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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

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  • 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
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
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
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
April 11, 2011
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
August 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!
September 7, 2012
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
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.
April 27, 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
May 8, 2011
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.
April 28, 2015

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Sur La Table Store
To get the authentic Italian espresso experience in your own kitchen, Bialetti Moka is the best.
Mark N on May 21, 2016
I have had the same product for 25 years! Although it still works perfectly, I think it's time for a new one. Hopefully, the quality has remained the same.
Maria G on Apr 15, 2016
To get the authentic Italian espresso experience in your own kitchen, Bialetti Moka is the best.
Mark N on May 21, 2016
For my sister's birthday!
Sarah P on Apr 26, 2016
I have had the same product for 25 years! Although it still works perfectly, I think it's time for a new one. Hopefully, the quality has remained the same.
Maria G on Apr 15, 2016
on someone's registry.
Michele P on Feb 29, 2016
Useful! Wanted one for a long time!
Elizabeth H on Feb 21, 2016
LUCILLE G on Feb 12, 2016
I wanted to try this out instead of purchasing an espresso machine. I have a nespresso, but I hate to have to buy the pods. It really doesn't make espresso, but it makes a great cup of coffee.
Julie G on Feb 12, 2016
Have used Bialetti for many years and have been very satisfied
Antoinette D on Dec 17, 2015
Made in Italy
David H on Dec 17, 2015
It is a gift for my husband so he can make lattes
Dianna M on Nov 29, 2015
I love my smaller one and this will be useful too!
Helene S on Nov 5, 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
Looked highly rated, and on sale with free shipping
Cheryl S on Oct 25, 2015
I have a 3-cup Moka Express and I love the way it makes a rich cup of coffee, so I wanted a bigger one to make more cups at a time.
Melissa W on Oct 24, 2015
This is what the newlyweds wanted.
Shonda G on Sep 21, 2015
I have used the Bialetti Moka Espresso Maker for many years. It makes the absolutely best espresso coffee and is not using cords or motors thus ecologically sound.
Margareta P on Sep 19, 2015
I love it and needed a new one.
Sheila K on Sep 9, 2015
I used it before and liked it.
Candida B on Aug 25, 2015
Andrea L on Aug 23, 2015
Been using Bialetti Moka Express forever.....
madelyn p on Jul 1, 2015
my son in Reno could not find one been looking for a long time.thanks QVC
JOSEPH L on Jun 8, 2015
had one before
joan r on Jun 2, 2015
After spending $140.00 on an electric espresso machine i had a cup made with a bialleti. after french presses>drip by the cup this is the best tasting cup of coffee i have ever had.peets italian roast made a great tasting cup of joe!
lorna b on May 28, 2015
I have had a smaller espresso maker for years, now I need a bigger one for guests!
Kim Y on May 28, 2015
It was requested by the wedding couple. They really wanted it.
thorhildur donovan t on May 19, 2015
I read a review of coffee makers on the web and the Bialetta moka express received high marks
Roger P on May 13, 2015
Makes great coffee!!
Jennifer D on May 10, 2015
this is agift formy mom...we have one and LOVE it!
theresa d on Apr 21, 2015
Coffee enthusiast.
Mehdi P on Apr 20, 2015
perfect for camping or stovetop
Denise E on Apr 14, 2015
Purchased the exact model before from Sur La Table store (not online), and the product worked well. When we needed a replacement, best way to insure quality of replacement is to order it from the same company (Amazon sellers do not seem very reliable).
Donny K on Mar 17, 2015
use it every morning....yummmmm. Best wake up espresso.
Stephanie K on Mar 10, 2015
The star rating given by other customers and the years the item has been around.
Morayma V on Mar 10, 2015
must have in an Italian family
C R on Mar 5, 2015
To replace the one my husband put in the dishwasher
E H on Mar 2, 2015
deborah m on Mar 2, 2015
Wanted a real Italian coffee pot made in Italy!
Gina S on Feb 12, 2015
I wanted a little stovetop espresso maker. The reviews on this particular model were really good. I almost chose the 3 cup, but decided the 6 cup might be better. One reviewer stated this size is great if you want a coffee mug filled instead of espresso cup.
Holly M on Jan 15, 2015
My dad's a classic guy and I know he'll love this classic Bialetti.
Stephanie A on Jan 6, 2015
This item is listed on a wedding registry for a friend. It looks like the perfect size for a newly married couple to enjoy Espressos at home.
Katie B on Jan 3, 2015
I chose this item because I like the fact that I had the option of how many cups the machine could make and the fact that it was made in Italy and NOT China.
Laura B on Dec 26, 2014
very robust, old fashion taste to coffee
Albion U on Dec 26, 2014
Son once lived in Italy and loves this style expression maker. Lost his in moving.
Theresa S on Dec 19, 2014
Because its some of the best ways to brew coffee
Marcus D on Dec 15, 2014
I wanted it
robin t on Dec 14, 2014
We use ours all the time
Arlene W on Dec 13, 2014
Already have one, makes the best coffee! Also, needs no filter so is the most efficient coffee maker. Getting a second one for apartment.
Sharon E on Dec 7, 2014
grandson requested it and I've used it in Italy
barbara k on Dec 5, 2014
I have one already and my daughter loves it so I am getting her one for Christmas
Robert M on Dec 5, 2014
Good friends love Expresso but don't have A Bialetti-simply the best European style expresso maker ever! Now they will! Thanks Sur la Table for great products at great prices!
Kristine G on Dec 5, 2014
For my sister's birthday!
Sarah P on Apr 26, 2016
on someone's registry.
Michele P on Feb 29, 2016
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
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.
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.
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
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.
What size "cup" are they using? A standard 8 oz. or not?
Charles T on Apr 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: An espresso cup...much smaller than an 8 oz cup. Just look up espresso cup for the exact size that they are.
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!
Can this be used on a heat induction stove top?
A shopper on Dec 16, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It is made from aluminum, so it would not work on a heat induction Stove top.
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!
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!
What size "cup" are you using to determine the size of the espresso pot ? 6 ounces ? 8 ounces ?
A shopper on Apr 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi. My husband and I use a six cup stove top espresso maker for just the two of us to have a mug with milk. It isn't a full mug as we make a latte and a mocha with it. I hope that helps.
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.
How can I make a latte using my Bialetti I just bought? I would rather not by a foam/steam machine if I can help it.
A shopper on Jan 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There are many options to froth your milk. you could get one of the below items i have linked. I personally use the bodum chambord manual milk frother. You could use a blender to froth the milk a shaker cup. you can warm the milk on the stove top if you want steamed milk then froth it. hope this helps.
Bodum® Milk Frother
Bodum® Milk Frother
Bodum® Chambord Manual Milk Frother
Bodum® Chambord Manual Milk Frother
Aerolatte Milk Frother
Aerolatte Milk Frother
Zyliss Milk Frother
Zyliss Milk Frother
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.
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!
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.
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".
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
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.


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