A bit of setup and clean up for a single serving, but oh so yummy espresso.
3 September 2011
Summary: Great way to make delicious strong coffee. I would not say it is really true espresso, but has many of the qualities. just doesn't quite come up to the quality of espresso I've had in cafes of Italy or Australia, but you can't expect as much without investing many hundreds of dollars in a quality espresso maker AND a quality grinder.
Better than straight moka pots for esresso lovers.
19 February 2011
Summary: Recently Bialetti has re-engineered the classic stove-top moka pot to create new models. The Brikka looks like a standard moka pot, but operates differently. The change is that it pressurizes the lower chamber more by putting a weighted top cap on the shaft that extends to the top of the pot. This is a bit like the weights found on some pressure cookers. So instead of a slow flow filling the top, it holds back until all of it rushes through with a distinctive "woosh!
Summary: This is the only stovetop espresso maker that produces a full shot including the crema on top. It is extremely easy to use on electric ranges (though I understand gas is a bit trickier) and works quickly to produce a great tasting, robust flavor. I love that it takes little to no counter space but in less time than it takes to brew a pot of coffee, it makes a beautiful espresso.
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Summary: This is my only espresso machine. I used to have an electric one but had nothing but trouble with it so threw it away. This machine has made a great cup of espresso from day one. It's quick and the results are always delicious. Everyone I've ever made a cup for has raved over the flavor and the amount of crema. If it ever breaks down, I'll go out and buy another Brikka. It looks like other machines but it's not.
Pros: Easy To Clean, Easy To Use, Great Taste, Quick Brewing