Product Type: Moka coffee machines
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Moka Express Hob Espresso Maker 3 cup
Member Name: julwhite
Moka Express Hob Espresso Maker 3 cup
Advantages: Very good value, solid and reliable machine
Disadvantages: Not a fan of plastic handle, but this is minor!
This review is for the Moka Express coffee maker, the three cup version. It is also available, for just a few pounds more, in a six cup version as well.
The product is made by Bialetti, who are known for their quality coffee makers, many of which are of course substantially more expensive. The quality of this item is more than reasonable given the price, and mine has remained robust.
This machine is a espresso maker, so when it refers to three cups, it refers to three cups of espresso, so make sure that will be enough for you. You can alternatively use it as a coffee maker, and there is space to make around one cup with this model.
In terms of the quality of the espresso that it produces, I was pleased with the taste, and it's a consistent taste which I strongly approve of. One thing that never occurred to me though was that it needs washing and using a few times to get rid of the taste of the machine, so maybe make a few cups without drinking them, to help break the machine in so to speak!
The machine also appears to me to be quite fast, I've limited experiences of other machines, having had this for a while, but it certainly speeds up the whole process of coffee making up!
This machine doesn't come with a milk frother as standard, but you can purchase this separately. This doesn't interest me personally, but many purchasers might well like to have this addition to make the most from their machine.
In terms of cleaning, the machine is easy to clean, although it's worth noting that it's sensible to keep it clean, as the water holder can pick up signs of staining and marks, and inevitably the machine will mark from the coffee, but this arguably adds to the taste of the coffee.
As mentioned above, the quality of the item is good, from a reputed manufacturer. If I had to pick fault at the construction of the machine, I'd suggest that maybe the plastic handle isn't of such good quality as the rest of the espresso maker. Given the price of the product though, it's not surprising and doesn't really detract from the machine.
I referred at the beginning of the review to the six cup version, and to be honest, this is probably a better purchase for many people, as it's only a couple of pounds more to purchase, and of course has twice the coffee making potential. So if you have guests, it's a much quicker solution.
The machine retails for 19.99 pounds, and is currently available new for 18 pounds including postage from Amazon. if you're happy with a second hand machine, these at the time of writing can be had for about ten pounds including postage on sites such as eBay.
Overall, I like this model, it's well-built, good value and remains robust despite frequent use. The only real disadvantage that I can say in buying this is that it might make you drink far more strong coffee than you otherwise might have done!
Summary: Solid product, but might make you drink too much strong coffee!
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