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 & 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.
Ease of Use
Ease of Care and Maintenance
Overall Value for the Money
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.
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!
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!
I usually get less than 20oz of coffee from my 10 cup Ilsas due to some water being left over after the process is done and what ever gets lost to steam, soaked in the grounds etc. I don't even try to get the full 20 OZ out for fear I would burn the coffee if it sat a sputtered on the stove until the water was gone. I would recommend the 20 cup version
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.
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.
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!
im sorry, but these answers dont seem clear to me....precisely....where does the coffee go? do I put coffee in funnel first, then place reducer on top? or does the reducer go into an empty funnel and coffee gets placed on top of that?? thanks
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)
The ring is there to allow the water from the bottom boiler as it reaches the boiling point up through the coffee into the top and not immediately back into the bottom of the carafe. Without the ring the water would remain in the bottom. I need to use a little oil on the surface of the ring to make the seal more complete.
The rubber ring acts as a gasket between the upper and lower chambers. Without it, there will not be sufficient pressure built up in the lower chamber to force the water through the coffee grounds in the basket to brew the coffee.
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?
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.
Stainless steel conducts heat directly but doesn't store or radiate much heat. Never used an Aga so can't say. Crema with these is not great. To get real pressure and crema probably need a machine rather than a stovetop pot. We do love our electric Nespresso Induction milk steamer and frother.
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?
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
Yes, you can put 24 oz of water in the lower chamber and stay below the pressure valve. Of which about 22 oz turns into coffee, if your trying to make sure there will be enough of this excellent brew to go around, there is. And while so good you could drink all 22 oz, I only recommend about 8 oz at a time, it has a solid kick. Enjoy
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!
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.
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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