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I received the bialetti mukka express cappuccino maker last year for christmas from my mum. I am sure she paid £60 for it but seem cheap online now.
I love real cappuccinos at our local cafe but i must say my little mukka express makes them better than the cafe does. The instructions for the machine are like double dutch but reading them a few times over helps although its not hard to work out what goes where and how to use it.
It looks like a jug with a filter and a lovely cow print pattern around it. The jug makes two cups of cappuccino and i say cups as it makes one and a half in mugs so i use cups. It uses ground coffee, full fat milk as this is best to froth up and water. The black part of the jug is the base this unscrews to put the cold water in and the ground coffee beans sit in a basket above there is a small marking where it should be filled to then screwed back onto the jug, that part is a little fiddly. There is a marking inside the jug for filling the milk to it is important that you fill to the marking exactly as when the milk froths' if to full boils over and onto the cooker if filled under it can run dry.
The lid has a small knob that can be pushed down for frothing or left up for milk if making lattes. The jug the has to be placed on the stove and left to boil for around 5 minutes, can be poured into cups and finally enjoyed. The jug is compatible with gas, ceramic. and electric cookers just sits on the ring no cables or anything required.
The coffee is amazing but i buy good ground coffee beans and strong as i like it that way. I really loved this machine when i got it and had around 5-6 cappuccinos a day, the down side is needs cleaned often of the coffee wont filter properly this involves taking every part of it off and cleaning can be fiddly and time consuming.
Unfortunately due to me having less time on my hands the jag has been put in a cupboard for now and not used for two months now, shame but i have kept hold of it with hope of using it again.
I recommend the bialetti mukka express if you have time to use it but beware it makes coffee quick but takes ages washing and putting it back together again, is it worth it or quicker to boil the kettle? Makes a great cuppa though.
Don't let the cute, cow-print exterior fool you.. yes, it looks lovely, and there are advantages to this coffee maker, but I've experience many disadvantages too...
Let's start positively - the advantages. Firstly, just look at it! The cow-print is so cute and really makes you laugh, especially on a bad day when you need a pick-me-up - even before you have your cup of coffee you're feeling better already!
The Mukka Express is generally easy to use - the instructions are easy to follow, and after you've made the first couple of coffees, yo udon't really need to use the instructions at all.
When the coffee maker works, it does make very nice coffees - they're quite weak, but you can alter the amount of milk/water/coffe you put in, to change the strength. For the best cappuccinos/lattes, i would recommend using really good quality ground coffee, and semi-skimmed or even whole milk, as skimmed milk doesn't seem to froth up very well at all. Each time, the coffee maker makes about two smallish cups, but if you change the quantities you can probably make one larger one, or two cups which are a little bigger
now for the disadvantages - other people haven't found this, but i find that my Mukka often doesn't work, and the coffee leaks all over the cooker (i have a gas cooker). This is an awful pain, particularly in the morning when I'm in a hurry, because the coffee goes all over the hob, and it's quite a job to clean it all up. Also, it means I get no cup of coffee, and waste good coffee and milk. Also, if the coffee doesn't leak over, I find the the milk begins to froth, and that can also overflow very easily, so i always seem to have to clean something up!
Secondly, when you put the coffee in the coffee section, you have to be careful not to let them overflow, or get the on the outside section where you screw the two parts together, otherwise you will get a leak
The coffee machine can also be a bit tricky to screw and unscrew, particularly if you have small hands. Also, there are lots of small parts to clean which have to be cleaned really thoroughly, or it won't work
However, all these problems seem to be just with my Mukka - a friend of mine has one and loves it so much, so although my experience is something to be warned about, it may not happen to you. on the other hand, before buying it I looked a review sites, and other people had mentioned similar problems
Overall, it's a good little coffee maker, looks cute in the kitchen and makes nice cappuccinos. However, I often have problems with mine, and therefore cannot recommend it as highly as others
I've owned a Mukka Express for over a year now and it's one of the best kitchen purchases I've ever made - I use it at least once a day and the majority of the time it produces excellent hot, frothy cappucinos. When you first buy a Mukka Express you need to make three 'test' cappucinos before you can actually drink them - for this I recommend using cheap milk and coffee. I've found that expresso ground coffee works the best for Mukkas, an the stronger coffee you buy, the better. The Mukka itself is very easy to use, simply place cold water in the bottom part using the measuring beaker provided, fill the coffee basket with coffee and slot into the base, screw the top on and fill with milk. I'd say the Mukka produces perfect cappucinos about 95% of the time - at times it can produce cold lattes - if this is the case then giving the pressure valve a good rinse, and oiling the joint where the upper part screws onto the lower part often does the trick. Also, make sure you don't pack the coffee down too hard into the metal basket or else the steam won't be able to pass through it into the pressure valve to froth the milk. I've also found that the colder the water used, the better the resulting cappucino. Semi-skimmed and whole milk tend to produce the same quality of Mukka. The Mukka is expensive, at around £35, but I found it well worth it for me as I must have used it hundreds of times, and the drinks work out a fraction of the price of coffee shop cappucinos - I'd definitely recommend it!
I have owned this little gadget now for about a year and during that time it has been used almost religiously - at least two or three times per day.
Whilst intially (probably for the first few weeks or so) I was not completely sure what to make of it as the quality of the coffee produced was variable and not too high, it is well worth persevering as, just as the instructions suggest, the mukka really does get better with repeated use! I do not know the science behind this but think it is literally down to the surfaces inside becoming "bedded in" over time and with use.
Once it has had time to establish itself, this produces a great cup of coffee akin to something you would expect at a "proper" coffee house. However the unit can be prone to leaking even when set up correctly and I have had to mop up milk from the hob on more than one occasion. Although the quality of the coffee is no longer hit and miss, the functionality of the unit remains so!
The main pros therefore are the funky design and the fantastic coffee this produces once it's been given chance to "wear in".
The main disadvantages are the slightly complicated cleaning requirements and the fiddly process to go through to make the coffee - though in fairness this applies equally to all stove top coffee makers. After a year or vigorous use my mukka is also starting to die - the bottom part where the heat makes the most contact is starting to burn through, and I will need to replace the unit soon.
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