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Best stovetop espresso maker reviews

Updated on November 23, 2015
Make the perfect stovetop espresso with these espresso makers.
Make the perfect stovetop espresso with these espresso makers.

I consider myself a bit of an espresso connoisseur, because I love espresso and have tried many espresso machines and coffees. In this article I will review the best stovetop espresso makers.

The Italians call espresso from stove top espresso makers Moca. So don't be confused, if you come across the term.

Best stovetop espresso maker

There are many fancy espresso makers on the market. Having tried them I still keep coming back to my trusty Bialetti. It is low maintenance, easy to use and makes the perfect cup time after time.

The way you use it is to fill the lower half with water up to the mark. You put your grounds in the upper container. You join the two halves. Then you put it on a low setting flame and wait for it to make a gurgle sound. This gives you have a traditional espresso which is much better than the ones from the Cafe or an espresso machine.

I enjoy camping and I have found using this espresso maker on a camp fire, is as easy as using it on a stove.

Just about every Italian family owns one of these Bialetti espresso makers.

Premium stovetop espresso maker

This one is very similar to the one above and it's made by the same company. This version is made from stainless steel while the version above is made from aluminum. Making this one expensive, but also more durable.

Some people also prefer the round shape to the octagonal one.

I found this espresso maker a bit easier to clean than the traditional model.

Traditional italian blends

Now I'm not a snob. There is nothing wrong with using a coffee blend from Duncan Donuts to make a fine cup of espresso. But just to know what it tastes like, you should also try at least one traditional Italian blend.

With many espresso roasts you get a burnt taste, not with illy. Everyone I've made an Illy espresso for says the flavor is much better than espresso from coffee stores.

Lavazza Caffe Espresso
They make several coffees. I am only recommending the espresso one. It's not for everyone, it's heavier slightly bitter but also slightly chocolaty. I love it, so probably worth trying.

Stovetop espresso maker tips

Here are some tips to help you make the perfect espresso consistently.

  1. The smaller smaller stovetop espresso makers make better espressos. The taste is just a little off with the 20 cup espresso makers.
  2. Never wash your espresso maker with dish washing liquid. Just rinse it clean.
  3. Don't put your espresso maker in the dishwasher.
  4. If your tap water is over chlorinated, used bottled water instead of tap water.
  5. Don't compress the coffee.
  6. You have to use the machine often to make good coffee. If you haven't made one in a while, make a weak coffee. Throw that out and then make a real one.
  7. Heat the coffee at a very low heat setting. It's ok if it takes 10 minutes to do.

Best Stovetop Espresso Makers

I love the smell of fresh coffee beans
I love the smell of fresh coffee beans

If you enjoyed best stovetop espresso makers review you should also read best single cup coffee makers review.

stovetop espresso maker reviews
stovetop espresso maker reviews

A brief history of coffee

As far as we know the history of coffee only goes back to the 15th century. Just think of all the centuries before that. People had no coffee at all. I guess they drank water, which is just not as good as coffee.

The stimulating affects of coffee is thought to have been discovered by an Ethiopian tribe. From there coffee spread to Egypt and Yemen. Their neighbor Arabia soon found out about the coffee plant. In Arabia coffee beans where first roasted and ground up, much as they are today. By the 16th century it was being drunk all over the middle east. Shortly thereafter it spread through Europe and the rest of the world.

At one point the Middle Eastern nations where exporting coffee to the West, but the West didn't have any coffee plants to grow their own. Nicolaes Witsen, the enterprising mayor of Amsterdam and member of the board of the Dutch East India Company acquired some plants in Yemen. Soon the Duth East India Company was supplying most of Europe's coffee. The weather in Europe wasn't great for growing the plants. They fixed the supply problem by outsourcing the farming of the plants to Ceylon Sumatra and other Sunda islands. The Dutch gave coffee plants to the French from where it spread to the French colonies.

The coffee plants grew the best in Brazil. For many decades in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Brazil was the biggest producer of coffee and a virtual monopolist in the trade. You still get a lot of good gourmet coffee which comes from Brazil. The Brazilian monopoly was finally broken because of Brazil's policy of keeping coffee prices high. This allowed other countries to get into the market with cheaper coffees.


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