Kate's Cuisine

Aug 20 2012

Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Maker

 

This Bialetti stovetop espresso maker that I got a few weeks ago is not the first that I have ever owned. I did have one, way back when I was in college, but as I remember I gave it away because I could never get it to work. Wanting an espresso machine one more time so I can make tiramisu, but not wanting to spend hundreds of dollars on one, I bought this one. And just hoped that it would work for me.

So I got it home, took it out of the package, read the instructions very carefully, and started getting it ready. According to the few package instructions, you’re to fill the bottom portion of the carafe with cold water (only to the marked line,) then spoon enough espresso into the funnel, but do not tap it down or force it in there. Then, carefully drop the funnel into the bottom portion of the carafe and screw the top portion on top of the funnel. All of this is perfectly fine, and this is how you should start making the espresso. However, here’s where it gets tricky and, if you haven’t gotten awesome instructions such as these here, you kind of have to figure it out on your own.

The instructions say at this point, once your pot of espresso is ready, you should place it over low heat on the stovetop. Trust me when I tell you that if you do this, you will be waiting a very, very long time for your espresso. And you probably won’t ever get any. I know I didn’t the first time I used mine, even though it steamed and everything else. I did read somewhere else though that with any stovetop espresso maker you have to throw the first batch away anyway. Maybe it’s got something to do with that why my first try didn’t take, but still jack that element up to the boiling point.

Once the Bialetti starts to boil, it will steam rapidly. Keep it going for just a few minutes. I find that when it stops steaming, the espresso is ready to be poured! Just remember to be extremely careful with that handle. It can get pretty hot, so don’t be too eager to just grab on to it.

The only problem I had with the Bialetti stovetop espresso maker was that I didn’t get any espresso the first time I made it. Again, that could be because you’re just simply not supposed to. Since though, every time with my Bialetti has been successful and espresso is delicious! (still haven’t tried the tiramisu though…) Mine cost $31.99 and was worth every penny. Just remember to only use hot water and a soft cloth to clean it – otherwise you could damage it. Wipe it off with a soft, dry cloth afterwards to make sure it doesn’t air dry and then reassemble to store, without screwing the top on too tightly.

Lastly, Bialetti doesn’t tell you how to take your espresso, and I’m not going to either. I like mine with a bit of whipped cream and a teaspoon of sugar because that stuff is stroooong! But take yours however you like – enjoying it black can be a nice way to sip the beautiful crema that the Bialetti leaves behind.

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2 Responses to “Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Maker”

  1. Afzaon 13 Dec 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I’m the occasional latte,cappuccino drink beucsae I can’t stomach paying $4-5 dollars for one at the coffee shop. But this little pot takes the cake. Follow the instructions though beucsae they are written just right. They state that the first 3 batches are throw-outs, and even though I drank mine, that truly is the case. Batch #4 was the one and they’ve only gotten better each time. Follow instructions and watch the DVD provided and you’ll be sippin’ in no time. The only downside is that it’s small. This is a one person deal, then you have to let the pot cool before starting it up again.

  2. kateon 24 Dec 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Thanks for stopping by, Afza, and for your comment too! I unfortunately, did not get a DVD with mine, but found that after the first batch, I was fine. Mind you, I don’t know what a truly “great” espresso tastes like as I too, can’t afford to pay through the nose for them. I use it my Bialetti all the time now, and especially love it with a drop of sugar and some yummy whipped cream! Thanks for stopping by, even though I’ve taken a temporary break from the blog!

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