Stainless Steel Stovetop Espresso Makers - One Cup
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- Stovetop espresso maker; make espresso like it's made in Europe
- One cup espresso size capacity
- Made of stainless steel
- Make high quality espresso without the hassle and expense of an electric espresso maker
- Easy to use; add water and ground coffee beans; place unit on stovetop burner
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Make espresso like it's made in Europe, with this stovetop espresso maker. Stovetop espresso makers are popular because they are easy to use, less expensive than electric espresso machines, take up little kitchen space and … they make utterly fantastic espresso. That's why stovetop espresso machines have been well loved and well used all around the world. To use simply add water to the lower part of maker, add ground coffee beans to the basket and place unit on stovetop burner. And voile! fresh and tasty espresso for lattes, mochas, cappuccinos or drinking straight. This espresso maker is made of strong and long lasting stainless steel and has a three cup capacity.
Top Customer Reviews
What comes in the box:
One moka pot — stainless steel base, top, basket, and screen.
Two sets of instructions.
All parts are stainless steel — base, top, basket, and screen.
The gasket is a little loose around the screen (inside diameter) — 1 to 2 mm of space left. See images.
The lid "hinge" isn't really a hinge at all — look at the picture, please. The "hinge" is made into the handle. All in all I think this is a smart design choice.
The handle is solid metal welded onto the top of the pot, however, it's only spot welded thus this would be considered the weak spot therefore, as instructed, do NOT use the handle when tightening the unit together, which is a little hard since it is a very small top.
I've read reviews of similar moka pots with metal handles where reviewers complained that the handle got hot. I haven't notice any significant heat at the handle thus far however, I know to keep the handle at the edge of the heat source.
You can see that the bottom of the moka pot is NOT flat. I'm not sure if this really matters or not. However, I do hear this pot boil for some time before coffee will come out whereas, with an aluminum moka pot I don't hear anything prior to coffee slowly oozing out.
Using the same procedure I would with an aluminum moka pot this stainless steel one takes about twice as long to produce coffee. About 10 minutes versus 5 minutes for a 3-cup aluminum moka pot.:
1. fill basket with coffee grounds — tapping basket on the counter to distribute grounds, don't tamp or over fill the basket.
2. heat ~3 ounces of water in microwave & pour into base.
3. screw top onto base
4. place on stove on LOW heat — I use the #1 setting on our ceramic-top stove.
5. wait until you get desired amount of coffee or pot begins to sputter, foaming starts happening.
6. pour out coffee.
note: some people prefer to heat on a higher setting (medium to medium-high) then they pull the pot off the heat once the coffee begins to flow and let it finish away form the heat. With this particular pot I found that doing this causes the coffee to brew too quickly, IMO, thus I'm using the low & slow method with preheated water.
This pot, like most moka pots, gives its own unique flavor. It doesn't give the exact same brew we get from our 3-cup aluminum moka pot, nor should anyone expect it to. I think the coffee is not as thick as it is in the larger moka pot, which makes sense as the large moka pot has a much bigger and deeper basket. However, the flavor brewed by this tiny pot is very good, IMHO. It's very hard to describe the flavor differences, but they are noticeable — neither good nor bad, just different. I actually prefer the flavor out of this tiny pot than our bigger moka pot.
The base holds ~3 ounces of water when filled to just below the pressure valve, as instructed.
This will yield ~2 ounces of coffee if left to run until "completion" — when the pot starts sputtering out foam.
Therefore adjust the amount of water you put into the base or pour out coffee when you get the amount you want for a "single" serving. Technically, I guess, we could call this pot a 2-cup. I, personally, like the fact that you have room to spare and can go over if you choose. Better this way than only being able to get 1 ounce of coffee no matter what.
The valve seems to be on the low side for pressure — you cannot add any extra coffee grounds above the basket like you might on other moka pots. Fill basket to the top and level it, no extra whatsoever or it will NOT flow. In other words, if I loaded this basked the same as I can with my Bialetti Brikka (when using it as a moka pot not a Brikka) I will only get steam out of the pressure valve and NO coffee.
I'm rather disappointed that neither the manufacturer or the Amazon seller has any decent images or details on this product, thus I've uploaded several pictures for those who are interested to see the insides and other parts.
All in all it seems to be a decent stainless steel moka pot. I do believe the Bialetti 1-cup gasket set will fit this moka pot however, I need to track down my calipers to measure more precisely. If not, there are a couple online stores that have the gasket and screen available and it shipped with one extra.
Since your choices for a 1-cup moka pot seem very limited — you either pay a lot or have few choices and only one or two stainless steel to choose from — I do think this is the best bang for your buck stainless steel 1-cup moka pot available. Not a 3-cup moka pot with a 1-cup insert — I think the depth of the basket is very important to the brew, thus I wanted a true 1-cup moka pot.
My purchase price was $37 here on Amazon for this moka pot, which I considered a bit high then. Apparently the price is now $55 + shipping (I had free shipping) which is ridiculous for this moka pot IMHO. At that price I wouldn't even consider this pot and I would go with the aluminum Bialetti 1-cup or the even cheaper aluminum 1-cup that's available. . . or look for another stainless steel pot.