Bellux Stovetop Stainless Steel Espresso Coffee Maker 6 Cup
|Price:||£39.99 FREE UK delivery.|
- Stovetop percolator makes 6 x 2 ounce cups of espresso (makes 6 demitasses).
- Heavy-gauge 18/10 stainless-steel body and stainless-steel filter basket.
- Mirror polished stainless-steel exterior. Brushed satin stainless-steel interior.
- Pressure-release valve for added safety. Suitable for gas, electric & radiant stovetops.
- Dual-chamber design and pressurising process for fast brewing. Dishwasher safe. 12 month manufacturers guarantee. Beautifully gift boxed.
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The stovetop espresso maker (caffèttiera) is the preferred way to prepare espresso in Italian households. Its traditional two-chamber design relies on steam infusion to produce a rich, full-bodied brew. Just fill the bottom chamber with water, fill the insert with ground coffee, and heat on the stovetop until the water boils. Bring the sleek, hand-polished stainless-steel pot right to the table for serving. Top the coffee with frothed milk for cappuccinos and lattés. This espresso maker by BelluxTM is suitable for gas, radiant, and electric stovetops, and it provides a pressure-release valve for safety. Its high-quality construction includes a heavy-gauge, 18/10 stainless-steel body and stainless-steel filter basket. Washing the pot by hand is recommended for best results.Stainless steel is a far superior material to aluminium for espresso coffee makers, as it is chemically inert. The fruit acids in brewed coffee react with aluminium to shorten the life of the stovetop coffee maker and create off flavours. This stovetop coffee espresso maker by BelluxTM is made from deluxe 18/10 gauge stainless steel for a long lasting, reliable performance and much better tasting coffee. Also available in 3-cup (6oz) & 10-cup (20oz) versions. Product description provided by Brandcentre©
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I've had this coffee pot for 11 months and I use it every day, I've even taken it on holiday. In a previous review a question was raised about further rubber seals, I've found the ones for the 6 cup aluminium Bialetti fit perfectly. All in all this pot provides an excellent cup of espresso.
I have to say it is very good quality overall. The design is attractive, and all the parts fit together well and are solidly constructed. the handle can tend to get quite hot, but that doesn't bother me too much - I just use a tea towel when I want to pour. It comes with a spare rubber seal ring, which is useful, although it begs the question what does one do when the 2nd seal perishes?
My main qualm with this item is the lack of instructions. At first, it all seems straightforward, but actually, there was one component that caused me misery for about 4 months until I worked it out for myself (after many wasted cups of coffee!). The pot comes with a small perforated disc with a centre peg/ handle that fits into the chamber where the coffee goes. I guessed this was something to do with using the pot at less than maximum capacity, but couldn't really see how it worked. I used it on top of the coffee for some time - treating it like an extra filter/ space filler. But it kept rotating under the pressure of the steam, and about every other cup was weak coffee filled with grounds and sludge. It was only when I eventually put the disc, peg side down, into the coffee chamber first, then added the coffee, that I started to get great, and I mean really great, consistent espresso. A small instruction manual would have saved me several months of frustration and LOTS of wasted coffee.
Instructions issue aside, this pot is great value for money, and makes superb espresso - well worth getting.
Downsides: if you were expecting more than six very very small cups please note the base takes 400ml of water before the pressure release valve covers up. It makes (nominally) about 250ml of coffee. Not six cups unless these are 42mls each. The balance is in the gap between the bottom of the pressure tube riser and the base, and that absorbed in the coffee grounds.
It looks good because of the tapered base: but the heat rises up the side and heats the handle etc. And very prone to 'boil the coffee' post perc. You would need a narrow burner support if using gas. I had to find a secondary metal support to sit on my gas burner. Products now available it seems.
Filters stop the coffee grounds passing up to the prepared coffee: the upper one is held in place by the rubber sealing ring: took a bit of intuitive instruction-less guess work as to 'where does it go' and it dropped out a couple of times. Its now habituated into place so it needs to be prised of for cleaning: rubber seal risk event. The other sits on top of the coffee itself. The small knob facing upwards, so you can remove it causes the plate to bend under the upward pressure of water. Turned down, of course it dosn't bend but you don't have the knob to remove it. When the knob drops off a short while later its sorted.
The design of the upper and lower halves means the coffee flows into a narrow recess in the top, before filling the upper container. This needs a brush to clean down into but could be good for catching unfiltered grounds if your grind is 'too fine' for aforesaid filters. Pressing the grind down with a spoon or something (watch your local barista) helps minimise crunchy bits post slurp.
This product wasn't cheap, and the unit should remain serviceable for many years but if you need want like 250ml of coffee, which I do, its a 4 star. Product description then? BTW the metric cup is 250ml so its actually a one cup maker.
I'd probably review some other designs next time. It certainly beats the daylights out of pouring boiling water over coffee in a very breakable glass jar for taste and the smell enhances any kitchen day or night. I have another one of this type of coffee maker back in Oz: must be over 30 years old and its brilliant. Addition: sadly passed on with 'hole in base' probably from not killing the heat once perc'd: finding a replacement again demonstrates 'not all percs are equal' especially when price is factored in
Hope this helps.
Anyway, a very simple explanation manual would have been very useful, which is why I am giving 4 stars and not 5.
I will add more in a few months, after using the mocha more than what I've done so far.
The delivery was fine.
Update (Nov 2012): the mocha pot is good quality but the rubber gasket is rubbish, it does not last long enough.
Maybe for the novice this does not look like something particularly annoying, but an old gasket means a leak
of steam and therefore less water brewing the ground in the filter, in a few words a little less coffee in your mug,
and to make it worse, when you will pour your coffee, it will spill from the same leak. And I am using my mocha pot only 2-3 times a week, if you will use yours more often this is definitely something to keep in mind.
This is the only negative point. Taste wise the brewed coffee is ok, but not special. I would buy the mocha for its look and stainless steel build but not for the taste of the coffe.
Recently I found other mocha pots, like lavazza carmencita, now out of stock,
or the German Freud, which represent really good alternatives.
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