Product Type: Bialetti coffee machines
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Bialetti Moka Express Espresso Maker
Member Name: jjrose
Bialetti Moka Express Espresso Maker
Date: 18/04/12, updated on 18/04/12 (264 review reads)
Advantages: Tasty coffee
Disadvantages: A bit difficult to clean
I'm really not a morning person. I always try to set the alarm clock on my phone but my eyes are always half open in the morning unless I get some caffeine as soon as possible. I used to rely on instant coffee but lately I found that I'm getting tired of not-so-real coffee. My mum recommended me this coffee machine, which they have been using for more than a year now; they refer to the coffee machine as a magic jug. So when I saw this Bialetti coffee machine at local TK Maxx, I decided to give this a go.
From looking around online, I found that Bialetti coffee machines comes in a variety of sizes: 1, 3, 6 and 9 cups. The one I bought is a 3-cup one, even though I'm probably the only one drinking from it; kind of shows how much I crave coffee (although I'm not really sure if it's a good thing). I bought my very own Bialetti for £10.99, which I think is pretty reasonable as I've been coffee machines go up and beyond hundred mark. When I first bought it, I was at a loss of how to make a cup of coffee with this but I eventually figured it out (I have a bad habit of not reading instructions first).
The design of this Bialetti coffee machine is pretty good; it has two compartments. The bottom compartment has a container to be filled with water and a sieve-like compartment for the powdered coffee beans of your choice. I usually use medium espresso powdered beans, but I'm not fussy and I like to try new things. The top compartment is where the boiling liquid coffee will be collected for consumption, so it doesn't need filling with anything. As the water boils, it rises through the sieve and collects in the top compartment to give liquid espresso. I use a hob at medium/high heat level for about 7-9 mins and aromatic coffee is ready to be served. The coffee machine has a black acrylic handle that is temperature-resistant. However, from my experience, the handle is too close to the main aluminium body and the transferred heat is too much for me to not use a kitchen towel.
It does deliver smooth and rich coffee. I don't usually drink espresso because I will be a hyperactive harmless menace to others around me. So, I fashion my own espresso latte by adding milk and some sugar if I feel like it. Personally, after drinking Bialetti coffee, I don't think I can go back to instant ones.
The only drawback I can find with this product is that it is a bit difficult to clean the machine. I always wash by hand but I have to be careful to leave it until it has cooled down properly and make sure the sieve-like compartment for powdered coffee is squeaky clean. Nevertheless, the rich taste of coffee in the morning justifies the relatively time-consuming task of cleaning the machine.
Overall, I think this does a better job at waking me up than my alarm clock. The coffee is rich, tasty and aromatic. For such a small price, it is definitely a great buy for me. I would recommend this to all coffee lovers.
Thank you for reading. :) x
Summary: Great espresso maker
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