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Cuisinart EM-100 Espresso Machine

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The Cuisinart EM-100 Espresso Machine is a great combination of stainless steel style and easy operation at an affordable price. This versatile espresso machine can brew using ground coffee or ESE (Easy Serve Espresso) pods, and pulls a great shot thanks to its powerful 15 bar pump. A cup heating tray on the top of the machine will make sure you have plenty of warm cups on hand, making it great for entertaining. With the Cuisinart EM-100 Espresso Machine, you can also create cappuccinos, lattes, and more using its stainless steel steam wand and included milk frothing pitcher. A large, removable 53oz water reservoir means there’s plenty of time between refills, and a removable drip tray helps make cleaning easy.


Features & Benefits: Coffee

Versatile Brewing

With the Cuisinart EM-100, you have the choice to brew using ground coffee or pods. This machine comes with single shot, double shot, and ESE pod baskets, so you have a variety of brewing options to meet your needs. Brewing with ground coffee is great for those learning the art of espresso making, while brewing with pods reduces clean up and ensures consistent results.

Control Knobs

On the front of the Cuisinart EM-100 Espresso Machine are the power button, a heating indicator light, and 2 control knobs. The large function knob in the center controls brewing and steaming/hot water output, and features icons for ease-of-use. The smaller knob above the power button lets you select whether you would like steam or hot water dispensed when you turn the center knob, and also heats the boiler to proper steaming temperature.

Simple Brewing

After pressing the power button on the Cuisinart EM-100, the red heating light will illuminate to let you know the boiler is not yet at brewing temperature. Once the light goes off, the machine is ready to go. Simply add ground coffee or a pod to the portafilter basket, lock the portafilter into place, and turn the center function knob to the coffee icon on the left. When your desired amount of espresso has been reached, turn the knob to the center to stop the flow.

Powerful Pump

Pressure plays a large role in a great espresso extraction, and helps to achieve a layer of rich crema on top of your shots. Without proper pressure, espresso can taste weak. The Cuisinart EM-100 Espresso Machine features a powerful 15 bar pump that ensures you’ll get consistent (and delicious) results every time you brew.

Features & Benefits: Frothing and Hot Water

Stainless Steel Frothing Wand

For making creamy cappuccinos, lattes, and other café-style drinks, the Cuisinart EM-100 comes with a stainless steel frothing wand and frothing pitcher. To produce steam, turn the small steam/hot water knob to the steam icon and wait for the boiler to heat to the proper temperature. The red heating light will turn off once the proper temperature is reached, and when you turn the center function knob to the steam icon on the right, steam will be dispensed from the frothing wand. When you’re done frothing, simply turn the center knob to the off position.

Hot Water

If you want to enjoy tea, hot chocolate, or an Americano, the EM-100 can dispense hot water right from the steam wand. For hot water, turn the small steam/hot water knob to the hot water icon (two water droplets) and wait for the boiler to heat. When the heating light turns off, just turn the center knob to the hot water icon. When the desired amount of hot water has been reached, turn the knob back.

Features & Benefits: Care, Maintenance, & Other

Water Reservoir

This Cuisinart Espresso Machine has a large 53oz water reservoir, enough for almost 25 shots of espresso between refills. The reservoir is also removable, for easy filling and cleaning. You can keep your water tasting fresh by periodically rinsing the reservoir with warm water and non-abrasive detergent.

Removable Drip Tray

The drip tray, located beneath the coffee dispensing spout, ensures your countertops are kept clean. The drip tray on the Cuisinart EM-100 Espresso Machine is removable, so it’s easy to dump and maintain. Like the water reservoir, the drip tray can be cleaned using warm water and non-abrasive detergent.

Housing Construction

The Cuisinart EM-100 Espresso Machine is housed in stylish and durable stainless steel. The frothing wand is also made of stainless steel, so it's easy to clean with a damp cloth after use. Black plastic accents and a red heating indicator light add to the machine’s modern look.


Misc Data
Manufacturer: Cuisinart
Model: EM-100
Dimension - Width (Inches): 9.6
Dimension - Height (Inches): 14.7
Dimension - Depth (Inches): 12.8
Weight (lbs): 16
Watts: 1000
Volts: 110
Housing Materials: Stainless Steel
Drip Tray Material: Plastic
Drip Tray Cover Material: Stainless Steel
Cup Height
Adjustable Height: No
High (Inches): 3.5
One Touch cappuccino
One Touch Cappuccino: No
Frothing Wand
Material: Stainless Steel
Steam Wand Style: Wand
Wand Movement: Pivot Side to Side
Usable Length (Inches): 3.5
Height Off Counter (Inches): 3
Number Of Holes: 1
Water Source
Reservoir Or Plumbed: Reservoir
Reservoir Capacity (Oz): 53
Reservoir Material: Plastic
Reservoir Removable: Yes
Water Level Visible: Yes
Type Of Controls: No
Cup Warmer
Size (Inches): 10 x 6
Passive / Active: Passive
Portafilter Data
Material: Stainless Steel
Type: Pressurized
Quantity Included: 1
Weight (lbs): .75
Diameter (Millimeter): 54
Commercial Filter Baskets Included: No
Pressurized Filter Baskets Included: Yes
Ground, E.S.E. Pod And Capsule Compatible: Ground & ESE Pod
Bottomless Portafilter Available: No
Tamper Size (Millimeter): 54
Brew Group
Material: Aluminum
Preheat: No
Capsule / Pod Friendly: Yes
Boiler Data
Number Of Boilers: 1
Brew Boiler Data
Brew Boiler Type: Thermoblock
Brew Boiler Watts: 1050
Brew boiler Volume (Oz): 3
Brew Boiler Material: Stainless Steel
Brew Boiler Heater Location: External
Pump Data
Pump Type: Vibration
Pump Wattage: 52
Maximum Pressure (Bar): 15
Self Priming Pump: Yes
Maintenance Alerts: No
Descaler Used: Urnex Cleancaf
Warranty (Years): 1
Country Of Manufacture: China
NSF Certified: No
Recommended Applications: Home
Service provided
Repairs By: Cuisinart
Contact Number: 800-726-0190


Pamela asked:

I received an EM100 Cuisinart espresso machine as a gift.  When it came to frothing the milk, the machine made a thumping noise and  the wand produced a few bubbles and stopped.  I returned the machine and received another.  Today, I followed the instructions exactley and when it came to frothing the milk, the machine thumped and the wand did absolutely nothing - no froth.  I phoned Cuisinart and held the phone so the customer service person could hear the thumping.  He said that was not normal and now I have packed up my second machine for return.  Has anyone had this problem?  If so, how was it resolved.  I have a feeling the third replacement will do the same thing.  It shouldn't be this difficult to make an espresso with the frothed milk. 


Answer by Todd Salzman:

The thumping is normal when the machine is in the steam mode. We have not heard about problems with these machine. If you would like to have on tested before we send it I would be happy to do it.  If so call in and talk to a customer service or sales person and ask them to put into the shipping notes that you would like Todd to test the machine before it ships. I will then make sure it is working perfectly.

Answer by Pamela:

Unfortunately, I already sent it in about three days ago.  It's under Rick Krull.   Even if the thumping is normal, it would not froth the milk.  And, I don't want a machine that thumps.  It's very loud and annoying.  It sounds like it is broke.    Can you please watch for it's arrival and you can test it and make sure it froths well.  I want the milk to thicken as it's suppose to.  I originally spoke to Frank on the phone and he could hear the thumping through the phone and said it wasn't a normal thing.


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