In parts of the world where people drink espresso on the daily — think Italy, Spain, and Portugal — you’ll find this time-tested design in pretty much every home. Also known as a “moka pot,” it uses steam pressure to force boiling hot water through the coffee grounds. It’s made with a weighted aluminum construction that provides even heat distribution, leading to a richer espresso. Plus, it just takes a quick rinse between uses to keep it in tip-top shape.
Most importantly, using it is easy. First, you’re gonna unscrew the bottom half, remove the filter, and fill it to just below the valve with water. Replace the filter, then fill that with finely ground coffee; don’t pack it tight though, otherwise the steam won’t be able to get through. From there, screw the two halves back together and put the whole setup on a hot stove. In time the coffee will bubble into the top of the pot. Once it’s done, take the maker off the heat and serve up your espresso, stat.
Makes 6 servings of espresso
Cast aluminum construction, with durable lid
Temperature resistant knob and handle that allow for easy, safe pouring