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Bialetti Brikka 4 Cup Espresso Maker with Cream Valve
Bialetti Brikka 4 Cup Espresso Maker with Cream Valve
Price: £30.08

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really worth the extra cost, 19 Sep 2011
I've had the 4-cup moka pot for a few weeks now. I was originally planning to replace my old and tattered Whittard moka pot with a new Bialetti moka but then came across the reviews for the Brikka. It sounded like it would create a superior coffee so I decided to pay the extra. Unfortunately my conclusion is that it was an unnecessary extra expense! There doesn't seem to be a notable increase in the coffee quality, and the crema seems very hit and miss (and as another reviewer pointed out, shortlived). Considering the Brikka is over twice the price of the standard moka pot, I just don't think it is worth the money. If you're deciding between the two, I'd recommend just going with the cheaper Moka.


Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
by Rolf Potts
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight but enjoyable guide for the uninitiated, 12 May 2008
Potts' Vagabonding isn't so much a travel guide as a lifestyle guide, an attempt to inspire people to share one man's philosophy on how to live as an independent, mobile anti-consumer. The author preaches a balance of tourism with adventure, seeking friendship with going it alone, planning ahead with being impulsive. Balanced in all ways except perhaps his constant insistence on down-sizing one's life.

Peppered with anecdotes, quotes and common-sense tips, the book has varied ways of communicating but feels like filler at times. Most people who already have an open-minded idea of travelling the world and some experience under their belt will probably find much of the book simply backs up what they already know. Personally I found some small inspiration from the personal stories and general feel of the book, but ultimately was left unfulfilled. Certainly it's a short guide that can be absorbed in one afternoon. It's the younger and newer readers, about to embark on their first flight into the unknown, who will gain the most from reading this book.


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