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Bialetti 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker
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- Produces 6 demitasse (2 ounce) cups of rich, velvety espresso in less than 5 minutes
- Made of high quality polished aluminum in the classic Bialetti Octagon shape
- Max Boiler Capacity : 12(fl oz), 300ml
- Patented safety valve; Easy to clean and disassemble
- 2 Year Warranty, Designed and Made in Italy
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The Original Bialetti Moka Express
The Bialetti Moka celebrates more than 80 years of classic design elegance and technological simplicity. From the early 1950s to the present day, Bialetti has manufactured over 200 million coffee makers. In particular, the Moka Express has become iconic and has allowed millions of consumers to enjoy great Italian coffee. The Moka produces a rich, authentic espresso in just minutes. The aluminum pot features Bialetti’s distinctive eight-sided shape that allows it to diffuse heat perfectly to enhance the aroma of your coffee.
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 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. Heat until the water boils and coffee begins to come out of the center post. There will be a gurgling sound during this process.
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.
Grind coffee for moka use, slightly more coarse than esspresso.
Heat may be too high if pot produces coffee with a burnt like taste. Try lowering the heat on your next batch. It may take some trial and error.
For best tasting results always use filtered water.
- Wash by hand with warm soapy water
- Dry thoroughly with a towel
- do not ressemble until all parts are completely dry
- Do not use is the dishwasher
- Do not use and abrasive products to clean the moka
The History of Bialetti
In Italy, where the kitchen is the heart of the home, where coffee is a passion and where the ritual bring friends and family together, Bialetti is found in nine of ten households. Why? Because like every true Italian, coffee is in our soul. And just as Alfonso Bialetti’s Moka Express revolutionized the art of coffee brewing, we’ve been crafting innovations that advance the art for nearly a century. Bialetti began in Italy, but has become a leading brand around the world because our high-quality products bring simplicity, functionality and beauty to the kitchen. Our advanced technology and distinctive styling combine to create solutions that are simple to use and beautifully designed. Today, the Bialetti family of products has grown. We bring a multitude of styles and colors to market. But our Italian heritage and passion live on in every line.
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|Material Type||aluminum||Aluminum||Stainless Steel||stainless_steel||Glossy aluminium - Handle and knob made of nylon||Food Grade Stainless Steel|
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This Bialetti Espresso maker is the original and best way to make authentic espresso coffee in your home. This model makes 6, 2-ounce cups of delicious coffee.
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I have become a bit of a Bialetti junkie now. I've won an auction for some Bialetti espresso cups and just won an auction for a 9-cup with a set of espresso cups and saucers and a creamer and sugar bowl. And (hangs head in shame) I'm here buying a 12-cup. I haven't slept in months. Help me.
This is my preferred method of making coffee these days and it is great with milk, added water or straight up. Here are some tips after using it for a few months.
1 - Use cold water, don't take a short cut with warmer water.
2 - Small flame is best, take your time.
3 - Grind the coffee slightly coarser than an espresso grind. Too coarse and the water will pass through too quickly. Use freshly ground beans. (A ceramic burr hand grinder is cheap and works great)
4 - Tamping - definitely do not tamp with 30 pounds of pressure and a twist...but do pack it in a bit with your thumb or the palm of your hand. The trick is to achieve an oozing of the coffee through the top, not a gushing flow. Experiment but be careful not to tamp too hard. The grind also plays a factor here.
5 - keep lid open while brewing. This way you can monitor the process (set a timer for 5-6 minutes or just stick around)and see when coffee is ready.
6 - Enjoy. You have just made amazing coffee!
One thing I didn't realize when I purchased my first moka pot (6-cup) was that you cannot brew half a pot. You have to fill the chamber up entirely with grounds or it won't work. That is why I ended up purchasing a smaller pot because the 6-cup was too much coffee for me to drink in one day.
Bottom line: If you enjoy strong coffee and you're brewing for one person, I'd recommend the 3-cup. If you're brewing for two, get the 6-cup. You won't regret it!
Here are a few very helpful tips that I've found for using the Moka Express:
~. For the 3-cup sized Moka Express, 1/4 measured cup of whole beans will fill the filter basket just about perfectly once you've ground them up. Roughly the same amount of already ground beans should work as well.
~. Make sure that your coffee is ground fairly fine. This takes some practice and is all personal preference of course, but if it's too coarse, it will be weaker, and if it's too fine, it could cause the filter to clog and possibly the espresso to burn. I have a common Krupps Blade Grinder and about 25 seconds +/- does the trick.
~. Do not tamp or pack down the grounds once you add them to the Moka's filter basket. This can cause clogging or burning of the espresso. Instead, you can gently tap the side of the Moka as you fill the basket to make sure the grounds fully fill the basket. When done, the grounds should be level with the top of the basket or better yet, slightly mounded in the center.
~. Wipe excess grounds away from the edge of the filter basket or it might not form a good seal when you screw on the top.
~. If you are pressed for time, use warm to hot water to fill the maker. This will speed up the brewing process, just don't burn your hands when screwing it together.
~. Your stove burner should preheated to around Medium. It varies from stove to stove, electric vs gas, etc. Too low might take a long time to brew and too high may cause burning of the espresso or even melting of the handle. Just takes practice.
~. Do not set the Moka with the handle directly over the heat/flame of your burner. It will melt if exposed to too much heat. Try setting it so that the handle is off the side of the burner.
~. Brew the espresso with the lid open and stay close by. When the majority of the water has been extracted from the lower chamber, the espresso will start to sputter. You can then close the lid and remove the Moka from the burner to a safe surface.
~. Pour and enjoy!
**I realize that there are SOME countertop espresso machines that DO work and are possibly worth the hundreds/thousands of dollars that they cost. I also realize that the BAR measurements (in pressure) recognized by the coffee community might say that espresso from the Moka Express is not actually "espresso" but rather "strong stovetop coffee". That being said, I'll gladly take the space-saving, beautiful simplicity, and excellent caffeine-infused elixir that the Moka Express produces any day. And I'll head to the local coffee shop to let a barista make me one from their $$$ machine when I want something different. :-D
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