5 Best Stovetop Espresso Makers 2016

The 9090 by RIchard Shapper.  If sheer quality is what you are after and don't mind paying for it, then this maker is difficult to beat.  Beautifully designed and constructed, it looks as awesome as it performs - an outstanding paragon of design.
The 9090 by RIchard Shapper. If sheer quality is what you are after and don't mind paying for it, then this maker is difficult to beat. Beautifully designed and constructed, it looks as awesome as it performs - an outstanding paragon of design.

The evocative aroma of fresh coffee brewing on the stove is surely one of the most wonderful sensory experiences there is.

Whether it is first thing in the morning, during a slow afternoon, or after a long day, the taste of freshly brewed coffee is the ultimate combination of relaxation and pick-me-up.

This top 5 list of selections for the best stovetop espresso makers 2016 has been put together taking into account a range of budgets and tastes, but the main consideration, as far as priorities go, is value for money.

It is difficult to beat a tasty and well made cup of coffee.  The drink is a great morning kick starter, and a refreshing brew for a weary afternoon, or a long car journey. A stovetop brewer is one of the best ways to get quality espresso at home.
It is difficult to beat a tasty and well made cup of coffee. The drink is a great morning kick starter, and a refreshing brew for a weary afternoon, or a long car journey. A stovetop brewer is one of the best ways to get quality espresso at home. | Source

Main Advantages

The benefits of these brewers over other over types are numerous and include:

  • They are relatively affordable to buy, compared to other types of coffee maker.
  • They don't take up lots of kitchen storage or counter space.
  • They can be used outdoors as well as in the kitchen, all you need is a source of heat - no wires, plug sockets, electric supply - so you can take them with you when traveling, or off camping.
  • Many connoisseurs believe that they make the best tasting coffee of any method.
  • The best makers look attractive and enhance the appearance of a kitchen.
  • They are easy to clean and maintain.
  • You don't have to constantly keep buying new filter papers, like you do with a drip machine.
  • Aluminum and stainless steel stovetop brewers are extremely durable and will easily outlast most electric coffeemakers.

When possible, it is always best to buy your coffee in bean form and grind them yourself just before you brew.  That way you will get maximum flavor.  The beans should be stored in an airtight container and kept away from extremes of heat and cold.
When possible, it is always best to buy your coffee in bean form and grind them yourself just before you brew. That way you will get maximum flavor. The beans should be stored in an airtight container and kept away from extremes of heat and cold. | Source

To me, the smell of fresh-made coffee is one of the greatest inventions.

— Hugh Jackman

What to Look For?

One question that I have often been asked is what should discerning coffee drinkers look for, when they are seeking to buy the best stovetop espresso makers?

There are a number of main factors to consider, in my experience:

  • The espresso maker should look and feel good - if you're anything like me, you are likely to use it every day!
  • It should be easy to use and clean - functionality matters!
  • It should be well constructed and durable - you want something that is built to last!
  • It should be competitively priced - value for money is always desirable!
  • It should do its main job effectively and produce tasty espresso coffee!

Below are my top 5 selections for the best stovetop espresso makers currently available.

To obtain the maximum flavor from your beans, you should be careful to store your coffee correctly.  Ideally the beans should be kept in an airtight container to protect them from the damp.  They should also be kept from extremes of temperature.
To obtain the maximum flavor from your beans, you should be careful to store your coffee correctly. Ideally the beans should be kept in an airtight container to protect them from the damp. They should also be kept from extremes of temperature. | Source
If you are looking for a classic design that is both attractive, functional, affordable, and durable, then the Bialetti is your first go to.  Available in a variety of sizes to meet different household needs, this maker is available in various colors
If you are looking for a classic design that is both attractive, functional, affordable, and durable, then the Bialetti is your first go to. Available in a variety of sizes to meet different household needs, this maker is available in various colors

Classic Italian Design at an Affordable Price: The Bialetti!

You always know that you are always in safe hands with a Bialetti!

The Bialetti 6800 Moka Express features the classic Bialetti design features. It is constructed from hard wearing aluminum and cast in the classic octagonal shape that was first introduced in Italy in 1933.

It achieves being both stylishly functional as well as being affordable when it comes to price.

The model pictured makes 6 cups of espresso coffee in 4–5 minutes, but they also come in a variety of other sizes.

Attractive and Inexpensive: The Bodum Chambord!

Bodum are a premium brand, producing exceptional stovetop brewers in a number of different styles, sizes and colors.

As well as having a uniquely attractive appearance, the Bodum Chambord also produces delicious coffee. It has a stainless steel body and a heat resistant, retro-look, bakelite handle.

Compact and capable of producing steaming espresso coffee within 4-5-minutes, this high quality maker can be used on electric, gas, and ceramic stovetops and is available in black and aluminum colors.

The Cuisinox Roma: Beautiful and Functional!

The Cuisinox Roma is a handcrafted premium stovetop espresso maker with a unique, sleek and elegant design. It is constructed from heavy gauge 18/10 stainless steel with a polished mirror finish. It can be used on any sort of stovetop.

This exceptional stovetop espresso maker is also very easy to clean and comes with an extra gasket. The Cuisinox comes in 6 cup and 10 cup sizes.

The RIchard Shapper 9090: The Ultimate Espresso Maker!

The ultimate in makers as far as many, including myself, are concerned.

The RIchard Shapper 9090 is a superior piece of design technology which transforms brewing and drinking into a luxury experience.

Constructed from stainless steel with a cast iron handle, and incorporating silicone technology, this would make a wonderful gift for someone special who loves their coffee.

The maker looks amazing, is simple to use, durable and easy to clean, and delivers excellent beverages.

Definitely one of the best on the market at present and certainly the best stovetop espresso maker in my list.

Tips on Storing Coffee

Poorly stored coffee will quickly lose its aroma and taste. There are a number of excellent methods to employ to keep it fresh, however, as well as a number of things to avoid.

  • Always buy your coffee in bean form, when possible, rather than ready ground. You should aim to grind the beans just before brewing to maximize flavor.
  • Store the coffee in an airtight container to keep it away from moisture and protect it from light and heat (see below). The best containers are generally constructed from glass, stainless steel, or ceramic.
  • Keep the beans away from extreme heat or cold. Direct sunlight should also be avoided. Somewhere cool and dark is generally best.
  • Avoid freezing coffee when possible, as this will diminish the taste. Refrigeration should also be avoided for the same reason.

Coffee and humans go back a long way.  It was first discovered in Ethiopia, when, according to legend, a goat herder noticed that his animals were more lively when they ate from the coffee bush.  The Arabs then adopted the bean and began cultivation.
Coffee and humans go back a long way. It was first discovered in Ethiopia, when, according to legend, a goat herder noticed that his animals were more lively when they ate from the coffee bush. The Arabs then adopted the bean and began cultivation. | Source

We want to do a lot of stuff; we're not in great shape. We didn't get a good night's sleep. We're a little depressed. Coffee solves all these problems in one delightful little cup.

— Jerry Seinfeld

History of the "Moka Pot"

Moka pot coffeemakers produce coffee by pushing pressurized steam, created from boiling water, through ground coffee.

This style of coffeemaker is often used in Europe and Latin America and was first patented in 1933 in Italy, by the inventor Luigi De Ponti for Alfonso Bialetti.

The distinctive Bialetti design, functional and attractive with its octagonal shape, is considered by many to be iconic.

The original moka pot was constructed from aluminum with bakelite handles. Many modern makers still use a similar design and construction materials.

The perfect cup of coffee depends to a large degree on how the coffee is ground, brewed and prepared.  A good espresso maker will deliver a tasty beverage that you can mix with milk or cream.
The perfect cup of coffee depends to a large degree on how the coffee is ground, brewed and prepared. A good espresso maker will deliver a tasty beverage that you can mix with milk or cream. | Source
It's important to remember when making an espresso that it's not just the coffee making that you have to be concerned with if you want cafe standard beverages.  The milk needs to be suitably frothy for the optimum consistency and taste.
It's important to remember when making an espresso that it's not just the coffee making that you have to be concerned with if you want cafe standard beverages. The milk needs to be suitably frothy for the optimum consistency and taste.

Seriously, You Should Consider Purchasing a Milk Frother too!

A great tasting latte or cappuccino is more than just about having aromatic and flavorsome coffee. You need to get the milk just right too, which is not as straightforward as it might first appear!

That means you should seriously consider buying a milk frother too.

There are two main types of frother.

  • The hand held type normally takes the form of a propeller on a stem which you dip into your milk. They are typically battery operated. If you are buying a hand held milk frother, then you may also want to consider buying a milk frothing pitcher too.
  • Electric milk frothers are more expensive, but worth it in many ways. These are typically metal pots/pitchers which froth the milk internally and then keep it heated. They are easier to operate than hand helds and they effectively operate as pitchers too!

You might also consider an espresso thermometer too, it will help you to get the temperature of the milk just right, essential for the perfect cappuccino or latte!

The Alessi 9095 has an aluminum cast body and is designed to be an affordable maker, that doesn't compromise on style and functionality.  The Alessi should be hand-washed using warm water, and kept out of the dishwasher..
The Alessi 9095 has an aluminum cast body and is designed to be an affordable maker, that doesn't compromise on style and functionality. The Alessi should be hand-washed using warm water, and kept out of the dishwasher..

One More Top Rated Stovetop Coffee Maker to Consider!

This maker is not cheap, but it is certainly worth the investment. The Alessi 9095/3 B La Cupola is a beautiful piece of design, both in appearance and functionality.

This cast aluminum brewer has the convenience of being easy to clean (always hand wash, never put it in the dishwasher!) combined with the functionality to make excellent espresso.

Tip: Never put this type of maker in a dishwasher. Instead you should clean the pot by rinsing it in warm water, allowing the coffee residue to coat the insides of the pot.

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David 4 years ago

Thanks for your top 5. I've ordered an Alessi 9090 6 cup to replace my Atomic, which doesn't work on my new Induction hob


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FloridaFacts 4 years ago from Florida USA

You've highlighted some beautiful stovetop espresso makers! I used to have a Bialetti, which is a classic design and worked well - unfortunately an ex of mine borrowed it and never gave me it back! I might go for the Cuisinox Roma as a replacement, I have heard good things about them and I fancy a change.

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