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Espresso Maker

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by jkipness, Oct 31, 2008.

  1. mikeman

    mikeman Senior member

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    I have recently go into drinking espresso.I was wondering if any of you use a Moka pot,and if so,do you like it?
     
  2. matero30

    matero30 New Member

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    Victoria Arduino makes the most classic espresso machine. each one is still hand crafted in Italy, they come in copper, brass or chrome.
    Very functional, it gives you am excellent shot of espresso. I would get the Venus Family model for home use.
    Very expensive, but you did say Bentley.
     
  3. rjmaiorano

    rjmaiorano Senior member

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    I was so happy to see this post!

    I have my Sicilian grandparents stovetop espresso maker and it only has 2 chambers, not like the 3-chambered pots I keep finding on the internet. I would love to make myself a shot of espresso in the mornings but I have no clue to how to use it. The spout is on the bottom chamber and the second chamber is a flat bottomed filter (not funnel shaped like the moka). Can you tell me how to use it and how much coffee per amount water to use? Thanks!!


    This should have three pieces. a bottom piece which is basically a cup with a handle, then a filter piece which slides down the sides of the bottom piece. It looks like a cup as well, but at the top of the cup there is a convex filter where you pack the espresso, mine has a screw on lid which has part of the filter in it. The third part pops onto first cup part, with the filter sitting in between. This third piece will have the spout on it, and while it is boiling on the stove, the spout will be upside down. Once the water is boiled, you flip the whole thing so the boiling water is now on top and the spout is pointing up. Gravity does the filtration for you and soon enough you have great espresso to drink.

    I gather that might be confusing to picture without photos, I'll try and post pics of mine.
     
  4. A Y

    A Y Senior member

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    I just had a good customer service experience with Capresso and wanted to pass it along. I got an Infinity burr grinder last week, and found out that it wouldn't grind: the burrs were turning, but the beans weren't being pulled into the burrs. Instead they kind of went on a merry-go-round ride on top of the burrs, and then jumped back out into the hopper. I called Capresso, and after a few basic diagnostics, they decided to ship me a new unit along with a UPS label to ship back the old one. No fuss, no drama.

    --Andre
     
  5. beatrice ughi

    beatrice ughi New Member

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    I have a Gaggia Tebe, about 6 years old now and going strong. However, some small part of me wants it to die so I can buy a manual-lever Italian chrome machine like the one a friend of mine owns. I think he has this one:

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    Sorry I get here so late. Somebody just mentioned to me that this thread talked about us, Gustiamo and Sant'Eustachio coffee.
    Did somebody already answered to the post above? The one in the picture is a Pavoni. A beautiful looking coffee machine. I had it for a few years, but I was never able to make it work right. Something was wrong with the water pressure and nobody was able to fix it. Since then, I use a Bialetti and I am very happy with it. I also read, above, that some friend did not know how a Bialetti would work. Well, we actually made a (really embarrassing) video of How to Make Coffee. Might it help? Grazie mille,
    Beatrice
     
  6. the shah

    the shah Senior member

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    I have recently go into drinking espresso.I was wondering if any of you use a Moka pot,and if so,do you like it?

    that's a stovetop but makes coffee not espresso, it doesn't have the crema

    it's still really good coffee though, and you get more than a one-shot pleasure of the espresso
    pair it with a good frother and you can make some nice cafe au lait (though not the European cafe latte or cafe au lait since they don't have a name for this made with drip-brewed coffee)
     
  7. gregaz

    gregaz Senior member

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    I have the fixed wheel bike level "machine": a Bialetti Moka.
    I have been drinking coffee from one of these for over five years, and I STILL think it is some of the best out there! I have a Nespresso machine at the office, because we don't have a sink and needed something clean and low maintenance. If you get the stronger pods (like black), I find it quite good, and VERY easy. Where does everyone buy their pods - direct from Nespresso?
     
  8. fdbaker

    fdbaker Senior member

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    I use a Rancilio Epoca which does a very nice job:

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    I also use the excellent KitchenAid grinder discussed above. But the biggest advancement in my coffee making occured when I began to roast my own coffee, using one of these (Hottop):

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    I buy green beans online -- http://www.coffeebeancorral.com/ -- and roast them in my basement. There is really nothing like a consistent supply of freshly roasted beans. And the aroma of roasting beans is fantastic.
     
  9. Maharlika

    Maharlika Senior member

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    I have a trusty Francis Francis!X5 espresso maker and use Illy coffee every single morning.
     
  10. wetnose

    wetnose Senior member

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    Strictly speaking, this doesn't make espresso, but it's sure close to it, for a lot less than a lot of any of the machines previously featured:



    http://www.singleservecoffee.com/archives/004326.php

    Highly recommended. I have one for the office and one for the home. Excellent value for the money.
     
  11. allreds

    allreds Senior member

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    Francis x1 with brass (not aluminum) boiler - pain to clean well, but nice
    purchased refurbished from francis outlet on ebay
    [​IMG]
     
  12. happy hooligan

    happy hooligan Senior member

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    Here's my La Pavoni...

    from 1976.

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    more pics on my blog of it. It makes an excellent espresso.
     
  13. Treen

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    ^^^You bought that for $15?! That's an absolute bargain. I'm in the market for a manual machine right now and have been looking at the new versions of basically the same machine. I need to get to garage sales more often...
     
  14. chobochobo

    chobochobo Senior member Moderator

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    Nice Pavoni. Reminds me, I must use those beans from Sant Eustachio in my humble Moka Express again. Coincidentally, I was cleaning my Alessi Nespresso machine (the one designed by Sapper) today - made a big difference in the coffee - much more crema and stronger flavour. Yum.
     
  15. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    Nice Pavoni. Reminds me, I must use those beans from Sant Eustachio in my humble Moka Express again. Coincidentally, I was cleaning my Alessi Nespresso machine (the one designed by Sapper) today - made a big difference in the coffee - much more crema and stronger flavour. Yum.
    Which machine is the Alessi? I don't see that on Nespresso's website.
     
  16. gomestar

    gomestar Senior member

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    until this thread (and another from a link posted below for similar threads), I never knew coffee people could be more snobby than wine people.
     
  17. HORNS

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    until this thread (and another from a link posted below for similar threads), I never knew coffee people could be more snobby than wine people.

    The world of taste is like an infinitely layered onion . . .

    Everything I've thought I've known is really just the tip of the iceberg.
     
  18. chobochobo

    chobochobo Senior member Moderator

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    Which machine is the Alessi? I don't see that on Nespresso's website.

    It's an old one, I don't think they make it anymore.
     
  19. hws

    hws Senior member

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    Best for me is type which put on stove, I pay only 2,5 Euro for this espresso maker!
     
  20. JT82

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    Best for me is type which put on stove, I pay only 2,5 Euro for this espresso maker!
    You're referring to the Moka? Is this a true espresso maker?
     

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