Saturday, October 22, 2011

Bialetti Moka Express 1-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker

Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop Espresso Makers

Product Description

Adding eclectic character to the kitchen stovetop, this polished-aluminum coffee pot features a unique octagon shape that was first designed in Italy in 1933. The unit makes one 2-ounce espresso cup of coffee in just four to five minutes and is extremely simple to use. Just fill the lower chamber with water and the top filter with fine-ground coffee. Then place the pot on the stove and heat until the water boils. Through a pressurizing process, espresso moves to the upper chamber of the pot, ready to be served. Other highlights include a flip-up top with an easy-grip knob, a stay-cool black plastic handle, and a side-pour spout. When finished using the unit, wash it by hand with warm soapy water and rinse clean. Made in Italy. Aluminum, stovetop espresso maker produces 1 demitassse cup of rich, authentic Italian espresso in just 4-5 minutes.

Product Features

  • Stovetop brewer makes one 2-ounce cup of espresso in just 4 to 5 minutes
  • Made of durable polished aluminum in a unique octagon shape
  • Flip-up top and side-pour spout provide added convenience
  • Wash by hand with warm soapy water and rinse clean
  • Italian quality and design

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 4 x 4 inches ; 11 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds 
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0001SJH2I
  • Item model number: 06857

Customer Reviews

Review 1:
The moka works all the times. The definition of number of cups can be confusing. It refer to serving cups of the size of 1-1/2 oz. The apparent corrosion is not due to the aluminun. Bialetti started to built his coffee machines with aluminum because it does not corrode. The aluminun can still form an oxide that is self passivating, very stable, and it is only a few hundred Angstoms thick. The stuff that you can find in the lower part of the moka is sediments from the water that you use. The harder the water the more the sediments. However, they can be easily removed by soaking the whole moka in a winegar solution. This cleaning procedure is important in presence of hard water because after years the sediments could clog the safety valve and drastically reduce the safety of the whole operation. The relation of aluminum to Alzheimer disease is hearsay. It has been proposed in the mid 90's but no definitive clinical evidence has been shown. It is also important to note that since the 1930's 9 out of 10 families in Italy have been using the aluminum moka by Bialetti and no higher incidence of Alzheimer has observed.

Review 2:
I have used this model of Bialetti coffee maker for years; this is the exact model my Dad used when he showed me how to make Cuban coffee. Both La Llave and Pilon are good brands of coffee to use with this machine. The manufacturer includes an instruction booklet but if you've never made coffee before it could be a little confusing at first. Buy yourself a stainless steel creamer and a set of espresso cups. Add four heaping teaspoons of sugar to the creamer. Follow the instructions in the booklet to make the coffee. When the coffee finishes brewing, add two teaspoons to the creamer. Stir the coffee and sugar together until it forms a consistency similar to mousse (it will be dark at first but will lighten as you mix it). Now add the rest of your coffee to the creamer and stir until all the sugar dissolves. Pour immediately into the cups and serve (you should have enough to fill at least three cups). The coffee will form a nice, thick head on it just like a pint of Guinness. Enjoy!

Review 3:
A previous reviewer complained that the 6 cup version only makes 1 1/4 cups. This is an espresso maker, as such, the cups are measured in "espresso cups", which happen to be 1oz or 30ml. So the 6 cup make 6oz, which is plenty of espresso to have anyone climbing the walls. I love mine, I have the 3 and 6 version (work and home).

Review 4:
I researched a lot of different options before buying the Bialetti Moka 3 cup, considering the single serving pod brewers and $2000 espresso makers. I'm glad I went with this $20 option. I really, really love the coffee it makes. While its not quite a true espresso, it's not far off either - I even get a wee bit of crema. And I'll take this "espresso" over most of the espresso you'll find in all but the very best coffee houses here in the States. For two weeks now, I've been enjoying consistently tasty, robust coffee, very flavorful coffee. (I use Lavazza's pre-ground espresso with it. I think I prefer it to Illy, and it's cheaper.) It tastes nearly as good as what I've enjoyed in Italy. The 3 cup makes about 1.6 espresso sized cups worth.

It's easy to use. Just make sure that you screw the top on tight; don't pack the grounds, just lump them; if you're on an electric stove go with something just north of medium heat (say 6-7); and just rinse it with water to wash. Oh, and after a bit of research, I dismissed any health concerns about using the aluminum voiced by other posters. Enjoy.

Review 5:
I had tried several expensive coffee machine hoping to find one that would make just a really great cup of coffee, fresh tasting, and HOT. I was curious about this coffee maker so bought the small one just to try it. We loved it so much I bought the largest one. When they say 12 cup - they are talking about an "expresso" size cup of coffee. I use regular Folgers coffee in this coffee maker, and it makes awesome coffee! You can make it as strong or as weak as you like. I highly recommend it.

Review 6:
I absolutely love this darling little moka pot. It makes the most delicious espresso shop coffee in the comfort of my home. The only reason I go to Starbuck's is to purchase their espresso beans. The coffee is consistently delicious, as long as you remember to set the stove on "low" or "low/medium" so as not to burn or scald your brew. I heat and froth the milk while the coffee brews because once this little aluminum pot heats up, it really gets going and you will want to be at the ready to enjoy your coffee at it's prime. The price of this pot is amazing,there is no need to waste your money on a fancy espresso machine and costly trips to Starbuck's. This moka pot and perhaps a hand held milk frother..(I use the "Bonjour" brand )..are all you need for an exquisite cup of coffee.

Review 7:
This Bialetti Moka Express is so awesome! I almost wish I would have gotten the 9 or 12 cup one. My husband and I drink cappuccino's every single morning now. There is also no need to buy creamer. We just froth up some milk and we have our cappuccino. It tastes just like the cappuccinos that we had in Italy. You can use regular coffee or espresso coffee and it tastes great. We have a gas stove so we put it on between Medium and Low. You definitely don't want to put it on just Medium or even on High. This will make the coffee not come out right. If you put it on Medium/Low you get a richer, creamier, and less watery coffee. It's amazing! I wish I would have known about this thing a long time ago; I wouldn't have bought a coffee maker. I ended up storing my coffee maker in one of the cabinets because it won't ever be used now. You can't go wrong with buying one of these. I'm very picky when it comes to coffee so if I think this makes good coffee then you should take my word for it.

Review 8:
Since I'm the only one who drinks coffee, and only on weekends, I hate dealing with all the equipment to make more coffee than I can drink. This makes one perfect little cup of coffee, strong but not paint thinner, and allows me to get my fix with minimal work, time and mess. Remember to put the can on the far edge of the burner so that the handle doesn't catch any heat, and it's nice and cool. The only downside to this is that you have to pay attention for the 2 minutes it takes to heat. Otherwise I guess it could burn. For people that don't drink several cups from a batch, this is the perfect solution. I'm not sure why they call this 3 cup. The one I got when I ordered this makes about 12 ounces of coffee, when completely filled with water.

Review 9:
This makes espresso better than any electric machine or cafe that I've been too, except the Italian one's that use Bialetti machines to make their espresso!
So many people have mentioned that it doesn't make enough espresso. It actually makes the right amount of espresso, it's not supposed to fill your big coffee mug, it's made to fill an espresso cup! We americans want such big portions, in Italy one cup of espresso is enough.

Review 10:

While I highly recommend these guys, there are some words of wisdom (largely mentioned by those below and summed up here). I have a counter-top machine, but I bought one of these to take with me on a trip. Since trips were the only time I used it, I kept it stored in my cupboard most of the year. Not thinking, I stored it assembled. When I recently decided to start using it at work, I brought it down to rinse it out and noticed corrosion on the inside of the water vessel. The espresso wound up tasting pretty bitter, so when I contacted Bialetti, they said I could try boiling a half in half vinegar/water solution to clean it. If that didn't work, I'd need to buy a new one. I did this, I even tried boiling a full vinegar solution, but to no avail (I thought about using a mild HCl solution since I work in a lab, but honesty and common sense got the better of me). At any rate, I'm opting to buy a new one and just be a lot more diligent about drying and storing it. I also hadn't heard about using it on medium heat as opposed to med-hi or high heats, so I'll be sure to heed that advice too!

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