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Bialetti 6988 Brikka Stovetop Espresso Maker, 4-Cup

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  • Makes 4 Espresso Cups = 6.7 fl. Oz
  • Ready in 4-5 minutes
  • Dual-chamber design and pressurizing process for fast brewing
  • Opening in lid allows air to circulate creating the perfect crema
  • Hand wash all parts with warm water
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Size: 4-Cup
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 7 x 8 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0001DJT7G
  • Item model number: 06988
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Size: 4-Cup

The Bialetti Brikka allows you to enjoy special coffee every day without leaving the comfort of your kitchen. The Brikka system revolutionized the stovetop espresso maker by preparing the espresso with 'crema”. With the special pressure-controlled system that regulates the pressure of water flowing through the coffee grounds you can now enjoy the rich and intense flavor of a creamy coffee. Featuring an opening lid that allows the condensation to escape, flip-up top and side-pour spout provide added convenience. This stovetop brewer makes four 2-ounce cups of espresso in 4-5 minutes. Made of durable polished aluminum this pot features Bialetti's distinctive eight-sided shape that allows it to diffuse heat perfectly to enhance the aroma of your coffee. To use; fill the lower chamber with cold water just below the valve. Insert the funnel and fill it with ground espresso (do not tamp). Remove any coffee grounds on the edge of the funnel. Tightly screw the upper part of the pot on the base. Avoid using the handle for leverage. Select burner size to fit the bottom of pot. For gas stovetop, make sure the flame is not larger than bottom of pot. The flame should not come around the sides of the pot. Place pot on the stovetop until the water boils and coffee begins to come out of the center post. There will be a gurgling sound during this process. After 2 to 3 minutes, a small amount of coffee will trickle out and then you will hear a puffing noise. The froth will form in 3-4 seconds. 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. Note that the max boiler capacity is slightly more than the final output since there is always a little water left in the boiler after brewing. Bialetti is the world's most recognized and beloved Italian coffee company. Bialetti coffee makers have become iconic and has allowed millions of consumers to enjoy great Italian coffee that once was only available in cafes and restaurants. Bialetti's passion remains in making superb coffee simple.

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Customer Reviews

This espresso maker is really easy to use and makes great espresso.
Chris Rihm
The coffee I made with the Brikka tastes so much better than any I've made before...and I have an espresso machine, which I no longer use.
N. Unger
I did have one minor problem with it - the relief valve on the bottom leaked water/bubbles around it.
J. Poris

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By RobCicca on September 27, 2008
Size Name: 4-Cup
I have both the 4-cup and 2-cup Brikkas, and I use both regularly. The last time I checked online a few months ago, both were available in North America.

They both can make an equally delicious espresso with a nice crema on top. It doesn't matter which one you use in my experience. You just have to have faith and keep trying them before giving up.

They are both "high maintenance" coffee pots compared to regular espresso pots. You can't just dump water & coffee in them and leave them on the stove for 5 minutes while you do something else. Brikkas are like fine pieces of art that need to be handled and pampered in special ways. Everything is a delicate balance, and you have to baby sit them during the whole process. But once you get the knack of it, you will get consistent results...and trust me, it is worth the effort. Here are 5 tips:

1) Just before assembling your pot with coffee, make sure the valve is not stuck. Jiggle it up and down a few times.

2) Experiment with different types and brands of espresso coffee. Sometimes the grains may be too small (or too large). Unfortunately, you can't really tell just by looking at the grains. This is one reason why people give up on the Brikka too soon.

3) When the pot is on the stove, you have to keep an eye on the valve. If it is "stuck down" then the coffee will struggle too much to come up, and it will be over-brewed (has a burnt caramel smell and taste). If you feel it is "stuck" then immediately prop it up with a metal utensil (definitely not with your fingers). I rarely have to do this anymore with my pots. I always pre-jiggle the valve, and adding a drop of vegetable oil to a disassembled valve seems to have helped.
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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Steven on December 19, 2006
Size Name: 4-Cup Verified Purchase
I actually bought this for my wife for her birthday - but I think I enjoy it more then she does.

I know that this doesn't make "true" espresso but it comes mighty close in my opinion (i'm not much of a connoisseur, but I do love a good cup). In fact this is better then most any other espressos i've had! I love the coffee this thing produces! The first night I ended up drinking 6 shots of 'espresso' made with fresh Baba Budan beans and I still wanted more! I couldn't do it though because it was 1:00 in the morning and I was wide awake from drinking so much coffee.

Here are a few tips for you...

Make sure you have a Burr grinder. You want a fine grind (but not too fine) to get the most out of your coffee. Burr grinders can be quite the investment but well worth it. You will need a Burr grinder for any espresso machine anyways.

Make sure you have cups close by. This thing will suddenly shoot out coffee and if you're not quick enough you might get some coffee on your stove... as soon as you hear the gurgle and whistle get your cup ready! (you'll know what i'm talkin about...), After a few rounds you'll have it down.

Chances are your first pot will not turn out perfect (unless you've done something like this before...which I haven't). The good news is that after your first time you will understand how the process works and everything will be fine after that!

Clean this as soon as you can! It will be hot for awhile but try to clean it ASAP to make cleaning easier. It's worth it... trust me.

Follow the instructions EXACTLY. It's not hard to do by any means but make sure you read the instructions. if you accidently do something wrong such as pack in the coffee tightly then you will be sorry.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By CC on May 1, 2005
Size Name: 4-Cup
The Bialetti Brikka makes the best Italian style espresso I've had outside of Italy - the flavor and texture will take you back to the piazza cafes. Add some warm milk and froth for a perfect cappucino (I bought the Nissan/Frabosk milk frother as well). I found the directions and method easy - with room for a little flexibility with amounts of water, coffee, etc. for your own individual taste. Making the espresso is fun - I love waiting for the "whooosh" telling me the delicious crema is almost ready to pour into my cup. Clean up is easy, and the coffee tastes better each time I use the Brikka. One of my best purchases for the kitchen.
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106 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Benji Socket on August 26, 2004
Size Name: 4-Cup Verified Purchase
this is the best espresso maker you can get. better than espresso made on $1k+ machines. the brikka is unlike any other bialetti stovetop, trust me. it looks similar but it ain't the same beast. the way the coffee EXPLODES out of the brikka makes it seem like something terribly wrong has happened (it's horrifying the first time you hear it). but it's actually making a delicious crema just for you. it's a delicate art form, you have to follow preparation directions to a "T." I'm still trying to figure out the best time to turn off the heat, the best time to remove from heat, the best time to pour... because it all affects the crema. HAVING SAID ALL THIS, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND GETTING THE 2 CUP INSTEAD OF THE 4 CUP. THERE IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE. I have both and the 4 cup never gets use because it doesn't taste as good as the 2 cup version. honestly. unfortunately, there is no distribution for the 2 cup in america so you have to find an italian website that has it and order from there. it will take four weeks or more to get to you. yeah, I know. it blows. but I have both and I know what I'm talking about. I'm not even a connoisseur, I just want coffee that doesn't totally suck. the 4 cup is just okay, but you're missing out on the real deal.
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