New! Expresso!

Normally I don’t buy new things. Goodwill, St. Vincent du Paul, and eBay are our primary suppliers for most non-food goods. Our first coffee maker here was a hand-me-down from B’s parents, but we bought another at a garage sale for $2.50. Sure it needed a bungie to keep the basket in place, but it still worked fine for a while. Eventually that one quit (problem with the electronics) and I did some research into good drip coffee makers. The Presto Scandinavian Design coffee maker had great reviews for a cheap model, looked nice, and could be found on eBay for less than $40. So we ordered a used one. It did make great coffee, but it also quit (problem with the electronics). So, I again found myself faced with looking for another coffee maker. Presto is not making that model any longer, and any that I can find for sale online are going for ~$80. Nah. So I looked at espresso makers. Too expensive for all the upkeep. What I really wanted was a coffee maker that did not have those faulty electronics…


So I bought a brand new Bialetti Moka Express pot. It does not need electricity, it makes a nice smooth espresso, can be easily used while traveling/camping, and is not likely to fail for a long long time. Why new? No one was getting rid of them on eBay for cheap.

Now I just need a turkish hand grinder and I will be all set.

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6 thoughts on “New! Expresso!”

  1. Is that the kind they use in Thailand? So, how does it work? Where do you put the coffee and the water, where does the expresso come out?

  2. I was hoping you would ask…

    This is what they use in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. Here is more extensive info from Wikipedia: Moka Express.

    The bottom part holds water, and a funnel shaped basket for the coffee. The funnel sits in the “water tank” with the opening near the bottom. The top part has a filter and seal on the bottom, with a fountain-like spout that opens into the top portion. You fill the bottom tank with water, and fill the basket with coffee, then screw the top on tight. Place it on the stove with low heat and wait. The water in the tank heats up, and the air above it starts expanding. That forces the water up through the funnel, through the coffee, out the spout, and into the top that holds the espresso.

    The term espresso has always been problematic for Americans because it sounds like our English “express”. This particular espresso maker confounds the issue by being named Moka Express. I played on this confusion in the post title. I doubt this is a problem in the UK where tea means supper, a snack, an early evening meal, an interval in cricket and a drink. Do they even drink coffee?

  3. This is the exact one I got for Jeff for his birthday a couple years back– we love it! I guess his dad also has one similar that they take camping– what a nice way to do it without electicity.

  4. Yes, the Bialetti is great! It’s nice if you heat and froth some milk for lattes. I was able to achieve a pretty decent froth just from quickly whisking my milk with a tiny whisk while heating it. It reminded me of the “cafe con leche” we had in Spain on our honeymoon. But I found out the secret to those is that they soak the beans in a sugar syrup after roasting. An interesting thing to try sometime.

  5. That cafe con leche sounds very nice! We have not done much with frothy milk yet, and on this trip coming up, we will be using the powdered variety. I am sure it would still foam, but you know, we will be camping. I am not sure I care to make a latte or ‘chino when all my food comes from a rice pot or a fire pit and my clothes are in their third (fourth, fifth, etc.) day of wear… just doesn’t seem balanced. Yet somehow, espresso is OK.

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