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Poor quality; don't do the job
on 3 March 2016
When you buy a Bialetti unit, it comes with a latex (natural) rubber seal, which works very well, but which fails eventually and has to be replaced. I have NEVER been able to find satisfactory replacement seals for these units - and that includes ones sold by the manufacturer! The replacements are always a white (presumably synthetic) rubber, which are useless for providing a decent seal.
The replacement filter is also variable - the hole size varies from batch to batch. It is important, becasue it provides the back-pressure necessary to produce the 'espresso coffee' effect (no pressure means it is like a cafetiere).
I have brought lots of replacement seals for these 'mocha' coffee makers and they are always made from useless white synthetic rubber. Basically, these Bialetti coffee-makers are only usable whilst the original seal is still working.