Cuisinart EM200 Espresso Machine
The Cuisinart EM-200 is a pump-driven stainless clad espresso machine with some nice characteristics and features. The 15-bar pump delivers enough pressure to get some pretty good crèma on those espresso shots, and it comes with three portafilter adapters: Single, double and a special ESE Pod adapter. The versatility is worth it, and on the EM-200 I have been flipping back and forth between ground and pods.
The Cuisinart EM-200 has a 64-ounce reservoir so you can get a pretty long time in between fill ups. The buttons on the front of the machine are the controls for the unit, and are preprogrammed for a single and a double shot of espresso. The dial on the side is the steam control; press the steaming button, then control the amount by adjusting the knob.
To brew, preheat the machine, load your coffee and tamp, or coffee pod, and attach the portafilter to the housing. You can either push the manual button to start, and then push it again to stop the brewing, or push the "single" button to brew up a single shot. The three portafilter inserts allows a lot of range should you want some serious strength (Double size filter pulling a single shot or less with a manual button push)
The Cuisinart comes with a tamp/scoop and a removable drip tray that is easy to clean and easy to slide in and out.
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Posted by Scott Martin at April 4, 2008 8:03 AM