Stovetop Espresso Maker

Stovetop Espresso Maker

We know you enjoy an exquisitely brewed cup of coffee; it is a fact, right, otherwise, you wouldn't be visiting our page? But did you know that you do not have to spend hundreds of dollars to get your daily fix? We know what you are going to say, you will say that a quality espresso maker cost money and that it’s never a good idea to be stingy when buying one. We’d agree if we were talking about automatic espresso makers. You never want to be stingy with those. But we are talking about a product so simple, yet able to make such great coffee that it will leave you completely bewildered! Yup, our featured product right now is a stovetop espresso maker!

First of all, it was made by Italians! The best espresso we ever had was in Italy, so we can safely assume that Italians know what they are doing when it comes to coffee! Stovetop makers originated in Italy almost a hundred years ago. They were great back then and are still going strong now. A lot of espresso connoisseurs swear by them and claim that they are the most authentic way of making espresso. We tend to agree!

Which Brand To Choose?​

This is an easy question, with an even easier answer. Bialetti! If giving an opportunity to choose, always go with a Bialetti stovetop espresso maker. There is a simple reason why. They were the first to come up with it! Their coffee maker features a classic octagonal design that does wonders for the coffee. It disperses heat uniformly across the entire pot, making sure you get them most out of your coffee grind. They predominately use aluminum in their products, with a dash of stainless steel, so all their stovetop pots are both durable and lightweight.​

Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Makers

Bialetti also takes great pride in their products and offer an extended two-year warranty on all of their products. They are aware that stovetop makers – or Moka makers, as they are popularly dubbed – can break too, and that is why they offer replacement parts and other accessories on their web.

And if that is not enough for you, keep in mind that Bialetti stovetop espresso makers have thousands and thousands of satisfied users across the globe! Just head over to Amazon and check out the reviews. You will be hard pressed to find another manufacturer that garners that much acclaim from such a huge number of people!

How To Make a Perfect Cup of Coffee​

Using a stovetop espresso maker is usually a no-brainer, especially if you are well-versed in coffee brewing already. But what if you are not? There are a few tips and tricks that can help you get a perfect cup every single time, and we are more than willing to share them with you!

  • Simply disassemble your Moka. It has three parts. The bottom one is water holder and it has a valve on the side. The middle section is your coffee grind holder, and the top part is the coffee pot.
  • Fill the lower chamber with water. If you want a stronger espresso fill it to about the half of the chamber. For a weaker version, fill it to the valve, making sure you do not go above it.
  • Place the grind holder into the water chamber. It will start to flood if you overfilled the water chamber. If that happens, take the holder out and get rid of some water. If it doesn’t you’re all set to go.
  • Place the grind holder into the water chamber. It will start to flood if you overfilled the water chamber. If that happens, take the holder out and get rid of some water. If it doesn’t you’re all set to go.
  • Fill the holder with freshly ground coffee if possible. Make sure you place coffee to the top but don’t tamper it or put too much as it might result in a burnt coffee taste and totally mess with the aroma.
  • Screw the top part of the Moka on firmly; make sure that it sits well. If you do not secure it firmly, it will start leaking water once the water chamber starts boiling and you do not want that to happen!
  • Place the Moka on the stove, making sure the flames are set on the lowest possible setting. This is important and although it might take a minute or two longer to prepare, you will significantly reduce the risk of burning your coffee and having it go bitter. Avoid preparing it on an electric burner as you will never get the same result.
  • After 5-6 minutes the water will start percolating and coffee will come sprouting up in the top chamber. Once you can hear it percolating, wait for 10-15 seconds and remove it from the heat and voila! You’ve made yourself a perfect cup of espresso!​

Hint: If you want your espresso to come out really perfect and strong, keep an eye on the top chamber. Once it fills to about half, take it off the flame. You will get less of the beverage, but it will really pack a punch!​

How To Clean and Care For Your Stovetop Espresso Maker

The bottom line is, rinse and repeat. Moka makers are truly low-maintenance appliances that don’t have to be pampered or coddled. Allow them to cool down after every use, and remove the coffee holder to get rid of the waste. After that rinse the holder and the coffee chamber in cold water. Don’t use any detergent on the setup, it washes off with difficulty and can get trapped in the filter. That is pretty much it.

Keep in mind that the rubber seal will go eventually. If you see water coming out from where the two joints meet, it is time to replace the seal, and if it is coming out from the valve, then it is time for a new valve.

You can also expect the filter to get clogged after some time. This can be easily solved and there is no need to replace the filter. Simply take it out – remove the rubber seal from it – and place the filter over an open flame, preferably on your stove top. Leave it there for a minute, then take it off and allow it to cool. The flame will bake coffee grind that was causing the clog. Simply bang it gently on the side of the sink and that is it! It will work as new again!​