How to Use the Bialetti Mukka Express

Written by sharon sweeny
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Bialetti coffee makers have been around for nearly a hundred years, making espresso that is nearly as good as that from an expensive espresso machine. The company has come out with a model--the Mukka Express--that makes cappuccino on your hob. The milk is heated in the top chamber at the same time that the water for the coffee is being heated in the bottom chamber. Once the water boils and is forced under pressure through the coffee grounds, the coffee is then forced up through a valve and emptied into the top chamber, mixing the espresso coffee with the heated milk, creating cappuccino. Because the coffee is brewed under pressure, it makes foam, which mixes with the milk and makes a very respectable cup of homemade cappuccino.

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Things you need

  • Bialetti Mukka Express Coffee Maker

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  1. 1

    Fill the bottom chamber with water so the water reaches just below the threads on the inside of the lip of the bottom chamber.

  2. 2

    Insert the coffee grounds basket into the top of the bottom chamber.

  3. 3

    Fill the coffee grounds basket with ground coffee.

  4. 4

    Attach the top chamber by screwing it onto the bottom chamber. Be sure there are no coffee grounds on the lip of the grounds basket or you will not get a tight seal.

  5. 5

    Add milk to the line level indicated in the top chamber. Set the release valve by pressing the top of the centre stem in the top chamber.

  6. 6

    Place the pot on a stove burner. If using an electric stove, place the pot near the side of the burner so the handle is not directly above the heating element. If using a gas stove, adjust the flame so it does not come up the side of the pot. These precautions are necessary so the handle of the pot does not melt. Although it is heat-resistant, it is not melt-proof. Leave the cover in the open position.

  7. 7

    Remain near the stove. When the coffee begins to flow through the top of the pressure stem and valve, close the cover. The pot will make "shushing" noises as the coffee moves from the bottom chamber to the top chamber. This is normal. As soon as the noise stops, the cappuccino is ready.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure the rim of the coffee grounds basket and bottom chamber are free of coffee grounds. This coffee maker depends on an airtight seal between the top and bottom chamber to force the boiling water up through the grounds and brew the coffee.
  • Do not leave this coffee maker unattended; once the coffee is finished brewing, the heat from the burner will burn the coffee if you don't remove it from the stove.

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