December 17, 2007

Cuisinart EM-100 Stainless Steel Espresso Machine

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The little brother of the Cuisinart EM200 that I have in for review these days, is the Cuisinart EM-100, which is no slouch of a machine either. The Cuisinart EM-100 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-100 has a 53-ounce reservoir so you can get a pretty long time in between fill ups. The large knob on the front of the machine is the control center for unit, allowing you to dial in steam/hot water from the steam nozzle, as well as brew a shot of espresso. The smaller knob on the left directs the unit to heat to steaming temperature.

To brew, preheat the machine, load your coffee and tamp, or coffee pod, and attach the portafilter to the housing. Turn the knob to brew and let the wonderful espresso come out of the portafilter into you glass, when you have enough, rotate the knob to the off position.


The Cuisinart comes with a tamp/scoop and a removable drip tray that is easy to clean and easy to slide in and out.

At Amazon The Cuisinart EM-100 Espresso Machine

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December 9, 2007

Cuisinart EM200 Espresso Machine Unboxing

We are pretty excited to have another programmable espresso machine in the house to try out for a while. The unit is a beautiful Cuisinart EM200 programmable espresso machine that has two pre-set sizes to choose from at the push of a button. The unit is a very sturdy stainless steel unit that looks pretty sharp sitting on the counter. It boasts a 15-bar pump-driven extraction system, has a swing out foaming/frothing arm, and a pretty respectable 64 ounce reservoir.


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December 3, 2007

Holiday Gift Guide Highlight: Nespresso Essenza C100


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The Nespresso Essenza C100 is a great little, and I do mean little espresso machine. The tightly designed unit has a compact footprint and may just be one of the best little espresso machines out there. I rotate through a lot of espresso machines and I am always happy to come back the my Nespresso C100. The unit makes excellent espresso, with a crema that is hard to beat. The delicious concoction is always a treat.

The Nespresso Essenza C100 comes with a selection of Nespresso capsules, so you can judge what you like, and order up some more. The capsules can only be ordered through Nespresso, but they are very fast about turning orders around, and I have mine two days later.

At Nespresso Essenza C100




See my Holiday Espresso Gift Guide for more information on gifts.



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December 2, 2007

Holiday Buying Guide Highlight: DeLonghi EC155

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A lot of people have been emailing about my Holiday Gift Guide, and what espresso maker is right or them. Lots of people want to keep that price under $100, and while there are a lot of options, there are only a few pump-driven espresso machine choices under $100, and one of them is the DeLonghi EC155.

I reviewed the DeLonghi EC155 and thought the unit did a pretty good job. This isn't some professional machine, but it's a heck of a value at today's price.

Pump-driven machines are superior to those steam driven ones at extracting fuller flavor and creating that crema layer on top of your espresso. I was impressed with the quality and amount of the crema coming from the DeLonghi EC155 when I used it.

The unit is plenty strong to steam the milk and then flip the switch and crank out a few shots of espresso for your lattes.

Read More at my Review of the DeLonghi EC 155


At Amazon - The DeLonghi EC155 Pump Driven Espresso Machine


Don't forget to check out the Bodum Pavina espresso glasses. The laboratory glass in a double wall cup keeps your fingers cool while your espresso stays hot. They are fantastic gifts for others, or yourself.




See my Holiday Espresso Gift Guide for more information on gifts.


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November 16, 2007

Dacor CM24P In Wall Espresso Machine

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Sometimes, the cost of an espresso machine is a pretty big commitment to the cause and for the love of the bean. Well, when you spend that much AND install the thin in the wall, it’s a big step up. The Dacor CM24P is plumbed directly into your water supply which feeds two boilers to crank out some serious brew. The unit grinds, tamps and brews your espresso, with an integrated frothing system that pulls milk right from the 1-quart milk container system.

It makes espresso, coffee, Latte and Cappuccinos, all for about $2900, plus installation.

More at Dacor

Via Sci Fi Tech

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November 8, 2007

Starbucks Sirena – BMW Designed Espresso Machine

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The Starbucks Sirena comes with some impressive credentials, BMW Design Works design with the heart of a Saeco machine all rolled up into a very nice outfit that is sitting and waiting at a local store or online. The Sirena comes with some hefty marketing effort with a pretty detailed Flash based site that allows you to walk through some of the finer points of making all kinds of espresso based beverages. The Siren is a pump driven espresso maker with a pressurized portafilter. It comes with the ability to “auto-tamp” the coffee pull a shot and then with a proper heat time, steam your milk.

It’s not cheap, coming in at $599, but it may just command that with the beautiful design treatments and the high quality build.

More on the product at Sirena by Starbucks.


Go straight to the Starbucks Store or At Amazon - The Starbucks Sirena


Thanks to Brian for sending this in.

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Krups XP 4030 Espresso Machine

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Krups has the Krups XP4030 Espresso Machine that is a nice entry level pump-driven espresso machine for around $150. Krups designed the unit to be very competitive with a strong feature set and a classic design.

The Krups XP4030 comes with three portafilter inserts that will hold a single, double and an ESE espresso pod. This will give you some nice flexibility to make what you want. The unit has a 1200 watt Thermoblock heater and a 15 bar pump to crank out high quality espressos in short order. The 32-ounce water reservoir should keep you going for a while, cranking out about 15+ espressos before refilling. Krups calls their steam wand the Perfect Froth steam system to mix air and steam for foolproof frothing.

I typically use my Pod machines with either the Lavazza Grand Crema ESE Pods or if you want to try out a little variety to start out or to re-explore different espressos, try a ESE Espresso Pod Super Sampler .

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October 23, 2007

Ascaso DR.116 Dream Espresso Machine

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The Dream Versatile espresso and cappuccino machine is a solidly built pump driven espresso machine that might just be the espresso machine of your dreams. The Retro look covers the modern capabilities of the machine.

It is able to brew from both ESE pods and ground coffee utilizing two different brass filter holder. The 44-ounce water reservoir feeds the 16-bar pump that flows through a 900-watt heater to deliver brew temperature water to the grounds. I like the fact that the boiler and piping are brass, and that the operation is classic; thermometer dial, and easy flip switches. It has a steam wand that is driven by its own thermostat, and is controlled with a dial.

The Ascaso DR.116 Dream Espresso Machine is available at Starbucks and Amazon.

The Asco DR.116 Dream Machine is also available in more than TEN Other Colors at Amazon

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October 22, 2007

La Pavoni 8-cup Chrome Espresso EPC-8 Machine

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Interested in a little classic expression of the Espresso roots? Well, a manual, lever style machine may just be what you want to pull your espresso shots. This La Pavoni 8-cup Chrome espresso machine will boil your water for you, but you do the rest. The heavily chromed beauty allows you to tamp your ground espresso, and then hand pull the heated water through the ground coffee puck. Classically designed. The machine is 12 by 7 inches in size (with the handle lowered) and comes with a tamper, screen, screen holder, measuring ladle, and cappuccino attachment, as well as complete operating instructions and a ten-minute video.

At La Pavoni 8-cup Chrome Espresso EPC-8 Machine

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October 15, 2007

Old World Cafe Style Espresso Machines for Home

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So, if you are looking for that Euro café feel at home, you can always try out one of these in your house; the Mini Verticale Elektra espresso makers are pure Euro eye candy. Not everyone can get one of these to fit in on their countertops, but if you have the need, the desire, the space and a few grand, you are there.

They come in metal, brass and copper finishes, so that you can emulate that café of your dreams.

Via Slippery Brick

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