Stovetop espresso makers are smaller espresso pots that also go by the names of moka pot, caffettiera or macchientta del caffe (Italian for small coffee machine). The first one was invented by Alfonso Bialetti in 1933 and his name still graces some of the best stovetop espresso maker models available today. These smaller models work by allowing the heat of the stove to boil water which will push steam through coffee grounds. This produces a delicious espresso with the distinctive crema (a golden residue that is present on great espresso) when poured.
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The best stovetop espresso maker is one that still bears Alfonso Bialetti’s name. The Bialetti Moka Express which is capable of making up to nine cups of espresso is one of the best stovetop models at a more than reasonable price. This model has the old world charm of a true stove top model with the classic design and angles that just look like a classic espresso pot. The pot is made of aluminum with a distinctive octagon shape that adds to its charm. The model can make nine cups of espresso or less if desired. This makes this a great option because many of the best stovetop espresso makers that are in the same category as this model only make 4 cups.
The Bialetti Moka Express is made in Italy with pride. It is priced modestly around forty dollars. The typical stove top model can run anywhere from twenty dollars to two hundred. There are very ornate and fancy models but there is something to be said for the classic charm this model displays. This model has a stay cool handle which really helps because the aluminum becomes very hot when it makes espresso.
The model is designed with a lower chamber that should be filled with adequate water for the amount of espresso that is desired. The top chamber is filled with espresso. This model will take about five to ten minutes (once the water is boiling) to produce high quality espresso. The pressurized steam from the lower chamber is generated through heating the water on the stove. The steam then passes through the ground espresso or coffee in the upper chamber. This releases the bold and aromatic oils and flavor of the finely ground espresso.
The Bialetti Moka Express is truly one of the best stovetop espresso makers because it can be used without the expense of a costly espresso machine. It is also great if you are not a regular espresso drinker but would like the option of offering guests a cup of espresso or cappuccino. There are glass milk frothers that you can purchase that will froth milk in a microwave to create great lattes and appuccinos. If you like the old fashioned way of brewing a cup of espresso this is certainly the right stove top model. It has a lot of charm when left on a stove top and announces its presence with the welcome of a freshly brewed cup of black gold. Fill it up, heat it up and enjoy!