Pros: Inexpensive, fast! Good yield
Cons: Not good if you have a short attention span!
Consuming espresso and cappuccino abroad and returning to American coffee is a harsh reality. Seriously. Twice-daily doses of inexpensive cappuccinos at Italian 'bars' will spoil even the most coffee-addled consumer. I simply couldn't handle regular coffee. Even black. Old. Strong. None of it hit the same flavor profile of Italian espresso drinks. Without the resources to drop several hundred dollars on a quality espresso maker with enough power to create steam to froth the milk, I went down the easy road. Alas, the Bialetti Moka Express. It is a stovetop espresso maker. Water in the bottom. Fine ground espresso in the funnel-shaped filter. Screw on the top. Done. Place the aluminum...(read more)