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Bialetti Moka Express® Espresso Makers

The Bialetti two-part cast aluminum espresso pot has long set the standard for stovetop espresso makers. With the invention of the Bialetti in the 1930s, espresso—long a staple of Italian cafés and bars—became available for home...Read More

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The Bialetti two-part cast aluminum espresso pot has long set the standard for stovetop espresso makers. With the invention of the Bialetti in the 1930s, espresso—long a staple of Italian cafés and bars—became available for home consumption. Today, this classic of twentieth-century industrial design can be found in 90 percent of Italian homes. Now Italy’s favorite pot can go to work in your kitchen, making delicious espresso on gas or electric stovetops.

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  • Classic two-part cast aluminum design that sets the standard for stovetop espresso makers
  • A staple in cafés and homes around the world since the 1930s
  • As water in the lower chamber boils, pressure forces the water through the coffee grounds, ensuring the perfect water temperature and a rich, full-flavored brew

Specifications Show

  • Manufacturer: Bialetti
  • Material: Aluminized steel
  • Made in Italy

Care & Usage Show

  • Hand wash
  • Compatible with gas and electric stovetops
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Customer Reviews

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excellent coffee maker
I've owned one of these for at least 10 yrs. I even travel with it because I bought the smallest Bialetti. It is excellent - makes a delicious cup of coffee in no time at all.

Obviously it's going to get hot because it sits over an open flame. Like any other cooking device, one should use some sort of glove to hold the little handle. Not a complaint; rather a reaction to the other reviews
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July 31, 2011
Perfect for one cup of coffee
I received the six-cup Bialetti as a gift, and use it for regular coffee, the six-cup size is perfect for a single mug of coffee. This little espresso maker is quick and simple to use, and I find an intangible purity in the ritual of making coffee in a pot, as opposed to the sterility of a K-cup device. It seems just right
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February 17, 2014
Dyhard our Bialetti!
We've had our 6 cup maker for over 6 years, use it everyday... It is a bit stained but we like the ""life"" that brings to it. We bought a 12 cup for when we have guests,works perfect. We do change the gaskets every six /eight months or so. Makes perfect smooth espresso every time ! Taken it traveling and camping. We'll heat and froth milk in a French press and have an exceptional latte every time. Can't say enough how great this set up is. So much cheaper than any other option. Takes up no space and the satisfaction level is wonderful every time. We've also baught a few as gift for family and friends. Also true that 90% of Italian families own and use these! Our trip to Italia visiting friends confirmed this! With our Bialetti espresso latte, it's like sipping a bit of lovely Italy each morning
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November 22, 2012
Decent espresso maker
If you like a good cup of espresso this does the trick but be aware:
It's made of aluminum and can easily develop stains in the lower chamber if you leave water standing in it.
If you need to make a second pot, you have to wait for it to cool down to avoid burning yourself.
If you have gas burners, make sure the pot fits on the grates. The 3 cup pot might be too small to fit on a gas burner.

The price is right for this espresso maker. I'm just not sure how it will hold up over long term use
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April 11, 2011
We have had our Bialetti for over a year and we LOVE it! In fact we have 2. A 6 cup for the two of us and a 12 cup for entertaining. I have to disagree with those that say it is difficult to clean. Get yourself a stiff bottle brush and you are good to go! Yes, it does get hot. But isn't that how we like our coffee? Make sure you have a pot holder close by to handle this beauty. It is lightweight, compact, travels well and definitely worth the investment!
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September 7, 2012
Pretty Good Product
I owned a pot like this for about 6 years.

Pros: Makes a decent flavor coffee. Easy to use.

Cons: The rubber seal over time wears out and sticks to the pot making it hard to release it.

If used frequently look to replace the seal often.

Stains easily when coffee is left in it overnight and stains are permanent

The pot is not easy to clean
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August 11, 2011
Perfect for me
In my household, I am the only coffee drinker and this little maker is perfect for my needs. I agree with the other reviewer, it does get very hot so be sure to use oven mitts
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May 8, 2011
A Must Have for any Coffee Lover
Just back from Italy and totally forgot how much I loved coffee from a Bialetti. Served at dinner on our trip, it was perfect. Great presentation, intense flavor, could not wait to start making coffee at home this way. I just made my first batch this morning and I am not sure what I love more, how easy it is or how delicious the results are. If you have not used one of these, simply add water in the base, add coffee to the accompanying coffee attachment, screw it together and then put it on the stove, a couple minutes later, done. Easy and intense, wonderful coffee. If you have never had coffee from a Bialetti and you enjoy coffee, you will love it. Guaranteed
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May 17, 2013
life saver
I used this in my tiny NY apt. and it's one of the best no fuss cups of coffee you can make.
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April 27, 2011
Cool design and works well
Fun, old-school yet modern design. Makes great tasting espresso! Had problems though with some rust spots forming.
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December 22, 2014
Simple and dependable
My headline says it all. I've had mine for years, and it's easy to use and clean. The only way this could be improved was if the following was fixed: if you open the lid whilst it is brewing, the condensation from the hot steam on the underside of the lid will run to the hinge, which is where you hand is--it leaves an ephemeral ouchie. That said, I would purchase this all over again. And you know when it is done brewing because it will hiss, since most of the water in the bottom portion has boiled, there is not steady stream of flowing any more.
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April 28, 2015
I love it!!
As I expected I love the 6 cup size!!! I already owned the 2 cup size which worked great!!! I Just wanted to make more at one time... Easy fast !! I would strongly suggest, if you do not already have one, getting a small coffee bean grinder. Coffee is fresh every time no more stale coffee!!
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December 17, 2014
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It is a gift for my husband so he can make lattes
Dianna M on Nov 29, 2015
I've always known that Bialetti is what Italians use to make their coffee so i decided for it! I am a coffee lover and when i travel i suffer if i don't have a good cup of coffee, so i think this will resolve the problem! It has great reviews!
KATYA M on Oct 31, 2015
I love my smaller one and this will be useful too!
Helene S on Nov 5, 2015
Looked highly rated, and on sale with free shipping
Cheryl S on Oct 25, 2015
Is this only for espresso making or is it versatile?

I find espresso too strong for my taste. I normally add half n half and Splenda to my coffee. Is this coffee maker only for making espresso? Thanks in advance. :)
A shopper on Dec 6, 2012
Best Answer: I would say you should try this and add a bit of hot water to the final coffee if you like it less strong. It will make and ""americano"" and with water, the best cup of coffee you can make by hand
Reply · Report · LovesGreatFood on May 18, 2013
Can I make a partial pot of espresso?

If I buy a 6 cup pot, can I make 3 cups in it
A shopper on Oct 4, 2013
Best Answer: There is nothing stopping you from putting less coffee in the pot and less water, it will still work just fine. I like the 6 cup because I want more than the 3 cup makes at one time.
Reply · Report · Thomas A on Jan 18, 2015
How well does it work on a electric range?
A shopper on Feb 27, 2013
Best Answer: This item is suggested for both gas and electric ranges. Several people say it works very well on an electric range.
Reply · Report · AmandaSltCsStaff on Mar 4, 2013
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What brands of coffee work best with the Bialetti?

I'm thinking of purchasing this after having a delicious cup of espresso from one of these makers while dining out, but I wonder what kind of coffee I should use to make the most flavorful cup
A shopper on Aug 26, 2013
Best Answer: Illy coffee works well in these espresso pots. Buy it in whole bean and grind it medium to coarse for the Bialetti coffee. This does not need as fine a grind as you would for a traditional espresso machine.
illy Whole Beans, Dark Roast
illy Whole Beans, Dark Roast
Reply · Report · Rosalind R on Oct 15, 2014
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Which size is best for gas stoves?
A shopper on Sep 19, 2013
Best Answer: Any Moka is fine for the gas stove. Just keep the flame just under the base of the pot.
Reply · Report · AmandaSltCsStaff on Sep 19, 2013
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does coffee come out cloudy?
A shopper on Apr 22, 2015
Best Answer: The coffee can be cloudy depending on what brand and grind you use. Use a premium coffee like Lavarzza and you should have good results. Also, be sure the flame or electric burner is on high so the coffee processes quickly. Make and drink-do not allow to sit around as this will also cause the coffee to cloud! Good luck!
Reply · Report · Kristine G on Apr 22, 2015
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Can this be used on a heat induction stove top?
A shopper on Dec 16, 2014
Best Answer: I don't know for sure but it seems like you should be able to. I have a glass top stove but it is not induction. The bottom of the pot is like any other metal pot and is flat and sturdy. I think it would work like any other pot you use on the cooktop.
Reply · Report · Robert M on Dec 22, 2014
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I bought a new one. I have tried it a few times but the water does not come up to brew the coffee. What am I doing wrong?
A shopper on Nov 28, 2014
Best Answer: My Girlfriend has spent the past 10 yrs in Trieste Italy and has extensive experience with the "Moka". Even in her hands it does not work all the time, but boy when it does it is marvelous!! Be sure the lower water compartment is tightly turned in to the top ( you may have to tighten it and loosen it with both hands. Also be sure the seal under the upper chamber is clean of all residual coffee grounds before you tighten it to the lower water reserve.. The only coffee that works best is finely ground coffee from Italy. If you have to grind it yourself, I go the the local grocery and put the store grinder on "Turkish" grind, it's almost like powder. Fabulous coffee awaits those who master the fine art of the "Treistine" coffee Moka. Good luck!
Reply · Report · John G T on Nov 30, 2014
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What size "cup" are they using? A standard 8 oz. or not?
Charles T on Apr 11, 2015
Best Answer: no. they are talking about the little espresso cuts. this size makes about a cup and a half of a regular size coffee cup. But keep in mind that its way stronger than normal coffee. If you get the nespresso milk frofter you can make a great cap or latte
Reply · Report · matthew p on Apr 12, 2015
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is this hand wash only?
A shopper on Sep 19, 2014
Best Answer: I have had a few if these over the past 35 years and I always hand wash. I rinse mine everyday and about every two weeks I give it a good wash with soap. I don't remove the rubber ring unless it needs replacing. I love it!
Reply · Report · June N on Sep 19, 2014
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What is aluminized steel?
Valerie C on Jan 16, 2015
Best Answer: Simply stated, the coffee maker is made of steel with an aluminum layer inside and out that allows the pit to look shiny and lovely on the outside and creates a sanItary impermeable coating on the inside that provides a better cup of coffee. I love coffee and prefer the coffee produced by this European variety of coffee pot. If you love expresso, this is the perfect pot to make a very accptable cup.
Reply · Report · Kristine G on Jan 16, 2015
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how big is the 3 cup moka express maker?
A shopper on Nov 22, 2015
Best Answer: It is big enough to make 2 - 3 shots of espresso. It is a perfect personal size. But to make coffee for a couple or a guest I would have to heat it twice.
Reply · Report · Jennifer E on Nov 23, 2015
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Can coffee pods be used in this espresso maker?
maria f on Oct 25, 2015
Best Answer: No. Only ground coffee. Espresso grind is the best!
Reply · Report · June N on Oct 25, 2015
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I am alergic to Aluminum. If aluminum is inside of this espresso maker, it is not a healthy choice for people, who want to avoid it. Also, I usually drink coffee that went through a paper filter. It reduces the volatil oils. Is the filter in this device does the same thing? What kind of filter is it?
A shopper on Jun 17, 2015
Best Answer: I am not sure if the inside has been treated with anything or is just aluminum. It doesn't appear to have been. There is a filter, but it is metal and there is nothing that would eliminate any oils in the coffee. Most people like the oils in coffee, as they enrich the taste. But if you don't, then I don't think this is the pot for you.
Reply · Report · Frances M on Jun 17, 2015
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Where is this made? I noticed the stainless steel Bialetti says it's made in China. This aluminum one does not state where it's made.
A shopper on Jan 3, 2015
Best Answer: On the side it's marked "Made in Italy".
Reply · Report · Pamela B on Jan 5, 2015
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what are the dimensions of the 3 cup Bialetti?
A shopper on Jan 17, 2015
Best Answer: A little under half the size of the 6 cup maker. trust me buy the 6 cup. I bought the 3 first and its just to small. or at least that is my point of view
Reply · Report · Thomas A on Jan 18, 2015
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When the coffee is moving up to the upper chamber, is it spilling from under the lid onto the stove, assuming the lid is closed?
A shopper on Dec 7, 2014
Best Answer: I have never had any problem with the peculating coffee/espresso come out around the lid when I am brewing it with the lid closed.
However, if you leave the lid open it will.
Reply · Report · Thomas A on Dec 17, 2014
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