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Moka Express (3 cup)
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285 of 291 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2011
being from italy, I feel entitled to give some advice on coffee making:

1) the moka machine is THE italian way of home coffee brewing; espresso electric machines are beginning to spread, but the "caffettiera" is how we italians typically make coffee.
2) bialetti is commonly known as the best brand on the market.
3) don't heap the coffee too much in the funnel, it should be just a little over the brim of the funnel; leave it fairly loose and above all DON'T press it down.
4) screw tight the top chamber, and always make sure the gum sealing ring is in good conditions - change it 2 or 3 times a year, or when you see it dry and/or cracked.
3) put the caffettiera on LOW heat, lid down.
4) check out the top chamber now and then, if you want, and turn off the heat when you see the coffee's filled the top chamber; but remember that the most important sign the coffee's ready is when you hear the coffee *just beginning to gurgle* in the top chamber. turn off the heat now!
5) before pouring the coffee, stir it gently; actually, i don't know if it's only a legend, but it seems the first coffee out is the stronger, the last out the milder, so stirring it should produce an even mix. anyway, in italy we always stir it before pouring!
that's that!
p.s. - not an italian use, but once in a while i add to the coffee grounds in the funnel just the tip of a spoon of cinnamon, or two o three grains of cardamon, or even a dash of szechuan pepper - nice result; you can experiment with your own spiced coffee ...
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2009
If you love coffee, you'll love this!
We also have a cafatiere for more run of the mill coffee, but if you like espresso or making mocha essoressos etc, this is a must have.
You just fill the bottom section with water, pop the coffee in the filter section, screw the top on and place it on the hob. It takes about three minutes or so to percolate.
Very handy size for camping as well, or even just a day out on a drive :)
Very sturdy, quality product which will likely last for years, the only downside is that on reflection, I should have gone for the six-cup model (I drink entirely too much coffee!).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 17 October 2013
Everyone who has reviewed this Bialetti coffee-maker love it, the only problem is that a few folk don't get the size of the pot and end up buying one that is too small. The cup measurement quoted is for an espresso cup - the tiny ones which give you about a mouthful of strong coffee.

This 3-cup version makes the perfect Americano for one. Fill the pot with 2 scoops of coffee and you end up with half a mug of espresso. Top it up with hot water and a little milk, if you want it, and get ready to waft away in to coffee heaven. If you are looking for a pot to make at least a couple of regular mugs of coffee then you need a 6-cup pot.

And forget about these heat distributors you can buy separately. You only need one if the frame on your cooker (above the gas flame) is too wide/big for the pot to sit on. This 3-pot version sits on the frame on my cooker hob no problem. Then just keep the gas quite low so you don't wear out the pot and its seals unnecessarily quick.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 9 September 2012
This is a very good "moka pot". Please note, especially those who wrote negative reviews: Despite the advertising, this is not and was never intended to be an espresso maker. These are the traditional Italian stove-top coffee makers - the most popular way of making coffee (or "cafe") in Italy. It makes coffee not an espresso for which you need an espresso maker. "Espresso" refers to the technique of making coffee under high pressure (9 bars), higher than what can be achieved in these "moka-pots" (about 1.5 bars). If you went to Italy and called the coffee made in one of these "espresso" you would get some very odd looks.

So with that out of the way this is a very good stove top coffee maker. I own one and would recommend others to buy. If you use good quality coffee (another requirement) you can enjoy a thick and strong coffee best drunk from those small Italian style coffee cups (that we mistakenly call espresso cups). Don't expect a full mug from this. When it mentions 3 cups it means 3 of the small Italian cups. And I wouldn't recommend getting a six cup maker and filling a mug full as one reviewer has as this is very strong neat coffee. If you want a mug full make an "Americano" by adding one or two shots of coffee and topping up with hot water just as they do in Italy.

However I've only given 4 stars as nowadays there are other brands out there that do the same job for less money, though the manufacturing can be a little inferior.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2009
mmmmmmmm there's nothing quite like waking up with a good strong cup of hot coffee in the morning. This little coffee 'machine' will always be an essential accessory in my kitchen. I've been using the 6 cup coffee machine but it never really kicked out as much flavor or strength that the 3 cup coffee maker ever did. Don't get me wrong both machines are great although if you're after a short strong kick then the smaller maching is definately your choice. The coffee stayes hot in the top compartment for a long time after you've boiled the water, it's compact, light weight, very very durable, easy to clean and looks great in the kitchen too :). It'll save you a fortune as you won't need to take so many trips to starbucks or similar coffee shops to get your £3 caffeine hit!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2012
This is a direct replacement for an older one of these that after over ten years use had developed a crack in the casting at the lid. After that long I can't really complain.

I have thought about getting an electric espresso maker but this is so much more versatile, home, camping, I even take it to races with me and have a cup of coffee afterwards. Also, talking to my Italian colleague, she tells me that this is exactly what they all use at home, so if it's good enough for the Italians, there can't really be much wrong with it can there?

Basically, it makes a cracking cup of coffee, what else do you expect?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2011
I have a number of Bialetti Moka Express in different sizes, 1, 2 and 3 cups, and also tried other brands in 3 and 6 cups sizes. The conclusion is clear: Bialetti is the best!

The aluminium and manufacturing quality is superior, other brands tend to deteriorate and give the coffee a metallic taste. Also, the Bialetti will let you know when coffee is ready as the coffee makes a steady stream until the water compartment is empty when is starts to produce a puffing/boiling sound. Other brand I've tried produce an irregular puffing stream throughout the whole process. This is usually because it doesn't close well.

Different maker sizes does not produce different amount of equal tasting coffee, they taste differently - I'd claim I can taste the size of the maker, but I admit that might be taking it too far. My favourite is the 2 cup maker, coffee is more intense than the three cup, and anything larger than 3 is just a waste. I believe that the filter takes relatively more coffee than the larger makers. One problem with the 2 cup though is that I can only find parts, in particular the rubber rings, in Italy.

The prices listed on amazon seems expensive, I've never seen the 3 cup moka express for more than 18 euros, last I got a Dama 1 cup for 16.50 in Naples.

A tip for making lots of cups: After serving, cool down the maker under the HOT water, then as it cools turn on the cold water. BUT: careful not to cool it under cold water, it might chock the parts making them difficult to fit or giving an irregular contact with the stove.
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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2009
Cheaper than in the shops (generally you pay upwards of 20 quid). Arrived quickly. Does the job. You can never really go wrong with a Bialetti - they're essentially THE only espresso maker! Just don't pack the coffee down too much, don't fill the water higher than the valve, do it up nice and tight, heat it up as slowly as you have the patience for, and rinse afterwards with water only.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2013
Ok, ok it's not Espresso because it operates with 1.5 bars of pressure and an Espresso machine works at 9 bars. Well, the more expensive and higher up in the range Espresso machines do. But what the pundits are not telling us is that up until 1948 that pressure was the only Espresso there was which was why the Moka pot was Espresso for the home. So while it's not on a par with modern Espresso machines it's still Espresso as it originally was.

On to the 3-cup Bialetti Moka Express: Fill the bottom section with cold water up to just below the valve, drop in the funnel and loosely fill it with ground coffee ensuring it's level and there are no grounds on the rim and then screw on the top section and place it over a low heat. When it gurgles the coffee is done so remove it from the heat. That's all it takes to make very high quality coffee.

Some people will say to fill it with hot or even boiling water. But if you do that you'll first of all burn your hand because it will get hot. Secondly you won't get a full pot of coffee because a lot of the water will uncondense and flow back into the lower chamber. A moka pot works best when started with cold water over a low heat.

Again some people say to adjust the strength of the coffee by adjusting the amount of coffee while others complain that it doesn't make full cups: No, no, no. The funnel is still filled and the strength is adjusted by diluting the finished coffee with water for an Americano or milk for a Cappuccino or Latte. Remember what I said at the beginning: It's Espresso so what you get is Espresso shots, in fact 3 of them in the 3-cup size and what we usually but not always do with Espresso shots is dilute them. If the coffee is too strong after dilution we use a lighter roast coffee and if it's too weak we use a darker roast coffee.

Lastly the quantity of coffee of the 3-cup size: The bottom chamber is filled to just below the valve with cold water and thats around 150ml. What you end up with in the top pot is around 120ml of coffee because some water is left in the bottom chamber due to steam getting cooler and turning back into water. When the coffee is diluted with water 1:1 there is enough to fill a regular mug but you might like to dilute it 1:2. What that gives you is an "Americano" which is basically one or more Espresso shots turned into a weaker coffee we more usually get from a Cafetiere, Filter or Percolator. For a Capuccino or Latte the dilution is more usually 1:2 or even 1:3. But in that case don't forget your Bialetti Tuttocrema Frother.

In conclusion my rating is of course 5 stars. If I could give it 10, 20 or even 100 stars that's what I would give it and more. It's an Italian classic first made in the 1930's and the first of its kind. If you want the latest do everything miracle or fad you won't like this. But if you just want the best coffee you ever tasted you'll love it.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2004
I have bought this product a month ago. We are absolutely delighted with Moka Ekspress. We stuck to espresso a few years ago making it in different ways from simple glass beaker to a cheap espresso machine. This aluminum Moka Ekspress is the best budget choice, if you are not ready to buy a real expensive espresso maker. Its the biggest advantages are that it keeps coffee warm much longer than any other coffee makers as well as makes the excellent taste. I highly recommend Moka Elspress to anyone loving strong coffee. Try it on Italian Lavazzo espresso coffee. It is very convenient in use except the only drawback which is that you can easily spoil your Moka Ekspress by forgetting to add water in a cup if you are not very careful person. You can easily replace the burnt rubber part if you live in Italy, not in other country. I did that twice during last month and have to buy a new one - Moka Ekspress, of course.
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