Cuisinox 6 cup Espresso Stovetop Coffeemaker
- 6 cups, sizes based on 11/2 ounce cups
- High quality, mirror polished aluminum
- Dishwasher safe
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With the invention of the stove top espresso coffee maker, espresso, long a staple of Italian cafés and bars became available for home consumption. As the cold water in the lower chamber heats, the pressure from its boiling forces the water up through the coffee grounds. In just a few minutes, espresso emerges from the spout into the upper chamber as the pot hisses and gurgles. Remove the pot from the heat and let it stand until the lower chamber is releasing only steam. The lower water tank holds a metal filter and features a safety valve. The upper tank fills with perfectly brewed coffee. Now Italy's favorite aluminum coffeemaker can go to work in your kitchen, making delicious espresso on gas or electric stove tops. Now available in a mirror finished aluminum. Larger sizes are listed below.
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This one appears to have the same design as others I've used, but for some reason is very slow to brew and sometimes requires that I hit it on the stove a bit. It's like the grind blocks the filter and prevents the brew from getting through or something. I'm learning to get the grind just right so this doesn't happen, and not to overpack it, but this is unfortunate because the best espresso is with finely ground coffee packed well in the basket... The first 1/3 or so that comes out is like true espresso, but the rest is like watered down coffee, the combination of which results in something akin to an Americano, if not a bit stronger.
Overally I've been able to make this work but am considering getting a second, more expensive one with the hopes it makes a better espresso without the unpredictability.
Lacks quality, then again, $20 doesn't buy quality anymore.
Going to splurge a bit and go Italian made next time.