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Bialetti Mini Express 2-Cup Stovetop Percolator


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  • Easy to Use
  • Fits right on the stovetop
  • Produces great tasting espresso
  • Ready in 4-5 minutes
  • Italian quality and design
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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000NJHN30
  • Item model number: 06973
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,826 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Product Description

Aluminum, stovetop espresso maker produces 2 cup of rich, authentic Italian espresso in just 4-5 minutes.

Customer Reviews

That's a peculiarity of its unique design.
Horacio
Unfortunately, this model does not make two equal cups of coffee.
C. Minois
This product works perfectly, quickly, and makes great espresso.
Jennifer Chubb

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By R. Mehta on October 1, 2007
The Mini Express works great. It's easy to use and clean (remember not to use soap), and it brews some nice expresso. I'm usually just making coffee for myself, so I bent one of the spouts around so they both go into one larger cup; I'm not sure if you're supposed to do that, but it worked fine.

A couple of other remarks: The cute cups in the picture aren't included :(, and at the end of the brew, it tends to "spit" coffee until you remove it from the heat. If your cups are tall enough, it's not a problem, but otherwise you'll get little coffee specks all over your stove.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Horacio on June 6, 2012
I purchased this brewer at a local shop in Brazil about 4 months ago, and brewed nearly daily on it. My first brews were uneven and made a mess on my stove. After quite a few bad brews and almost giving up on it, I began to understand what was going on.

I usually brewed finely-ground coffee and got mediocre results. I would, usually, fill the basket up to the top, tapping it just a little bit, and let it heat. Coffee would begin to brew unevenly, leaving me with a tiny extra-strong cup and a large extra-weak one. In other words, bad coffee. If I took too long to turn off the heat, there would also be coffee spills everywhere in the kitchen.

If you run a test brew with no coffee grounds in it, only water, you'll see it comes out perfectly even on both cups. I realized what the secret was after getting a sack of coarsely-ground gourmet coffee from a relative. Being coarser, the grounds would allow a free flow of water even if I filled the basket up to the top and tapped it. That way coffee would come out perfectly even on both cups. Coarse grounds give you a milder brew, but that's a matter of taste.

Learning from that, I realized that I couldn't fill the basket up to the top with finely-ground and tap it. Water wouldn't flow evenly and coffee would come out wrong.

Nowadays, I usually fill the basket leaving about 2-3mm free space at the top of the basket when using finely ground coffee and progressively less free space the coarser my grounds are. That leaves space for water to flow through more easily, making evrn cups of coffee.

That's a peculiarity of its unique design. There's a limit to how strong your coffee can be, and that will depend on the grind and toast of the coffee you"re using.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. Minois on February 17, 2008
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I purchased this Bialetti Mini Express as a present for my husband. We have several Bialetti mokas and are thoroughly satisfied with them so I did not hesitate in purchasing this one. Unfortunately, this model does not make two equal cups of coffee. One expresso is almost full and overly strong. The second cup is one third full and very weak. It is possible to mix the two for a double shot, but alone they are undrinkable. This product is a disappointment.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jim on May 23, 2010
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Let me begin by saying that I am a Bialetti fan. However, I would recommend that you avoid this particular product. I've used it about 20 times since I've gotten it and only once did I get reasonably equal volumes in the two cups. Usually, it's about 70%/30%, always favoring one particular side. I've tried taking the filter out to see if there were any obstructions, but didn't see any. I've tried heating at different rates but to no avail. Rinsing the top part upside-down under the tap results in equal amounts of water coming out each spout so I know it's not plugged. Eventually I may try crimping the more productive spout a bit in order to constrict the flow in hopes that that will remedy the problem...

Anyway, I usually end up having to pour from one cup to the other to make them roughly equal volumes which is messy. Tonight, the cups were about 97%/3%, which prompted this review. I'm very, very disappointed, however, I'll still probably end up buying a Bialetti 3-cup caffetiera to replace it.

UPDATE, August 30th, 2010: This thing still sucks. I just bought a DeLonghi Espresso machine and it dispenses two equal volume cups. I'm probably going to chuck the Bialletti 2-cup.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on November 16, 2007
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I have been looking at electric countertop espresso makers for years, but was afraid to buy one because of the cost and size. We got one of these on a whim because it was so cute, and it has worked wonderfully! It only takes about 3 minutes to make 2 shots of espresso, and cleans up very easily.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KinnicChick on January 14, 2009
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This is our second Bialetti Mini Express 2-cup stovetop percolator. We wore the first one out! Actually, we haven't looked around to find out if we can replace the rubber seal ring on our first one because it has become rigid and inflexible and is no longer working properly. But we LOVE this product. It makes wonderful double shots of espresso very quickly and whether we drink them straight or add them to an already brewing cappuccino for a multi-shot drink, this is one of our favorite items to use first thing in the morning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Med on December 22, 2011
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I saw an ad in one of the magazines and thought it was a fantastic idea. I have an old classic stovetop peace that works fine but I was not crazy about the looks. This one looked very nice. Turned out to be quite a useless piece. Makes lots of mess on the stove (coffee spills over when it starts working). Does not work really well. One cup was filled but the second was filled only by half. After using it twice I put it on the back shelf. I would not recommend it. Good idea, nice looking design, bad performance.
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