Automatic espresso machines may be the ticket for your home or office if it works well within your budget.
If spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on fancy equipment doesn't work for you, then you really can't go wrong with a stovetop espresso maker, or "Espresso Pot" (called a "Moka" in Italy) for a dramatically more economical approach.
From the early 1900s, this ingenious (but simple) brewer continues to be one of the most popular methods of brewing espresso in Italy and many other European destinations.
After economy, it's most obvious benefit is portability. It provides a great way to make a stout, espresso like brew while traveling, camping, or even in times of emergency where you may have a heat source but no electricity.
It's also very handy to take along when visiting a non-coffee drinking friend or family. Just bring your handy-dandy little Moka Pot and an ample supply of fresh roasted coffee!
The Moka is a simple device, containing only a few metal parts:
1) A threaded lower pot to hold the water. This unit will usually have a pressure relief valve.
2) A middle screen section that holds the coffee. Finely ground coffee is simply spooned in, to slightly heaping. (It is left untamped) The screen loaded with coffee is then simply dropped into the fitted lower section.
3) The heated water creates steam pressure that forces its way through the coffee into the top section from whence it is poured. A lid that flips open and closed tops the pot.
Assuming you are using great coffee, a moka pot can make an excellent brew that packs some punch! It may not be exactly like the espresso you find at your local coffee house, but it can come satisfyingly close.
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We hope you found this page useful...Happy Stove-Topping!