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

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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. 15 bars of pressure; uses either ground espresso or pods
  • Steam nozzle for cappuccino or latte; pre-programmed cup sizes
  • UC Cubic Feet: 1.28

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cuisinart at it's best., September 13, 2013
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This is one hell of a machine. It came perfectly packed to protect against any possible damage. I had it on my wish list for a while but couldn't make up my mind. It was selling for $199 but, when the price showed for $162 one day I knew that it would not stay for long. So I jumped at it.
My first brew was lousy, as I knew it would be. The first week wasn't all that great that at one point I almost made the mistake of sending it back. But I knew that I can't be like the guy trying to paint and blames the paint brush when he does a lousy job. So, by 10 days I was making cappuccino that would rival the best of them. And like my brother says, these machines work better after they've seasoned. Here I am 2 months later and I am quite happy with my purchase. So much so that each time I think of going out for breakfast and start thinking of the coffee I am going to get there I always without fail decide against it and stay home with my Cuisinart. Great machine.

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355 of 361 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great machine, here's my notes..., August 20, 2010
This review is from: Cuisinart EM-200 Programmable 15-Bar Espresso Maker, Stainless Steel (Kitchen)
I've had this machine now 4 months. I've had many machines before it, including the ever popular DeLonghi. This is an amazing machine, but there are a few things to know.

1. All espresso machines, and even some coffee machines, need to be primed. If there is water in the tank, yet it's not pumping but making noise, chances are you just need to prime it. Turn the steam knob just like in the manual, and if it fails, try again. You only have to do this when you first get the machine, or if you some how let it run dry.

2. The specs list this as not coming with a tamper, that's only partially correct. It comes with a plastic scoop / tamper combo thang. Before you get too annoyed with it, I recommend ordering "RSVP Terry's Tamper" (probably advertised on the same page). It's less than 7 bucks, and the small side fits this machines portafilter perfectly.

3. Some reviewers have knocked this machine because the "Filter keeps getting clogged". Here's a news... Read more
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovy my machine!, November 30, 2013
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it is the perfect maker for the home. I was a barista for 3 years and this machine definitely makes café` worthy cappuccinos, mocha etc.... I love it and it is worth the money. I was discouraged at first when I read some of the complaints but I had a gut feeling to just bite the bullet and try it on my own....obviously I am very happy with my purchase. I think the people who had complaints were expecting the machine to be more like a robot. Yes you have to wait about a minute for the steamer portion to warm up before you use it but that's nothing compare to the cheapo cappuccino machine I use to get. Same for the brewing portion, you press the on button wait about a minute and a half for it warm before you make your espresso shot(s). It's worth the money and I hope you will to. 🙂
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5 Responses to “Cuisinart EM-200 Programmable 15-Bar Espresso Maker, Stainless Steel”
  1. Andy says:

    If the beans you like are oily, then read my review on the Breville Ikon Espresso/Cappuccino Machine BES400XL. This Cuisinart is a great machine, but in producing consistent espresso shots the Breville won hands down. If you are really serious I would look at the Jura-Capresso 13204 Impressa E9 Automatic Coffee and Espresso Center.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  2. L. Miller says:

    I was really excited to receive this machine — the housing was all stainless steel and Cuisinart has a good reputation. It arrived on a Tuesday, and I didn’t attempt to make coffee until Saturday morning (never enough time on work mornings). I watched the video and read the manual before attempting to use the machine. The coffee brewing mechanism works fine. So far so good! I then attempted to steam the milk. When first turning the knob, I thought it was very difficult. I also felt it steamed the milk very very slowly — it seemed to take forever to reach the desired temperature. When I tried to turn the knob off, it was ipossible with one hand. I literally had to pull the wand out of the milk quickly and risk a small mess. It took both my hands to turn the knob. I asked my husband to try it and he too felt it was stiff. We attributed it to the fact that it was new and thought it might loosen up, so he worked with it that morning. I attempted to use it one more time the following morning with the same problem. I packed up the machine and mailed it off the next day. I was extremely disappointed and feel Cuisinart needs to stop sales of this model until they improve the frothing knob.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. I was skeptical on the quality of this machine the moment it landed on my counter, mostly due to the flimsy-seeming accessories and the Very Weak Looking steam knob.

    It did produce decent espresso for about a year, though. It doesn’t take too long to heat up and I can get a double shot latte out of it in about 15 minutes time, prime to finish.

    Now that I’ve owned it for a year, it’s pretty much done for. I originally purchased it brand-new on ebay and I am very glad I bought a SquareTrade warranty with it since Cuisinart won’t touch it and Squaretrade is giving me my money back.

    The problem? Here’s a couple:

    The biggest and most debilitating issue as of the last week is the computer in the thing is almost fried. I say almost because it’s still turning on in the morning and if I HURRY can get steamed milk and POSSIBLy two shots out of it before it turns itself off and won’t wake up again for a few hours or the next day…very frustrating when that second shot doesn’t happen.

    I have to pull my shots seperately because a while ago my double shot insert clogged up and I cant get it unclogged no matter how much vinegar or espresso cleaner I soak it in. The portafilter inserts for this machine are a pain in that they are difficult to clean to to their design.

    Oh, AND you should know that you are not allowed by the cuisinart warranty to take the screen off the brew head and clean beneath it. Anyone who has worked commercial espresso machines (i.e. me) knows that in order to keep quality coffee coming through, you have to clean your brewhead everyonce in a while. Well I did this and oops lost the screw in the process, called cuisinart to get a new one, and was told that if I had a warrany through them, that would negate it. Vinegar wash only, people. Not good enough, in my opinion. Thankfully, I still had my retired Starbucks Barista machine (who does recommend cleaning brewhead and lasted 3 years) and the screw fit so I used it.

    Anyway, this machine is NOT worth 400 […]

    I’m on a quest for a new machine and am disappointed Starbucks no longer sells the Barista. Saeco has an identical machine (i believe they have always been the manuf.) but i read in someone’s review of that peice that the Saeco customer service leaves a bit to be desired, so I’m looking harder at the Gaggias.

    Good luck in your own quest.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  4. Karen says:

    My husband gave me this as a Christmas gift, and I love it, because we like espresso very much. It is not perfect but it does very good espresso, it makes “crema” (light brown foamy on the coffe) The program that it brings for default is perfect for my taste. The steam is ok too. Disadvantage: A little bit noisy.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  5. J. A. Lawson says:

    Bought this for my son and daughter-in-law fr Christmas and he made lattes and espressos for us every morning for a week. The coffee was wonderful and he loves the machine.
    Rating: 5 / 5