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Bialetti Brikka - Erik Tronstad's Review
Posted: November 4, 2001, 10:05am
review rating: 7.0
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Bialetti Brikka Stovetop Espresso
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Arrow The Bialetti Brikka has 12 Reviews
Arrow The Bialetti Brikka has been rated 8.30 overall by our member reviewers
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Alexandre Enkerli 8.91
Paulie Walnuts 8.67
Yaron Abramov 8.50
Hap Shaughnessy 8.00
Jeremy Close 7.90

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.8
Manufacturer: Bialetti Quality: 8
Average Price: $45.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $45.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: N/A Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 month Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Aficionado Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: The best, cheapest and most charming way to make moka coffee with rich crema on a budget.
Positive Product Points

A moka pot that makes espresso-like coffee with crema! Not that expensive if you get in Italy (approx $ 20). My best buy in Italy? Yes!

Negative Product Points

Non so far. It?s a little more complicated than the classic moka express, and might not last as long (?). A bit expensive outside Italy (approx $ 50 in USA and Norway).

Detailed Commentary

I guess writing a product review after having owned a product for only 1  
week is rushing it a bit. The reason: this thing?s so great I just can?t
wait to tell you about it:) The first times I tried this pot I made a
terrible mess on my kitchen. The reason being that I put to much coffee in
it so it wouldn?t close properly. With the Brikka system you need a
higher pressure than in a normal moka pot for the coffee to enter the top
compartment. If the pot is not tightly closed, all the coffee will come out
between the two halves that make up the pot. Once I learned how to use it,
it has never failed me. Good coffee (that I find better than much of the
so called espresso that some of the all-automatic machines for
professional use makes) with rich crema that will last. This is how I use
it:
1) Turn your plate at max
2) Fill your Brikka with the right amount of water (use the measuring
device that comes with the Brikka)
2) Fill the filter with coffee. Top it, but clean the edge for coffee.
This way it will be easier to shut the pot properly.
3) Screw the top on
4) Place the pot on the, by now, hot plate
5) When the pot makes a very distinct ?pressure? sound, remove the pot
from the plate, turn of the plate;)
6) Sit down and enjoy a good cup with a friend (or three if you?ve got the 4
cup version).

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