Product Type: Moka coffee machines
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Moka Express Hob Espresso Maker 3 cup
Author Name: superness11
Moka Express Hob Espresso Maker 3 cup
Advantages: easy to use
Disadvantages: the bags of coffee can be expensive
Coffee...the unmistakable aroma wafting through the house is enough to get me out of bed. I like my coffee rich and dark (just like the way I like men!) to give me that kick to start to start the day. Studies in to coffee have found that the aroma of coffee can soothe frayed nerves and that just the whiff could be enough to reverse the effects of a poor night's sleep on the brain.
I like espresso coffee because it is short and on a busy morning, I do not have the time to sit down and drink a large pot. I bought the Moka express espresso maker because it is a cheap way of making good coffee.
*Price and availability*
The moka express comes in a variety of sizes, 1 cup, 3 cup, 6 cup and 9 cup. The 3 cup maker will cost you around £16.10. I found mine in T K MAXX and paid £7.99. A true bargain as Bialetti is an expensive brand.
It looks a bit like a kettle but there is more to it than this! It is made from cast aluminum and has a black acyclic handle that does not get hot on the heat but it can melt easily so do not have other burners on when in use. Depending on the size of your hob or your coffee maker, you may need a stand for your hob. I do not need one as I have stands already with my hob that fits the base on neatly.
In order to use the espresso maker fill the base with water. While I am preparing the coffee I usually have a separate kettle boiling in order to speed the process up, so I use boiled water from the kettle.
In the base there is a funnel shaped container for the special roast espresso coffee. Once you pop the coffee in and make sure you fill it to the top, it needs tamping down which is in effect pressing it closer together so that the water takes longer to drain through, giving a richer cup of coffee. You can pick this up at supermarkets and there are a variety of brands and blends to choose from. Next you simply screw on the upper unit tightly till it doesn't want to screw on anymore. It needs to be tight for the right pressure so that the steam forces the water up from the base. You also need to make sure the lid is on tight, otherwise coffee can escape out of the top! So as the machine is bubbling away nicely on the hob, you are unaware that this little baby is reaching a whopping temperature of 100 degrees and the water is moving from the base, travelling through a spout and into the top unit. Once the bubbling takes on louder gurgle, it is time to turn off the heat and gradually let the rest of water be forced up before the coffee is ready to serve. Once you are happy that the coffee is made and this is recognisable by the aroma and the reduction in noise, serve the coffee for you and your friends.
*Cleaning and maintenance*
Usually coffee makers are quite hard to clean but this one is really simple. Once it has cooled down, unscrew everything, empty out the coffee grounds and rinse it all in warm water with a little washing up liquid if needed. I've put mine through the dishwasher and it is fine, so long as you let all the bits dry out properly.
I love this little espresso maker, it is really easy to use and you do not need to buy filters or spend hours cleaning it. Once you buy a good bag of coffee, you cannot go wrong. It takes no time at all to make, especially if you use water that has already boiled.
The design of the pot is stylish and sophisticated and if you have guests, you can even serve them straight from the pot as it looks great stood on the table.
Very Italian, even if we are in Yorkshire.
Summary: A great way to make espresso that tastes delicious
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