Makes wonderfully strong coffee, if you are careful on how you use it. There are many sites on the internet that give you instructions that will help you make a perfect cup of coffee.
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I cant think of any right now, but don't expect to make espresso in this, if that is what you are looking for. This makes a really strong cup of Moka pot coffee, which I would argue is a completely different experience. However, the coffee it makes is as good as a fine espresso, just different.
I live in Paris. I buy coffee beans, and grind them in my Peugeot manual grinder, and have a perfect cup of coffee. However, for an espresso, I visit a cafe. Beyond the experience of sitting in a Paris cafe, the espresso is a different drink, and tastes different. Moreover, I don't think that I will invest in an espresso machine, since going to a cafe is a different experience. However, if you live in a city where the cafe experience is just Starbucks, if you are trying to decide whether to invest in a espresso machine, don't buy this to make espresso. Buy this to make a great cup of coffee. Never having owned an espresso machine, I can t recommend any. However, the coffee that this machine makes, though different, beats most average espressos, and definitely beats the warmed over filter coffee that you get in some shops.
I bought it on a an offer that gave four espresso cups, and an coffee storage tin, all from Bialetti, in a shop in Germany. Mine is a 3 cup aluminum edition made in Italy. I had the 6 cup stainless steel version before, but that did not last long. However, I must confess I did not take good care of it. However, I find that the coffee in the 3 cup aluminum is better than the one in the 6 cup stainless steel, though this may be a personal opinion.