The Cuisinart EM-100 is a decent low-end pump espresso machine, which is both compact and easy to use.
The portafilter locks in easily and can pull two shots at once.
The steam wand has convenient swivel functionality and you can control the steam easily by turning the one-and-only knob to the right.
A potential downside of this knob is that there isn’t a single “Brew Espresso” button, and that means your brew time isn’t automatic and standard.
So make sure you track how long you’ve been extracting! Most espresso recipes call for around 28-30 seconds.
The 53 oz water reservoir is surprisingly large for such a compact espresso machine.
And despite those compact dimensions, this machine does still have some heft, which I always like in an espresso machine.
It also comes with a cup warmer, but honestly, I’m not a huge fan of these cup warming features — I don’t really see the utility. Still, the EM-100 has the area to warm four cups at once.