I purchased this stove-top espresso maker while visiting New Zealand earlier this year. I wrote a post at that time titled, Love my stove top espresso machine.
I enjoy getting up very early every morning to write. It’s a time when I can sit quietly with a cup of coffee and my journal. This morning I thought about my espresso maker. I’d used it quite often when I first arrived home from New Zealand, but had relied on my electric coffee maker more recently. I was out of espresso grind coffee this morning, but wondered if I could use regular grind instead. Here’s what happened.
First I separated the lower section of the coffee maker and poured in filtered water to just below the pressure valve, which you can see slightly above the water line.
Next I placed the basket into the lower section and added two tablespoons of regular grind coffee, as seen below. Coffee should not touch the water.
Next I securely reattached the lower section to the top section of the espresso maker and placed it on the stove burner. I like to use a lower temperature setting.
While the coffee heated, I poured almond milk into my bright orange coffee cup.
As the water heated in the espresso maker, I could hear it begin to hiss and gurgle as the steam forced the hot water through the ground coffee. When the hissing stopped, the coffee was ready. I let it sit for a few seconds then poured it into the mug. It was very hot, so I was careful not to burn my fingers.
When I finished this process, I had a delicious cup of coffee and I’d learned that regular grind coffee works just as well as the finer espresso grind. This means I can use regular grind decaf when I want a cup of coffee later in the day. This is also less expensive than the single serving pods I usually use. It’s a little more work, but worth it. So glad I remembered to use the stove top espresso maker.
Last April I spent three weeks with our daughter who lives in New Zealand. While there I purchased this stove top espresso maker. I wrote about it in the posts titled Coffee in New Zealand, and Love my Stove Top Espresso Maker. One of the things I love about it, is its portability. Above you see a photo I took while preparing a cup of espresso on the stove in our 5th wheel trailer, during a recent trip to Napa California.
Delicious espresso ready to enjoy. Another plus with the stove top espresso maker, is how quickly you can prepare a single cup of coffee, which I often do in the late afternoon. Our daughter recommended that I buy the stainless steel version rather than the aluminum variety which I did, even though it was a little more expensive. Being coffee lovers we also have a Keurig coffee maker which uses pods, and we use it most days, but for size, flavor, and convenience, you just can’t beat a stove top espresso maker for a robust cup of coffee.
This is the stove top espresso maker I use every morning to prepare my coffee. I have fallen in love with it. I’m thinking of taking one home with me to California. For those who are new to this type of percolator, this is how it works. Continue reading