You may think a low cost stove top espresso maker cannot produce good Espresso, but the Bialetti Moka Express does just that and is owned by nearly every family in Italy.
I was really happy to find a Bialetti under the tree this year as a gift from my oldest daughter. Her and her husband are sort of coffee connoisseurs and often times will set up a mini Espresso Bar at family get togethers. My older stove top machine just wasn’t up to the task anymore and it was indeed time for a new maker.
The Bialetti is really easy to use and makes a strong cup of espresso in about four minutes. I tend to let my espresso brew slowly under low heat. It may take 10 minutes but I feel it’s worth the wait.
The Bialetti has over 590 reviews on Amazon with a solid 4.5 star ranking. There is just nothing about this machine I don’t like. Made of aluminum, the stove top espresso maker produces 6 demitasse cups of rich, authentic Italian espresso and Amazon sells this NOW for $30.25 with free shipping available.
About Bialetti – (from their website)
In Italy, where the kitchen is the heart of the home, where coffee is a passion and where the ritual bring friends and family together, Bialetti is found in nine of ten households. Why? Because like every true Italian, coffee is in our soul. And just as Alfonso Bialetti’s Moka Express revolutionized the art of coffee brewing, we’ve been crafting innovations that advance the art for nearly a century. Bialetti began in Italy, but has become a leading brand around the world because our high-quality products bring simplicity, functionality and beauty to the kitchen. Our advanced technology and distinctive styling combine to create solutions that are simple to use and beautifully designed. Today, the Bialetti family of products has grown. We bring a multitude of styles and colors to market. But our Italian heritage and passion live on in every line. When is comes to Italian coffee, the Moka Express is the premier stove top coffee maker.
Use coffee ground specifically for a moka coffee maker. Don’t use too fine ground coffee. Periodically check the funnel, the filter plate and the washer for wear. Over time, they may need to be replaced. Never use the pot without water. Never use other contents besides coffee like teas, cacao powder or instant coffee as it will clog the filter plate. If the heat is too high, coffee may have a burnt taste. Getting the optimum temperature for brewing may take some trial and error. Store coffee grounds in airtight container, away from sunlight. Use filtered water for best coffee flavor.
Before First Use
Remove all labels and packaging. Hand wash all parts with warm water. Rinse all parts thoroughly to remove any soap residue. Make 2-3 pots of coffee to season the pot. Follow “How to Use” instructions for each cycle
Care & Use
Cleaning Instructions: Wash by hand with warm water after each use. Dry thoroughly with towel. Do not reassemble the product until all parts are completely dry to avoid oxidation. Do not use soap or detergent. Do not use in dishwasher. Do not use steel wool or other abrasive products. Maintenance: Replace gaskets and funnels occasionally to keep your Moka Express in optimal working condition.