Review Date - 08/30/2010
all the filters are leaking coffee grinds through into the cups indifferent how fine the coffee is grounded. the results are as mentioned; you get a full mouth of coffee mud."ala Turkish stile". ... read more
Review Date - 07/08/2010
In my opinion the em 200 is absolute garbage! The pump on the first one I owned stopped making enough pressure after about six weeks. The second one I owned failed to make enough pressure right out of the box. STAY AWAY FROM CUISINART!! ... read more
Review Date - 02/14/2011
Simply put I see this as a great stepping stone machine. The price is perfect (if I were to buy one now as I received this as a gift). If you like espresso..I would recommend skipping the steam-driven and going with a machine like this.
I have only made doubles. Usually I will make two before work and the speed of heating the boiler is excellent (having caused a small explosion wi ... read more
Review Date - 05/24/2014
We absolutely love this coffee maker and I have so much fun using it! Every morning I get up a little early just to make a couple of drinks. He drinks soy milk cappuccinos and I like to froth up milk and make a chai. When I'm working from home I love my double espresso with a touch of honey. I've had no trouble with the flavor or creme in the espresso. I'm considering another for my office. ... read more
Review Date - 01/14/2014
I bought this machine 2 years ago and this thing works great for the price.
My drinkof choice is the carmel machiato and I estimate that I have been the household barista of over 2,000 shots using this Ec702.
I am going to buy another one. I would say that this thing would probably still be working properly but I neglected to descale the unit, and now have lime build up which has restricted the ... read more
Review Date - 09/19/2013
Highly recommend, I was looking for more of a super-automatic machine. I wanted a machine, that would be simple to use for our mornings. Our previous espresso machine was a Rancilio Silvia. So it took some time in the morning to get everything made and out the door. We looked at many super-automatics and the price for what we wanted was a bit out of our budget. We ended up calling into sale ... read more
Review Date - 06/24/2014
I've had this machine for about 18 months now. I previously had a Gaggia, but was spoiled by the Rocket E60 that I used at work. I researched the hell out of it and found the ECM to be better constructed, had better value, and looked much nicer (IMO).
The little details on this machine speak to the quality and attention to detail. The portafilter holders, joystick handles, ECM ... read more
Review Date - 07/28/2014
I've used a Giaggia with a bras boiler for over 25 years with no issues except that the warm up time between espresso & cappuccino was not great. Only parts I replaced ever were the gasket once and the steam knob. Still works fine and makes good espresso & cappuccino so I gave it to my friend as his first espresso maker. As much as I enjoyed the Gaggia, there is no comparison between the semi- ... read more
Review Date - 07/05/2013
I have had this machine for a year now and I have waited to give a review because I wanted a good length of time before providing my thoughts.
It is simple to use. But, the instructions are AWFUL for someone who has never had an espresso machine. Someone would never be able to figure out how to clean it unless they already knew or watched a video.
Mine also broke. The reservoir is not ... read more
Review Date - 12/17/2013
The Expobar Brutus IV-R, wow, what a beautiful machine. My Brutus displaced an Expobar Pulsar. I didn’t think the difference would be so great given the similar design. The Brutus is exponentially better in all the right places. Let’s take them one at a time.
The Brutus has acres of chrome. This machine shines from top to bottom. The only black plastic is on the lever and the knobs f ... read more
Review Date - 06/16/2014
You can't fake quality. We are impressed at how heavy and solid this machine is. Having a boiler made of copper has proven to be a key feature, giving us consistent and hot temps that extract max flavor from the bean. The printed manual was sparse/incomplete but the Whole Latte staff was awesome about filling in the blanks. We are now huge Expobar fans! ... read more
Review Date - 05/28/2014
This is my first prosumer machine and I absolutely love it. It was very easy to set up. I ordered the complete water filter system from Chris's Coffee and plumbed the machine. What a difference it makes to have connection to a water supply.
The instructions are very basic, but it's also pretty easy to set up. I didn't receive the brass water adapter as promised, but i didn't need it for the in ... read more