Cuisinart EM-200 Programmable 15-Bar-Espresso Maker

Cuisinart EM-200 Programmable 15-Bar-Espresso Maker Review

Looking for an inexpensive automatic espresso maker?  This is the model to think about.  You can brew both single and double espressos with the Cuisinart EM-200 Programmable 15-Bar-Espresso Maker.  You also have the option of using pods if you choose.  This fully automatic, programmable machine looks fab on your counter with its sleek, stainless steel finish.Cuisinart programmable espresso maker For us, the design ranks just under the Breville.  Very simple. Very elegant!

Cuisinart EM200

Always remember, you are paying under $200 for your machine.  Don’t expect it to behave like a $500 model. Contain your expectations and pay attention to how to use it.  If you do, you’ll be happy with it.  If you don’t, you’ll be miserable.

With 1050 watts of power and 15 pounds of pressure, this is as brawny as more expensive models.  You’ll for sure capture the full aroma and flavour of the beans.  And your friends will admire the thick, smooth layer of crema.

It’s really easy to clean, which we love.  The removable drip tray and locking porta-filter holder make it simple to get rid of the wet grounds after use.

Included is a stainless steel steam nozzle to froth up milk to create a cappuccino or latte.  But, like in many more expensive models, the frother gets dissed for not being up to the job.

Remember, you’ll need to get a grinder to go with this model.

Costs:

Category price range $120 – $300

This product $198.90 at Amazon.com

Product rating:

Amazon review summary: 49 positive (4 or 5).  27 negative (2 or less).  5 neutral (3)

Last 5 reviews: 5 Positive 0 Negative

The positives

This machine is easy to use, has barely any learning curve and produces a consistent cup of coffee each and every time.  Cheap?  Well, we prefer to say inexpensive.  It does have some features that it’s more expensive cousins lack.  We are known for forgetting to turn stuff off, so we like the auto power-down.  You can either use it in automatic mode, or choose to program your doses if you fancy a stronger or weaker brew.  The ability to use pods as well as ground coffee is handy if you’re in a hurry.

Cuisinart EM200

The negatives

Reviews on Amazon (there’s none for this model on Coffee Geek) show that the major problem some folks have with this machine is that it fails to work straight from the box.  It’s a self-primer, and it appears that some of them have a problem with the initial prime.  The frother gets complaints from reviews.  Folks complain that it’s not really man enough for the job, and makes a weak and unsatisfactory froth.  Some reviews also commented that it’s kind of noisy.

The Bottom Line

The Cuisinart EM-200 Programmable 15-Bar-Espresso Maker is not a $500 dollar coffee maker and it’s not pretending to be.  For under $200, you get a machine that can provide you with a decent cup of coffee, time and time again.  Sure, it’s got a few weaknesses.  But for the price, it’s extremely well made and good looking to boot.  Those who like it, love it.  Those who don’t, well, they hate it with a vengeance.  In the end it boils down to getting what you pay for.  If coffee is your religion and you’re an expert in all things espresso, then this is not the machine for you. However, if you have a max of $200 and need a standard machine to provide you with a consistently good coffee (with the option of pods), then this does the job nicely.

Product Features and Specifications

  • Product dimensions -10.6 x 9.2 x 12.8 inches
  • Product weight – 20 pounds
  • Shipping weight – 25 pounds
  • 1050 watts power output
  • 15 bar pump
  • 64 oz/8 cup removable water tank
  • Self priming system
  • Steam wand
  • Cup warmer
  • Espresso pod adaptor
  • Cup warmerCuisinart EM200
  • 3 year limited warranty