Published on August 5th, 2016 | by Greg


    Cuisinart EM-400 Buona Tazza: Single-Serve Espresso

    There are lots of good single-serve coffee machines out there, and plenty of decent espresso machines- even some that can fit in your kitchen and don’t cost a small fortune. But single-serve espresso machines have basically been dominated by a single firm, and though they’ve been far more popular in Europe, the American market has become increasingly enamored.

    The Cuisinart EM-400 Buona Tazza brings a twist to the formula, opting to focus exclusively on the illy iperEspresso pods, but adding a US style to the home espresso machine. There are multiple cup size options, including regular coffee, single, or double espresso, and more unusually it also has a couple of temperature selections too. There’s a cup warming plate up top, to help keep your shots hot in a pre-warmed glass, and the internal bin can hold up to ten empty capsules.

    The EM-400 can put out 19 bars of pressure, but it’s missing one key element- a way to steam milk. That option is available in their more sophisticated version, the EM-600, which can make you a Caffé Latte or Cappuccino. This one is smaller, though, and easer to fit into tight spaces. With a one-liter water reservoir, you won’t have to fill it up very often, and we liked that the tray is adjustable so it can fit tiny cups or travel mugs, however you like to drink your caffeine.

    Certainly, the Buona Tazza is easy to use, and it’s pretty fast too. It’s not louder than most other machines in this class, and the two-year warranty is better than many competitors. If you’re a fan of illy and don’t need a steam wand, then this is a pretty solid choice. You won’t have the cheapest or widest variety of espresso options, but the illy does offer some great monoarabica single-origin coffee selections now, which turned out barista-quality shots in under 30 seconds. Expect to spend right around $149.99 in stores and online for the Cuisinart EM-400 Buona Tazza.

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    Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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