IMUSA USA Aluminum Stovetop Espresso Maker

Last updated date: April 8, 2020

DWYM Score
9.5

IMUSA USA Aluminum Stovetop Espresso Maker

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Overall Take

The IMUSA USA Aluminum Stovetop Espresso Maker includes many useful features for an economy appliance. The safety valve prevents scalding and the spout makes it easy to pour. The classic design also includes a temperature-shielded knob and handle. In our analysis of 28 expert reviews, the IMUSA IMUSA USA Aluminum Stovetop Espresso Maker placed 2nd 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
9.0
1 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
1,919 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Made from aluminum, it has a cool-touch knob and handle. Its flip top and side pour spout are also designed for easier pouring and it has a safety valve.
- Food Shark Marfa
What experts didn't like
As it is aluminum, it is only suitable for hand washing and some consider the quality of this to be poorer than similar stovetop makers. The handle is also prone to breaking with regular use.
- Food Shark Marfa

From The Manufacturer

Get Charged! IMUSA stovetop espresso makers allow you to be a barista at home! This stovetop espresso maker brews under a mild pressure, forcing hot water up from the base through ground coffee then into the top carafe in just minutes! The stainless steel exterior will match perfectly with your kitchen decor and will satisfy the need of just about any coffee lover. How to Use: Add water to the bottom half (do not Exceed Safety Value) Lay coffee into Funnel Assemble together and place in stove until brewing process is complete. ENJOY! Multiple Sizes Single Serving Capacity Share with a friend Share with a few friends Share with the entire family About IMUSA IMUSA is an ethnic houseware brand with deep roots in Latin America and the United States that offers hundreds of houseware products including gadgets, cookware, appliances, espresso, and ethnic specialty items. IMUSA quality has been tested and handed down by homemakers who have been cooking for their families for more than 80 years! We invite you to learn about our line of products, try our recipes, and explore the exciting world of ethnic cuisines. Make it Real… Make it IMUSA.

Overall Product Rankings

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Overall Score: 9.7
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IMUSA USA Aluminum Stovetop Espresso Maker
2. IMUSA USA Aluminum Stovetop Espresso Maker
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 1
Bialetti Aluminum Express Moka Pot Espresso Maker
3. Bialetti Aluminum Express Moka Pot Espresso Maker
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 3
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Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 3
Bellemain Stovetop Moka Pot Espresso Maker
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Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 4
Cuisinox Roma Stovetop Moka Pot Espresso Maker
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Overall Score: 9.2
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LuxHaus Stovetop Moka Pot Espresso Maker
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Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 1
GROSCHE Milano Stovetop Moka Pot Espresso Maker
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Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 3
Godmorn Stovetop Moka Pot Percolator Espresso Maker
10. Godmorn Stovetop Moka Pot Percolator Espresso Maker
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 3
Primula Aluminum Stovetop Espresso Maker
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.

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.