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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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The Original Bialetti Moka Express Made in Italy 3-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker with Patented Valve B0000CF3Q6
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|Dimensions||8 inches x 4 inches x 7 inches||6 inches x 4 inches x 5 inches||5 inches x 6.75 inches x 5 inches||6.69 inches x 5.51 inches x 3.94 inches|
|Item Weight||1.94 pounds||1.05 pounds||1.15 pounds||3 pounds|
|Size||4-Cup||3-Cup||4 cups||3 Cup|
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From the Manufacturer
- Food Grade Aluminum Alloy
- Electric and gas stove compatible
- Hand wash only
- 2-year warranty
Before First Use
1. Remove all labels/packaging.
2. Hand wash all parts with warm water.
3. Rinse and remove any soap residue.
4. Make 2-3 pots of coffee to season the pot before first consumption.
Frothy Richness you can see
Designed to enhance your coffee drinking experience, the Brikka is equipped with a special patented valve that regulates just the right amount of pressure, producing the perfect froth every time.
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.
Fill the upper chamber with cold water to the 'H2O' marker. Then using the upper chamber pour the water into the lower chamber.
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.
Place pot on stovetop. For gas stoves 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.
After 2-3 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 after this. When the top of the pot is full, remove from stove, stir the coffee in the upper chamber for optimum flavor, and enjoy.
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.
If the heat is too high, coffee may have a burnt taste. Getting the optimum temperature for brewing may take some trial and error.
- 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.
- Do not use in dishwasher.
- Do not use steel wool or other abrasive products.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Oh my gosh, we almost made a trip to ER all because of this dangerous little thing like a scary pressure bomb. Read morePublished 9 days ago by E. Cho
Could not make it create "crema"at all same size and amount of coffee as the moka express 6, but only makes four cupsPublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Wore my old one out had to replace it. Love my Brikka Moka pot!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Needs a easier way to put together and take apart. My wife can't do it even I have to use tools sometimes it's kinda ridiculous. Makes good coffee though. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nikki Alonzo
For those who found it explode out of the top. This maybe helpful!
It makes great taste coffee!
The very first two times I used this machine. Read more
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