How to use a bialetti coffee maker

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How to use a bialetti coffee maker
Bialetti coffee makers allow people to enjoy espresso at home. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Alfred Bialetti introduced the world to his "Moka Express" espresso coffee maker in 1933. The way local women washed their clothing inspired the design of the machine. Bialetti's machine was forged from aluminium and provided users with the ability to create espresso in the comfort of their homes. Adoption of the machine spread like wildfire, with Renato, the major producer of the pots, producing over 18,000 per day according to Jeffrey T. Schnapp in his article "The Romance of Caffeine and Aluminum." A Bialetti coffee maker is a metal pot with three separate compartments.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  • Ground coffee

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  1. 1

    Unscrew the top pot of the coffee maker. Remove the top pot and the centre coffee basket.

  2. 2

    Fill the bottom portion of the pot with cold water. Continue to the fill line, or to just below the safety valve.

  3. 3

    Replace the coffee basket. Add coarse ground coffee grounds to the filter without packing it down. Avoid using instant or finely ground coffee.

  4. 4

    Screw the top pot back onto the coffee maker.

  5. 5

    Place the pot on a hob set to low or medium heat. Remove and serve when a gurgling sound is heard.

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