Best Stovetop Espresso Maker of 2017 (Baristas Hate How Easy It Is!)
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Pros and Cons of a stovetop espresso maker
The stovetop espresso maker, also known traditionally as the “Moka Pot” was invented in Italy in the 1930s. It can be found in most Italian households and coffee shops to this day.
The obvious advantage to the Moka pot is its affordability. These babies are dirt cheap when compared to a good quality semi-automatic or fully-automatic machine. But when in skilled hands (we’ll talk later about that more) can make something just as delicious.
The downside, as I just alluded to is ease of use, or lack thereof. It’s not rocket science, but it will take a little patience and perseverance before you’re fully off to the races and making great espresso.
Alright, without further ado, here’s a quick summary of our top contenders. You can either stop right here and rest assured that any one of these would be an excellent choice. No matter which of these you choose, you’ll be getting an excellent value.
Now, if you’re more of a nerd (like us) and you like to get down to the nitty-gritty details, keep reading. We’re about to dive deeper into the Pros and Cons of each of these models, to help you make the most informed decision possible.
Bialetti 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker
Lets’s start with the longest selling model on the Internet, a name that is synonymous with the Moka Pot itself. There’s a reason why this simple and easy to use workhorse has been bought by millions around the world. Bialetti has been around since the 1950’s and they have been building a great reputation since then. According to their website, the company has manufactured over 200 million coffee makers in their day! This classically simple pot is easy to spot with it’s 8-sided shape, which is a signature of the Bialetti name.
Is it the best stovetop espresso maker on the market? Many would say ‘yes’, and they wouldn’t be completely wrong. It certainly does the job that you need it to do, and this time-tested design has been doing that job for several generations now.
One of our concerns is that it is possible to burn your coffee if you begin with heat that is too high. Don’t get us wrong, it’s still dead simple to use once you get the hang of it. Just be careful and start slow your first few times, and you’ll be making world class Italian coffee in no time at all.
The Grosche is a newer invention than the Bialetti, as you can tell from it’s modern sleek and stylish design. Hundreds of readers wrote into us while we were conducting our reviews, insisting that this was hands-down the best stovetop espresso maker that they have ever used. This Canadian-based company certainly has a loyal band of customers! Once you spend some time with this pot it is not hard to see why.
We could begin and end this review with just two words. Stainless Steel. While the other two models that we spoke about are an excellent value at their price points, in our humble opinion if you really want to invest in the best stovetop espresso maker out there this is it.
This will work on the newest, state of the art induction cooktops, so even if you don’t have one yet, this espresso machine is completely future proof. And speaking of future proof, it’s also nearly bullet proof. This thing can take a beating, and will still hold up and serve in its reliable function. Did we mention that you could run this through the dishwasher? … Yeah, even though it’s a very complex and sophisticated piece of art, it certainly isn’t fragile.
There are hundreds of other imitators on the market, but we wouldn’t waste our hard earned money on any of them.
Now that I bought one, what the heck do I do with this thing?
Even the best stovetop espresso maker in the wrong hands can result in disaster. Here is a great visual guide on the step by step process of using a Moka pot.
Temperature control is everything, it is something that will take a long time to master, don’t give up. It’s an excellent skill to master, an elegant skill from a perhaps more elegant time in history. It truly is an amazing feeling when you can make a real Italian espresso the way that it was originally intended.
Having realistic expectations
Be advised, before you go out there spending money only to have your heart broken. We want to emphasize that there will be some difficulty in learning the skill of Moka brewing successfully.
I have yet to meet anyone who hasn’t burned a batch or two when beginning. Be easy on yourself, and try to learn to love the process of learning itself.
We want to hear from you, do you think there’s anything else out there that would top off this list as the best stovetop espresso maker available in 2017?