Summary: Really nice bit of kit. It's weighty and you know it will last a long time. I've been using this just about daily for the last couple of months and it both makes a fab cup of coffee and also cleans and shines up again really easily. The closing mechanism is fantastic and that loud "click" to signal it's locked is v satisfying.
Summary: I hesitated for many years before buying this one - it's not cheap at first sight. But the quality of the espresso is fantastic. I bought this one 3 months ago and am sure I have more than got my return on the investment as I have found myself drinking coffee only at home now - I just don't see why I should spend £2.50 or £3.00 on coffee in a cafe when I can make myself much better coffee at home.
Summary: I threw away my aluminium coffee maker as it was corroded. I wanted a nice steel one and this one was expensive but you get what you pay for. It looks beautiful and works perfectly. Very happy with my purchase.
Summary: I've had one of these for the past 12 years. It is used at least twice a day, 365 days a year. It is, by far, the best 'caffetiera' I've ever used (I have a collection of about 10 of various sizes, makes and metals). It is clean,simple to use, no screwing just clips shut, hard wearing and makes a fantastic coffee. In all these years I've changed the gasket just the once.
Summary: Yes it is a lot of money compared to other 10 cup Espresso makers but then again the clip in top makes it so easy to use. A beautiful object d art yet very functional and the body is completely made of mirror stainless steel Handle is a brown anodised metal in a U shape. To open item hold bottom and pull on the handle.The bottom of the handle comes out and then the top is disconnected from the bottom.
Summary: Nearly all the reviews I read on this product claimed it was excellent so I was expecting great things of it. It arrived today and I carefully read and followed the instructions and ...... it leaked! I tried it over and over again and despite double checking that the washer was correctly located, there were no stray coffee grounds around the filter and that the locking handle was firmly in place, it still leaked hot coffee from the join between the boiler and the upper...
Summary: This gracefully designed pot is absolutely marvelous because of the original locking system. Instead of the usual tricky screw thread connection, it has very easy 'click to lock' system, which works every time without flaw. There is no steam leaking out of releasable connection and the pot is handy to open even when still hot.
Summary: I'm no coffee expert but my boyfriend and I do love stove-top espresso makers as they are more efficient than the machines or cafétieres. We had previously bought a cheap one to try it out before I bought this one. What a difference! It has a beautiful and well-thought-out design. Most coffee makers have a screw-on/screw-off base which makes it difficult to get on and off, and causes the coffee to spill all over the place. The Alessi clicks on very firmly with no hassle.