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Bialetti Brikka - Jeff Ballard's Review
Posted: August 21, 2001, 4:36pm
review rating: 7.5
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Bialetti Brikka Stovetop Espresso
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Paulie Walnuts 8.67
Yaron Abramov 8.50
Alexandre Enkerli 8.42
Hap Shaughnessy 8.00
Jeremy Close 7.90

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.4
Manufacturer: Bialetti Quality: 10
Average Price: $45.00 Usability: 6
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: N/A Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 6 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Intermediate Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: Cute, fun to use, and can produce excellent coffee
Positive Product Points

It produces consistently strong, even excellent coffee provided the grind is just right.  When the grind is perfect and the stars are in the right place it can produce wonderful lingering crema that actually comes very close to real espresso!

Negative Product Points

This so-called two-cup pot really makes only one shot at a time.  There is a learning curve on making this thing work optimally.

Detailed Commentary

This has got to be one of the cutest and most interesting, low-tech, coffee devices. This little pot has become my favorite way to make coffee at home (as I dont have a pump espresso machine yet), both for the quality of the coffee and the fun of watching the crema, however fleeting, burst forth from under the pressure valve.  I even prefer it over my press pot.  There is definitely an art to making this little pot work optimally each time though, but the valve design is really ingeneous and fun to watch.  It can be tricky to get just right, but the key seems to be in the grind--as fine as you dare, but not quite as fine as for espresso as it might overstress the pot and even cause a "blowup," although Ive never experienced this. I dont know if a larger moka pot exists with the brikka system, or if it would produce the same quality of coffee, but if so, I would purchase one in a second.

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