5 Stars By Patrick523 on 2015-11-13
I started off with the 3-cup and quickly ordered the 6-cup as well. After a bit of trial and error I have my process down. And when you get the process down and can start truly enjoying your coffee ritual, you will be amazed by the wonderful aroma that escapes just before the coffee begins to stream out. It fills the house.
I have become a bit of a Bialetti junkie now. I've won an auction for some Bialetti espresso cups and just won an auction for a 9-cup with a set of espresso cups and saucers and a creamer and sugar bowl. And (hangs head in shame) I'm here buying a 12-cup. I haven't slept in months. Help me.
5 Stars By N. Lazar on 2013-02-07
My number 1 method for making coffee
Love my Bialetti !
This is my preferred method of making coffee these days and it is great with milk, added water or straight up. Here are some tips after using it for a few months.
1 - Use cold water, don't take a short cut with warmer water.
2 - Small flame is best, take your time.
3 - Grind the coffee slightly coarser than an espresso grind. Too coarse and the water will pass through too quickly. Use freshly ground beans. (A ceramic burr hand grinder is cheap and works great)
4 - Tamping - definitely do not tamp with 30 pounds of pressure and a twist...but do pack it in a bit with your thumb or the palm of your hand. The trick is to achieve an oozing of the coffee through the top, not a gushing flow. Experiment but be careful not to tamp too hard. The grind also plays a factor here.
5 - keep lid open while brewing. This way you can monitor the process (set a timer for 5-6 minutes or just stick around)and see when coffee is ready.
6 - Enjoy. You have just made amazing coffee!
5 Stars By B. Laska on 2015-07-09
Love my Moka pots!
I own three Bialetti moka pots (6 cup, 3 cup, and 1 cup). I've been using them exclusively to brew my morning coffee for the last two years. The 3 cup is the one I use most frequently, as it is enough to make two strong servings of coffee for me. The 1-cup is very tiny, tinier than I expected it would be. I use it for an afternoon pick-me-up because it's just enough to wake me up, but not enough to keep me up all night. I dilute the coffee with steamed milk. I've tried hot water, but didn't care for it as much. There are a lot of very informative reviews on this moka pot, so I'm not going to repeat what others have already stated regarding brewing techniques, cleaning, types of coffee beans, etc. There is a little bit of a technique to the brewing process, but don't be intimidated by some of the crazy videos online. It's not that hard and doesn't have to be as involved as some tutorials make it seem. I've used the moka pots on gas stoves and electric glass cooktops and it works perfectly on both. As others have said, make sure the handle is not directly over the heat or it will melt.
One thing I didn't realize when I purchased my first moka pot (6-cup) was that you cannot brew half a pot. You have to fill the chamber up entirely with grounds or it won't work. That is why I ended up purchasing a smaller pot because the 6-cup was too much coffee for me to drink in one day.
Bottom line: If you enjoy strong coffee and you're brewing for one person, I'd recommend the 3-cup. If you're brewing for two, get the 6-cup. You won't regret it!
1 Stars By X. Li on 2015-06-22
A lot of corrosion of aluminum
I bought this one because it is made in Italy. I was looking for stainless steel, but those are not made in Italy, mostly are made in India. I wanted something more authentic. It quickly turned out to be a bad purchase just after a few uses. The water chamber got a lot of corrosion of aluminum (please check out the attached photos). I use plain water to rinse the coffee maker and wipe dry. Some reviews mention that there are a lot of counterfeits of this coffee maker. So I made sure that mine was purchased from and shipped by AlumiGogo LLC whom I trust. I stopped using it for fear of health implication.
5 Stars By DaveDubya on 2017-11-28
Easy to use, fast and makes great coffee
I had one of these way back when, somehow lost it and proceeded to forget about it. Seeing it on AlumiGogo reminded me so bought the 3-cup size. It's actually easier to use and makes coffee better than I remember, but it's important to follow the simple directions. There is no good excuse not to given the instructions are clear and provided in several languages. Clean up is super easier. Just dump the grounds and rinse. One thing... I found my flat top electric stove burners are not ideal for the small three cupper so I broke out a small iso-butane backpacking stove which works super fast without exposing the handle to excessive heat. This will do until I find a better heat source.
5 Stars By Lululexii on 2017-11-29
Wonderful!!! My family has been using bialetti products since the mid 90s. So when I moved out I knew I needed to get one too. The espresso is absolutely the best. Great brand. These last forever. Make sure to take good care of the seal though, that's where it might start going bad. If you do ruin the seal, there are plenty of cheap seals that you can buy as replacements at home Depot, they're gonna be for a different purpose, but they do work. Or you can just buy another one from bialetti. Overall I'm very happy with my purchase and even happier that the quality had not changed in decades!!! Still top quality product.
5 Stars By ahenderson on 2017-04-11
Fast, fun, delicious and an incredible value
A little intimidating at first if you're used to simple on/off drop coffeemakers but really easy to use and delicious once you get a feel for what to expect. I actually love the (simple) ritual of assembling and making the coffee. For something so inexpensive, it looks great and feels like it will last forever. Especially if you have already invested in a coffee grinder that can make finer grounds, this is a no-brainer addition to your coffee apparatus collection.
5 Stars By seamonkey10 on 2015-07-26
Thick and Good
I think I got my moka pot for a little cheaper than usual. That being said, the price vs. quality makes this coffee system well worth my investment. I was toying with the idea of getting an espresso machine, but curious about this method of making coffee, I took the plunge.
There are a few videos out there on Youtube that helped me with the brewing process, that you might watch if you get this pot, but brewing is pretty easy once you know the basics. (I've been grinding my beans at the thick end of espresso grind, and so far that seems to working for me)
The coffee itself is dark, thick, and very flavorful. If you like a very strong coffee, you will probably like this. It's not technically espresso, since there is no crema, but the taste comes close. Like others have said, the quality you put into your coffee will determine the quality that comes out. Use good, freshly ground beans and don't let the water get too hot.
I was curious about the size when buying it, and settled on the 3 cup. For me, this produces about two, three-quarter cups when poured into my little espresso cups. I think saying 3 cups stretches it a little far, but it's perfect for two.
If I had a gripe with this system, I'd have to say cleanup. The chamber which holds the grounds fits very snugly inside the water container on the bottom. When hot, it's almost impossible to get the grounds out, so cleaning up immediately after brewing or trying to make another batch becomes very difficult. Usually, I let it cool off, but sometimes forget about it, and it sits with wet grounds inside of it for a day or two, which is not sanitary. Even when cooled down, it's slightly tricky to get the grounds out, and could easily get messy, but I've figured out a system. It's not a deal breaker by any means, and is a small price to pay for some good, thick coffee.
I would say this coffee system is ideal for someone who likes strong coffee (bordering on espresso) but does not want to spend the money or put another appliance on their countertop.
5 Stars By Kim on 2016-07-12
This is my second B a E. Aside from the coffee sock this is all I use. Got rid of the traditional drip coffee maker and my Keurig. I bought the 6 cup one so that I could make enough coffee when guests come, otherwise I use the three shot one for just myself. The 12 shot one was too expensive and now I can make a total of nine shots at one time so this set up is actually even better
5 Stars By L West on 2017-09-27
Go ahead, get it. You'll be so glad you did
I love this thing. It was an impulse buy- I always wanted a bigger one and learn from my mistake- do not buy a bargain brand, you get what you pay for. Buy a real, Italian made unit like this one. Now, it's my every day coffee maker. It's easier to clean than my French press, which I still love and it always makes a rich, frothy cup of liquid black gold. When I feel fancy, I use my good expensive coffee and it is pure heaven.