Mukka Cappuccino Express 2 Cup Bialetti has done it again. With the invention of the Mukka Express, now it is possible to brew barista quality cappuccinos and lattes right on the stove top. The first of its kind Mukka Express has already been met with wild enthusiasm in Italy, and now available in the American marketplace. While the funtion of the Mukka Express employs the tradition of stovetop brewing, the top portion of the pot is filled with milk so that as the expresso enters the top chamber, it mixes with the steamed milk and within minutes 2 cups of cappuccino are brewed and ready to serve.
With most espresso makers, you have to steam the milk in a separate pitcher immediately after your espresso is brewed. Not so with the revolutionary new Mukka Express, made in Italy by the ever-popular Bialetti. This stovetop espresso maker produces two cups (7-1/2 ounces) of frothy cappuccino by brewing the espresso and steaming the milk into the same container. All you have to do is add the ingredients-water, ground coffee, and milk-and place the Mukka on a stovetop burner. Push in the central button to activate the frother. If you prefer steamed rather than frothy milk, in other words, a latte rather than a cappuccino, leave the button up. When it's done, pour the milky coffee into two cups or mugs, and enjoy.
Bialetti makes the Mukka Express in three different looks: polished aluminum top and base; polished aluminum top with black-painted base; and the whimsically painted cow-pattern top with black base. All are made of sturdy aluminum with a heat-free handle. The pressure valve turns to remove for cleaning, then locks back into place. To use, fill the base with water to the indicator line; fill the stainless-steel basket with espresso-grind coffee; screw the base and top tightly together, and pour milk into the top. The Mukka is suitable for any gas, electric, or ceramic burner that's as close in size as possible to the base. Keep the heat low to medium. The button pops up when it's done (and you'll hear the frothing noise). Rinse all parts after use under running water. --Ann Bieri