Have you ever craved an espresso in the middle of a wild expedition, camping trip or when traveling? If you nod your head to the terms ‘camping espresso maker’, ‘stovetop espresso maker’ or ‘portable espresso maker’, the Bialetti Moka Express is what you’ve been missing all this while!
Also known as the moka pot, this little espresso maker doesn’t use electricity, and works like a stovetop kettle that you could also put over a camp fire. Knowing that I crave espresso coffee all the time, my buddy bought me this little moka pot for our camping trip few years ago, out of no genuine intention to help but to tease me.
Makes Espresso, Simple As That
Things worked in my favor when the little palm-sized espresso maker really brewed something that could be called espresso. After some research, it turns out that this is the traditional way to brew Italian coffee after all! The espresso that this stovetop espresso maker makes is rich and smooth tasting, with an almost-chocolatey hint if you don’t burn the coffee. Practice makes perfect!
This Bialetti portable espresso maker is very easy to use and you can make espresso with it as long as you have a heat source. Here’s an animation to show how it works.
If you don’t drink a lot of espresso, get the smaller size moka espresso maker for a better brew. It is available in sizes from 1-cup to 12-cup. Brewing is slow with this stovetop espresso maker, since you’ll need to use low heat to avoid burning the rubber gasket. The wait will be worth it when you drink the delicious coffee though.
Perfect Travel Espresso Maker
The Bialetti is truly a travel size espresso maker. The 3-cup version that I have is only 6.5 inches tall and fits perfectly into the side pocket of my backpack.
When I go camping, I don’t even have to worry about cleaning this thing properly, as it is as simple as rinsing the pot with clean water. Although the instructions tell you to use soap, I hate the idea of ruining my next cup of coffee.
This espresso maker is also about as durable as my grandmother’s cookware that was passed down the generations. Except for the rubber gasket which needs to be replaced when it has worn down which could be very easily and cheaply done, this moka pot will last me a lifetime.
For such a great portable espresso maker, you’d think it would cost a lot to own but no, you can get a 6-cup version below $30 and a 3-cup version for less than $20. Any espresso enthusiast can be a happy camper too!