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

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Conair Cuisinart EM-100 1.66 Quart Stainless Steel Espresso Maker Conair Cuisinart EM-100 1.66 Quart Stainless Steel Espresso Maker
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Imagine a cup of your favorite espresso, cappuccino or latte - hot, rich, fresh and flavorful- anytime you want it. The stainless steel Cuisinart Espresso Maker is the real thing and looks like the professional it is. Make espresso in your own kitchen, then use the stainless steam nozzle and frothing cup to turn it into cappuccino or latte. You can even heat the cups on the warming plate on top-just like the pros! 15 bars of pressure guarantee perfect results! From the Manufacturer The Cuisinart EM-100 Espresso Maker The Cuisinart EM-100 espresso maker Cuisinart lets you prepare gourmet quality espresso at home! With a system that allows you to pre-select serving size, 15 bars of pressure for maximum flavor and the option of using ground espresso or pods, you're in control. A separate steam function and stainless steel nozzle make it easy to froth milk for cappuccinos and smooth lattes. With a removable drip tray and cover, and a filter holder with a locking mechanism clean up is quick and easy. The Quest for a Perfect Espresso It is generally agreed that there are four basic elements critical to the perfect cup: Element 1: WATER When brewing espresso, make sure the water flows through the filter at the correct pace. The water flow can be adjusted by varying the pressure with which the coffee is taped in the filter or by altering the grind of coffee. If the speed of the water is slow the coffee will be over extracted and will be very dark and bitter, with a spotted and uneven creme (froth) on the top. If the speed of the water flow is too fast, the coffee will be under-extracted and the supreme flavor will not develop. The coffee will be diluted and there will be an inadequate amount of crème on the top. Element 2: COFFEE While the bulk of the liquid is water, all of the flavor should be from the coffee. To achieve the same great quality of coffee you receive at a cafe, you need to use the same quality beans. If you choose to grind your own beans, buy the beans fresh and whole, only about a two week supply at a time for maximum freshness. Once the coffee bean is broken, its flavor degrades very quickly. If it is not practical to buy smaller supplies, we recommend you separate larger amounts of beans and store them in airtight containers in a cool, dry area. They should not be kept for longer than 1 month as flavor will diminish. Do not refrigerate or freeze coffee beans. Element 3: GRIND The grind of the coffee is critical for proper flavor extraction. If using a pre-ground coffee, be sure to purchase an espresso grind that is specifically for espresso/cappuccino machines. If the grind is too fine, over extraction and bitterness will occur with a spotted and uneven crema on top. If the grind is too coarse, the water will pass through too rapidly and there will be an inadequate amount of crema on the top of the espresso. Element 4: TAMPING THE COFFEE GROUNDS If you choose to use ground espresso instead of pods, tamping the coffee is a very important part of the coffee making process. Use the scoop supplied to fill the filter basket, then using the tamping tool, tamp down the grounds with moderate pressure. Add more coffee and tamp again if necessary to bring coffee to level. Do not overfill the filter basket. The ground coffee should be tamped with moderate pressure. If the coffee is not tamped securely, there is a chance the water will flow through the coffee to rapidly and the coffee will be under-extracted. Note: if the coffee is tamped too firmly, the water will flow through the coffee too slowly and the coffee will be over-extracted. The combination coffee scoop/tamping tool. Features and Benefits Cup warming plate. Multi-function knob. Water reservoir lid Removable 53-ounce water reservoir Large cup warming plate 15-bar pump Heating light: Will illuminate indicating that espresso machine is adjusting the temperature of the heating system. Steam/Hot water knob: To use the hot water function, the Steam/Hot Water Knob must be turned the 'double drip' setting. Function knob: Three settings - steam, hot water, make coffee. Portafilter holder: Can be used with ground or pod espresso. Has two positions, lock and unlock, for ease of cleaning. Brew head: For easy fit of the portafilter holder. Commercial steam wand: Use to steam milk for cappuccinos and lattes. Removable drip tray: Removable drip tray with grate. Cleaning pins: Used to clean any excess milk that gets stuck inside the steam wand or any coffee particles that get stuck inside the filter basket. Stainless frothing pitcher: Used for steaming milk for cappuccinos and lattes. Measuring scoop/tamping tool: Use one side as a coffee scoop and the other to compact the coffee grounds in the filter basket prior to brewing. Filter baskets: Use the one cup filter for a single espresso and the two cup filter basket for the double espresso, and the pod filter basket for espresso pods. Guide to the Perfect Espresso You may want to preheat the cups by filling them with hot water; this will help preserve the crema of the espresso. Set the cups aside. Select the appropriate filter basket and insert it in the portafilter handle. Using the measuring scoop place finely ground coffee in the filter basket holder. Use one scoop for one cup and two scoops for two cups, or place espresso pod into filter basket holder. Rest the portafilter handle with the filter basket in position on the countertop. Using the tamping tool, apply moderate packing pressure. Add more coffee and tamp again if necessary to bring coffee to level. Brush any excess grounds form around the edge of the filter basket. Secure the portafilter holder onto the brew head. Check to see if the espresso machine is ready for use. Remember that if the heating light is on, the espresso machine is still adjusting the temperature of the heating system. Turn the function knob clockwise to the picture of the cup espresso setting to start the pour and turn it back to the off position to stop. Check the espresso pour and serve immediately. Milk steaming wand. Guide to Milk Texturing Milk texturing is the steaming of milk. The steam does two things: it heats the milk and mixes air with the milk to form a creamy texture. As with learning to make an espresso, perfecting the art of milk texturing takes time and practice. Easy to follow steps are outlined in the Instruction Booklet. Using the Hot Water Function When using the hot water function make sure that the steam/hot water knob is in the double drip hot water setting. Place the cup or container under the steam/hot water nozzle and turn the function knob to the steam/hot water setting. Once you have dispensed the required amount, stop the hot water by turning the function knob to the off position. Remove the cup or container and swing the steam/hot water wand over the drip tray to catch any drips of water.

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great machine for the price, highly recommendabl!, March 16, 2015
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This has been a great purchase for our family. We've learned how to eliminate the daily trips to starbucks ($25 a day) and have saved hundreds since purchasing this machine as a result.

The only reason I am giving it 4 instead of 5 stars is because it is much noisier than expected, which we are getting used to and don't mind as much as we did when it arrived. It also has a great tutorial dvd that comes with to teach you how to use the machine and make a handful of the most common espresso beverages. The DVD explains everything except for how long to run the espresso when brewing a shot, so you will have to play with it and figure that part out but other than those to 2 cons, the pros out weigh those greatly.

Now that we've gotten comfortable with the functions on our new espresso machine we are as happy as could be!

We would recommend this to anyone who loves espressos!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give credit where credit is due....., January 30, 2016
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I purchased this machine 3/2011. I thought it was failing, but it turns out that I was running it on the steam setting, oopps. Anyway, I started looking to purchase a new one. Probably another one of these. A less than 4 star rating is certainly not deserved. Mine has been running like a champ for almost 5 years and I have hard well water and probably don't clean it as often as one should. I paid less than $120 so I didn't expect it to last at all. The delonghi I had before died in less than two years. With that said when you fill the tank it does tend to spill out the bottom a bit initially.... so you may end up with some water on your counter. It is also a little noisy. Big deal. So to all the poor reviews/reviewers.... if thats a deal breaker go buy a expensive machine. Although I think you may still have problems. If the grind is too fine or you tamp it down too much, yes the machine may struggle, but come on people. I believe most of the poor reviews for this espresso maker are... Read more
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reaping the Benefits..., March 30, 2013
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Of saving loads of money. No more paying for Starbucks iced white mochas- now I can make 'em myself. (You can even order the white mocha syrup on starbucks.com, which I did).
If you're new to the espresso machine like I was- at first it seems like it's a lot of work, but it gets easier to use over time.
A basic tip that is NOT in the instructions or ANY of the reviews I scoured through is... once you turn the knob on/ to the left to brew your espresso HOW DO YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHEN TO TURN IT OFF? Because it is a "manual" machine, and if your water reservoir is full- the espresso liquid will continue to pour through until you turn the knob back to the right/ turn it off. For instance, if you're brewing the espresso straight into a regular coffee mug and not one of the little fancy demitasse mugs you'll still need to stop it before it fills up otherwise the espresso will not be very strong, etc. And then there's the peril of stopping it too soon.
So, I recommend... Read more
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