Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Pots | CR Comparison



Although stovetop espresso isn’t true espresso, it still deserves a spot in any home barista’s coffee equipment collection. Stovetop espresso delivers a strong cup of coffee, with minimal effort. Check out our comparison of 3 models from Bialetti!

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41 Replies to “Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Pots | CR Comparison”

  1. Gina A Torres

    thank you for this quick explanation. I am in the middle of doing my wedding registry and trying to decide if I should add the stainless steal one or get a Nespresso. What do people recommend?

  2. Kay Tee

    Waited for "comparison". It never came. Perhaps properly naming the videos might be a good change. Unless the idea was click-bait.

  3. russell dunning

    What about the Neapolitan?

    There are no videos of, any repute, on the "flip-pot", "Neapolitan" or "Cuccumella" anywhere on YouTube. Well, ones that aren't in Italian.

    I've a little ILSA model. It looks like a health and safety NIGHTMARE. If the thing comes apart mid-flip, it looks like 3rd degree burns to me.

  4. R C

    lots of videos on bialleti…theyre all like 2 minutes long..like: water here, coffee here, screw together, hot. How they stretch them to 2 minutes I don't know! I know this, I have one and the coffee it makes is serious and wonderful…all on the dirt cheap.

  5. Macnutz420

    I read that Bialette did make the original moca pots. The aluminum ones were made on some of the original machines in the same factory, until quite recently.

    I used one for years but changed coffee habits and forgot about it. A year ago I was given a stainless steel mica pot and I have used it regularly. I start almost every day with the moca pot and Lavazza's creme e gusto or Rossa.

    I no longer use aluminum cook ware of any kind so I was pleased to see the stainless steel pots appear.

  6. Lester Falcon

    I have the Venus 6 cup and we had this 4 cup in my old house. It's a big improvement on the famous Decagon shaped design; screws together easier, better spout that deals with enthusiastic pouring better, and the central tube points the coffee down, so should you check it early, you don't spray the kitchen in coffee.

  7. Momma SaydSo

    Have both and I prefer the stainless steel due to the fact it’s better quality. Used them for 5 months and the classic boaletti corroded and had to be thrown away. The stainless steel is still going strong. My experiences and others can be different.

  8. Simon Ocean

    Gail, what do you think of the Bialetti Brikka? This has a funky little pressure valve on the outlet which produces a crema-like foam. Not really the same as a crema, but the pot only costs c.$35-40.

  9. Buysome Bitcoin

    Probably the simplest way to make coffee. I got lucky and got a stainless steel one for $1 at a garage sale, like new. Makes great coffee aka moka.

  10. Chris Wardenoftheforest

    I have the bialetti and use it too infrequently. I tested a multitude of grinds from true espresso to extra course trying to perfect the cup I get from the bialetti. When I finally determined that a course espresso grind kept grinds from over saturation of the coffee the problem became making 4 cups for the road in a timely manner.
    Bottom line, good coffee makers do not have to be expensive.

  11. Galliano Marr

    I got one of the old bialetti stovetops as a present, its not the big one you have, one size smaller. However, the sealing ring is damaged after 3 years of usage, do you know how I can tell what size of ring I have do order? On Amazon they are sold like "bialetti for 4 cups ring" etc., I dont know how many cups my is supposed to have. And I cant see a declaration anywhere on the thing. Thanks.

  12. Hans Zarkov

    Bought my first one, before watching this video. Was in the store and had no idea the sleek models were just newer versions of the old model. But I took them apart and they appeared to work the same. In the end I bought the old model because its design is so unique and interesting even if maybe not as pretty as the newer models.. More of a conversation starter I think.

  13. RD M.

    I have been using this mocha pot for years, and own the 3-cup-, 6-cup and 9-cup versions (the 3-cup is my most often and easiest to use). Unfortunately, the effort is not "Minimal" as shown in the video description. To get the very best from these mocha pots requires some additional investment of both money and time.

    The quality of coffee you get strictly depends on the quality of the coffee you use. Fresh, dark, whole bean is the best, but a good grinder investment is required. Buying your coffee pre-ground usually results in getting stale coffee. Even coffee that is ground fresh will lose most of its flavor within a few days. Whole bean stays fresher for a longer period of time, and holds the natural oils which are important to the overall taste.

    Grocery store beans are good to learn with. The problem here is that you really don't know exactly what the beans are or how old they are. You can look online for reputable coffee sellers who will roast your beans to order, then ship them out immediately. By the time you get them, they will be totally degassed and ready to use. However, expect to pay more for this service. I typically order 24-ounces at a time to insure freshness. With shipping, that comes out to about $35 ($23 per pound). Unfortunately, that's the cost if you're after the best. The flavor, though, is night-and-day.

    That light brown topping you get on the coffee is not creme, but rather foam. This is a good indicator of the bean quality. Freshly roasted and ground beans will produce a good layer of that foam. Stale beans will produce very little, if any. So, if you're not getting that delicious-looking brown foam at the end of your brew, your coffee sucks.

    Compared to drip coffee makers, prep time can be long. Start to finish, 10-12 minutes. You need to be there the whole time, especially when the coffee is brewing.

    Don't boil the water in your mocha pot as instructed in this video! That's way too hot! Use a medium high heat. The water does not have to be boiled to produce enough steam to make this pot work! If your water is too hot, it will produce a more bitter pot of coffee.

  14. 01IveR01

    Can I add coffee in the filter & milk on top reserve at the same time as to make a cappaccino? I asked as I saw a video where a Bialette moka Expresso pot that froth the milk after the coffee got into the top part. if I can which moka pot would it be?

  15. Eric Mewhort

    I love the look of the original Moka, If they could switch out the aluminum for stainless steel I would definitely replace my Venus with it.

  16. Hemoo berry

    i have those .i forgot that i had them cuz i dont use stoves.
    can you provide me a link to were i can buy that mini electric stove ?

  17. Sch Ool

    You mix up the names in the beginning. the one with the wing on top is the musa the one with the simpler design at the top is the venus

  18. ゆり髙橋

    Hi, can I use low-mid hot water to steam the coffee ? I cant use stove where I working, I only have hot-cold water machine in the office but the water it hot, you can see smoke from the mug clearly, does it hot enough ?

  19. lesslighter

    I have a cafetiere moka pot (it looks like a bialetti moka pot) and I see some aluminium oxide? Spots on the water chamber does the aluminium oxide affect the taste of the brew or I can just leave them as it is?

  20. Kinser Sebastian

    I'm a big fan of your videos, and I'd love to see you compare a couple of portable espresso makers. I'm very interested in the Minipresso GR by wacaco, compared to the Handpresso. The minipresso is a newer product so it's hard to find many direct comparisons between the two, and it'd be awesome to hear an opinion from a knowledgeable source. Thanks!

  21. Bob Poxon

    Good thing about the stainless steel ones is that they work on an induction hob or at least the one I bought did.

  22. TuxKey

    How big can I get them I have a electric one 6cups but would like at least double 12 or 18 😉
    Would love your input.

  23. David RealtorCT

    great memories when i was a teen and mom making the coffee on the classic, Geez the kick of caffeine lasted all day.

  24. Kevin Andrew

    sometimes i use my 3 cup moka and cut it with more coffee. those days i only need one "cup" to get me goin!

  25. ejohny1987

    I use my mokka almost every day. Currently with Hawaii kona and honestly even when you use a cheap mokka pot you still get an excelent tasting coffee…Hungarians call these kotyogo which refers to the sound of the sizzling coffee escaping from the middle valve.

  26. Frank Rehse

    Nice as usual, you missed (as others have noted) the arguably "best" Bialetti, though: the Brikka! More pressure than the three versions you have shown and thus a little more espresso-like coffee.
    Now you have to make another review with just the Bialetti Brikka! 😉

  27. Ashton Syphas

    I absolutely love moka coffee the strength and acidity are perfect and the more heat the quicker the extraction, less the slower so it can be suited to taste 🙂

  28. John E

    I find espresso grind is too fine: I tend to set the grinder between espresso and drip.

    The Bialetti Brikka is interesting because it has a pressure-cooker-style weight on the central column, which bumps up pressure in the grounds basket and gives you a much more tasty cup than the traditional moka pot. It's still not espresso but it's good.

    When I pull an espresso on my Lelit machine I use 15 grammes of coffee for a single shot. No caffeine problems. 15g in a 10 cl Brikka shot stands me on my ear.

    So: strongly suggest you have a look at the Brikka. It's fun, too. Oh, the 2-cup (10 cl) model gives better results than the bigger models.

    Cheers, and thanks for the great videos!

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