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A follow-up to my stove-top percolator vid, here I show you my inexpensive home espresso bar in action.
I just replaced our old machine with a Cuisin Art EM-100 for $160 and found
the CuisinArt Burr Conical Grinder for $69. The CuisinArt MSRP is $350 and
the Burr Grinder is $200. I will have to check it out and see how it works.
BTW Im in the San Jose area what roaster do you go to? thanks
So I have a mr coffee cafe espresso should I be able to produce a shot like
nice video thanks!
Wow best video and most helpful I’ve seen on the subject. Thank you!
I must say, I’m kind of freaked out.. I just got this exact same espresso
machine. I all ready had the same coffee grinder and even keep my coffee
beans in the exact same container.. Also have a Mr. Coffee mini coffee
Great video man. You really know your stuff. I learned quite a bit from
just watching this.
Love the video with simple step-by-step good I just bought the Mr coffee
espresso cappuccino so thank you very much for the video awesome
Fabulous video. Thanks! Just got the machine and made my first
cappuccino. Blown away at how good it is for a cheap home machine. When
you fill the water dispenser, how much are you supposed to put in??? Also,
when you clean the frothing tip, do you do that immediately after you froth
the milk … that is while the button is still turned to “froth” on the
side of the machine? Also, do you have to unscrew the froth tip each time
you clean it, or just when you descale the machine? These things are not
discussed in the manual. Thanks for any info!!
Good video for a bored guy. Thanks, was helpful.
… you didnt even wipe the wand clean
Hello, dumb question – but does this make regular filter coffee as well as
cappuccino etc? I will be using the frother rarely – mostly just regular
coffee. Is it a good buy for that?
Thanks, very useful.
Vikas, only if yours came with pressurized baskets. On the baskets that
came with mine, there is a single hole on the bottom which forces the brew
pressure to remain high, regardless if the grounds were tamped poorly or
not. This sole feature allows the unit to pull “espresso” from regular
grinds. It does not taste like true espresso, however will get you by in a
pinch. I recommend sourcing some non-pressurized baskets once you know how
to tamp and pull a good shot.
2/2 The Hario was consistent and worked as good as the hundred dollar ones.
It is so cheap because it doesn’t have a motor, thus vastly reducing the
price. 3.I found that heavy tamping doesn’t really do any good. Since it’s
a pressurized portafilter, you don’t need to tamp. All I do is make sure
the grounds are level, lightly press down, then twist to make the surface
smooth. Everything is great. I found that geting freshly roasted beans and
grinding fresh is key to the best tasting espresso.
awesome video! thanks for sharing…i’ll definitely be incorporating some
of your techniques. i just got this machine last week after using the mr.
coffee steam espresso machine for a year and it’s such a nice upgrade.
Amazing!!! I was looking for tips, because I want to make espresso at home
I was too preoccupied making the vid. At work and at home, I keep my steam
wand stupid-clean. On a side note, the tip of the steam wand broke on my
machine, while wiping it clean ironically, and I’m waiting on a replacement
The best thing I did for my espresso quality when I had a cheapo machine
was depressurizing the PF and buying a good hand mill. Your espresso will
When you first got your emp50, was it really hard and really tight to twist
the portafilter all the wall to the completely straight lock position? Mine
is very tough and I can’t get all the way to the full lock. It gets tight
enough but not all the way.
It makes a tight seal, yes; but not so tight that it feels like you may
break something if you force it. It may have loosened up a bit with use,
but still feels as tight as it did when new. You can try running a few
cycles leaving the portafilter in place as it cools. That might help loosen
the seal. If it’s not too inconvenient, you may also consider exchanging it
for a different unit. Worse case, the second unit is the same which would
suggest it’s regular behavior,
UPDATE: Okay so after a month of heavy use, this is what I’ve found. 1/2 1.
I found that is was best to steam the milk first and then take the shot
because espresso shots die after 10 seconds of being left out. 2. I had the
same blade grinder as you until I got tired of shaking it and the
inconsistently of it. I looked all online for a good burr grinder, but they
were all hundreds of dollars. I then came across the Hario Mill Slim Burr
Grinder (it’s manuel) and it worked AMAZINGLY.
I’d consider my self a bit of a coffee connoisseur, BUT this is the right
attitude to have. Buy what you can afford, and show the snobs how to make a
macchiato with a mr. coffee and blade grinder. Keep doin’ your thing man.