Cuisinart EM-100 Espresso Maker
it does what you need with little fanfare
The Cuisinart EM-100 Espresso Maker meets the requirements. It makes espresso. It steams milk. It froths. It can do single or double shots. It can use pods. It includes a scoop and a tamper. At an entry level price.
Although there is more that one could want, it’s not clear what more one really needs.
- Pressurized portafilter
- 15 bars of pressure
- Brews 1 or 2 cups
- Brews from ground espresso or from pods
- 53-ounce removable reservoir
- Steam nozzle
- Frothing cup
- Tamping tool
- Cup warming tray
Simple operation and traditional methods
The entry level machines get the job done, and as an introductory or less frequently used machine, the Cuisinart EM-100 is a perfectly good espresso maker.
In general these entry level machines are not flawless. Some claim they don’t make good enough espresso. Some claim they aren’t made sturdy enough, or they don’t last. And they are probably right. But they’re probably good enough for a starter, with the understanding that in a year or two you might be either wanting to move up to a better machine, or you might be replacing it because it just quit working. Either way, the entry machines get you in the game, and I can recommend any of them, so long as you accept the caveats.
My preference is the DeLonghi EC155, but the Cuisinart might be more available in your ares, or might be more stylish, or might match your other Cuisinart appliances… and to be fair the only reason I find the DeLonghi to be better is because it’s cheaper. There. I said it.
This biggest caveat is that you can’t expect these to last forever. Maybe they will, but probably they won’t. However, at the $100 to $150 price point, if it drops dead in a year or two, it’s not the end of the world. I’m not saying it will. I had a $60 machine that lasted a long time. 4 years. But I’ve also tossed a far more expensive machine that died less than a month after the 1 year warranty expired. And it’s not one machine vs another. They’re all just prone to failure.
But with all that said… the Cuisinart EM-100 is easy to recommend.