Gadgets 018: Stovetop espresso maker, Seinfeld trick calendar generator, speed reading and more


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I rather like the following description of moka pots: “an inexpensive alternative to making good coffee”


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My grandmother used one of these for decades. I recall her serving me and my sisters tiny cups of espresso (so we’d have a proper drink with our biscotti) made with a well-used Bialetti. (I don’t know if she was the operator, but her restaurant, Fugazzi’s, had a towering espresso machine used to crank out shots for the old italian men and beatniks who frequented the place.)

I picked up a classic Moka and a larger round-topped knock-off, and use them periodically:


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You look less like John Oliver in the full size picture.


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I have been using one of these since the glass pot for our percolator broke for the third time. Of course you have to buy a replacement glass jug for the percolator, from the manufacturer which makes it so expensive that you might as well buy a new percolator . I find that I can get two full mugs of good coffee from our stovetop, which is a slightly larger one, by filling the filter to the brim with coffee and not pressing it down tight then screwing the top and simply adding boiled water to half a mug of the percolated coffee. Its just about the right strength. The stronger the blend number the stronger the coffee. This morning I used a number one and it was fine. I keep the percolator for when we have guests


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I use our Bialetti every single day after we get home from work, same cooking method on the stove with the “6 cup” version, but I go full high on the heat till it slowly spews for a bit, then turn it down to the lowest simmer and watch it finish.
Never did the sugar trick, I’ll have to try that.
For the milk, I put about 8 ounces in a quart wide mouth jar and froth with my stick blender. Then put that in the microwave for 1 minute 25 seconds (the right amount after trial and error) then pour into regular coffee mugs for two.
In case you’re wondering, frothing prior to heating creates a superior creamy concoction. Better than 90 percent of the baristas I have encountered using steam.


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I love these Stovetop espresso machines, since I think they make realy the best tasting coffee!
I used a similar machine since night and day, but I changed mine recently for an inox model, since the previous one was made out of aluminium…
It seems that aluminium has a bad effect on our body and health, so I decided to exclude aluminium from my daily food and drink processing and intake.
Same brand, same good coffee, but a different model…
(I hope U can see the image, since I’m not allowed to display images)

Huby


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Here is your picture :smile:


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I froth using a small french press; I’ll have to try froth first then heat next time.


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What do you use as the frothing mechanism? The included plunger thingie?


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Yeppity yep.


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I’m being utterly subjective about this but it seems to me that the coffee is better out of a steel pot as well.

Currently I have a 4 cup Musa and that’s just about right for a single cup. (The cup sizes refer to espresso cups, obviously.)

3 teaspoons of ground coffee, no tamping, water up to the valve, and let it go on the stove for a few minutes. I don’t bother doing anything fancy with the milk, just straight in.

Sometimes I think it’d be nice to get a machine, but when I actually think about the stuffing around it involves, yeah, simplicity is best. Just make the stove’s turned off when you’re done!


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After melting a few Bialettis, I found this one. Metal and glass, same price. Problem solved.


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