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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2012
I have been using a moka pot for years and have never had any problems. My old moka pot finally wore out and I decided to buy this one. The first time I used it just to clean it out, things worked fine. However, this morning I put it on the stove to make my first official espresso and to my surprise (and somewhat horror), I walked back into the kitchen and the handle had melted off the pot, completely off and had fallen onto the side of the stove (I put the pot on the edge of the burner so the handle doesn't get too hot, so fortunately it didn't fall on the burner). I then went to lift the lid to check and see if the coffee had come through and when I lifted the knob on top it came off! It also had melted through. No coffee came up and both handles melted off. As I mentioned, I've been using a moka pot for years, so I know how they work and how to properly use them. Either this particular one is faulty or all of them made by this company are just terribly poor quality. I'm not sure, but I will not try this brand again and I'm returning the one I have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I picked up one of these pots (the 3 cup size) new at goodwill for just a few dollars, but I'm trying to write this from the perspective of "would I buy this for the current purchase price ($15).

I really like moka coffee. Its strong almost like espresso, its efficient, and its easy. All you do is:

1) fill the base with water up to the pressure relief valve (I use warm water from the tap to speed brewing)
2) fill the basket with coffee grounds (fine ground is what you want here nearly as fine as espresso)
3) level off but don't pack down the coffee and place the basket in the base
4) screw the top portion on tightly
5) place the pot over a low flame and wait
6) coffee will start to run out into the top pot. When it starts to sputter and spit turn off the flame (or electric heat) and wait for the sputtering to subside
7) pour the best cup of coffee you've ever made on your stovetop

This pot works perfectly. The base is heavy and allows for quick and even heating without scorching your grounds. Its definitely made for 1 to 2 people (one cup of strong coffee or two espresso shots). Any more people than that and you'll want a bigger pot. Honestly I'd almost like a bigger pot just for myself, but I'm a bit of a coffee/caffein addict.

My one disappointment was the gasket. I know the gasket on these pots (that seals the top to the bottom when brewing) does tend to wear out. There are replacements and its not that big of a deal, but this one wore out in just over 4 months. I now need to tighten the base with a very high amount of pressure to avoid leaking during high brewing. I intend to replace this gasket soon and don't expect it will be an issue after that, but its something to consider before buying.

Overall I rate the quality of the product 4/5 stars. Its every bit as heavy as a bialetti and makes a very similar cup of moka coffee. The gasket might be its one shortcoming, but with that said the prices seem to be right where they should be. They're 30-60% less than the name brand bialetti pots and at a price point that I'd purchase one at if mine wears out. If you've got coffee snob friends maybe you want the brand name, but for me, all I want is a morning pick me up that tastes good and this provides that.

Recommendation: 4/5 buy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2014
I can not recommend this espresso maker. I have bought it twice and both times, the handle has fallen off. The first time it happened after a few months while I was washing it. Then I bought another one and after only about three weeks, the handle fell off while brewing. Poor quality.
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on November 29, 2014
It does what it's supposed to do as long as you're careful.

It is very small, and therefore you have to be careful about how you place this on the burner. As long as you place this offset so the handle is not over the flame, it will be fine. Do not walk away from it, it only takes a minute or two on the burner anyway.

The lid is a little too tight, requiring two hands to open and making it difficult to check its progress.
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on October 6, 2014
Nice little stove top coffee maker, but I completely overestimated its size. The "3 cups" relate to 3 espresso shots and not 3 x 250mL cups.
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on November 24, 2013
I love this product. I have been making lattes everyday since I got this awesome espresso maker. You can't beat the price
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on March 30, 2015
I use it everyday.. but I don't understand why the handle needs to be made of plastic. Its just set up to melt.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2011
I ordered this Espresso Maker for my Granddaughter for Christmas. I paid the extra to have it
gift wrapped so she'd have a surprise on Christmas morning. She received it today and there was a packing ship attached to the package telling her what was in the package! If I would have know that, I wouldn't have paid extra to have it wrapped! What good did it do me?
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2012
I can recommend this espresso maker without any complaint (also have one for six cups and the big one does not always makes 6 cups because some water is kept in the lower part of the maker but not with the small 1 cup one!)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2012
I have one PRIMULA ALUMINUM ESPRESSO COFFEE MAKER and my very very bad experience was with the handle. It now is completely melted after four or five uses.
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