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New to expresso machine - Cuisinart EM100c

Hi there,
I just bought a Cuisinart EM100C expresso maker yesterday and I'm totally new to this. I tried to rinse the machine as instructed for the first time use. When I turned the machine on, I heard a noise right after I pressed the Start button [2 seconds], then I waited until the light is off, I poured cold water down the reservoir and followed the instructions to turn the knobs... then I hear the same noise for about 5 seconds and still no water coming out. I was worried so I turned the machine off right away. Is it normal to hear the loud brewing noise during the entire process?

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  • Anonymous May 24, 2009

    I have the exact same problem, looking online for an answer since customer service is closed.

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    vickersca492 Feb 24, 2013

    I have the exact same problem. Just bought my cuisinart EM 100 and I get the noise but no water goes from resevoir to cup. I watched video 3 times and rad booklet and still cannot figure out what is wrong. Can anyone help me as customer service is closed.


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This is a very loud machine. Here's the normal operation: You turn it on, and wait a few minutes for it to heat up, at which point the heating light will go off. Then make sure the function knob is turned to coffee, and it will start brewing. At first, it will make a short (loud) sound and then stop for a second. The purpose behind this is that the machine is pre-wetting the coffee, so that steam can more easily shoot through it in a couple of seconds. Then the loud noise will start again and run continuously until you turn the function knob back to the center. So, the sounds you were hearing were normal. There is a delay between when you hear the sounds and the water starts flowing out. If the coffee is pressed down (tamped) too hard, that delay will be longer. Hope this helps. You made a much better choice purchasing this machine rather than the more expensive EM-200, in my opinion.

Posted on Jun 12, 2009

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    vickersca492 Feb 24, 2013

    I did all of the above. Where is the knob to the left on water or steam or is it shut off


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