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Bialetti Moka Express 3 Cup Espresso Maker 06799
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- Cast aluminum design
- Phenolic knob and handle
- Stove top design
- Hand wash recommended
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The Moka Express is the original stove top espresso maker from Bialetti, created in 1933. Most Italian natives agree that stove-top preparation makes the most delicious espresso. The cast aluminum pot features the distinctive eight-sided shape that diffuses heat perfectly to enhance the aroma of your coffee. To use, simply fill the lower chamber with water, fill the filter with your favorite espresso grounds, and boil on the stove top.
6.5 ounce or 200 mL capacity
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These pots are very durable. Purchased our first one 3 years ago and it's still going strong, just needed a second one so I could stop carrying it from work to home. Tried a full espresso machine, but there are too many parts that can break and the moka pot takes less time to brew.
The coffee is a perfect concentration. Not too strong and not in any way weak - nice and flavorful. Don't do a full espresso grind as it's too small and some of the grounds are lifted up into the pot. The happy medium is between a drip and espresso grind.
We use these for about 5 cups a day and I recommend them to all our coffee drinking friends. They even say my coffee rivals the coffee house and I don't buy the best beans - shop around for an affordable, quality bean (we like Barrismo from Aldi $4/lb - it's fabulous).
Tip: Keep your grounds and scatter them in the garden. The plants love it!
A few tips:
1. Grind coffee between medium and fine.
2. Don't pack coffee into basket like you do in an espresso machine.
3. Heat between medium and high heat.
4. Be careful not to have the handle be over the burner of flame.
5. NEVER WASH THE POT WITH DETERGENT. JUST RINSE AND DRY. The more you use the pot,the better the coffee becomes.
6. Before using for the first time season the pot. Make a pot of weak coffee and discard it.
The first impression of brewing is a bit magical, even if it's a throw-away pot as recommended. Keeping the lid open and watching the nectar emerge from the stem in the top of the unit is addicting. Just be sure to close the lid before it finishes or it'll spit espresso droplets all over your stovetop. A tip to halve the brewing time is to fill the bottom section to just below the relief valve with boiling water from your kettle. I always make Americano so I boil water every time anyway. If you do this, you'll need an oven mitt in order to firmly tighten the sections. Please don't use the handle for this purpose. I believe the characteristic shape is there to facilitate a good grip for this reason.
As for the espresso, it's everything described in the other posts. It's much stronger than that produced from my DeLonghi EC-155 espresso maker (which I also love) using the same amount of coffee. This unit makes enough espresso for two smaller Americano's (perfect for a loving couple) or one larger robust mug. The quality of the coffee is paramount. Find a local coffee shop that roasts in-house and start trying the various roasts in 1/2 lb bags. Try to buy as much as you'll use in two weeks or less, just to keep it fresh. Buy it whole bean and pick up a grinder. Blade or burr - it doesn't matter which. I like blade since it gives me more control over the grind as I experiment. Coffee is a hobby, not a drink!
One thing you might not appreciate is the extra sediment, akin to what you experience with a french press. The easy solution is to use the filter disks from an Aero Press. They fit perfectly over the filter in the top section. Just dampen the metal filter first so the paper filter sticks in place. Problem solved! It helps to have an Aero Press and a gazillion filters, of course, but I digress...
Be sure to obey all of the instructions about cleaning (never soap, never never dishwasher) and tamping. The last one is hard to swallow but trust me - one heaping 1/8 cup scoop of beans in the grinder loosely fills the basket about 3/4 of the way. That's perfect for a strong mug or a couple of cups for you and your special coffee buddy.
I take mine with heavy cream (soo yummy). It's a lot better than half and half. Please don't tell me you use coffee mate. Some things should just be against the law, and that's one of them! I hope you find this little gem as delightful as I have. I packed up the beloved DeLonghi EC-155 for a trip to its new home in my office - which lacks stovetop. This little guy is really all you need. I haven't been to Italy but this experience makes me want to go! Ciao!
Still don't understand why you aren't suppose to wash with soap. I'm still dealing with it, but would not have bought if I had known the trouble.