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How to Use a Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Pot

These heritage machines are relatively inexpensive, make great coffee, there's a model for whatever heat source you're using and they run from 1 to 18 cups in size. There are a few little tips and tricks to getting a great result so to get the most from your Bialetti simply follow these very easy steps...

Bialetti stovetop espresso coffeemakers work on a pressure system.
Before using the coffeemaker for the first time, unscrew the top from the base by grasping the top and base with separate hands. Remove the filter funnel from the base. Then remove the filter plate and the rubber/ silicone washer. Wash all parts in hot water and correctly reassemble the top section. Now you're ready to make your first brew...



Fill the base (water tank) with water to just below the level of the safety valve. Do not overfill! The air in the space between the water and the coffee filter is what heats and forces the water up through the coffee, and into the upper chamber. If the water tank is overfilled the result is boiled coffee, with a bitter or burnt taste.
Insert the filter funnel. Then loosely fill the filter funnel with ground coffee, do not press coffee down. Screw the top section firmly to the base. Bialetti stovetop espresso makers are suitable for use on gas, electric and ceramic hobs. (Induction stovetop espresso pots like Venus will have "Suitable for Induction" on the box).
Place the coffeemaker on a low to medium heat. When using on gas adjust the flame so that it does not extend up the side of the pot as it may affect the painted surface (if your pot has one) or melt the handle. It takes only 3 - 6 minutes, depending on the size of the coffeemaker and the intensity of heat, and it’s ready to serve.


Tips & FAQs


Use a stovetop espresso or plunger grind of your favourite coffee blend. Do not use extracts, infusions, espresso machine grind or instant coffee as they will block the filter plate. 
It is important that you use the correct size coffeemaker for the number of cups of coffee required. For example if you require just a single cup of coffee you would use the 1 cup Moka (which gives a demi-tasse) or the 2 cup Moka (which gives a large cup or 2 x demi-tasse). For 4 demi-tasse you would use the 4 cup Moka and so on. You cannot for example expect a perfect cup of coffee if you use a 6 cup Moka Express, but only put in half the specified amount of coffee and water, in an attempt to make a single cup of coffee, as the water doesn't move through the coffee evenly giving you that perfect brewing system.
Remove immediately from the heat once coffee bubbles to the top. Do not allow to boil and do not put on full heat as this may cause the coffee to have a burnt taste. It is recommended that the first 3 - 4 “brews” be thrown away. Never place the coffeemaker on a heat source without water.
DO NOT USE THE HANDLE as a lever. Particularly when the coffee maker is hot and the expanded metal makes the fit tighter and more difficult to unscrew. Wait for the coffee pot to cool or run under cold water to loosen before unscrewing by grasping the pot by the top and bottom and twisting.