken, making some loud noise and vibrating the minute I plugged it in. I returned it. The second one came to me used already. I thought I was ordering a new product, but I can tell it has been used before. I am not paying for a used or returned product. There is nothing in the description that says the product I ordered is an already used product. I will be returning it as well. I am really shocked that your company would send out an appliance that has been previously used. I was looking forward to making some great coffee drinks, sad that it won't be happening.chalets800

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