Product Type: Bialetti Cafetiere
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Bialetti Moka Express 1
Member Name: Donf18
Bialetti Moka Express 1
Advantages: quick and easy making a great cuppa
Being that the 6 cup version is NOT in the DOOYOO catalogue but the 1 cup is I have posted this 6 cup review here. The only difference is the size, everything else is the same. If you feel I've infringed then I guess lots of NOT USEFUL's will pop up. Anyway hope you do find it more than useful.
I like my coffee, but it is the fresh ground coffee taste that I prefer. The smell alone is so inviting. The aroma of fresh coffee and the promise of a decent cuppa is very appealing. I do have a coffee maker, which also makes espresso and cappuccino, but sometimes when I'm in alone I just want to make a quick cup. Setting up the main coffee maker isn't hard but for just one it is a waste of coffee, electric and time. A much quicker method is to use a Bialetti espresso maker, available at varying prices from Amazon depending on which size you require. I chose the 6 cup since an espresso is very small, and I kinda like a big cup full. We have large cups especially for our cappuccinos and latte's.
The Bialetti espresso Maker
The quite large unit is designed to be run from a gas stove, it may have problems fitting some hobs if you try to use it on the larger ring. For this reason I have to use the smallest gas ring and it fits quite well. It is obviously not a good idea to use this unit if it does not sit firmly and safely on the hob. I can't speak for all cookers but I'm pretty sure the small ring on most will be safe enough.
The unit is basically in three parts, the top the bottom and the filter. A simple screwing of the top and bottom will either separate or join the top and bottom portions. However to enable the production of some nice fresh coffee the filter must have the coffee added.
The amount depends entirely on the individual preferences of the user and how strong they wish their cuppa to be, but I generally find one and a half good tablespoons adequate. Now fill the base unit with cold water there is a mark to indicate the maximum amount of water. So filter filled and water added simply place the filter and secure it the top of the base portion. Now screw the top portion together with the base unit and your almost there.
Finally screw the top and base together and place on the stove. Adjust the flame on the gas stove so that it is not coming up the sides of the Bialetti. Once it starts to boil you will here all sorts of weird noises but this is normal. Being that there isn't a vast amount of water in the base unit boiling doesn't take very long, and very soon the smell of the coffee filtering through will become evident.
The pressure of the boiling water forces it up internal metal tubes on the unit and then flows over the filter and up to the main top part of the unit. The top portion has a flip lid so that you can see the progress should you wish. This is handy if you want to stop the process once you have enough coffee made. If you do intend to stop the process by turning of the gas it will result in a much stronger cuppa depending on when you stop it.
Add milk and sugar to taste pour in the fresh filtered coffee and hey presto a delicious cuppa. By using less water you will get your espresso, there is a little guesswork until you get your desired strength, but it is worth it.
There is a small valve on the side of the base unit, which serves for safety purposes in the unlikely event there is a blockage. There really isn't a problem here at all, I guess if you are boiling water there is always a chance of steam burning so the valve is a great addition to the unit.
The unit is a nice looking one, which is not over heavy but does feel solid. Its shiny silver looking finish gives it a very professional look, and indeed it does work very well. Everyone has different coffee tastes, so experimenting for a few brews might well prove beneficial in getting the best possible brew for your chosen taste.
This may sound a bit expensive at around £24, but it is definitely easier and quicker than the now normal coffee makers, especially if as I am sometimes you are on your own. I find it an invaluable piece of equipment, when the body caffeine runs out and needs refilling. A brief little booklet comes with the unit, but it really is pretty much idiot proof. As with anything that invloves flame and heat I would not recommend that you let a child make you your brew since the dangers are self evident. All in all it only takes 5 or 10 mins to get a really good cuppa, and the aroma whilst it is brewing simply gets the old juices flowing in anticipation. I consider it a really good buy and have no qualms about recommending it.
Summary: A great little brewer