I recently got a stove top espresso maker, a Bialetti Moka Express. It’s a great little gadget. Inexpensive, and brews a nice espresso. Now I understand the purists out there may disagree that this doesn’t actually make espresso, it makes coffee from espresso grounds. “True” espresso is made under high pressure, like 8 or 9 bars… this just uses steam pressure generated in a sealed environment which probably tops out at about 1.5 bars. Continue reading

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