Moka coffee with crema, adds to experience even though only cosmectic
Positive Product Points
Fast brew time, crema
Negative Product Points
Have to brew a number of times before the coffee tastes good. This is probably due to the need for a protective layer of coffee oils to be developed.
I bought a Brikka for my brother and have been playing around with it for a week or so. A neighbor of mine has one too so I already knew that it could make a nice cup of moka.
The Brikka is made out of aluminium which I don't really like because of health reasons, corrosion and the taste it imposes on the drink in the first batches. I would prefer a stainless steel version.
The 2-cup version really is a 1-cup as I am used to doubles. Brikka brews quite fast even on medium to low heat. The special valve system somehow increases the brew pressure so that a layer of "crema" develops. It has also been fitted with an improved safety valve.
Standard moka pots brew slowly so that you see the pot beeing slowly filled with coffee. This is not the case with Brikka. It builds up pressure and then lets all the coffee and crema out in like 5-10 secs.
The coffee tastes the same, but the layer of crema adds to the experience, even though it's only cosmetic. The drink feels more complete so to say.
I think it is perfect for a single person who can't afford a pump machine. The Brikka would definitely be my choice if someone robbed me of my Silvia and all my money.