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Page Contents:
-How to Make Espresso in a Macchinetta
-Stainless Steel Macchinette
-Traditional Aluminum
-Spout Top
-Bellman Espresso/Cappuccino
-Parts
    -Spatter Reducer

    -Replacement Gaskets
    -Filter Plates
    -Funnel Filters
    -Adjustable Funnel Filters
    -Overpressure Plug
-Fante's Top Moka Tips for New Users

Related Pages:
-How to Use a Moka Espresso Pot
-Espresso Accessories
-Espresso Spoons
-Espresso & Cappuccino Cups
-Napoletana Coffee Maker
Coffee Beans-Coffee Beans
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Stovetop Espresso Makers

The stovetop espresso maker, also known as "macchinetta" or "moka", is still the most popular way of making espresso at home. In Italy, it's usually simply called a "caffettiera", their term for "coffee pot".

It works by creating pressure through heat at about 1.5 bar, to force water through finely ground coffee and into a serving chamber.

How much is 1 cup? A traditional espresso is about 1.5 ounces. A 6-cup espresso maker would thus make approximately 9 oz. of that delicious liquid. Though espresso cups may hold 3 to 4 oz., it is customary to only partly fill the cup.

macchinettaSafety Precautions are important when using your new moka, like with all kitchen appliances. To avoid accidents and damage to your moka pot, and to get a good cup of espresso, be sure to follow the easy but important instructions.

First, become familiar with the parts of your macchinetta. Take it apart and examine how each part fits in place before you wash and use it the first time.

 
How to make espresso in a macchinetta:

  • Fill the bottom chamber with cold water up to the emergency steam release valve (overpressure plug).
     
  • Insert the funnel filter (cone) and fill it with espresso-ground coffee, smoothing it without tamping. (It should be at least 2/3 full for good taste, and doesn't need to be particularly smoothed.)
     
  • Before screwing on the top chamber, make sure the flat round filter plate and the rubber gasket are in place. Screw the top tight enough to make a good seal.
     
  • Put it on the stovetop with enough heat to cover the bottom, but not so that it heats the handle.
     
  • When you hear the macchinetta begin to gurgle (approximately 5-10 minutes, depending on moka size and amount of heat), be mindful of the hot parts and carefully remove it from the heat.
     
  • Allow it to sit for a half minute or so, then use a spoon to stir the coffee and serve.

Watch demo video of stovetop espresso maker Video: How to Use a Bialetti Macchinetta
Watch what happens during brewing Video: What Happens During Brewing (Neutron Radiography)

macchinetta espresso maker by jillThe Overpressure Plug (emergency steam release valve) is a safety mechanism that will open a way for the pressure to escape if it can't go through the coffee grounds. It usually lasts the life of the pot. To help insure this, do not tamp the coffee grounds. Smooth the coffee, instead, then lightly knock the filter funnel downwards on a counter to help evenly distribute the grounds. And keep it clean.

Metal handles and surfaces get hot, so use a pot holder when handling a macchinetta. Close supervision is necessary when using a macchinetta, especially when children are near.

Keep the heat source low and under the pot.
Too much heat will cause it to spit when it's supposed to just gurgle at the end of the cycle, and you can get scalded if you open the hinged lid.
Too much heat can damage the pot, not just discolor it, and it can damage the rubber gasket, as well as handles made of plastic.

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Especially made to keep the smaller espresso makers stable on your stovetop burners, this cast iron trivet fits over any size grate.

To maintain the macchinetta in good condition:,

Wash all the parts with hot sudsy water, and rinse thoroughly. (Make sure the filter funnel holes are not clogged as well.) Before first use, and regularly (though not necessarily every time), also remove and wash the rubber gasket and round flat filter plate. Use a dull knife point, or small screwdriver, to remove the gasket, and to get to the filter plate.

Decalcify the boiler when you notice white deposits around the overpressure valve or on the inside surface of your pot. Fill boiler with about 1 part white vinegar to 8 parts of water, and let sit overnight. Then wash out the vinegar smell.

Aluminum coffee makers or parts should never be put in the dishwasher, as the harsh detergents will damage the finish of the metal. Some stainless steel moka pots may have an aluminum filter or funnel.

Take extra care when cleaning the filter funnel. Its top edge must not be bent or damaged in order to make a good seal with the gasket when the top is screwed on.

Gaskets are likely to last at least a year if they are cleaned on a regular basis. When the gasket starts to get hard or cracks, replace it. A telltale sign of a needed replacement gasket will be that some steam will begin to escape from the screw threads between the top and bottom pieces of your macchinetta.

Keep a note of the name of the manufacturer of the espresso maker, its model name and size; this will help in obtaining replacement gaskets. If you can't find a replacement, get a sheet of rubber in a similar thickness (from your local hardware or plumbing supply store), and use the old gasket to cut out a template on the sheet of rubber.

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Stainless Steel Macchinette

Ilsa Altho Espresso Maker

Ilsa Altho Espresso Maker

Ilsa Altho Espresso Maker

Ilsa Altho Espresso Maker
6 Cup Ilsa Altho Espresso Maker
V140-6

$79.99
#27041
Coffee BeansMakes up to 6 espresso cups,
Reducer included,
9.75" high oveall,
3.25" diameter body,
18/10 stainless steel body,
Cast stainless steel welded handle,
Made in China
Can be used on induction cooktops.
Uses replacement gaskets #6133
4 Cup Ilsa Altho Espresso Maker
V140-4

$69.99
#27042
Makes up to 4 espresso cups,
Reducer included,
8.25" high overall,
2.9" diameter body,
18/10 stainless steel body,
Cast stainless steel welded handle,
Made in China
Can be used on induction cooktops.
Uses replacement gaskets #6132
Ilsa Slancio espresso maker

Ilsa Slancio espresso maker

Ilsa Slancio espresso maker
6 Cup Ilsa V136 Slancio Espresso Maker

$99.99
#22102
8.4" high,
3-5/8" base,
Includes reducing filter to make 3 cups,
Includes extra gasket,
Heavy gauge 18/10 stainless steel,
Cast handle and lid,
Satin finish,
Made in China
Also for use on most induction cooktops (may have too small a base to be recognized by induction cooktop sensors)
Get spare gaskets below
4 Cup Ilsa V136 Slancio Espresso Maker

$89.99
#22104
Makes 4 demitasse cups,
7.7" high,
3-3/8" base,
Includes reducing filter to make 2 cups,
Includes extra gasket,
Heavy gauge 18/10 stainless steel,
Cast handle,
Satin finish,
Made in China
Also for use on most induction cooktops (may have too small a base to be recognized by induction cooktop sensors)
Get spare gaskets below
Kontessa Oro 12 cup espresso maker 12 Cup Kontessa Oro Stainless Stovetop Espresso Maker

$99.99
#7452
Makes 14 oz (1.16 oz per cup),
11" high overall,
5.25" base,
Brass handle and knob,
Stainless steel body,
Acrylic spacer between body and handle,
Also for use on induction cooktops
Made in Italy Made in Italy
Get spare gaskets below
6 Cup Kontessa Oro Stainless Stovetop Espresso Maker

$77.99
#7453
Makes 6 demitasses,
9.5" tall overall,
4.75" base,
Brass handle and knob,
Stainless steel body,
Acrylic spacer between body and handle,
Also for use on induction cooktops
Made in Italy Made in Italy
Get spare gaskets below
4 Cup Kontessa Oro Stainless Stovetop Espresso Maker

$64.99
#6997
Makes 4 demitasses,
8.25" tall overall,
4" base,
Brass handle and knob,
Stainless steel body,
Acrylic spacer between body and handle,
Also for use on most induction cooktops (may have too small a base to be recognized by induction cooktop sensors)
Made in Italy Made in Italy
Get spare gaskets below
2 Cup Kontessa Oro Stainless Stovetop Espresso Maker

$54.99
#6996
Makes 2 demitasses,
7" high overall,
3-1/8" base,
Brass handle and knob,
Stainless steel body,
Acrylic spacer between body and handle,
Also for use on most induction cooktops (may have too small a base to be recognized by induction cooktop sensors)
Made in ItalyMade in Italy
Get spare gaskets below
Ilsa Omnia Espresso Maker

Ilsa Omnia Espresso Maker

Ilsa Omnia Espresso Maker
10 Cup Ilsa Omnia Espresso Maker

$69.99
#27029
Makes 10 espresso cups,
8.8" high overall,
4.3" diameter base,
18/10 stainless steel body,
Rubberized handle,
Made in China
Also for use on most induction cooktops
6 Cup Ilsa Omnia Espresso Maker
Model 92

$59.99
#27027
Makes 6 espresso cups,
7.5" high overall,
3.8" diameter base,
18/10 stainless steel body,
Rubberized handle,
Made in China
Also for use on most induction cooktops
4 Cup Ilsa Omnia Espresso Maker
V9-4

$49.99
#27025
Makes 4 espresso cups,
6.7" high overall,
3.25" diameter base,
18/10 stainless steel body,
Rubberized handle,
Made in China
Also for use on most induction cooktops (may have too small a base to be recognized by induction cooktop sensors)
2 Cup Ilsa Omnia Espresso Maker
V9-2

$39.99
#27021
Makes 2 espresso cups,
5.75" high overall,
3" diameter base,
18/10 stainless steel body,
Rubberized handle,
Made in China
Also for use on most induction cooktops (may have too small a base to be recognized by induction cooktop sensors)

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Traditional Aluminum Espresso Makers

bialetti moka express stovetop espresso maker

bialetti moka express stovetop espresso maker

Click for PDF
Use & Care



How to Use
9 Cup Bialetti Moka Express Traditional Espresso Maker

$42.99
#9872
Coffee BeansMakes 9 demitasses,
9.7" high overall,
4.1" base,
Aluminum with plastic handles
Made in Italy Made in Italy
Get spare gaskets below
6 Cup Bialetti Moka Express Traditional Espresso Maker

$28.99
#9871
Makes 9 oz (1.5 oz per cup),
8-1/4"high overall,
4" base,
Aluminum with plastic handles
Made in Italy Made in Italy
Get spare gaskets below
3 Cup Bialetti Moka Express Traditional Espresso Maker

$24.99
#9870
Makes 3 demitasses,
6-1/4" high overall,
3-1/4" base,
Aluminum with plastic handles
Made in Italy Made in Italy
Get spare gaskets below
1 Cup Bialetti Moka Express Traditional Espresso Maker

$22.99
#9869
Makes 1 demitasse,
5-1/4" high overall,
2-1/2" base,
Aluminum with plastic handles
Made in Italy Made in Italy
Get spare gaskets below
Buon Caffe espresso maker

Buon Caffe espresso maker

Bon Caffe espresso maker

Buon Caffe espresso makers
9 Cup Buon Caffe Espresso Maker

$34.99
#1809
Makes 9 demitasses,
9.4" high,
4.25" base,
Aluminum with plastic handles,
Made in ItalyMade in Italy
Get spare gaskets below
6 Cup Buon Caffe Espresso Maker

$24.99
#1812
Makes 6 demitasses,
8" high,
4.2" base,
Aluminum with plastic handles,
Made in ItalyMade in Italy
Get spare gaskets below
3 Cup Buon Caffe Espresso Maker

$19.99
#1811
Makes 3 demitasses,
6.2" high,
3.4" base,
Aluminum with plastic handles,
Made in ItalyMade in Italy
Get spare gaskets below
1 Cup Buon Caffe Espresso Maker

$15.99
#1818
Makes 1 demitasse,
5.2" high,
2.7" base,
Aluminum with plastic handles,
Made in ItalyMade in Italy
Get spare gaskets below
9 cup traditional macchinetta 9 Cup Traditional Aluminum Macchinetta

$24.99
#29013
Makes 9 demitasses,
9.25" tall overall
Aluminum alloy
Made in China
Get spare gaskets below
6 cup traditional macchinetta 6 Cup Traditional Aluminum Macchinetta

$17.99
#29012
Makes 6 demitasses,
8" tall overall
Aluminum alloy
Made in China
Get spare gaskets below
3 cup traditional macchinetta 3 Cup Traditional Aluminum Macchinetta

$14.99
#29011
3 Cup Traditional Aluminum Macchinetta
Makes 3 demitasses,
6.25" tall overall,
Aluminum alloy
Made in China
Get spare gaskets below
1 cup traditional aluminum macchinetta 1 Cup Traditional Aluminum Macchinetta

$11.99
#29010
Makes 1 demitasse,
5" tall overall
Aluminum alloy
Made in China
Get spare gaskets below

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Spout-Top Espresso Makers

-Best for use on gas and other cooktops on which the heat source can be turned off completely.
- Place the cups under the spouts before turning on the burner.
- Concentrate the flame to fit under the unit, and not up the sides.
- When the coffee starts dispensing into the cups, lower the heat to minimum in order to obtain a slow and perfect distribution of coffee.
- And remember that metal parts get hot, so allow to cool before handling.

Gemini express espresso maker

Gemini express espresso maker
1 & 2 Cup Gemini Express Stovetop Espresso Maker, Red

$24.99
#1669
2 demitasse cup capacity,
6.5" high,
3.4" wide base,
5" wide platform,
2" high clearance for cups,
Aluminum body,
Powder coated top,
Includes reducer to make 1 cup,
Made in ItalyMade in Italy
Click for PDF Instructions

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Bellman Espresso & Cappuccino Maker

Bellman Stainless Stovetop Espresso/Cappuccino Maker Bellman Stovetop Espresso & Cappuccino Maker CX-25

$99.99
#16358
Coffee Beans7.5" tall,
4.25" base,
Makes 3, 6 or 9 demitasses,
Frothing arm for cappuccino,
Stainless body,
Aluminum baskets,
Heat resistant plastic handles,
Also works on induction cooktops,
Made in Taiwan
(Parts List & Instructions)
bellman stovetop espresso & cappuccino maker with pressure gauge

bellman stovetop espresso/cappuccino maker with pressure gauge
Bellman Stovetop Espresso & Cappuccino Maker with Pressure Gauge CX-25P

#16690
Currently unavailable from us.
7.5" tall,
4.25" base,
Pressure gauge measures up to 5 Bar pressure, with green indicator at the optimal pressure, between 1 and 2,
Makes 3, 6 or 9 demitasses,
Frothing arm for cappuccino,
Stainless body,
Aluminum baskets,
Heat resistant plastic handles
Made in Taiwan
(Parts List & Instructions)
atomic espresso and cappuccino maker model cx-66

La Sorrentina Atomic

Spinning Atomic Coffee Maker
360°
La Sorrentina
Atomic Coffee Machine

$379.99
#19447

Ships separately
Allow 2 weeks
2-6 cup espresso style stovetop coffee maker,
Makes up to 15 oz,
Includes portafilter with small and large filter baskets for coffee, and solid disc basket for cappuccino,
Milk frothing wand,
Handled collecting pitcher,
9" high,
5.1" round base,
Aluminum alloy cast body,
Heat resistant phenolic plastic handles,
Safety pressure relief knob,
Made in Taiwan
Click for PDF Instruction Manual
Click for PDF 1960's Atomic Instructions
· This 1950's popularized design style has returned, in similar form as the
Robbiati patent.

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Spatter Reducer

spatter reducer Espresso Maker Spatter Reducer

$2.99
#1250
Coffee Beans1.25" high,
1.25" top,
11/16" opening,
Aluminum,
Made in ItalyMade in Italy
· The small holes work to reduce spatter.
· Before placing the macchinetta on the stove, insert the spatter reducer over central column in upper chamber.
· Be sure to close the lid before heating.

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Espresso Maker Replacement Gaskets

· To remove the gasket from a macchinetta, I find it easiest to use the corner of a plastic scraper to work it out from where it meets the filter, then I grab it with my fingertip. Unlike a metal utensil, the plastic doesn't scratch the metal filter plate.
· Regularly remove and wash the gasket, filter plate, and the body areas they hide.
· Natural rubber gaskets can be kept soft by occasionally boiling a few minutes with a bit of baking soda.

 
Replacement Gaskets for Aluminum Stovetop Espresso Makers
Rubber Gaskets


silicone macchinetta gaskets
Silicone Gaskets
1 Cup
Replacement Rubber Gasket For Aluminum Macchinetta

$1.99 Set of 4
#11375
Coffee Beans51 mm. (2") outside diameter
6 mm. wide (1/4")
Made of rubber
Set of 4 rings
Fits 1-cup aluminum stovetop espresso makers
3 Cup
Replacement Rubber Gasket for Aluminum Macchinetta

$1.99 Set of 2
#612835
66 mm. (2-1/2") outside diameter
8 mm. wide (5/16")
Made of natural rubber
Set of 2 rings
Fits 3-cup aluminum stovetop espresso makers
3 Cup
Replacement Silicone Gasket For Aluminum Macchinetta

$2.49 Set of 3
#11393
66 mm. (2-1/2") outside diameter
8 mm. wide (5/16")
Made of silicone
Set of 3 rings
Fits 3-cup aluminum stovetop espresso makers
6 Cup
Replacement Rubber Gaskets For Aluminum Macchinetta

$1.99
#612834
70 mm. (2-3/4") outside diameter
8 mm. wide (5/16")
Made of rubber
Set of 2 rings
Fits 6-cup aluminum stovetop espresso makers
6 Cup
Replacement Silicone Gasket For Aluminum Macchinetta

$2.49
#11399
70 mm. (2-3/4") outside diameter
8 mm. wide (5/16")
Made of silicone
Set of 3 rings
Fits 6-cup aluminum stovetop espresso makers
9 Cup
Replacement Silicone Gasket For Aluminum Macchinetta

$2.49
#11397
82 mm. (3-1/4")
9 mm. wide (3/8")
Made of silicone
Set of 3 rings
Fits 9-cup aluminum stovetop espresso makers
12 Cup
Replacement Rubber Gasket For Aluminum Macchinetta

$1.99
#11381
90 mm. (3-9/16")
8 mm. wide (5/16")
Made of rubber
Set of 2 rings
Fits 12-cup aluminum stovetop espresso makers
 
Espresso Maker Gaskets for Vespress & Kontessa
1-Cup Vespress &
2-Cup Kontessa
Replacement Gaskets
3-Pk With Filter

$4.99
#9850
Includes 3 rubber gaskets,
2" outside diameter
1/4" wide,
1 aluminum filter
Fits 1-Cup Vespress and 2-Cup Kontessa stovetop espresso makers
3-Cup Vespress &
4-Cup Kontessa
Replacement Gaskets
3-Pk With Filter

$4.99
#9853
Includes 3 rubber gaskets,
2-9/16" outside diameter
9/32" wide,
1 aluminum filter
Fits 3-Cup Vespress and 4-Cup Kontessa stovetop espresso makers
6-Cup Vespress &
6-Cup Kontessa
Replacement Gaskets
3-Pk With Filter

$4.99
#9855
Temporarily unavailable
Includes 3 rubber gaskets,
2-31/32" outside diameter
3/8" wide
Fits 6-Cup Vespress and 6-Cup Kontessa stovetop espresso makers
6-Cup Vespress &
6-Cup Kontessa
Replacement Gasket

$0.99
#7449
2-31/32" outside diameter
3/8" wide
Fits 6-Cup Vespress and 6-Cup Kontessa stovetop espresso makers
12/14-Cup Vespress & Kontessa Replacement Gaskets 3-Pk With Filter

$4.99
#9861
Temporarily unavailable
Includes 3 gaskets,
3-9/16" outside diameter
5/16" wide
Stainless steel filter
Fits 12- and 14-Cup Vespress and 12- and 14-Cup Kontessa stovetop espresso makers
Gaskets for Ilsa V136 espresso makers Ilsa 2-Cup V136-2
Replacement Gaskets 3-Pk

$7.69
#6130
Includes 3 gaskets,
53mm outside diameter,
43mm inside diameter
Fits Ilsa 2-cup models
Ilsa 4-Cup V136-4
Replacement Gaskets
3-Pk

$7.69
#6132
Includes 3 gaskets,
64mm outside diameter,
51mm inside diameter,
Fits Ilsa Altho, Omnia, and Slancio 4-cup models
Ilsa 6-Cup V136-6
Replacement Gaskets
3-Pk

$7.69
#6133
Includes 3 gaskets,
72mm outside diameter,
55mm inside diameter,
Fits Ilsa Altho, Omnia, and Slancio 6-cup models
Ilsa 10-Cup Replacement Gaskets 3-Pk

$7.99
#6137
Includes 3 gaskets,
85mm outside diameter,
69mm inside diameter,
Fits Ilsa Omnia 10-cup models 91S and 91L
rubber replacement gasket for san remo and cogen San Remo
Replacement Gasket
The gasket pictured at left is not currently available.
We recommend using #11397 gasket, which is also used for the 9-Cup macchinetta.

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Espresso Maker Replacement Filter Plates

 
filter plate for aluminum macchinetta
Filter Plate for Aluminum Macchinetta, 1 Cup

$1.99
#12824
Coffee Beans46 mm wide
Aluminum
Fits 1-cup aluminum stovetop espresso makers
Filter Plate for Aluminum Macchinetta, 3 Cup

$1.99
#12825
57 mm wide
Aluminum
Fits 3-cup aluminum stovetop espresso makers
Filter Plate for Aluminum Macchinetta, 6 Cup

$1.99
#12850
64 mm wide
Aluminum
Fits 6-cup aluminum stovetop espresso makers
Filter Plate for Aluminum Macchinetta, 9 Cup

$1.99
#12821
73 mm wide
Aluminum
Fits 9-cup aluminum stovetop espresso makers
Filter Plate for Aluminum Macchinetta, 12 Cup

$1.99
#12823
Temporarily unavailable
81 mm wide
Aluminum
Fits 12-cup aluminum stovetop espresso makers

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Espresso Maker Replacement Funnels

 
funnel filter for aluminum macchinetta
Funnel Filter for Aluminum Macchinetta, 1 Cup

$2.99
#16350
Coffee Beans46 mm wide,
45 mm high
Fits 1-cup aluminum stovetop espresso makers
Funnel Filter for Aluminum Macchinetta, 3 Cup

$2.99
#16351
59 mm wide,
55 mm high
Fits 3-cup aluminum stovetop espresso makers
Funnel Filter for Aluminum Macchinetta, 6 Cup

$2.99
#16352
Fits 6-cup aluminum stovetop espresso makers
Funnel Filter for Aluminum Macchinetta, 9 Cup

$2.99
#16349
76mm wide,
97 mm high
Fits 9-cup aluminum stovetop espresso makers
Funnel Filter for Aluminum Macchinetta, 12 Cup

$2.99
#16348
82 mm wide,
115 mm high
Fits 12-cup aluminum stovetop espresso makers
adjustable funnel filter for macchinetta, in full position
Full position

adjustable funnel filter for macchinetta, in diminished position
Diminished position
Adjustable 3/1 Funnel Filter

$3.99
#121016
Coffee BeansFits the 3-cup aluminum macchinetta only,
Makes 3 cups or 1 cup,
Aluminum
Made in Italy Made in Italy
- Use in place of the regular funnel filter, to make either the full or diminished quantity indicated,
- The tube depth adjusts with the height of the filter screen, and automatically pulls up the right amount of water from a properly filled macchinetta
Adjustable 6/3 Funnel Filter

$4.99
#121017
Fits the 6-cup aluminum macchinetta only,
Makes 6 cups or 3 cups,
Aluminum
Made in Italy Made in Italy
- Use in place of the regular funnel filter, to make either the full or diminished quantity indicated,
- The tube depth adjusts with the height of the filter screen, and automatically pulls up the right amount of water from a properly filled macchinetta

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Espresso Maker Replacement Overpressure Plugs

overpressure plug for macchinetta Overpressure Plug

$3.99
#1294
Overpressure safety valve,
For standard aluminum macchinetta,
8mm diameter at threads,
Fits most sizes
Made in Italy Made in Italy
Important: This is a crucial safety feature, and you should only attempt to replace it if you're familiar with the handling of precision parts and accept full responsibility.
large overpressure plug Overpressure Plug, Large

#1296
Currently unavailable
Overpressure safety valve,
For most stainless steel stovetop espresso makers,
Match the image at left to your existing plug
Made in Italy Made in Italy
Important: This is a crucial safety feature, and you should only attempt to replace it if you're familiar with the handling of precision parts and accept full responsibility.

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Print PDF of Top Moka Tips Print Fante's Top Tips for New Users

THE MOKA STOVETOP ESPRESSO MAKER
Fante’s Top Moka Tips for New Users

· FIRST AND FOREMOST ·
• Follow the manufacturer’s instructions •
• Heed safety precautions • Replace worn parts •

Parts of a Moka - Espresso coffee makerThe Process:

• Fill the boiler chamber with cold water to just below the overpressure valve.

• Insert the funnel filter, fill it with properly ground coffee, and smooth it over without pressing down.

• Wipe any coffee grounds from the lip of the funnel filter and boiler, check that the filter plate and gasket are in place, and screw on the serving chamber firmly.

• Place on a low flame to brew. As the water boils, pressure builds in the boiler chamber, forcing the water up the narrow funnel. It briefly infuses with the coffee grounds then travels up the central column and into the top chamber, ready to be served. Gently stir with a spoon before serving.
 

Fante’s Top Moka Tips for New Users:

Gasket: Keep it clean to create the seal necessary for pressure to build in the boiler. Keep a spare handy to replace when worn. Occasionally remove it, gently prying it loose with a fork or dull edge of knife, for a thorough cleaning.

Filter Plate: Insert it properly under the gasket. Occasionally remove it, as with the gasket, for cleaning. Use a safety pin to help clear any blocked holes in the filters to maintain a smooth flow.

Funnel Filter: Keep the rim free of dents so it will seat uniformly on the boiler's rim, or it will create an uneven seal and let air in the boiler that will prevent the pressure from building up properly.

Overpressure Valve: The spring valve must be clean and in good working order to safely release any excess pressure from the boiler chamber in case of improper use. Face the valve toward you during brewing for monitoring. Drops of water can indicate too much pressure inside, or a leaky valve. Decalcify regularly.

Water: Fill with fresh cold water to just below the overpressure plug. This will keep it below the level of the coffee grounds in the funnel filter.

Coffee: Use only properly ground coffee. Too coarse makes for watery coffee. Too fine and and loose, and it will easily pass through the filter plate. Too fine and tamped will cake to prevent an even flow and increase unwanted pressure in the boiler chamber. Don’t press down on the coffee in the filter

Insure a good seal when assembling the top chamber onto the bottom. Make sure the filter plate and gasket are inserted properly. Wipe any grounds from the lip of the funnel filter. Then firmly tighten the chambers together. If not tight enough, if your gasket is worn, or the funnel filter damaged, air will get in the boiler, pressure won’t build, and the boiler chamber may just eventually boil dry. Avoid using force on the handle.

Keep the flame or other heat source smaller than the base of your moka. This helps the pressure build more slowly, creates a better coffee infusion, and helps prevent spattering from the top of the column. It will also prevent bluing damage on stainless steel mokas, and keep plastic handles intact.

Keep your moka clean. Many feel very strongly about not washing their moka with soap and water, in order to not affect the taste of the coffee, however, coffee oils, like all other seed oils, become rancid over time if left to accumulate. So I can understand not soaping the moka if you use it on a very frequent basis, because the repeated boilings will help prevent rancidity, however I strongly recommend washing and very thoroughly rinsing for less frequent users. In any case, you always want to make sure that calcium deposits don't form on the overpressure plug by keeping it clean, and decalcifying it from time to time.

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Important Note: Espresso makers brew under pressure. Although characterized by a high level of quality and safety, injury or material damage resulting from misuse or improper use cannot be ruled out. For this reason, take careful note of all use and care instructions.

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