Bialetti Aluminum Express Moka Pot Espresso Maker
Last updated date: June 4, 2020
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The Bialetti Express Moka Pot Espresso Maker boasts an impressive Italian pedigree. Its aluminum body is built to diffuse just the right amount of heat and it's very easy to clean. A two-year warranty provides some extra peace of mind. In our analysis of 30 expert reviews, the Bialetti Bialetti Express Moka Pot Espresso Maker placed 3rd when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
Editor's Note April 8, 2020:
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From The Manufacturer
Love your coffee, brew like an Italian Brew like the Italians brew. Bialetti’s Ground Moka Coffee is the only recommended coffee for your Moka Express. Bialetti’s coffee has been exclusively ground to extract the best possible flavors during the Moka brewing process. Grind size is very important for all types of brewing. The size can affect how your coffee tastes when brewed by different methods. When brewing with your Moka too fine of a grind can cause your Moka pot to clog during brewing. Too coarse, and you get tasteless, weak coffee. Complement your Italian Moka Express with Italian Ground Moka Coffee from Bialetti. Steps for Use: Add Water Fill the lower chamber with cold water just below the valve. Add Coffee Insert the funnel and fill it with ground coffee (do not tamp). Remove any coffee grounds on the edge of the funnel. Tightly screw the upper part of the pot on to the base. Avoid using handle for leverage. Add Heat Select burner size to fit bottom of the Moka. For gas stovetop, make sure the flame is not larger than bottom of the Moka. The flame should not come around the sides of the pot. Heat until the water boils and coffee begins to come out of the center post. There will be a gurgling sound during this process. Enjoy When the top of the pot is full of coffee, remove from stove. Before pouring coffee, stir it in the upper chamber with a small spoon to equalize all the different coffee layers for optimum flavor.
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An Overview On Stove Top Espresso Makers
Coffee can seem like a pretty demanding habit. Java lovers who’ve spent years drinking from a standard drip coffee machine might think they’re ready to level up and get an espresso maker — until they see the price of one. Can the extra jolt of caffeine you get from a cup of espresso really be worth spending thousands of dollars on gear?
If that’s your first reaction to full-size espresso makers, a stovetop espresso maker might be just the happy medium for you. Not only do they make a quick cup of java that’s nearly as strong, they make it for far less than the price of a barista-grade espresso rig — and in many cases, less than an automatic drip coffee maker.
Stovetop espresso makers are more commonly known among coffee aficionados as Moka pots. The name is actually more accurate, since Moka pots do not technically brew espresso. Espresso is characterized by the telltale crema that tops off a well-made cup. That crema is a byproduct of the intense pressure generated by shooting hot water through coffee grounds. Moka pots don’t generate anywhere near that mount of pressure, though the process does result in a coffee that’s much stronger than your typical drip method.
That process involves a bit more attention than automatic coffee makers require, which is half the charm of a stovetop espresso maker. Moka pots typically have a bottom chamber, which must be filled with water. A filter sits on top of that, which is filled with coffee grounds. The largest chamber contains a pipe leading up from those lower receptacles, with a valve at the top. Screw them all together, and set them to boil on a stove. The heat forces the water through the coffee grounds, up through the pipe. There’s a telltale gurgling sound that will signal the end of the brewing process, so be ready to remove the pot at just the right time. Leave it on the heat, and you risk a bitter taste from over-extraction.
Done correctly, though, you’ll have an eye-opening and flavorful cup of coffee — all without using undue electricity or water. It’s a charming and personal method that is definitely a step up from plain-jane drip coffeemakers, and is still a favorite with traditional Italian coffee lovers.
DWYM Fun Fact
The octagonal shape of the original Bialetti Moka Express was synonymous with the “coffee pot” in the minds of java junkies throughout Italy in the postwar era. Today, the basic design remains the same, and why would they change it? It’s still the most popular coffee maker of any type worldwide, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
The Stove Top Espresso Maker Buying Guide
- Stovetop espresso makers (or Moka pots) are traditionally made out of aluminum, though you can find slightly more expensive stainless steel versions on the market. Which is better? It really depends on how much time and care you put into them. Aluminum Moka pots will require more cleaning (with water and baking soda, not soap) to prevent a metallic taste from leaching into over-brewed cups of coffee. However, they’re better conductors of heat. Stainless steel pots will be easier to clean, but the brew time may take a bit longer.
- Stovetop espresso makers should work with just about any kind of pre-ground coffee, but (as with any coffee-making method) you’ll want to grind your own beans to get the most out of their flavor. Experiment with what taste suits you best, but your ideal size should be just a bit coarser than a standard espresso grind.