The Bialetti Mini Express is a $30 stovetop espresso maker that’s the next best option if you don’t want a big machine — here’s why


Bialetti has been making stovetop espresso makers since the dawn of the ages, at least where we’re concerned.
The brand offers all shapes and sizes, but the Mini Express (1-Cup or 2-Cup) will get you the closest to thick, rich espresso from a machine.
Tiny, stowable, and dare we say cute, the Mini Express is very little skin off your nose ($20-$30), and even less space on your countertop.

If you’re not familiar with stovetop espresso makers, know at least this: They are as close as you’ll get to true espresso (which is Italian for “expressed,” or simply “pressed”) coffee from a motorized machine, which is made using, yes, you guessed it, pressure. The finer the grind, the more pressure required to push water through it, and the richer and foamier the product.

But there’s a limit, especially with a stovetop espresso maker. It has no motor generating pressure, just steam in a water-filled chamber heated atop your stove. Too fine or tightly packed, your grounds will burn, or water won’t be able to seep through at all (which will also, in effect, burn the ground). Just right — finely ground but not powdered, and evenly but loosely packed in the funnel — and, well, see for yourself.

On the stovetop

Now, I could have done a little better above, but not much. To boot, this is espresso, or caffè crema, almost as good as it gets. I like the 2-Cup because I’ve managed to get twice the foam, and it’s good for having company.

Even after testing espresso machines for months on end, and fiending over them for several years on my own, one thing you’ll never catch me complaining about is when a Bialetti Moka Pot is my only device at hand. Sure, there’s probably a bit of nostalgia at play, but that’s because it works so perfectly well. It also comes everywhere with me, and if I’m camping somewhere I can have a fire, it’s how I’ll make my morning coffee. In fact, I spent nearly a year camping, and my Bialetti often saw the campfire three to four times a day. Sure, it was charred at the end, and the handle had melted off (I fastened a wooden replacement), but it still did its job.

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Source:: Business Insider

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