Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop Coffee Maker

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Overview

Bring an Italian classic into your own home with the Bialetti Moka Express stovetop coffee maker. Largely unchanged from its original 1930s design, the Moka Express harnesses steam pressure to brew coffee. The end result is a full-bodied, syrupy concentrate similar to espresso, without the excessive equipment and fine-tuned brew parameters of a classic machine. And, with easily available gaskets and brew screens, your Moka Pot will be gurgling happily for years of brewing.

Features and Functionality of the Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop Coffee Maker

  • Espresso Cup Sizes - Unlike regular coffee makers, the sizes of Moka pot cups correspond roughly with 2 oz. espresso cups.
  • Steam Pressure Brewing - Moka Pots heat water over the stove to push steam up through a coffee basket, resulting in a unique extraction process at a relatively low 1.5 to 2 bars of pressure.
  • Pressure Valve - The Moka Express comes equipped with a brass pressure release valve that prevents overpressurization of the lower water chamber.
Pros
  • Simple And Compact - A Moka Pot is easily one of the smallest brewing devices, and is entirely self-contained.
  • Nothing Quite Like It - The morning ritual with a Moka Pot is well-known the world-over. The distinctive gurgling sound as it finishes heralds thick, rich coffee that complements cream exceptionally well.
  • Fuss-free Maintenance - Preparing for your next batch of coffee is easy! Dump grinds from basket and give everything a quick rinse.
Cons
  • Finicky - While a Moka Pot can deliver a famously rich brew, learning to use one well takes many a bitter morning. It's a good thing they last so long.
  • Locked In - Your brew ratios for a Moka Pot are pretty limited. They're really designed to be brewed with full coffee baskets and water reservoirs.
How Does it Compare? The Moka Express is the classic, aluminum-cast stovetop design. For a stainless steel version, take a look at the Bialetti Musa.
Tips and Tricks Everyone and their grandmother has a Moka Pot recipe, here are some handy tips to find the brew just right for you!
  • Try preheating your water in the microwave, or heat the bottom reservoir to boiling before screwing on the upper reservoir.
  • Play with grind size, but we've had best results with a slightly finer than pour over consistency.
  • Remove from heat once you hear bubbling from the pot, this means its almost out of water and will help prevent burning your coffee.

Specs

Manufacturer Bialetti
Model Number Moka Express
Width 6 Cup: 4.25 inches
Depth 6 Cup: 7.375 inches
Height 6 Cup: 8.25 inches
Material Aluminum
Case Material Aluminum
Reservoir Size 3 Cup: 6 oz | 6 Cup: 12 oz
Built-In Grinder No
Bypass Doser No
Cup Warmer No
Auto On No
Auto Shut Off No
Max/Min Ounces per Pot 6 to 12 ounces
Warm Up: Brew Time Variable
Mid-Brew Interrupt No
Programmability No
Aroma No
NSF Certified No

Q&A

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What is the size of Moka Express pot in US measurements?
A shopper on Apr 17, 2017
Best Answer: A standard Moka 'cup' is right around 2 ounces (think espresso sizes)

Hope this helps!
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Reviews

A must have.Review by Richard
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If I had tried everything, (and I have), and were allowed only one coffee maker, it would be this coffee maker. Buy one of each size because they're cheap and last forever. Use any coffee you like, don't t worry about tap or filtered water, just be sure and follow the one instruction which is don't fill past the valve. It is great at home or on a camp stove but as the handle is plastic I wouldn't use it on an open campfire. Too fine a grind is probably almost impossible but start with drip consistency or a bit finer and it will work great. Take it off the heat as soon as it makes the joyous sound of steaming bubbles. Also, this is the best of dorm room hotplate coffee makers because: 1. Great coffee. 2. Very cool eurostyle thing in general. (Posted on 8/6/2017)

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Warranty Information

What it Covers: Bialetti stovetop coffee makers

Length: 1 Year

Who Supports the Warranty: Bialetti USA

Warranty Contact Information: 800-421-6290

Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? No


Care and Maintenance

  • Do not store with reservoir tightened over gasket, this will result in prematurely wearing out the pressure seal.
  • Hand wash only, with soap as needed.
  • Do not fill reservoir over over pressure valve.

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