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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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|Sold By||Yachew LTD-||Amazon.com||Barefoot Lifestyle||MSY JAPAN|
|Color||Alumimum||Silver||Silver||painted cow print|
|Dimensions||6.3 inches x 4.13 inches x 4.53 inches||6 inches x 4 inches x 5 inches||6.5 inches x 6.25 inches x 6.5 inches||8.25 inches x 7 inches x 5.13 inches|
|Item Weight||6 pounds||1.05 pounds||1.2 pounds||Information not provided|
|Size||2 Cup||3-Cup||2-Cup||2 Cup|
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Then I found this little gadget. It's no replacement for a real machine, but I am truly amazed at the quality of espresso it can produce.
You really need to have your own grinder because you'll burn through the first pound of coffee just trying to find the right grind, but when you find it you'll be amazed how good of an espresso this thing can brew. Far better than the drip your drinking now.
One thing to note, it's messy. Don't walk too far away. When it finishes pushing out the last of the expresso it starts to spit and sputter coffee everywhere.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This little guy make really excellent espresso for a stovetop device. We use it every day, as well as our 9-cup Moka standard. Yes, that's lots of espresso in our house! Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amy P.
I love this espresso maker! It is very easy to use, and very easy to clean! It does a great job of extracting a range of flavors from your coffee. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Leala
I did not buy this espresso maker from Amazon. I purchased it when I lived in Sicily. I have had it since 2010 and it has brewed pounds of coffee into pretty good espresso. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jack
Only one spout really worked at a time. It didn't work to fill two at one time.Published 3 months ago by D. Trombley
I love this product. I recommend getting espresso cups with this product if you don't already have them, it will just make it easier to use. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Annie Williams
Mechanically an issue as both cups do not fill equally
Careful not to burn oneself
Awesome product! A must have... Great seller super helpful, very accomodating.. Thank you Italian Objects.Published 11 months ago by sanaz m.
pretty good, but very small, so dont place the cups on it till it starts to brew or be careful and watch out for hot cupsPublished 14 months ago by Jacob
I have a 6-cup Bialetti Moka Express that I love. When I saw this mini at a thrift store, I had to get it and try it out. Read morePublished 17 months ago by mofo83
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