First Impressions: Cuisinart EM-200 Espresso Machine
We've been cranking out shots of espresso for a while now and enjoying the Cuisinart EM200 Programmable Espresso Machine and I am impressed. What I like is that they have a pre-infusion set in the program so that the grounds get wetted, there's a brief pause and then the true pumping begins. I was blowing through some fresh Major Dickenson's from Peet's and it was giving me some incredible espresso and crema. The picture below shows off some of the crema that pours out of the machine. With all of this brewing I think I have only gone through a few reservoirs full of water - it's HUGE (69 ounces).
Also the Cuisinart EM-200 has two programmable buttons for pulling a single or a double shot. For me the single was a little tall, so I shortened it a bit down to about an ounce of espresso. Now I get my shot at the push of a button after I get all of the portafilter set. Nice convenience in the morning. I know, it only save about 30 seconds of your time standing there waiting to "shut off" the machine if you were using the manual button, but it's great.
So far so good; programmable push button simplicity, pre-infusion, great crema being driven by a huge reservoir.
Product Features of the Cuisinart EM-200
15 bars of pressure
69-ounce removable reservoir
Pre-programmed cup size set at 1.5 ounces and 3.0 ounces – with the option to select the serving size you desire
Brews one or two cups – ground espresso or pods
Professional stainless steel housing with embossed Cuisinart® logo
Steam button is a separate function for easy use
Stainless steel steam nozzle for cappuccino and latte
Portafilter holder with locking mechanism that makes it easy to dispose of wet grounds after use
Removable drip tray and cover for easy cleanup
Warming tray on top
Tamping tool with measuring spoon and stainless frothing cup included
Limited 3-year warranty
Also see our Unboxing of the Cuisinart EM-200 Espresso Machine
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Posted by Scott Martin at January 12, 2008 4:31 PM