The New Cuisinart for illy Capsule-Based Espresso Maker: A Coffee Enthusiast's Dream Come True

The new Buona Tazza® Cuisinart for illy espresso maker may be the next best thing to having a live-in barista. This machine uses individual serving capsules made by illy to make espresso, latte, cappuccino, or traditional coffee and has...

The new Buona Tazza® Cuisinart for illy espresso maker may be the next best thing to having a live-in barista. This machine uses individual serving capsules made by illy to make espresso, latte, cappuccino, or traditional coffee and has several great features that let you have fast, premium quality individual servings that you can customize in numerous ways.

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Consistently good espresso requires a machine that pays meticulous attention to detail.


Whether you prefer short or tall espresso, or enjoy latte or cappuccino or even regular coffee, this Cuisinart espresso maker gives you a unique combination of one-touch operation and a level of control that lets you create your custom beverage exactly to your specifications, and then save that particular operation as a one-touch preset.

Cuisinart Plus illy Capsules Equals Perfect Espresso Every Time

The illy capsule system is engineered to produce velvety, rich, balanced espresso, topped with a perfectly silky crema (the lighter brown top layer). This is what you expect from an experienced barista at a high-end café, but now you can have this Cuisinart espresso maker do it for you. The key is the capsule's design that "hyper-infuses" the capsules with the precise amount of illy's nine-bean Arabica coffee blend.

Removable Milk Tank Offers Convenience, Control

One of the most loved features of the Buona Tazza® by Cuisinart espresso maker is the milk tank. It's removable, so you can store it in the refrigerator when you're not using it. Also, the steam / froth wand aims directly into your cup, so when you're making a latte or cappuccino, it's hands-free. A dial control allows you to change the steam / milk proportions to your preference, and when the steam wand is through with the milk cycle, the machine automatically cleans it with a burst of steam. Additionally, the dual heating system ensures that when making café latte or cappuccino, both the espresso and the milk are heated quickly to the perfect temperature.

So How Is the Espresso?

Of course, none of this means much if the end product doesn't taste good. Reviewers have been particularly impressed with the velvety crema on the espresso, and the fact that you can store enough milk in the milk tank to make 6 cappuccinos without refilling. The frother gets good marks for making exceptional cappuccino, and for its automatic cleaning. illy coffee has a reputation for outstanding taste, and is a top selling coffee in Europe.

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One key to outstanding cappuccino is frothing the milk exactly to your specifications.


Cleaning and Maintenance

The machine itself is virtually maintenance free. When you put a new illy capsule in, the old one is automatically ejected into a holding container. Once the holding container is full of used pods you simply empty it out. No grounds are left behind, so you don't have to worry about internal parts being contaminated. Although the milk steam wand self-cleans after each milk cycle, some owners occasionally fill the milk tank with water and then run a few steam cycles for more extensive cleaning.

The Only Drawback

The only real drawback to the Buona Tazza® by Cuisinart espresso maker is that it only uses the illy capsules (which come in several different roasts), so you have to be committed to using them. Most owners don't mind this, because they know that illy coffee is of outstanding quality, is grown sustainably, and is packaged to maximize freshness. But do consider the cost of the capsules (around $0.86 each on Amazon) in addition to the cost of the machine itself when making your decision.

The Buona Tazza®Cuisinart for illy Capsule-Based Espresso Maker is an espresso lover's dream machine for the home. It's easy to use, yet customizable, has an outstanding milk system, is fast, and makes high quality espresso, café latte, traditional coffee and cappuccino. With its stainless steel and black design, it's unobtrusive and professional looking, and has a cup warmer on top. The cup shelf is easily adjustable for the different size cups you use for espresso and other types of coffee, and you can even use your travel mug with it. This machine is an investment, but for the committed espresso fan, it can be a wonderfully enjoyable purchase.

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