Espresso stove top coffee pots

Making the right choice

Due to its strength, espresso coffee is meant to be drunk in very small volumes.

If having considered that, you still want to go ahead and buy this type of coffee maker I am sure you must have already go onto the next step and asked yourself the obvious question ....

"Should I buy an espresso stove top pot or a machine?"

Remember the following and you won't end up with yet another unnecessary piece of equipment at the back of your cupboard ...

  1. A pot takes up less space in a kitchen.
  2. It can be pressed into service a little faster than a machine.
  3. They come in a variety of sizes to suit your needs so if entertaining you can easily choose the size suitable for the occasion.
  4. Also. it is a more convenient means of coffee making, as you can simply place and stove to brew by itself.
  5. It is easier and cheaper to service and maintain during its working life span, which can be considerable.

Now that through the process of elimination you've decided on this method rather than a machine, you still have further choices.

Should you go for the traditional aluminium pot or the more stylish designs of stainless steel ones?

  1. Aluminium espresso stove top coffee pots have old world charm and character.
  2. They are generally available in, cast, octagon (8 sided) or decagon (10 sided) shapes which are some times fluted.
  3. The aluminium alloy is more prone to degradation which can be unpleasant; specially if you have not followed the storage instructions implicitly.

The available sizes and capacaties are ...

1 cup / 45ml

3 cup / 105ml

6 cup / 285ml

9 cup / 465ml

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  1. Stainless steel espresso stove top coffee pots are manufactured by pressing steel into shape , rather than casting, therefore they can be manufactured in more curvaceous forms.
  2. Some regard the myriad of styles they are available in as more fashionable and up to date.
  3. They are better at conducting, requiring thicker seals, which means you may save a millisecond or two in brewing times.

The available sizes and capacaties are ...

3 - 4 cup / 135 - 180ml (depending on model - see catalogue)

6 cup / 240ml

9 - 10 cup / 435 - 465ml (depending on model - see catalogue)

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Armed with the information above you are ready to decide on your purchase; so don't dilly dally.

One of the advantages of this method of brewing is that the major parts of this system are replaceable.

If you need to replace any of the following, just order it ...

  1. The seal.
  2. The filter plate.
  3. The funnel.

That said, not every part for every model or make is interchangeable and some may only be so as part of a kit.

However it is a versatile system so you won't be forced to throw it away at the first sign of calamity.

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Here is a note before guiding you down the right path for using espresso stovetop pots with our easy to follow instructions ...

Please, plesae remember that espresso coffee is always drunk in very small volumes due to its strength and intensity of flavour.

Therefore this type of vessel is designed to produce a very small volume of an extremely intense, aromatic and flavourful infusion.

Now, some practical advice on using these espresso stovetop vessels ...

  1. Split the pot assembly by unscrewing the top and bottom sections.
  2. Do this by holding the top and bottom parts of the body, not the handle which under torsional stress will at some point give up its life by snapping!
  3. Remove the coffee basket / funnel.
  4. Fill the bottom bowl with cold water to just below the pressure relief valve. Hot water may be used to speed the process.
  5. Refit the pots' coffee basket / funnel and place approximately 7g of fine ground coffee per cup.
  6. Tamp down coffee, lightly but firmly. Be careful not to over compact as the water will not flow through the ground coffee properly.
  7. Screw the espresso pots' top bowl onto the bottom assembly.
  8. Once again do this by holding the top and bottom parts of the body, not the handle.
  9. Place the pot on a stovetop and wait until the water is pressurised from the bottom bowl to the top section via the compacted coffee grind.
  10. Once the flow of water has ceased, the sound made by the espresso pot will change from whooshing to spitting.
  11. Remove the pot from the stovetop.
  12. Pour and enjoy.
  13. When the pot has cooled down sufficiently for you to hold it without scalding yourself, dismantle it and wash all parts thoroughly.
  14. Allow to air dry and store dismantled as in its assembled state, invisible to the eye, there may still be moisture in the pot which when used next, will make it smell and force the coffee to taste unpleasant.
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