Ilsa Express Espresso Stove Top



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The Ilsa Express Stove Top Espresso Maker comes in 10-, 6- or 3-cup styles and makes coffee right on your stovetop. With a simple construction and a polished stainless steel exterior, the Ilsa Express looks great and functions great too. Make coffee quickly, easily and deliciously in your kitchen without fuss or fanfare.

A Note About Coffee and 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.

  • Stainless Steel - Shiny! Sturdy! Not Aluminum!
  • Not Traditional Espresso - Because the espresso made from the Ilsa Express Stovetop is steam-driven and not extracted under at least 9 BAR of pressure, it's not considered traditional espresso.
How Does it Compare?

Teri in Customer Service loves using this press, she says "other stovetops just let you do one size - 6 cups is 6 cups. But the Ilsa has an insert for the grounds compartment that allows you to do a half batch, with half the amount of grounds. So the 6 cup size can use the insert and gives you the potential ability to do either full capacity- 6 cups- or half capacity- 3 cups."

Tips and Tricks

Not all stovetops are created equally! The Ilsa Express will not heat on an induction stovetop.


Manufacturer Ilsa
Width 10 cup: 4.0 inches | 6 cup: 3.25 inches | 3 cup: 3.0 inches
Depth 10 cup: 5.75 inches | 6 cup: 4.75 inches | 3 cup: 4.75 inches
Height 10 cup: 9.75 inches | 6 cup: 8.0 inches | 3 cup: 6.125 inches
Material Stainless Steel
Case Material Polished Stainless Steel
Reservoir Size 10 cup: 20 oz | 6 cup: 12 oz | 3 cup: 6 oz


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Hi, I was wondering how much the included reducer actually reduces the yield of coffee for the 6 cup model? Thank you for your help!
Nicholas S on Feb 26, 2014
Will the reducer plate for this 6-cup model work in the 6-cup Bialetti Musa stovetop coffee maker? Based on the dimensions I've found online, I think it will fit, but I just wanted to check with you guys. I own a Bialetti Musa.
A shopper on Aug 22, 2015
Ilsa Express Espresso Stove Top
Ilsa Express Espresso Stove Top
Bialetti Musa Stovetop Espresso Coffee Maker
Bialetti Musa Stovetop Espresso Coffee Maker
Best Answer: It would actually be a little too small. If you need a new reducer plate for your Bialetti Musa, go here:
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Feb 2, 2016
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Where is this product made? Is it 100% stainless steel, including all the parts touching the coffee?
A shopper on Sep 9, 2013
Best Answer: This Ilsa Express Stove Top is all stainless steel, and it is made in Italy.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Sep 11, 2013
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Instruction very minimal. I am not sure what the rubber ring is used for???
A shopper on Dec 29, 2015
Best Answer: the ring is to both hold in place the upper plate and seal between halves . if You look under the upper half You should see one already in place . the loose one is a spare,they eventually wear out. one quick tip You should periodically clean the plate by removing it and scrubbing both sides , it can become clogged (the tiny holes)
Reply · Report · Terry S on Feb 5, 2016
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Will the stainless steel Bialetti or Ilsa stove top work with a radiant heat stove top (Aga) on the boiling plate or will it not conduct enough heat? Also, do you know of any modified Moka pots that do build up a greater pressure to produce a better creme?
Tom U on Dec 8, 2014
Ilsa Express Espresso Stove Top
Ilsa Express Espresso Stove Top
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Bialetti Venus Stovetop Espresso Coffee Maker
Best Answer: If your stove boils water in other stainless steel vessels, then either of these will work. As I am not familiar with radiant stove tops. If the (Aga) plate is physically hot and this is not an induction stove I think it will work. Not enough pressure in any stove top to my limited knowledge.
Reply · Report · James J E on Dec 23, 2014
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Hello! Can someone please fill me in on the true capacity of the 6 and 10 cup Ilsas? Are 12 ounces and 20 ounces, respectively, accurate regarding the amount of coffee produced? I am trying to figure out which size to purchase. THanks!
Seamus H on Jan 12, 2014
Best Answer: Hi Seamus,

I actually found very different yields on the Ilsas! I am going to ask that my marketing team make an update to the site, but if you are looking for 12 ounces of espresso, then would suggest the 10 cup capacity. I brewed with the 10 cup without the reducer and found a yield of 12 ounces even, with just a tiny amount of water left in the reservoir. I am not sure why the "cup" listings are so inaccurate, but I am happy to test with the reducer tomorrow if you'd like further results- just let me know, as I ran out of time for further testing today but didn't want to leave you waiting any longer for an answer!

Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jan 13, 2014
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Can I wash it in a dishwasher? Should I wash it in a dishwasher?
A shopper on Nov 13, 2015
Best Answer: There is no good information stating yes or no, and this item is sturdy, however, I would not recommend putting any components in the dishwasher.
Reply · Report · Samantha BStaff on Nov 22, 2015
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I am searching for a stainless steel stovetop espresso maker just like this -- where is this made?
A shopper on Jul 25, 2015
Best Answer: Italy
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Aug 8, 2015
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Hello, Is this suitable for induction stove tops?
A shopper on Feb 18, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, I think so. I have a glass topped electric and it works just fine, no problem. It has been as good as I hoped, is easy to take care of, except for removing the gasket. I am pleased and do not have to worry about some of the issues with other systems.
Reply · Report · Phil V on Feb 19, 2014
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Hi, I´m sorry if my question seems a little bit foolish, but, when using the reducer, where does the coffee go? On top of the reducer, or between the reducer and the filter? Thanks
A shopper on Aug 29, 2013
Best Answer: never really thought about it until you asked, but I always put it on top so it pressed against the the filter. I think this is the best so it dose not lift the divider and disturb the puck. Then again coffee is a science and open to experiment, try it both ways and see what tastes better!
Reply · Report · Dorothy J on Aug 30, 2013
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I’ve been using the Ilsa for some time and love it, however my complex is removing the gas ranges and installing induction. Since the coffeemaker is made from stainless, I assume compatibility wont be an issue, but since induction boils so quickly I am concerned with pressure building too quickly and damaging the Ilsa. Has anyone had experience with using this product with an induction cooktop?

Thank you!
William S on Jan 5, 2014
Best Answer: It's not a problem, I have only used it on black top induction stoves, as long as you don't fill it above the pressure valve your fine. I usually put it at a medium heat.
Reply · Report · Dorothy J on Jan 6, 2014
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i'm looking at the 10-cup version. can you please verify that you can get 20 oz. of coffee in the lower chamber (with the water line below the pressure valve)?
A shopper on Apr 23, 2013
Best Answer: Unfortunate timing. We just left town for a few weeks, so we can't measure it. However we are pretty sure we are getting 12-16 oz coffee from a full pot. There is always some water left in the bottom after brewing (about 1/4-1/2 inch). We like the pot a lot though. Works fine, and is as big as any other stovetop we have seen. Good luck!
A+C Latham
Reply · Report · Alida L on Apr 27, 2013
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What is the best way to clean? I've read that you shouldn't use soap on stove top espresso makers, does that include stainless-steel versions?
Colleen P on Nov 6, 2017
Best Answer: I believe that no-soap claim stems from the idea that you want to 'season' your Moka pot. This is definitely not accurate, as you'd effectively be leaving old coffee oils in your pot between uses. Feel free to use soap to clean your Moka pot.

It is worth noting that aluminum moka pots need to be dried after cleaning to avoid discoloring of the metal.

Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Nov 24, 2017
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I was under the impression by one of your reviews, Seattle Coffee Gear carries hot plates, or something I can use at the office to heat up the Ilsa and make a cup of coffee, but I didn't find anything? I have checked other sites in which customers have mixed experiences - from horrible to working fine, when it comes to electric hot plates. So, do you carry anything you can recommend? I prefer an induction plate, which you have indicated works fine with the SS in the Ilsa.
Guill M on Jul 24, 2016
Best Answer: Sorry! You're correct, we don't sell any hot plates. I use a very basic Aroma hot plate here to test kettles and other stovetop devices, but I can't recommend any induction plates off-hand.
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Jul 27, 2016
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Is there a stovetop espresso maker that has different sizes for making different quantities of coffee?
Gal Bar-or on Apr 11, 2015
Best Answer: Your best bet is to get the 10 cup size. You can always make less in a bigger vessel vs. more in a smaller vessel.
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Apr 11, 2015
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As a La Pavoni lever machine owner, what grind would I set the Rancilio at when a normal lever shot of espresso works best at "3" on my grinder? "40" works for drip. Thank you, Davoid
david r on Dec 23, 2013
Best Answer: Unfortunately that will take a bit of trial and error to find out, but if you like about a 3 for your Pavoni, I'd suggest grinding something closer to about 15 or so on your Rocky for this Ilsa. Any stovetop will require a much coarser grind than what you'd need for your lever machine, but you will still need to experiment to find what works best for the bean you're using and your method of brewing. Hope this helps get you started!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Dec 23, 2013
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I lost the reduction filter that came with my 3-cup Ilsa Espresso pot. Does anyone know where to get a replacement?
Haley on Aug 23, 2012
Best Answer: Unfortunately we do not offer any replacement parts for the Ilsa Espresso Pots. Oftentimes the replacement of parts outweighs the cost of the press, but I cannot recommend a source for a new reduction filter and it's cost.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Aug 28, 2012
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Where can I purchase gasket replacements for a 10cup ILSA Altho espresso pot?
Cheryl R on Feb 18, 2012
Best Answer: The GAT gasket sets we carry fit these:
Reply · Report · Kaylie KStaff on Feb 20, 2012
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What is the grade of the stainless steel? 18/10? 18/8?
A shopper on Feb 25, 2016
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beautiful, reliableReview by inga
this brews slower than the aluminum one but it is higher quality and the handle won't melt. We've used this at home and on camping stoves and have never had a single problem with it. I admit I don't remove the gasket or filter all that often, I let my brew gear get a bit seasoned and mostly rinse it carefully. (Posted on 3/31/2016)
great espresso makerReview by dt
I have several stove top espresso makers, but this is the perfect size for a single cup
This is very well constructed, but mine leaks a little. I might need to replace the gasket
makes a very nice cup of brew. not much more to it than that (Posted on 3/11/2014)
Good as advertisedReview by Dylansdad
This is a stovetop device, so it requires more steps and attention,or at least so far for me. I am learning and trying out small variations within those things open to change. It does seem to require that you leave it on a hot burner until nearly done. I have been able to use it well with both a full load and the half size using the insert. It is well made, not extraordinary, but solid. I would have liked some addition on the handle grip, but am adjusting to it. I do enjoy the cup it produces. Getting the rubber gasket out is a real pain and deserves some discussion and demonstration on your video. (Posted on 10/3/2013)
excellent Review by joel
As an aircraft sheet metal professional, I appreciate this quality of fabrication. Stainless steel is a difficult material, the chromium in this material makes it strong and gives it the ability to take a high polish. It also makes it more challenging to work with. This product is is of the highest quality and makes the the most delicious coffee, its almost hot chocolate in color and texture, but of the most exquisite espresso flavor. Avoid aluminum cooking products, especially in acidic foods. (Posted on 3/19/2013)
getting out the gasketReview by Greg
Use a paper clip with the end bent 90 degrees to get the gasket out. Wedge the end between the filter and the gasket, then turn the bent part until it's under the gasket and lift. That doesn't damage the gasket, and it comes out very easily.

I don't have one of these. Just posting the tip. (Posted on 1/10/2013)
I great coffee and designReview by CAS
I agree if ACJ review, there is a lack of instruction on how to really clean the filters, especially to get out the rubber gasket. Otherwise a great coffee maker. (Posted on 8/6/2012)
Elegant Design, Great Tasting CoffeeReview by Joanna
It makes really great coffee, and has a piece for reducing the amount of coffee to make less cups.

Since it's stainless steel, instead of aluminum, there is no threat of aluminum (or other metals) leaking into it.

The design is really nice, human scale. It is well made. It doesn't leak.

It cleans well, except for (the only downside) trying to get the rubber gasket out without ripping it, to take all the parts off to clean it. I finally figured out a way of prying it out with a thin butter knife, so it doesn't get cut.

Some people have said that the handle gets hot and I was worried about that before buying it, but it doesn't happen at all unless you put the handle over the heat source. I keep the handle to the side and it stays cool.

Overall I am very happy with it. It is a classic piece and doesn't take up unwanted space like a big machine would.

Great Taste, Easy To Use, Commercial Grade, Quiet

Hard To Clean (Posted on 1/21/2012)
Does a decent job.Review by ACJ
My only complaint is the lack of instruction on how to really clean the filters on this maker. Otherwise it's the best coffee maker in my home to date and looking forward to trying out different coffee blends for best flavor.

Easy To Use, Love the design, Quiet

Slower brew than expected (Posted on 1/2/2012)

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Warranty Information

What it Covers: ILSA stovetop espresso makers

Length: 30 days covering manufacturer deffects

Who Supports the Warranty: European Gift

Warranty Contact Information: 914-664-3448

Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? No

Can SCG Repair? No


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