The Bialetti has been the iconic home coffee maker since 1933. Over 330 million of these have been made. The Bialetti is a classic part of Italian culinary culture in any home, and using it as one of your brew methods will add a bit of coffee romance to your day.
The Moka Pot can be used to produce a cup which, while not quite espresso, is viscous and rich. Frankly a pod machine doesn’t get closer.
The Brikka is an improvement on the classic Moka Express – its patented valve produces more crema and an enhanced mouthfeel.
You are getting close to espresso without a lot of fancy and expensive equipment. With great, freshly and correctly ground coffee, a bit of effort and some frothed milk you can even produce a flat white that is pretty darn close to acceptable. Froth your milk with a Bialetti hand frother (if you want to stay away from electric gadgets) or get an induction milk frother – these do a pretty solid job. Consider using a moka pot at home and drinking your espresso in a cafe where a skilled, experienced barista is making your coffee on a top quality (and very expensive) commercial machine.
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