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Le'Xpress Italian Style Three Cup Espresso Maker
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- With a durable heat-resistant silicone gasket
- Suitable for all hob types, excluding induction
- 3 cup / 150ml
- Hinged lid
- Handwash only
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A traditional Italian style stove top espresso maker is designed to brew superior tasting coffee by forcing high pressure water through ground coffee, to infuse and produce an exceptional full bodied coffee flavour. Simple to use the espresso maker, often also referred to as a 'Moka pot', provides a fuller roasted flavour preparing rich espresso coffee in minutes. Features a clear see through lid and a long lasting high temperature silicone gasket. Suitable for all heat sources excluding induction. Capacity is 3 cup / 150ml and is handwash only. See full care and use instructions. Additional sizes are also available. Part of the World of Flavour Italian range, create your very own Italian kitchen.
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Having said that it does the job, be warned: this pot is rather cheap and nasty. Compared with a good brand like Bialetti it is poorly finished and has a tacky feel. It is too small to sit on a standard gas hob (unlike the 3 cup Bialetti which does sit on my hob) and so if you cook by gas you'll almost certainly find yourself having to spend out another fiver to get a hob ring reducer.
I very much wish I'd paid out more and got the Bialetti which my son has (now sadly taken to university with him, which is how I came to buy this cheap and nasty coffee maker).
However, looks aside, this coffee maker makes an excellent espresso. It works just as well as the Bialetti caffetteria, and the only reason why I bought this was because I accidentally destroyed my Bialetti one day when I forgot to put water in it. Mine works fine on a standard gas stove, so I'm not sure why others with a gas stove are having issues. It also seems to percolate twice as fast as my late Bialetti, without compromising taste - not sure what's going on, but I'm not complaining.
I rate this item 4/5 - it loses one star for its tacky looks. But it makes a great espresso so I'm definitely happy; and since most of my friends have never even used one of these things before, they all think it's an attractive item!
Cons of this machine:
Not a great quality of metal, machine poorly built, poor quality of the seal (transparent gaskets are not the best ones to put in a moka) , but hey, two of them in the package! yes, they put a spare one. That's good. Longer life for your moka.
Although advertised as a 3-coffee machine it does not make more then 2 espresso-bar cups (original ones, very small, Italian size.. not British which is slightly larger).
Nice packaging (even instructions were there.. I guess being Italian makes that laughable though.. we don't need instructions for that.. anyway, not everybody is Italian!).
It does usually take a couple of weeks at least for any moka/ manual espresso machine in order to lose the metallic/plastic taste from the factory and start to make a decent coffee, but hey, took to this one only four coffees to get the best espresso (and you can trust me on that.. again, Italian, and very picky when it comes to espresso..) tasted in months.
Tips to make excellent espresso with this machine:
- Make the first two boils with water only (and.. trick: cinnamon and then basil in the water...I know..weird)
- Get the right amount of coffee in the filter,
- Press it properly (with a sugar spoon)
- not too much water in the boiler (fill up till touching the valve)
- NEVER wash the machine with soap!!! only water, .. though it would be best if you use it daily not to wash it at all)
- Get the first jet for your first espresso .. the second cup will suck big time!)
- Prepare sugar-coffee cream before (with the first jet of a previous machine) and add gradually coffee and twist
Cheers and Enjoy!
P.S. Only 4 out of 5 because of the poor quality of the gastket.
This product is awful. 'fter 10 days broke the lid.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this. Another reviewer says that Coffee spills if you pour it: it does if your in a hurry and in a rush, but not if you pour it normally!Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
The instructions state that you should not use the handle to close the two halves together as the handle is not strong enough to withstand this. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. Simon R. Williams
When I went to rinse it after my first coffee, I found a instruction manual inside the pot. Who does that ?Published 3 months ago by Aragao
I guess you get what you pay for - feels a bit cheap but does the job okPublished 4 months ago by Martin Loven
If and when it turns up I might be able to give an oppinion till then its rubbishPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer