It's really great and worth the money! Made in Italy, what more can you say?
Positive Product Points
This brand makes different sized espresso pots for different cup sizes, so you can get it in 1, 3, 6, 9 or 12 espresso cup size.
Ranging in price from $18.95 for 1 cup to $49.95 for 12 cups.
It's made in Italy and we all know, they know their espresso! Itís made really well.
It makes a wonderful small pot of espresso that actually produces a nice crŤma!
It does not leave grounds in your coffee.
It's very quick. It just takes the amount of time to boil the water then it's very fast after that.
All of the parts come apart and assemble very quickly for fast, easy clean up.
It's small and can travel with you.
The handle won't melt or burn from being directly over the stovetop fire. It doesn't get too hot for the touch immediately after either, which is safe. Itís a bit warm, of course, but not hot.
Negative Product Points
I don't like that the coffee boils out of the pot when it's done or almost done. So if you are not right there exactly when it's finished, it keeps boiling and it spills out of the pot making a mess on the stove. But I guess that can be remedied by just standing there and watching it. I never have though, so I don't know if it just boils out regardless or what. I'm always too busy getting ready for work to just stand there. But it is possible that I'm doing it wrong.
Itís made of cast aluminum, which is fine, but it definitely starts to look "well loved", with stains from the water boiling, little bumps and calcium type stains from the water in the bottom part and the inside of the top where the coffee is brewed, it has weird metal colored stains. It doesn't seem to affect the taste, but it makes me wonder if it's going into my body. No matter I guess, I used to live in Los Angeles. Who knows what I was breathing in everyday!
if you don't want the amount of coffee that your pot produces, meaning if you have a 12 cup pot and you only want 3 cups, then you're out of luck, because according to the instructions, you need to make the required amount it should make or else it won't come out right. I've never tried to make more or less though. So factor that in when buying.
Hmmmm....negative points...negative points....
To be honest, I can't really think of anything else. This is a great little machine. Pretty ingenious really.
I actually received it as a gift from my father-in-law, but looked up the price on www.bialetticafe.com for convenience for the reader. He bought it at Peets Coffee in the bay area, so he might have paid more but Iíve even seen them at Target. He traveled with it everywhere on his long motorcycle rides and would use it when he had a stovetop to put it on. I wanted one and he gave me his. I've had it for a couple of years now, but he bought it a long time ago. I love it and use it all the time. I put it away for a while when I got my Jura-Capresso Impressa E8, but I ended up taking that back because I wasn't happy with it and I'm back to using my Bialetti for now, until I get my new Saeco of course!
Don't buy a cheaper brand or a knock off. Bialetti's have been around forever and they know what they are doing. Look for the little man logo. You'll be happier when it lasts longer than the one for 5 bucks cheaper does.
This was taken directly from their website:
Bialetti Moka Express
"Developed in 1933, the Moka Express is the original aluminum stovetop espresso maker designed by Alfonso Bialetti. It brews an Italian-style coffee on the stovetop with no mechanical or electrical parts. Simple physics, great coffee.
The rich flavourful coffee produced by the moka have made it the most popular coffee maker in the world."
It was a gift, but I've had wonderful luck with William and Sonoma, they have a lifetime guarantee on everything you buy from them, even stuff online, so check there before you buy anything!!