Stainless Steel Stovetop Espresso Maker
A Short Guide to Stainless Steel Moka Pots
Stainless steel stovetop espresso maker has for many coffee lovers become the preferred method of choice for making fine, authentic tasting Italian espresso-style coffee. Here we will have a brief look at stainless moka pots from Bialetti, VeV Vigano, Cuisinox and several other manufacturers.
Advantages of stainless steel
Moka pots made from stainless steel are definitely easier to maintain than their aluminum cousins. It is easy to keep them looking showroom new without worrying about unsightly corrosion. More importantly, there have been some concerns regarding the impact of aluminum on one's health. And, if you own an induction cooker, then certain models of stainless steel moka pots will be the only type you will be able to use.
Bialetti stainless steel espresso pots
The Bialetti brand is one of several quality manufacturers of stainless steel moka pots on the market today. Their elegantly designed Bialetti Class stovetop espresso maker features a heavy gauge 18/10 stainless steel as well as a stainless steel filter basket and a safety pressure release valve so you can brew delicious tasting espresso with very little effort. It comes in two sizes, 4 and 6 cups.
Another option is the Bialetti Venus, which is also available in ether 4 or 6 cup version. This easy to use stovetop stainless steel moka pot has a wider bottom for greater stability and its rubber handle stays cool to the touch, and like all of Bialetti's stainless steel moka pots, it can be used on either gas or electric stoves.
Or, if you need a slightly larger pot, there is also Bialetti Musa which comes in 4, 6 or 10-cup version. It is a compact and sturdy stovetop stainless steel moka pot that produces rich tasting espresso without much effort.
VeV Vigano stovetop espresso makers
Another name synonymous with quality stainless steel stovetop espresso makers for the last three decades is VeV Vigano of Milan with their various models such as their Kontessa line including two, four, six, or even 12 cup pots. The Kontessa Oro espresso maker is easy to use and pour and mimics the taste of fine Italian caffe.
VeV Vigano's moka pots come in many different shapes. Some lines such as Kontessa or Itaca have got more classic design. Others, such as Vespress or Carioca, have got much more modern feel. Many models come with of stainless steel moka pots also come in a variety of sizes such as the Itaca Oro four cup with its classic design and gold accents. My personal favorites are Carioca Nero and Vespress Oro.
There are way too many VeV Vigano models to talk about them individually here. They all look beautiful sitting on the stovetop and they all produce fine espresso. The main difference is their appearance. Have a look at these models below to see which one suits best your esthetic sense.
Cuisinox stainless steel moka pots
From Cuisinox, the most popular model is the Roma six cup moka pot for the stovetop. It features heavy gauge stainless steel and includes an extra gasket and reducer. This stylish model creates rich tasting espresso and is suitable for all cooking surfaces. The Roma's capacity is based on one to one and half ounce sized cups.
Apart from Roma, there are a few other models from Cuisinox: Liberta, Milano and Venezia. There are a few things that they all share in common - sturdy build, excellent coffee and outstanding user reviews.
Electric espresso maker from stainless steel
You might also want to consider the La Pavoni Caffe Mattina stainless steel moka pot, designed in Milan, Italy. This is the only electric version currently available. This cordless espresso maker features stainless steel inside and out for durability and can make up to eight cups at a time in as little as eight minutes. With this model you won't have to worry about temperature, as it will make each pot precisely at 180 degrees to ensure the ultimate in flavor.
Other stainless steel stovetop espresso makers
If price is no concern and you're looking for high quality, durability and delicious espresso, the Alessi six cup stainless steel moka pot also includes a reducer and features polished black resin adorning the handle and circumference of the pot. This is a very neatly designed moka pot where the handle actually helps to lock the two parts together (as you can see here).
If you travel often then there is GSI's neat mini espresso maker made from stainless steel. This moka pot is a great travel coffee maker especially for camping and hiking. You'll notice that there is no top chamber - you make coffee directly into a cup. How cool is that?
There are obviously many other stainless steel stovetop espresso makers. I cannot talk about all of them in this short space, so here are just a few links if you want to find out more: Forever Espresso Inox, WMF Kult, Primula, Ilsa, GAT.
Conclusions and recommendations
Quality made stainless steel stovetop espresso makers offer many notable benefits including their classic beauty and the chance to enjoy fine tasting espresso from the comforts of home. There are so many different models around that it may be quite difficult to choose one.
Even though the most famous manufactures are Bialetti and VeV Vigano, my personal recommendation would be the Cuisinox Roma stainless steel stovetop espresso maker simply because it seems to have the best user reviews around.
Further ReadingStove Top Espresso Maker: Aluminum or Stainless Steel?
Stainless Steel Coffee Maker
15 Jun 2011
Do you know which moka pots can be used on induction stove? Admin
15 Jun 2011
Not all stainless steel moka pots are suitable for induction cookers. The pot has to have a magnetic base in order to be used on induction stove and not all stainless steel pots have that.
Here is a list of several stovetop espresso makers that should have induction base:
Vev Vigano Vespress Inox
Vev Vigano Kontessa Inox
This list is by no means exhaustive and I may add to it more items later. Please always check the product description yourself and contact the seller/manufacturer to confirm that the pot is indeed suitable for induction plates. Marianne
16 Jun 2011
Thanks for that.