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Cuisinart EM-200 Review
We reviewed it’s younger brother the EM-100 here, and we have to say that there is a lot that the EM-200 has going for it as the older one in the family. Some of the quirks are gone, and there are a few great tricks that the EM-200 has picked up which make it a standout machine at just under $200. While we did like the EM-100 for what it could do, the EM-200 takes it much farther for just a bit more.
While you may only know Cuisinart for their food processors, you may soon begin to know them for their espresso machines as well. The quality of the espresso that comes out of here is absolutely phenomenal and something that we would expect from a machine twice it’s price. Everything about the machine makes it easy to make a good espresso that is exactly the size you want.
One thing that we did notice with this machine was that it was a bit harder to get a consistent crema than you would think. Regardless of how everything else was prepared and tamped, the crema wasn’t as strong as we would’ve liked.
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Since it isn’t a super-automatic, you will have to do a little more work to make your espresso: grinding the beans, tamping the coffee, etc. You will end up getting a good cup of espresso without too much fuss. The machine itself has a very simple, classical styling to it that only gives you the options that you need and leaves out a lot of the rest.
This machine works with espresso pods as well if you would rather skip grinding and tamping your coffee, which makes the brewing process significantly easier to go through.
Many things Cuisinart makes are rock solid, and the EM-200 is one of them, to a point. While the machine is fairly well made, it does have some noticeable defects that prevent it from working properly at all times. The responses of people who have had problems with their machines have been helped by the fact that Cuisinart customer services seems to take these complaints seriously and will very quickly repair or replace your model, which is a good sign of a product that a company is willing to stand by.
While the company does seem willing to stand by their product, which is a good sign, the build quality could be a little better, but we’ve seen much worse on a machine in this price range. Having a machine break is never fun, but it seems that it isn’t that big of a problem and is taken care of quickly.
Besides a steam nozzle, which functions at about a 5/10, the EM-200 has a cup warming tray and has the added feature of allowing you to manually program your brew amounts. This is a great feature to have if you want to make drinks that are more or less than a single or double shot or play around with the amount of caffeine that you want in your morning coffee.
The EM-200 is a great step up for Cuisinart from the EM-100, but there are still some issues that we would like them to address in the build quality department before definitively making a judgement on it. If it weren’t for the iffy quality, I would definitely say that this machine is a best buy in the under $200 category. One way of allaying some of the build problems is to go with a reseller like Amazon, who has a fantastic return policy and will truly give you no-hassle service.
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