Stovetop Espresso Maker (Moka Pot)
The stovetop espresso maker is very popular in Italy - you are likely to find at least one of these in every household over there. These espresso makers are also commonly called Moka pots. The first model - Moka Express - was introduced in 1933 by Alfonso Bialetti.
The Moka pots don't produce real espresso in the modern sense of the word. But they do make nice, rich, espresso style coffee. Most of the Moka pots do not produce any crema which for a lot of people is the hallmark of espresso. The exception to this is the Brikka.
This site has a number of pages about stovetop espresso makers. If you are not familiar with this method of making coffee then you may want to first have a look at how Moka pots work. Then it is good to read about the different types of stovetop espresso makers.
Most people are familiar only with traditional Moka pots made from aluminum. However, there are actually many other models aroud. Lately, the stainless steel stovetop espresso makers are becoming very popular. There are also models with glass or ceramic top and others that make coffee directly into your cup.
While most stovetop espresso makers work in exactly the same way, there are some exceptions to this - for example, the Brikka and Mukka (which is a stovetop cappuccino maker). I talk about both of these in my article about Bialetti espresso makers.
Another fact that is unknown to most people is that there is also an electric version of the stovetop espresso pot. You can read about the available models in the page about electric moka pots.
You can find a lot of other information about stovetop espresso makers here - instructions for use, a discussion about merits of aluminum versus stainless steel or everything you need to know about making Cuban coffee.
I hope that you will find these articles helpful.
Finally, here is a list of all the relevant articles for easy reference. You can read them all or jump directly to the topic that is the most interesting for you.
Types of Stovetop Espresso Pots
There are many different types of stovetop espresso pots including a stovetop cappuccino maker and Bialetti Brikka.
How Do Moka Pots Work
Here I explain how a Moka pot works - in pictures and in words.
Aluminum or Stainless Steel?
Pros and cons of aluminum versus stainless steel stove top espresso maker. You will also find some tips for maintaining aluminum Moka pots.
Stainless Steel Moka Pots
Here we will have a look at stainless steel moka pots from Bialetti, VeV Vigano, Cuisinox and several other manufacturers.
Instructions and Tips
This is about about how to get the best out of your Moka pot.
Bialetti Espresso Makers
Here I talk about Moka Express, Brikka, Mukka Express and the electric Bialetti espresso makers.
Electric Moka Pots
The most popular electric Moka pots by Bialetti, Delonghi and La Pavoni.
Cuban Coffee Maker
Learn how to make authentic Cuban coffee in your stovetop espresso maker.
Bialetti Cappuccino Maker (Mukka Express)
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