Coffee Gator Vacuum Insulated Moka Pot Stovetop Espresso Maker

Last updated date: March 14, 2020

DWYM Score
8.9


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 29 expert reviews, the Coffee Gator Coffee Gator Moka Pot Espresso Maker placed 8th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 8, 2020:
Checkout The Best Stove Top Espresso Maker for a detailed review of all the top stove top espresso makers.

Expert Summarized Score
9.4
2 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
306 user reviews
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What experts liked
Their traditional moka pot is based on Italian design and crafted from premium cast aluminum. It’s fitted with a safety valve and heat-resistant handle. This beautiful black pot comes with two matching, 3-oz stainless steel espresso cups that are insulated to stay hot for longer than standard cups.
- The Good Estate
Crafted from premium cast aluminum. Includes two stainless steel vacuum-insulated mugs. Safety valve to remove excess steam. Cool-touch handle. Suitable for gas, electric, or even a camping stove. Five-minute brew time.
- Coffee Channel
What experts didn't like
Not for use on induction stovetops. Doesn’t actually have a 12-ounce capacity.
- Coffee Channel

From The Manufacturer

Coffee Gator Induction Moka Stovetop Brewer with 2 stainless steel mugs Three-Piece. Sweet. Everyone loves a complete set, right? That's why we throw in these little beauties with our stovetop brewer. They're crafted from a double layer of stainless steel. So they keep your brew hotter, and you smiling, for longer. Double wall insulation Three ounce capacity Espresso Yourself If you fall into the category of people who consider espresso the only way to drink coffee (and even if you don’t) then this moka is for you. Espresso forms the basis of any number of drinks you’re likely to find in your local coffee house. So if you’re an American aficionado, a cappuccino connoisseur or you’re manic for mocha then this stovetop brewer is your ticket to coffee nirvana. Why risk disappointment with shoddy alternatives? Choose Gator with confidence and expect dream coffee in style as soon as tomorrow. Makes six espresso shots Traditional Italian espresso in seconds Twelve ounce capacity Premium aluminum bodyLoad Fill the basket with fresh, finely ground coffee. You want the coffee even, level with the top of the basket and uncompressed. Fill Pour fresh (filtered or bottled for best results) water into the base. Take care not to fill above the level of the safety valve. Assemble Clear any grounds from the threads and place the basket inside the base. Screw the top and bottom parts firmly together. Enjoy Place on the stove until you hear gurgling then remove and run under cold water to stop the brewing process. Enjoy! My life changed when I discovered proper coffee in Colombia I wanted to recreate it but the tools on offer weren’t good enough. Since then, my mission has been helping everyone Drink Better Coffee. When everything else is instant, coffee might seem slow But part of the beauty is the ritual. Get it right & it’s worth the effort. Take a breath, share a brew and discover how amazing coffee can be. Coffee Gator, happy, customer Our job is to make people (and sometimes pets) smile When we make a mistake we work our hind legs off to put it right. So if you’re anything less than 100% pleased as punch, you won’t be for long. Drink Better Coffee Bring the coffee house home The Coffee Gator mission is more smiles per cup. We think that being able to drink incredible, barista-quality coffee at home is a basic human right. That’s why we’ve poured our hearts and souls into developing products that make doing that an absolute breeze. We boldly stand up in the face of inferior products, made from flimsy materials, destined to disappoint. We defend you from coffee snobs who say you can’t make decent coffee in your own home. We plant our flag firmly in the ground, fill our lungs and scream from the highest mountain top that ‘you deserve to drink better coffee!’

Overall Product Rankings

1. Vremi Stovetop Moka Pot Demitasse Espresso Maker
Overall Score: 9.7
Expert Reviews: 3
2. IMUSA USA Aluminum Stovetop Espresso Maker
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 1
3. Bialetti Aluminum Express Moka Pot Espresso Maker
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 3
4. bonVIVO Intenca Italian Stovetop Espresso Maker
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 3
5. Bellemain Stovetop Moka Pot Espresso Maker
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 4
6. Cuisinox Roma Stovetop Moka Pot Espresso Maker
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 3
7. LuxHaus Stovetop Moka Pot Espresso Maker
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 1
9. GROSCHE Milano Stovetop Moka Pot Espresso Maker
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 3
10. Godmorn Stovetop Moka Pot Percolator Espresso Maker
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 3
11. Primula Aluminum Stovetop Espresso Maker
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 1

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.

DYWM 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.