July 28, 2006

Bialetti Stovetop Modern Espresso Maker

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Before I had an ESE machine I started with a stovetop maker. This modern Bialetti Espresso maker is an adaptation of the classic stovetop espresso maker and is at home in any kitchen. It makes 5 espresso servings of 2 ounces each. These are easy to use; just fill the lower chamber with water, put your fine ground espresso roast in the integral filter, and screw on the top of the maker. The dual chamber design is easy to use and only takes minutes on the stove. It is made from heavy-gauge, 18/10 stainless-steel body and stainless-steel filter basket, as well as a black rubberized handle and knob for graceful serving. Made in Italy, the stovetop espresso maker measures approximately 8 inches tall by 4 inches wide and carries a 10-year limited warranty.

Easy, simple, elegant. These make great gifts and make great espresso.


You can compare it to the classic Bialetti Moka pot below.

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Posted by Scott Martin at July 28, 2006 1:14 PM
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The time it takes depends on how big the pot is, and how powerful the stove is, etc.

I tell when the coffee is done this way:

Typically the pot will heat without making noise, and then it will start to bubble and steam pretty actively. There will be a lull in the bubbling, when the last bit of water tries to climb up that tube. You should pull it off the heat and look in the top chamber (watch out the thing may sputter hot coffee out), and if the upper part is pretty full, you are all done.

(If you leave it on the heat too long, it will actually heat the bottom of the pot and may start to boil the coffee. In the mean time you may be ruining the rubber seal.)

Anyway, it will take you a couple of times to listen and know when the pot is done. After that you can time it etc. I figured out that on our old stove, it took 6 minutes almost exactly from the time I turned the burner on, and put the coffee pot on. I set the timer for 6 minutes, and knew I was within 10 seconds of it finishing. Again, time will vary based on a lot of things, so you need to figure out what works for your pot, your stove, your initial water temp, etc.


-Scott


Posted by: Scott Martin at January 29, 2007 9:28 PM

I just bought a stove top espresso maker similar to this one. The problem I am having, is that I don't know when it is done brewing. The instructions that came with the pot said that it will "fill the upper chamber"; but doesn't say how high. I am VERY new to this whole process; so I am confused. I understand the directions; it's just that I don't know when to take it off the burner. I have a 4 cup "maker"; how many minutes does it take for it to be done?


Posted by: Melissa at January 27, 2007 11:18 AM
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