Stovetop Espresso Makers

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The stovetop espresso maker, also known as “macchinetta”, is still the most popular way of making espresso at home.

It works by creating pressure through heat 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.

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 steam release valve (overpressure plug).
  • Insert the funnel filter (cone) and fill it with espresso-ground coffee, smoothing it without tamping.
  • Make sure the flat round filter plate and the rubber gasket are in place underneath the central column of the upper part of the macchinetta.
  • Screw the top on, but not too hard.
  • 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 gurgling, remove it from the heat and allow it to sit for 30 seconds.
  • Use a spoon to stir the coffee, then serve.

The Overpressure Plug (emergency steam release valve) is a safety mechanism that will open a way for the steam to escape if it can’t go through tamped 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.

 

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Brooke Miggs is a housewife, mother of 4 lovely children, passionate about novels, cooking and kids. The thing that her kids love the most is Disney Cartoons. This fact made her family visit all the Disney Resorts and create this website www.disney-hotels.org that offers information and great reviews about the Disney Land Hotels.
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