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hailkuato
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Posted Sun Dec 30, 2012, 6:59pm
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Hey all,

New to coffeegeek here.

I recently was at a TJ Maxx and came across this rather festive looking moka pot. I've always wanted to try one and figured $16 was a bargain.

However, after I brought it home, I opened it up and saw that the inside of the water chamber looks as if it's painted -- which doesn't look at all safe to cook with. I also could not identify the manufacturer for it so could not look up any reviews.

Here are some photos of it:

http://imgur.com/oTf8T

Should I just return this and buy a Bialetti instead?

Thanks!
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jmacak
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Posted Sun Dec 30, 2012, 8:36pm
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Hi

It does not look painted to me, it just looks like the usual cast metal that I have in mine.  I think that the manufacturer would put something like 'for decorative use only' if it was unfit, because of painting, for food (coffee)  preparation.

That said, you are probably better off with a Bialetti.
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hailkuato
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Posted Sun Dec 30, 2012, 8:46pm
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I will look into a Bialetti.

Thanks for the quick reply! :)
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TrabucoDom
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Posted Tue Feb 5, 2013, 3:53pm
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Those seem to be the Primula moka pots, made in China...the aluminium is thinner but they do have a decent gasket that seems to last longer and seal better than the olde bialtti gaskets...the white bialetti gaskets sometimes have problems sealing if you get a couple coffee grinds on it...but the clearish-opaque gaskets seem to seal better and more consistently.

I've seen those pots for very cheap prices at Tuesday Morning, JC Penney, Kohls and other stores...much cheaper than a real Bialetti...but the parts/hardware do not look as sturdy...I wouldn't buy one...but I have purchased the primula gaskets on amazon to replace my bialetti ones and have been happy with the gaskets.
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