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Product Description

The Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop Espresso Maker produces rich, authentic espresso in just minutes. The Moka Express features an aluminum pot crafted using Bialetti's distinctive eight-sided shape, which allows it to diffuse heat and enhance the aroma of your coffee. You'll love how simple the Moka Express is to use: Just fill the lower chamber with water and the filter with ground espresso, then place the pot on your stovetop until the water boils. This is the 6 cup model that creates approximately 9 ounces of delicious espresso to enjoy on its own, with additional water for an Americano, or with hot frothy milk to create a cappuccino or latte.

A Note About Coffee & Cups

Let us break it down for you: Although 8 ounces equals a cup in the baking world, a US cup of coffee is measured at 6 ounces and a European cup of coffee is measured at 4.25 ounces. This is why we sometimes list ounces to paint a more accurate picture of capacity.

  • Low Fuss - All you need is espresso grounds, water and heat.
  • Aluminum - Some people may not like that it's made of aluminum.
  • Not Traditional Espresso - Because the espresso made from the Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop is steam-driven and not extracted under at least 9 BAR of pressure, it's not considered traditional espresso.
Ease of Use 3
Ease of Care and Maintenance 4
Overall Value for the Money 5

Additional Information

Manufacturer Bialetti
Width 4.25 inches
Depth 7.375 inches
Height 8.25 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 2.2000
Material Aluminum
Case Material Aluminum
Reservoir Size 12 oz

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I purchased the Bialetti 12 cup aluminum stovetop espresso coffeemaker a few months ago. I read somewhere recently that since 1990 the aluminum on the coffeemaker is chrome plated to make it safer for us to drink. We all have heard how ingesting foods cooked in aluminum pans is bad for us, so that would make sense. I would like to find more information on this through the Bialetti coffeemakers, but have not had any luck. Anyone else heard about this?
A shopper on Aug 31, 2014
What's the capacity of this in cups? It isn't stated anywhere that I can find. Thanks!
A shopper on Dec 28, 2011
Best Answer: We bought the 6 cup, that is 6 "espresso cups" or 10oz as stated on the Bialetti web site . We usually get 2 short cups out of it but my wife adds milk so that is usually enough. If you want another cup of coffee you need to either wait for the unit to cool down or open it VERY carefully. (It is hot like putting a pan on the stove with no water in it). It makes great coffee but keep in mind that we bought it to leave in our trailor so we only use it when traveling because our "Miss Sylvia' is to big to take when we travel. I would buy one again as is simple and the most inexpensive way to make good espresso. Good luck.
Reply · Report · Jon H on Dec 30, 2011
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Can this machine make less than 12 ounces? ie 6ounces?
rjboot on Apr 18, 2013
Best Answer: The stovetop Moka pots are really designed to brew full capacity, as to create half volume your grounds would not sit against the top screen in the unit. For an alternative that handles half batches, the Ilsa is perfect. This stovetop has a reduction insert that allows you to use half the grounds and water for a half pot! It can be found at the link below:
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Apr 19, 2013
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When I put the Bialetti into the dish washer, the outside luster went dull. What product or method is recommended for cleaning the outside?
Patricia B on Aug 16, 2013
Best Answer: Patricia I have not put my Bialetti in the dishwasher. I just use a sponge with slight abrasive to clean the inside and wipe down the outside with a dry cloth. The luster has not dulled and it makes excellent coffee on my gas top range.
Reply · Report · Linda M on Aug 20, 2013
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I have 4 Bialettis. How can I clean years of coffee brewing residue off the insides of the two sections? Is it safe to use such professional coffee maker cleaning products as Cafiza or Puro?
Robert H on Oct 30, 2013
Best Answer: Most users leave the years of coffee residue on these pots. Think of it as "seasoning" the coffee pot similar concept to seasoning a cast iron pan.
Reply (1) · Report · Alexis A on Nov 10, 2013
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When I use my new 6 cup moka pot it barely makes a cup of espresso and/or the coffee ends up in the lower chamber. What might I be doing wrong?
Pat B on Apr 10, 2016
Best Answer: I used to have this issue too, and I noticed it for me it was usually caused by either:
1) too fine of a grind;
2) I packed in the coffee too hard (it should be a bit loose)
Hope it helps!
Reply (1) · Report · Greg B on Apr 22, 2016
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I need the 2 cup Bialetti espresso coffee maker. Do you have it available? I need to replace the one I have.
Nidya H on Apr 21, 2015
Best Answer: No, I'm sorry, we only carry the 6 cup version.
Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on Apr 24, 2015
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What is the right measure of coffee for the 6 cup Moka?
Laura on Feb 20, 2015
Best Answer: Really, there is no right or wrong answer. You will want to experiment with the fineness of your grind that you're using, but as fas as how much to put in, just leveling off the grounds into the filter basket, discarding any extra, and not pushing it down into the basket, is the best way to go. You don't have to tamp with this, as you will need the steam to be able to percolate properly through the grounds, and compressed grounds will prove to be very difficult, if not burn the coffee or provide an overextracted cup.
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Feb 22, 2015
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Can I put half water and half coffee to a 6 cup maker to make 3 cups of coffee?
A shopper on Dec 14, 2014
Best Answer: Unfortunately, you won't get quite the right flavor if you're not using the full amount of grounds, because it won't filter properly with the extra space. If you occasionally would like to make a smaller volume, I would suggest trying an Ilsa, as they have a spacer that allows for the proper strength/dosing if you would like to brew half the volume. To find those, see the following link:
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Dec 15, 2014
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What is the best grinder that is under 100 dollars for this Moka Pot? I feel like a hario grinder would be good.
DeAngelo C on Feb 19, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, you can certainly use a Hario hand grinder for your Moka pot with successful results. I would recommend either the Hario Mini Mill or the Skerton or the Capresso Infinity grinder as suitable options.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Feb 20, 2014
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I heard something about this being able to froth milk in the video about stovetop coffee makers. Can it really froth milk?
DeAngelo C on Feb 5, 2014
Best Answer: There was another version of a stove top called the Mukka that offered stovetop espresso and milk heating in one vessel. This Moka, though, is not meant to froth or heat milk in any way, and we no longer offer the Mukka, unfortunately.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Feb 6, 2014
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How many onces is this, and do you have one that is close to 16 oz?
A shopper on Apr 7, 2012
Best Answer: In general, Bialetti stovetop espresso makers tend to equal about 2 ounces per cup. So, the Bialetti Moka makes roughly 12 ounces.
Reply · Report · Kaylie KStaff on Apr 9, 2012
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I used cafiza to clean my Bialettis and noticed that the aluminum coating is off, and the units are no longer shiny.
I am wondering if it's safe to use it.
Does anyone know about this?
Sammertime on Jan 30, 2016
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Warranty Information for the Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop

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

Caring for the Bialetti Moka Espress Stovetop

  • Rinse with soap and warm water after every use.


Best easiest at home espressoReview by Tt
I've been using one for nearly ten years now- and i swear it's better than some espresso from proper coffee shops! best most simple best price way to make espresso at home

- heat on medium not high
- grind the coffee small not coarse for best flavor
- do not tap the funnel on anything! Ever! Tapping the edge to get out the grinds will make the shape not perfectly round = poor seal= stops working and you need a new funnel
- use filtered water to avoid sediment buildup (Posted on 1/13/2016)
Super Happy!Review by Lisa
Came back from France and Belgium this summer with a serious coffee addiction. Didn't want to spend a fortune to replicate. Found this gem. Really easy to use and clean and produces a very good cup. Only suggestion is to lower the heat and brew it a little slower for a better quality. (Posted on 9/19/2015)
Can't remove funnel from lower chamber.Review by CW
Only easily use a few times . Then can't remove funnel from lower chamber after brewing. (Posted on 2/14/2015)
These things rockReview by DIY Barista
OK, first off, my Moka Pot is not this exact model. It's a little different but pretty much the same as this. Now, let me say that when people say that stovetop espresso makers don't make "true" espresso, I hate it. It's not true! I used to work in a coffee shop as a barista and know what a true shot of espresso is. And with a moka pot like this, if done correctly, you can make an identically tasting shot. When I make espresso with my moka pot in the morning, I get a rich, full bodied, crema coated pot of espresso! These things are fantastic. Don't let Coffee "aficionado's" convince you that these don't make real espresso, because they do if you know how. Highly recommend this. Perfect if you want espresso but not at coffee shop or home machine price. (Posted on 10/19/2014)
OutstandingReview by Jamie
I recently purchased a 3 cup Bialetti Moka Express and am delighted with it. The directions are clear and it brews an outstanding cup of coffee. No quite espresso, but far superior to any of the previous pour over methods I used which included a Melitta plastic cone and a Chemex. I can't imagine anyone not being extremely pleased with it. (Posted on 1/27/2014)
excellentReview by great little gadget
5 super simple steps: 1) take apart, 2) fill bottom piece with water to the line, 3) fill filter with coffee, 4) screw on the top, 5) heat on stove until the boiling sound stops. (Posted on 12/6/2013)
my favorite new coffee tool!Review by Urbansavage
I love this stove top espresso maker. While it may not be the perfect espresso you would order in a cafe in the morning in Europe... it is pretty close to it. The smells fill up my kitchen, reaching upstairs and waking my 8 year old who jumps out of bed when she smells it. I buy the coffee at Costco, and have it ground right there at the store, then come home to use this little gadget, and it is the least expensive route for a fresh espresso daily.

You won't regret purchasing one! (Posted on 2/8/2013)
Espresso on the RoadReview by Espressoman
I love my espresso and want it everyday. It can be difficult to find an espresso at some destinations. Sometimes your electricity can go out. This product is the boss in those situations (if you have a gas stove). It is easy to use, small and light enough to pack. You may have to grind your beans first and an outside heat source is required. But it is a great plan "B"

Portable, Durable, Brews Quickly, Travel, Easy To Use, Espresso, Easy To Clean, Stylish

Needs Heat Source (Posted on 2/6/2012)
This thing is pretty cool!Review by Coffeeman
This is a really neat machine! It is not going to give you the best shot in the world, but it is surprisingly decent! I got mine for Christmas 2011 and it is a 6 cup pot!

Easy To Use

(Posted on 12/29/2011)
You can never go wrong with the classicsReview by Northwoods Svelte-man
It's foolproof,dependable,charming, and makes the kitchen smell wonderful. It does what it does,it does it well and it does it well every time. It's a classic thing. It's like the Zippo Lighter, Levi's 501's or the Fender Telecaster of stove-top coffee makers. When your electricity goes out you can fire up the propane camp stove and this baby will crank out excellent coffee time and time again. No kitchen should be without one.

Durable, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

Long Brew Time (Posted on 9/9/2011)
Not a machine, but does the trick.Review by 68 GT
I bought the Bialetti Moka Pot when my machine finally gave up the ghost. I am saving for a Quickmill Anita, but in the meantime, needed an alternative. As I am solely an espresso drinker, the French Press doesn't do it for me. My wife like Cappucinos, but she gets along fine with the Moka espresso and some warmed milk. The quality of the brew is fine, but you simply can't get the quality of extraction as you would with a machine. Nonetheless, I am very happy with the Bialetti. I love the old school, analog charm of it and it will do just fine until Anita comes home.

Easy To Clean, Stylish, Easy To Use

(Posted on 12/8/2010)
Size MattersReview by cheap skate mom
Prior to buying this we bought a three cup from [...]. Unlike the [...] this one is very stable on our gas burners. Yet internal structure very similar. The one I bought from coffee people was a six, but I would encourage buying a three. Our [...] three cup brews stronger coffee. The bialetta is quality made of light fast heating material, so I would assume a smaller version is encourage.My husband uses it nearly everyday, but if I want to use it I have to wait 30 minutes to use it. We use it camping.

Durable, Easy To Use, Stylish

Hard To Clean (Posted on 7/22/2010)
Simplicity in itself. Great Espresso MakReview by 5Rivers Jim
Extremely easy to use. Makes just great espresso. The only thing I would change is the instruction sheet. Really small type, and hard to find the English version of the instructions.

Easy To Clean, Durable, Easy To Use, Brews Quickly

(Posted on 6/2/2010)

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