With coffee drinks costing up to $5, more and more people are turning to home espresso makers. While the Bialetti Moka Pot is often called a "stovetop espresso maker, " it does not make true espress. It does, however, make very good, very strong coffee that is great by itself or as a base for lattes or cafe au laits.
The Bialetti Moka Pot is made from aluminum, so it is light and heats easily. The handle is made from bakelite plastic and does not transfer heat. It is important to place the pot to the sideof the heat source to keep the handle away from direct heat to prevent melting. Water is placed in the bottom chamber if the Moka pot. Coffee is placed in a small funnel that is placed on top of the bottom chamber. The top chamber is secured to the bottom and the entire pot is placed on a stove burner. When the water boils, steam is forced through the coffee and collected in the top chamber.
It takes around 5 minutes for the coffee to brew and clean up is easy. Just wipe the inside of the pot with a damp cloth, but do not uses soap unless the pot is not used regularly. The oils from the coffee protect the aluminum and make subsequent brewings taste better. Moka pots are long lasting and are freuently passed down as family heirlooms in Italy.