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Bialetti 07008 Brikka Espresso Machine, 2 Cups

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  • Makes 1.5 ounce espresso cups. Please refer the troubleshooting steps under Product Description and the Product Videos before Use
  • 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
  • Made in Europe
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Product Description

Size: 2-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 two 1.5-oz. 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. 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. Made in Italy.

Before First Use
  • Remove all labels and packaging.
  • Be sure to assemble parts correctly. The filter and gasket must be in place and the top hang tightened to the base before use.
  • When cool separate the top section from the base, wash in warm water and dry thoroughly.
  • Don’t use the handle while unscrewing as this can cause the handle to break.
  • Hand wash all parts with warm water.
  • Rinse all parts thoroughly to remove any soap residue.
  • Make 2-3 pots of coffee to season the pot. Follow to use instructions below for each cycle.

  • 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 to the base. Avoid using the handle for leverage.
  • Select burner size to fit 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.

  • Cleaning
  • Wash by hand with warm water.
  • Dry thoroughly with towel.
  • Do not reassemble the product until all parts are completely dry to avoid oxidation.
  • Do not use soap or detergent. It’s best not to use detergent when washing the aluminum models as it can taint the aluminum and therefore the coffee. However, mild detergent can be used to clean the stainless steel models if you prefer, and a liquid chrome polish can be used to keep the stainless steel looking new.
  • Do not use in dishwasher.
  • Do not use steel wool or other abrasive products. Do not use abrasive scourers or baking soda as these will discolor or damage the surface.
  • From time to time discoloration or a white deposit may form inside the base. This is generally due to the pot not being properly dried prior to storage, causing the aluminum to naturally oxidize. Scrub with your dish brush in a mixture of warm water and white vinegar to help remove stains. Remember to dry thoroughly.
  • It’s best to store all parts separately to allow air to circulate.

  • Tips/precautions
  • Use coffee ground specifically for a moka coffee maker. Don't use too fine ground coffee.
  • Periodically check the funnel, the filter plate and the washer for wear. Over time, they may need to be replaced.
  • Never use the pot without water.
  • Never use other contents besides coffee like teas, cacao powder or instant coffee as it will clog the filter plate.
  • If the heat is too high, coffee may have a burnt taste. Getting the optimum temperature for brewing may take some trial and error.
  • Store coffee grounds in airtight container, away from sunlight.
  • Use filtered water for best coffee flavor.
  • Replacement parts, if lost or worn out, can be found on Amazon.com.

  • The Brikka features a dual-valve system that regulates the pressure of water flowing through the coffee grounds for a richer-tasting coffee. The open lid design allows air to circulate into the valve that creates the perfect crema.

    It is important that you use the correct size coffeemaker for the number of cups of coffee required. If you’re after a single cup of coffee you would use the 1 cup Moka for a demi-tasse or a 2 cup Moka for a larger cup (gives 2 x demi-tasse). If you want to make 1 cup of coffee but use a 6 cup coffeemaker with a reduced quantity of coffee, you won’t be getting the perfect brew. Italian aficionados which usually have 3-4 sizes in their kitchen.

    Product Information

    Product Dimensions 6.2 x 6.5 x 6.5 inches
    Item Weight 1.2 pounds
    Shipping Weight 1.2 pounds
    Manufacturer Bradshaw International
    ASIN B008G48DW4
    Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
    International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
    Item model number 07008
    Customer Reviews
    3.7 out of 5 stars 344 customer reviews

    3.7 out of 5 stars
    Best Sellers Rank #124,941 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
    #126 in Home & Kitchen > Kitchen & Dining > Coffee, Tea & Espresso > Stovetop Espresso & Moka Pots
    Date first available at Amazon.com June 29, 2012

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    By RobCicca on September 27, 2008
    Size: 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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    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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    Size: 4-Cup
    I caught some reviews for this little wonder and would have been sceptical had it not been for the fact that it was developed and manufactured by Bialetti. Anyone who has ever been to Italy will know that everywhere you look you see Bialetti logo and since coffee is a way of life in Italy you know it's a brand that you can trust.

    I have long since become used to some good results from Bialetti's Moka coffee makers, but they do require some practice to get the best results otherwise the coffee can taste burnt or over extracted and bitter. Moka coffee is not espresso in that it lacks the strength body and crema associated with espresso.

    The Brika however delivers the kind of strength and body that a Moka cannot. Add to this the production of a very satisfying crema then you are on to a winner.

    I went ahead and bought the four cup model despite seeing a lot of reviews that favour the two cup version. Contrary to what I have seen in many other reviews the four cup model does produce crema and plenty of it. If the two cup version really is better then I cant wait to get my hands on one of these as well.

    Straight out of the box I have had great results even using some run of the mill coffee. The Brika can produce coffee that is very close to espresso in body and taste and with the addition of crema who needs one of those very expensive home espresso machines.

    Does the Brika produce "real espresso"? I have read a few online debates on this but really who cares as the results are superb!
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