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MyronJ
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Posted Sat Jul 10, 2004, 2:36pm
Subject: Re: Brewing with the Bialetti Brikka 4-Cup
 

Sorry for joining this thread so late.

I guess I may be considered a traitor to the Brikka, which has been pretty much shelved by me since i got my Gaggia.

Yes, I do feel a bit guilty about it and must admit that, for the time being, that I got more consistent results from the Brikka than the Gaggia. My better Gaggia shots are better, more body, crema is a different quality entirely. I only did a side by side taste test once and the differences were clear even for the coffee under the crema.

I doubt the Bialetti will make a Stainless Steel model. They are gung ho on aluminum for its conductive qualities.

Stash, it would be great if you could get a two cup model to compare the results.  Attached find a picture of "crema" (quite bubbly and pate though) that lasted for a couple of minutes. [peterin out only after pver four minute. This looks like it is about 1/2" and I don't think I manged getting even 1/4" with the four cup (as you did). Maybe I will study your post and try duplicating your method.

From what I understand the relationship of air/water in the boiler is unique in the Brikka series. That is why they use a three cup body for a two cup model and a six cup body for the four. However, i was told by their R&D man that a better four cup Brikka would actually require a different sized body.

I wanted to write an article about the Brikka and have been waiting to get some feedback from Bialetti. Can't say that i see any replies from them on the horizon.

Best, Myron

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Posted Sat Jul 10, 2004, 5:48pm
Subject: Re: Brewing with the Bialetti Brikka 4-Cup
 

brian5701 Said:

You are using the 6-cup electric model, I assume?  Do you find it easy to use?

Posted July 10, 2004 link

Yes... it is the 6 cup.  I am surprised that there are negative comments other than that it does take a little time to clean up.  But I quickly became very efficient at cleaning it and it generally does not take more than a couple of minutes to thoroughly wash and dry all parts.  I have been using it for more than a year with but one problem.  Within the first month, the seal above the electric hot plate developed a leak.  It was replaced quickly by Bodum and since then has worked flawlessly.  It definitely gets the coffee hot enough.  I have to be very careful to sip the coffee for the first minute or so to avoid burning my mouth.

Myron,

Thanks for joining in !!!  Funny... I went from a Gaggia to the Brikka.  I am still thinking of buying another inexpensive pump machine... perhaps the Innova Arc that was just reviewed.  After a year with the Gaggia, I felt like its performance was diminishing.  If I had to guess, I suspect the aluminum boiler was the culprit along with overly softened water.

It does look like the 2-cup Brikka does a better job with the crema.  If I do buy the 2-cup and/or a pump machine, I will run some comparisons and post the results.  For now I am pretty happy with the little Brikka... but variety is the spice of life !!!
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Posted Fri Jul 16, 2004, 4:17am
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What's the deal with these moka pots, can you buy the biggest and brew less if you need to or must you size the pot to the number of cups you want?

What about that fancy Bialetti here is it as good as the one below?

Bob
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Posted Fri Jul 16, 2004, 8:43am
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Can anyone provide a good web or mail-order source to purchase a 2-cup Brikka?  Thanks.
Paul
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MyronJ
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Posted Tue Aug 17, 2004, 6:23am
Subject: Re: Brewing with the Bialetti Brikka 4-Cup
 

Your query as to where you can purchase on line was left unanswered:
I might suggest http://amiganien.com.
I think they are reliable and cheaper than other sites i have seen.

best,
Myron
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Posted Tue Aug 17, 2004, 7:29am
Subject: Re: Brewing with the Bialetti Brikka 4-Cup
 

Thanks, Myron. I ordered both the 2- and 4-cup Brikkas from them. Prices were good and the service was excellent.
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Posted Wed Aug 18, 2004, 10:04pm
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I'm just getting into coffee. Buying my first pot was a choice between a French Press and a Bialetti. I went with the French Press....but this thread makes me want to try the little stove-top Bialetti too. I guess that'll be my second pot! (after I get my Zassenhaus grinder though!)
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Posted Wed Aug 18, 2004, 10:09pm
Subject: Re: Brewing with the Bialetti Brikka 4-Cup
 

The Moka Pot will likely make you want a real espresso machine that much more.  It will give you a hint of the flavor which you can develop with a pump machine.

I have always liked french press coffee (hate the sludge, though).  I think you made a wise choice getting the press as your first device.  I have always thought that a press is simple elegance.

Jeremy

 
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Posted Mon Sep 20, 2004, 7:41pm
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bump

 
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Posted Mon Sep 20, 2004, 7:51pm
Subject: Re: Brewing with the Bialetti Brikka 4-Cup
 

Bob - I have the Bialetti Brikka 4-cup, and it's my understanding that it only works correctly if you make the full 4-cups.  Not sure if that's true of the 6-cup.  By the way, I just measured it and my 4-cup uses about 5 oz of water.  Apparently a moka pot cup is 1.25 oz.
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