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JuanR
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Posted Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:02am
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Hello all, this is my first post on the forum, but I've been referring to the site and the forum for some time now for all of my coffee questions.  I love the site and it's been an excellent resource, so thank you all for the expertise and opinions.

On to my reason for posting:  I have a Bialetti moka pot that I have been using for months with great results and no problems.  Last night I had the first problem; as I was washing it I noticed a small crack in the bottom part of the top chamber.  Just a small little crack in the aluminum finish.  I am concerned that this could be a serious problem, and have not been able to find any info on CG or anywhere else with a similar issue.

I use medium heat and either espresso grind or a little coarser.  Like I said, it brews fine with no issues and makes great coffee.  Has anyone had a similar problem, and do I need to stop using this one and get a new one?
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Posted Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:21pm
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Welcome to CG, Juan.
Yes, about 35 years ago!!..I had an aluminum pot similar to yours, with what sounds like a similar crack.
My solution would be to retire it, and get a stainless steel pot. It will brew faster and sweeter, last longer, and look better.
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Posted Sat Dec 1, 2012, 6:24am
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If it is just a crack in the finish it sounds cosmetic only.

I have Stainless and aluminum moka pots of various sizes, I personally feel aluminum makes a better pot then SS, aluminum heats faster since it transfer heat quicker and also cools quicker. SS is nice since it is easier to keep clean after many years especially the inside of the pot, all of my aluminum have oxidation inside and are getting pitted, I will take my SS pots camping and put it directly on hot coals (have to make sure not to melt the handle). When home if I want a cup of moka I am going to grab an aluminum pot over a SS pot and the last few years the 4 cup Brikka wins almost every time.
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Posted Sat Dec 1, 2012, 7:39am
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I have been meaning to get a SS version, just to see the difference.

The reason I would think the crack would not be just cosmetic is that it is in the inside of the chamber, where the brewed coffee collects.  All in all, neither of you seem terribly concerned; so I guess I will stick it out until I can get around to getting the SS version.

Thanks for the feedback, I do appreciate it.
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