Bialetti cappuccino maker (Mukka Express)

by Jennifer
(Calgary, Canada)

I had fallen in love with the delicious taste of espresso coffee and French vanilla cappuccinos after visiting my local coffee shop too many times. I realized that I was spending far too much every week on this caffeine mission so I decided to try to imitate this same taste at home. I researched espresso machines and realized that most of the good ones are simply out of my price range.

Then I started to look into stovetop espresso makers and I came across a Bialetti cappuccino maker called Mukka Express. I had read all the reviews which praised it as an excellent stovetop cappuccino maker. The reviews on this little compact machine had me sold. I purchased this espresso pot and brought it home. I could not wait to try it out.

It took a few minutes to make my first cappuccino and once it was brewed I sat down to reap the rewards. The taste was comparable to my favorite coffee shop. Great!

So far so good. The second time I was using Mukka Express I was showing it to my friend ... - and it overflew and made a big mess all over the place. My friend was obviously not very impressed. Since then I have learned a good lesson never to overfill this espresso pot. The instructions actually tell you not to overfill it, but I guess I just had to learn it the hard way.

So, how do you actually use it? It is quite easy to use. You just add water to the base, put ground coffee into the filter, screw all the parts together and put milk into the top. Then you press a buttong on the lid and heat in on a stovetop. In a few minutes the button on the lid pops up and the cappuccino is ready. This sounds a bit complicated, but I found the instructions actually very easy to follow.

I am very happy with this cappuccino maker and it has already paid for itself in just a few months. For me this really is the best coffee maker that I could get.

Bialetti stovetop cappuccino makerEditor's note

Bialetti Mukka Express is an excellent stovetop cappuccino maker. You can use it to make latte, cappuccino as well as plain espresso-style coffee. It is really a very clever design that allows you to froth milk at the same time as you are brewing your coffee.

Mukka express is easy to use, but you have to make sure that you follow the instructions. If you overfill it, not screw it together correctly or if you use too high heat, it will overflow.

The user reviews are very good and most owners simply love their little Bialetti cappuccino maker. One drawback that many point out is the amount of coffee that Mukka Express makes - it really is enough only for one person.

electric mukka expressFor people who do not like using the stove, there is also an electric version of this cappuccino maker. The electric Mukka Express works in the same way as the stovetop version except that it comes with an electrical base that is used instead of the stove.

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Jan 03, 2010
Mukka Express Parts?
by: Anonymous

Do you know where I can get Bialetti Mukka Express parts?

Editor's note

You can get a some of the parts at Amazon. They sell pressure valves, funnel filters and gaskets.

Jan 16, 2010
by: James G

This sounds really interesting. I was trying to figure out a simple way to make cappuccino at home and this coffee pot seems like it could do the job. Thanks for writing about it - I didn't know that there is such a thing as a stovetop cappuccino maker.

Mar 05, 2011
A simple question
by: Anonymous

May I use it also to make coffee instead of capuccino nor latte?
I haven't found this information anywhere...
Editor's note

I could not find any official information about this. However, there are some customer reviews that suggest that Mukka works well also for making plain coffee. Here are some quotes (along with a link to full review).

"... The espresso ( you can also make it without milk) is just great ..."

"... made myself an espresso (just prepare as directed, but don't add milk to the top) ..."

" ... Espresso - no Milk, button up ...
Cafe Americano - add water instead of milk, to line, button up ..."

" ... I tried using the pot to make espressos for an americano and it works GREAT ..."

Hope this helps.

Mar 08, 2011
by: Mary

I was also wondering if it is possible to make plain espresso. Thanks for the links.

Sep 03, 2011
Be Careful!
by: Bev Saccoccio

We have a Mukka and love to make latte and cappuccino, but PLEASE be aware that the pressure valve can get clogged and it can prevent the coffee from being released when making a cappuccino. This happened to me and I kept fiddling with it (leaving it on the gas stove) eventually BLEW and FORTUNATELY, my face was not over the pot as it had been in the previous few seconds. It went off like a geyser hitting the ceiling and spraying all over our kitchen. If the machine does not produce the cappuccino in the normal amount of time, DO NOT FIDDLE with it - take it off of the heat and try to clean the valve or buy a replacement valve.

Jan 30, 2012
Blew off
by: Beata

My Mukka valve exploded, too and the gayser effect was scary and messy.

Mar 20, 2012
Explosion less than an hou ago....
by: Yuriy

Thank god, my eyes were not at the same level.
My chest was not that lucky though, a 4*5cm piece of skin is gone, the rest is burned but less.
Fucking valve did not released! I do not know why, it's BRAND NEW, I have used it only two time before the explosion. There is no way it was not clean!

Dec 30, 2015
Parts hard to find NEW
by: Anonymous

I have been using the Mukka Express for several years. The one problem I have had is the steamer part eventually fails and needs to be replaced. In daily use it seems to last about a year. Usually the cap "blows" off and can not be repaired. Now I am having trouble finding the part.

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