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Stovetop Espresso - Others - Chris Beck's Review
Posted: July 15, 2001, 4:08pm
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Glenn R. Holmes 8.67
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.2
Product Reviewed: Musa 4-cup
Manufacturer: Guido Bernga Quality: 10
Average Price: Varies Usability: 8
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 month Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: Aficionado Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: A great Moka pot and a great way to make coffee.  The Italians love it for a reason...
Positive Product Points

Wonderful workmanship, classy design, and all parts are stainless steel - no aluminum.

Negative Product Points

Care must be excercised when tightening the unit together as it will tend to get a little crooked.  If it is not straight,  the gasket will not seal properly and all you will get is a few dribbles of horribly burnt smelling coffee and a lot of steam.

Detailed Commentary

Having recently had my first Moka pot coffee, I was intrigued by the process, and had to have one of my own.  I came across this one for a great price, so I picked it up.  For a single person coffee household, it's the perfect size (my wonderful wife merely tolerates my coffee - she hates it).  Test brews with water showed it to work just fine, but with coffee, the brew took much longer and all that issued forth was a lot of steam and a few splatters of nasty smelling coffee.  I  adjusted the grinder (Solis 166) up way coarse and got a decent, if thin, cup.  Chris Schaefer came over one evening with his fleet of Moka pots and we did some back to back brews.  That is when I saw the steam and water leaking from the gasket area.  Once I took a bit of extra care to make sure the bottom was screwed on tight and straight, I was able to get a great cup out of it, and now grind about 3 clicks higher on the Solis from what Silvia uses.

I primarily use Tom's Monkey Blend, but have used just about everything I can throw at it with great results.  Guat and Mexican coffees really come alive, and even Donkey Decaf. is good - better in the moka than in the Silvia.  I'll have to try some Moka Kadir in it.  I don't find any sense of overheating or over extraction due to the process, which pleasantly surprises me.  It isn't much like espresso from the Silvia (didn't expect it, either), but I can get a bit of crema on the coffee and it's just a wonderfully smooth, strong cup, kind of a cross between vac pot and espresso.

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