Summary: Makes really delicious crema, is easy to use. I didn't have any problem. Must use the right amount of water, no more, make sure no coffee on rim of funnel, be sure to tighten completely and remove from heat promptly.
the most expensive bialetti is also the worse, go with the 6955 instead.
19 October 2014
Summary: What a waste of money, the quality is low, being made out of aluminum. After a week I bought a "bialetti 6955 musa" and that is so much better, beside $20 cheaper. Made of stainless, it uses less coffee but makes the same amount (4 cups). Bialetti rocks, but the "brikka" was a big mistake.
Summary: I tried this product several times. It never worked. I filled it with coffee and water, following the instruction leaflet to the letter. I turned on the stove, and nothing happened for a few minutes. Eventually coffee suddenly burst out from the valve, overflowed, and messed up the top of my kitchen range – about half of the water remaining on the bottom part.
Closest to a real italian espresso you can get at home
Matias M., Amazon
27 December 2013
Summary: After tasting many different home espresso machines and Mokas, this is the closest I have tested to a real italian espresso in terms of taste, concentration and foam. It is small, but perfect for 2 small cups of espresso or cappuccino. Also, because of the small size the water will heat much faster than in big units. To get the best result it is important to find the correct grinding level and put the right amount of coffee in the holder.
Summary: I am no stranger to Brikkas. I have been using the 4 cup for months. This came with a faulty gasket the steam commes out from the sides.and I had to purchase areplacement one; other wise the coffee it makes is devine.
Summary: First 10 batches sprayed espresso all over my kitchen. No one has figured out why this happened so I went through every possible scenario to solve this issue. Here's the foolproof method after repeated trial and error: 1. Wash and remove any debris from the Brikka. 2. Only put water up to or slightly below the line in the base. 3. Use reg ground coffee, NOT espresso grind and fill up to half of the coffee holder.