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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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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 18, 2014
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 12, 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 12, 2011
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 23, 2012
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 8, 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 18, 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 28, 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 9, 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 29, 2015
Cool design and works well
Fun, old-school yet modern design. Makes great tasting espresso! Had problems though with some rust spots forming.
December 22, 2014

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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It is a gift for my mom. She likes to make that kind of coffee time to time.
BOZENA M on Feb 16, 2019
Wanting to try something new other than the same old drip coffee maker.
John H on Jan 22, 2019
It is a gift for my mom. She likes to make that kind of coffee time to time.
BOZENA M on Feb 16, 2019
I purchased a different brand of moka pot on clearance to see if i'd use it. I love it. However, after only 6 months of use the handle fell off. I've heard this is one of the originals and has great reviews so I thought it was worth an upgrade.
Kim S on Feb 15, 2019
Wanting to try something new other than the same old drip coffee maker.
John H on Jan 22, 2019
Simple, cost effective, great design
Milada P on Jan 16, 2019
couldn't find it anywhere else online this cheap. most places were sold out or over $100.
angela r on Jan 15, 2019
I want a method of making espresso that doesn't require a machine costing hundreds of dollars.
Emily C. on Jan 8, 2019
Wanted to try
susan c on Jan 6, 2019
Much less expensive than Amazon!
Dr N on Jan 4, 2019
I had a smaller one ,it was simply too small . I made the MISTAKE of washing it in the dishwasher ; it ruined it badly - it turned it black -!
Ita Nassar on Dec 17, 2018
I have the 3-cup version and love it. I wanted a larger size to be able to make more than one serving at a time.
Anne T on Dec 14, 2018
Have smaller version and wanted to be able to make more servings if needed.
Laine C on Dec 11, 2018
On family Christmas list.
Patricia L on Dec 10, 2018
It was asked for as a gift
Susan B on Dec 8, 2018
It was on my daughter's Christmas List!
Beverley G on Dec 3, 2018
It's a Christmas gift for my son.
Tina S on Dec 3, 2018
My fiance's current percolator is too small for both of us and the top broke.
Rhonda B on Nov 29, 2018
Used by many households in Italy, made in Italy and makes great coffee.
Sybil L on Nov 20, 2018
its the only coffee maker I will use.
hard to find still made in Italy
thank you for having this
Yvonne B on Nov 15, 2018
Just returned from Italy and can't wait to make italian style cappuccinos at home!
Adrian M on Nov 13, 2018
Hubby and I love everything coffee and thought this would be a nice anniversary present to ourselves. Also like that we can still make coffee even if the power goes off. ;-)
WLCKP on Nov 8, 2018
a friend has one....
Sarah K on Nov 4, 2018
I owned one in the past and wanted a new one that allowed for more cups.
Naomi S on Oct 19, 2018
absolutely love my 3 cup espresso maker and wanted a larger one for when i have guests
TAMMY P on Oct 11, 2018
love our 3 cup
Cheri B on Sep 15, 2018
because i'm italian
George C on Sep 14, 2018
I have one smaller and I really like it.
Marcelo S on Sep 7, 2018
I have a larger one and wanted a smaller one to make just a couple of cups. My family is Italian and we have used the Bialetti maker for years.
Catherine R on Sep 1, 2018
recommended as the best stove top espresso maker
Constance C on Aug 4, 2018
Need a new big bialetti to make large quantity of cold coffee for summer !
josie r on Jun 9, 2018
i love coffee
Jessica P on May 29, 2018
save money by brewing my espresso coffee at home
marie p on May 21, 2018
I have other Bialetti espresso pots and this one is a great size for company.
Anna R on May 6, 2018
I have a larger Bialetti and I wanted this smaller one.
William C on Apr 29, 2018
I love espresso. I needed a reliable coffee maker that can make single serve coffee.
Annamaria S on Apr 18, 2018
Need additional sizes Bialetti pots depending on how many espressos are needed
Stacy V on Mar 21, 2018
After using this in Italy, I wanted one. This makes great strong coffee!
Melinda W on Mar 19, 2018
highly recommended
Lorraine K on Mar 18, 2018
Always wanted to try an inexpensive, utilitarian small espresso maker
ROBIN L on Feb 22, 2018
I got an email and this looks great so I bought one
M M on Feb 22, 2018
I prefer loose ground coffee to capsules.This coffee maker is a classic.
Elizabeth L on Feb 20, 2018
Very simple and delicious espresso.
Rebecca C on Jan 20, 2018
Made in Italy
Claire B on Jan 8, 2018
Love the traditional way of making a good cup of coffee.
Carie L on Jan 3, 2018
We have a smaller version of same espresso maker. It makes great espresso, is durable and does so at an affordable price!
Lois E on Dec 14, 2017
wedding gift
Donna S on Dec 12, 2017
Replacing one I have already
Barbara P on Dec 7, 2017
Italian made and style
Mary A on Dec 7, 2017
I have a smaller one
Linda G on Dec 3, 2017
Wanting an espresso maker and decided to try out the old school expresso making. Simpler is often better.
Jenessa K on Dec 3, 2017
I like Cuban Coffee
Clayton M on Nov 17, 2017
I purchased a different brand of moka pot on clearance to see if i'd use it. I love it. However, after only 6 months of use the handle fell off. I've heard this is one of the originals and has great reviews so I thought it was worth an upgrade.
Kim S on Feb 15, 2019
Simple, cost effective, great design
Milada P on Jan 16, 2019
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: The directions for this espresso pot say to fill it with water up to the valve, which leads me to believe that you cannot make just a partial pot
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.
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: Espresso cups are about 2 to 3.5 fl oz. I use my 3 cup Bialetti with regular coffee, which produces enough black gold for a nice regular-sized mugful. I'm planning on buying a larger size - the 6 cup - so I can have a second cup. Regular coffee out of a Bialetti tastes great, and I love the ceremony around making it. FWIW, for regular coffee in the 3 cup size, just fill the basket until the coffee is level with the brim. As soon as the water starts boiling, you need immediately remove from the heat before coffee starts spitting out of the spout. BTW I use an electric stove with no problems.
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
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: I'm not sure if you were able to resolve the issue, but have you checked to see if the funnel is plugged? Also, don't pack it so tightly and use coarse, not fine ground coffee. Hope this helps!
The Boaletti Kitty 6 Cup
Espress Maker & also Bialetti Red Moka Espresso 6 Cup Maker are the handles on these pots plastic or metal?
A shopper on Feb 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The handle on any of the Bialetti makers are made of a hard material that protects you from burning yourself when you grab it to serve coffee. It is an amazing material that doesn't come apart, break or shows any sign of wear and tear ever. I've had mine since college (about 15 years) and it still brand new! All I do is buy a new casket to replace them, that is all. Hope this helps.
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!
Will this work on a glass top electric range? (Not an induction)
Yvonne K on Jan 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I’m not sure, but I don’t see why not. As long as the heat is high enough to get the water to boil, it should work. It’s aluminum, if that makes a difference.
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: The one I purchased says 6 cups, but the maximum water level fill line in the pot is 9 fluid ounces.
I only add about 8 fluid ounces, or 1 cup of water.
Can coffee pods be used in this espresso maker?
maria f on Oct 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No, you can’t use pods. Use the best dark Italian roast coffee, espressso grind.
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.
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.
I currently used a French Press and have been thinking about getting a Bialetti. However, there's the cute octagonal aluminum, and a couple of stainless modern looking styles. How to decide, what are differences?
A shopper on Jan 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It's really up to you, they function the same way. Aluminum can't be put in the dishwasher, only hand wash. You are restricted by size with the stainless versions, I think they only come as 6-cup. And yes, the stainless look more modern, if that's the look you are going for.
The capacities of all these is really small. I can fit the entire contents of a 9-cup into one somewhat large coffee mug, with room for cream/frothed milk, etc. Look at your French Press and figure out how many cups you normally get out of one batch, and purchase the right size for you based on that number.
BTW, it makes wonderful coffee. A different flavor than the French Press, lovely nonetheless.
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.
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".
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.
Where does one put the water and where does one put the ground coffee?
A shopper on Apr 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The water goes in the base of the pot. There's a marked line as to where to fill the water up to. You place the basket in and fill it will coffee. Screw the lid on and heat until it brews to the top of the coffee pot.
what are the dimensions of the 3 cup Bialetti?
A shopper on Jan 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 6 1/4" tall, 3 1/4" base width
Why doesn't my pot use all the water?
A shopper on Jul 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I notice that there is variability in the coffee produced and the water used at times. I notice that if i overfill or pack the coffee too tightly the maker uses less water and i get less coffee. it is also advisable to change the rubber gasket at times. When they get old and used, the seal isn't tight enough to create the pressure needed to use all the water


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