Cuisaid Xpress-O Stove-Top 9 Cup Espresso Maker
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- Stovetop Espresso Italian Style Brewer With A 9 Cup Capacity
- Can Be Used On Gas Or Electric Stovetops & Potable / Camping Burners
- Brew Your Favorite Authentic Espresso In Just 4- 5 Minutes In The Comfort Of Your Home
- Durable Polished Aluminum Construction, Designed With A Unique Octagon Shape
- Easy To Safely Handle When Hot By Using The Stay-Cool Easy Grip Ergonomic Handle & Knob
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I bought this one because I needed a larger one for entertaining. It works perfectly, but it is definitely cheaply made. If you want a largish stove top espresso maker for daily use, I'd buy a better one, perhaps even a stainless steel one. But, this one will make as good a pot of espresso as any stovetop maker out there. I expect this one will last me many years for occasional use.
I have a 2 cup and a 4 cup. I use one of them on the days I'm in an espresso mood. So, I bought more expensive models. One's a Bialetti and one I bought in Italy and have never seen for sale in the USA. I use them regularly and they have held up well over the years.
Here are a couple of tips for using this type of espresso maker:
1. Don't just turn the stove on high and blast away. Use a more moderate heat. It takes a few moments longer, but you're less likely to boil the coffee in the top which will make it bitter.
2. Never, ever put an aluminum espresso maker in the dishwasher. In fact, just wash it out with plain water and don't use any soap on it all. Don't use any abrasive cleaning utensil or steel wool. Aluminum is soft, it will discolor and pit - especially when it comes in contact with dishwasher detergent.
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I like basic perculators just fine, but this was better in that the coffee only goes through the grounds once. it was a bit fiddly with the bottom to screw on, and you need to watch and take it off the heat when finished as you don't want to have to use the valve. I found washing to be a bit of a chore and the metals are not smoothly honed a bit rough but the screw tight area was made well.
Big complaint is the handle. I put this on the gas stove and when the handle got too hot had 3 ft flames. Then the handle also was melting off onto the stove. I think the handle dripped when it got way too hot, and then hit the gas flame and started to burn tall flames that engulfed the rest of the handle. I was glad that i had 10 ft clear over the pot. Stove clean up was easy when the mess cooled,but it took me a minute to figure out how to extinguish burning plastic. As this is intended for stove top use, including gas ranges,I was disappointed. Yes it was my mistake for letting very high heat go up the side, but not an unforeseen user error, actually kind of expected every so often.
This would have rated 3.5 stars if no large fire had occurred. The great price compensated for the rough machine milling on the inside base and the basic design makes great coffee. The 9 "cup" aka 16oz size is the largest but I would have wanted it twice as big so I could make 2 extra large cups at a time without washing or reloading the grounds.
This does the trick - it brews fantastic espresso and is easy to clean and store. I have a lot of dinner parties, so the 9-cupper is great for me. If you are making espresso for yourself and perhaps one other, you may want to consider getting a smaller version.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Total piece of junk. Mine came with a crack in the base and the water just spewed out of it while boiling. Read morePublished 15 months ago by coloradoturnaround
Remember when you order these they are measuring cups in espresso size. The 9 cup is perfect for a couple with normal coffee habits or a single person with a huge espresso habit... Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by Sean P murphy
The handle lines up exactly with the spout that hot air is released. The result? The handle melts and then catches on fire.Published on January 5, 2014 by lukejduncan
Luckily I was in the kitchen when this happened and it happened SO quickly.
The third time using this espresso maker, I turned around and realized the handle was melting... Read more
love and use this item frequently, however, it quickly discolored the metal lost its shine Innis and has become tinish have to keep And clean it separately from other dishes.Published on December 24, 2013 by Kathy