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Excellent Expresso Coffee Maker,
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The Bialetti stainless steel espresso stove top coffee makers are excellent quality - I also own a 4 cup in Australia. I would never use an aluminium one because I've seen how the internal stems gradually dissolve over time...into your coffee! I purchased this larger one for an extended stay with family in the UK. I was worried about this being able to work on an ordinary electric stove top as I have gas in Australia, but have discovered that it works fine. I've been using stove top coffee makers for years and have developed a 'method' for the coffee we like (I make strong coffee to which I add hot milk latte style). Bialetti advises putting the coffee in the funnel without pressing it down (tamping) but I have found that if you want a strong, rich brew tamping the coffee lightly helps. Use coffee that is roasted and ground specifically for espresso making (or if grinding yourself, do not grind too fine). Using boiling water from the kettle instead of cold improves flavour. Be careful though as the pot gets very hot - use a cloth or oven glove to screw the top back on to the boiler. Brew on a medium low heat and do not 'over brew' as the coffee will burn and taste bitter: remove from heat when you hear the 'gurgling' sound. Another thing to remember is to prime your new expresso maker by brewing coffee in it several times and discarding. In any case, flavour improves with use! For our type of coffee I have found that the 6 cup size will make about 3-4 mugs latte style whereas the 4 cup makes about 2-3.
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Initial post: 23 May 2013, 11:35:21 BST
Thanks for the in depth info. I was more or less put off this coffee pot by the adverse comments. However, after reading your review, I think that it's just a case of - a bit of care is needed. After all, the pot is not expensive! With my designer head on, the manufacturers could sweep the market by putting a bit of thought into the design of this very basis pot. My two daughters have discarded their Expresso machines because the pods are just ridiculously expensive. I've borrowed one, but I think it'll be going back, as I too find the pods too expensive. I use an aluminium pot on the Aga, which is great, but the Aga is on low now, so I need one for my induction hob. This one is not expensive, I think I'll have one anyway!!!! Many thanks for the review.
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