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Lever Espresso Machine

Thats me making espresso with my newest toy, a vintage La Pavoni Europiccola (late sixties, early seventies model). I'm using the portafilter of the Olympia Express, because it has much better balance and grip on the handle. The shot turned out a little uneven (wobbling mouse tail), but it was flawless in the taste department. 😉 The espresso made from a home roasted blend, roasted by a fellow coffee maniac with a modified popcorn maker.

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Making Espresso and Botching Latte Art

Pulling a nice shot (if not a tad fast) of espresso on my Rancilio Silvia, and once again making a mockery of my attempts at latte art.

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Comparing One Touch Super Automatic Espresso Machines

You can't beat a one-touch super automatic espresso machine in terms of convenience, but how do some of the models compare against each other? Gail shows us how the Jura Z5, delonghi Gran Dama and Saeco Primea super automatic espresso machines work, weighing in on their pros and cons.

DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine
DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine
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DeLonghi ECAM22110SB Compact Automatic Cappuccino, Latte and Espresso Machine
DeLonghi ECAM22110SB Compact Automatic Cappuccino, Latte and Espresso Machine
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Jura 15068 IMPRESSA C65 Automatic Coffee Machine, Platinum
Jura 15068 IMPRESSA C65 Automatic Coffee Machine, Platinum
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Jura 13626 Ena Micro 1 Automatic Coffee Machine, Micro Black
Jura 13626 Ena Micro 1 Automatic Coffee Machine, Micro Black
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Products

Cuisinart EM-100 1000-Watt 15-Bar Espresso Maker, Stainless Steel
Cuisinart EM-100 1.66 Quart Stainless Steel Espresso Maker Cuisinart EM-100 1.66 Quart Stainless Steel Espresso Maker
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Description

Cuisinart EM-100 1000-Watt 15 Bar Espresso Maker, Stainless SteelEspresso maker with 15 bars of pressure for perfect coffee drinksBrews 1 to 2 cups from either ground espresso or pods53-ounce removable reservoir; porta-filter holder; cup-warming plateSteam nozzle; frothing cup; removable drip tray; tamping tool includedMeasures 8-1/5 by 11 by 12-5/9 inches; 3-year limited warranty

Features

  • Espresso maker with 15 bars of pressure for perfect coffee drinks
  • Brews 1 to 2 cups from either ground espresso or pods
  • 53-ounce removable reservoir; porta-filter holder; cup-warming plate
  • Steam nozzle; frothing cup; removable drip tray; tamping tool included
  • Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
  • Note : Please check user manual ( Page number 2 and 3), trouble shooting document and Video for set up and trouble shooting steps for the usage and set up instructions for smooth usage of the product.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with this puppy, October 9, 2016
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This review is from: Cuisinart EM-100 1.66 Quart Stainless Steel Espresso Maker (Kitchen)
I'll make this short, though I began to give a multi-page dissertation on how to properly use and care for this puppy. It's just too long, so I'll write it and publish it somewhere, sometime. At any rate, I find this machine quite usable, and at a great price. I got it for about 130 through Amazon, which is a great deal for such a decent machine. It's not a machine you can roughhouse around with, so be careful, especially with the spray wand. Just be gentle, and don't just crank the thing around like it's a John Deere.

I find that this machine, using Trader Joe's pre-ground espresso, works well to produce a cup rich in tasty crema, and steamed milk with microfoam, combined to create, to me, my most favorite expresso drink, bar none. And I'm saving a few bucks every time I pull a shot. I've already paid for the machine in the few months I've had it just by the money I've saved not buying out.

Just remember, don't press when you tamp. Cuisinart has these... Read more

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Finally having to replace it after 7 YEARS, February 20, 2015
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This is the second Cuisinart Espresso Machine that I have owned. The first one was this same model and lasted about 7 years of daily use before starting to leak. (Still works-just leaks) It makes decent espresso and is easy to use if you know what you are doing. Froths well too. I have purchased this machine on sale both times. And for the price...it probably can't be beat.
Oh! And I see that others have complained about the frothing nozzle being too high. I would agree. To remedy this small problem, I use a Zippo- style lighter under the pitcher and strategically balance it for about 20 seconds or so...and then take it out as the froth grows and continue. Maybe that Zippo isn't the logical choice but, it has always worked for me! Anyway, you just need something about that height. Or you can just hold it as you froth. That is the way I made <millions> of shots of espresso at a restaurant I used to work in.
Again...I would recommend this... Read more

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I have purchased several of these machines in the past ..., January 10, 2018
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I have purchased several of these machines in the past, this is my third one, I drink 3 to 4 expresso cups of coffee a day, so they usually last about three years. I repurchased his one as a replacement of the 200, I received yesterday and when I got home today I assemble the machine ; it was a total disaster, the light that shows that the water is hot did not light up and the water never got hot. In addition I touched the equipment three times and got an electrical shock. This was sent back

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Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel

  • Coffee/espresso machine with 72-ounce removable water reservoir
  • Stainless-steel housing; brass portafilters and grouphead for temperature stability
  • 17-1/2-bar pump with high-voltage boiler; hot-water dispenser; frothing wand
  • Single- and double-shot stainless-steel filter basket, tamper, and measuring scoop included
  • Measures 14-1/4 by 8 by 9-1/2 inches

Product Description
Consumers Best Buy! The Gaggia Classic is one of our best sellers for several reasons. Commercial grade quality: Rugged construction of heavy duty materials for longevity. High performance: Forged brass components to stabilize temperature with a three-way solenoid valve and independent expansion valve. Gaggia is in the process of rolling out a new Turbo-Frother wand replacing the metal frothing wand and sleeve. The Gaggia Classic turns anyone into a "Barista" in the... More >>



Gaggia 102534 Espresso-Color Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine, Red

Gaggia 102534 Espresso-Color Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine, Red Gaggia 102534 Espresso-Color Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine, Red

Description

Make a statement with the Gaggia Espresso Color! This semi-automatic espresso machine is housed in bright red ABS plastic for a stunning, exceptional design. Using a stainless steel boiler, it brews pods or ground coffee and includes filter baskets for brewing single shot, double shot, or pods. The group head and filter holder are made of heat-retaining chrome plated brass for long-lasting heat stability, and you can pre-heat your cups on the passively heated cup warmer. Don’t forget about those cappuccinos and lattes – a Pannarello frothing wand attachment makes it easy to foam and steam milk without a fuss. Great for espresso lovers and home baristas at any stage of experience, the Gaggia Espresso Color comes ready to please.

Features

  • 1100-watt espresso machine with stainless-steel boiler and 15-bar pump
  • Chrome-plated brass brew group and portafilter provide excellent temperature stability
  • Accommodates ESE coffee pods or ground coffee; Pannarello steam wand; cup warmer
  • Removable water tank; 3 filter baskets, coffee tamper, and coffee-measuring scoop included
  • Measures 10-4/5 by 8-2/7 by 14 inches

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good first impression, February 23, 2014
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This review is from: Gaggia 102534 Espresso-Color Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine, Red (Kitchen)
First, found out it was made in Romania and not Italy - kind of disappointing since a 15 year old Italian Gaggia I had lasted so long. Still, thought I should give it a chance...unboxed it and it's missing 2 parts - though likely an Amazon error as I did get a "used like new" from their warehouse deals (which was SUPPOSED to include all parts - NOT). They can't be blamed for the user manual, though, which has faulty english translation and it missing at least one integrally important diagram. Correct page numbers and bound like new, just badly written and missing information! Can't believe Gaggia didn't quality check something so basic. And yes, mine like others arrived with water and dampness which is not a grave concern but this missing parts infuriate me. Will update review if I keep this but already turned off that Gaggia has seemed to compromise on their quality of late.

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Would Be Lost Without It, May 14, 2010
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I live in Seattle, the home of Starbucks and home to the best espresso shops in the country. I don't drink Starbucks. I did for a while until I had a heavenly espresso at one of Seattle's best indie espresso shops. Now I know what real espresso tastes like (hint - it's not at Starbucks) and with this machine I have access to it everyday. The 1st one I bought was defective and I returned it. The 2nd one works like a charm and it never fails to churn out beautiful golden shots with a nice layer of dreamy crema. Even when I fail (wrong grind, lazy tamping) it still pulls a beautiful shot. A few tips:

#1 - Read the instructions and make sure you follow each step; this includes allowing the pump to fill with water and letting it reach the right temperature. After you do it a couple of times it'll be easy-peezy. If you skip steps you may get some less than desirable results

#2 - Good beans are a must! Fresh, oily beans are best and I prefer a dark roast. Store them in... Read more

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Even with the best ofcare, machine lasts about 6 months., December 13, 2014
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This review is from: Gaggia 102534 Espresso-Color Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine, Red (Kitchen)
I purchased this machine in May, 2014. It is now nearly Christmas and I am ordering a replacement. The machine was always high maintenance, but those of us passionate for espresso are usually willing to take the extra time to get it. I can't tell you how meticulous I've been with this machine. Because there are several small parts indispensable to brewing the espresso, I ordered extra parts. I recently replaced the gasket. I cleaned out the machine with the Gaggia chelating mixture every other month.

Last month 2 tiny pieces in the brew head fell out. Turns out they can't be replaced. The entire brew head would have to be replaced which costs slightly under half the cost of the machine's value. Now it leaks in several places.

I recommend you buy a machine from a different company and purchase a service contract for it.

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Cuisinart EM-200 Programmable 15-Bar Espresso Maker, Stainless Steel

 

Cuisinart EM-200 Programmable 15-Bar Espresso Maker, Stainless Steel Cuisinart EM-200 Programmable 15-Bar Espresso Maker, Stainless Steel
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Description

Brew a single or double espresso using either ground espresso or pods with this programmable espresso maker. The unit's 15 bars of pressure deliver consistently authentic espresso with excellent crema, while its stainless-steel steam nozzle makes it easy to turn an espresso drink into a frothy cappuccino or latte. Pre-programmed cup sizes include 1-1/2 ounces and 3 ounces. The espresso maker's 64-ounce reservoir removes for easy filling, and its steam button functions separately for convenience. Other highlights include a cup-warming tray on top, a removable drip tray and cover for easy cleanup, and a porta-filter holder with a locking mechanism, which makes it possible to quickly pump out wet grounds after each use. Accessories include a stainless frothing cup and a tamping tool with a measuring spoon. Beautifully designed in professional stainless-steel housing with an embossed Cuisinart logo, the espresso maker measures 10-1/2 by 9-1/4 by 12-3/4 inches and carries a three-year limited warranty. From the Manufacturer

Features

  • Programmable espresso maker brews single or double espresso and has 15 bars of pressure.
  • Brew 1 or 2 cups of coffee using either ground espresso or pods; You can select a pre-programmed cup size set at 1.5 ounces and 3.0 ounces.
  • Stainless steel steam nozzle for cappuccino and latte and separate steam button function for easy use.
  • Portafilter holder with locking mechanism that makes it easy to dispose of wet grounds after use.
  • Includes 69-ounce removable reservoir, Removable drip tray and cover, warming tray on top of unit, Tamping tool with measuring spoon and stainless frothing cup and limited 3-year warranty.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Big Disappointment- First Machine and Replacement Failed In Five Months, December 18, 2015
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This review is from: Cuisinart EM-200 Programmable 15-Bar Espresso Maker, Stainless Steel (Kitchen)
I'm just writing a quick review to say this espresso machine is a huge disappointment. I bought it about five months ago, and the first one had a defective water tank and leaked all over and made a mess. Amazon processed a return and sent out a second new machine right away. The machine made pretty good espresso while it worked right, but the motor is making loud grinding and straining noises and can no longer be used as the motor is clearly about to burn out. Maybe I just have bad luck, but having two machines fail in 5 months is unacceptable to me and suggests this is a low quality machine. I recommend looking for a different brand espresso machine. I have a less expensive, hassle free De'Longhi that works fantastic De'Longhi ECP3420 15" Bar Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Machine, Black, and though I haven't tried it I... Read more

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This product was nice for about six months, June 2, 2017
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This product was nice for about six months, then began acting up, with a grinding/buzzing noise while steaming milk. It then no longer really steamed the milk, just sort of warmed it. But this review is more about Cuisinart as a terrible and very difficult company to work with as a customer. For more than the past two months, we have attempted to get this product repaired. It took more than two weeks to get a UPS return label to send it back and many hours of time on hold. The reason is took two weeks was that it takes five business days for Cuisinart to send a UPS return label for some silly reason; then they messed up the order for the label and we had to restart the clock for the label, finally receiving one more than two weeks later. We returned the product and it was repaired and returned in a surprisingly quick time period. We got it back, quite excited, turned the machine on and it immediately began leaking hot water from the bottom of the unit. Since then, May 19, we... Read more

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed with EM-200 Espresso Maker and the customer service!, May 13, 2017
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Elena (SOMERVILLE, MA, US) - See all my reviews
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I usually don't write reviews, because I just don't have time for it, but this time I decided to write one. We were very happy with the product when just got it, but in about a year or even less the steam wand broke. We were told to ship the whole machine back to the company for the repair, so we did. They "fixed" it and sent it back to us in a few weeks. After they "fixed" the steam wand, it started making a very loud noise while frothing the milk, that it wasn't making it before we shipped it. We were not satisfied with the fix, but figured, ok, we'll deal with that, we are not actually picky people - it is still frothing the milk, even though it was making a very loud, annoying whistling, wheezing, the best I can describe it noise.
Another year has passed, we were still making coffee with this machine, "enjoying" the loud noise while frothing the milk every morning. Then suddenly the steam wand came off the machine completely, the plastic joint, for... Read more

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