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Bialetti Moka Express Aluminium Stovetop Coffee Maker (2 Cup), 8x11x11 cm, Silver

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Bialetti patent of the Brikka weight system was filled in Dec. 1996 and it expired but might still be covered by other Bialetti patents that includes “valve”. A new patent was needed for this line of products to keep the momentum, the marketing vibe and patent rights of this successful product to keep the dominance in this market segment. The most common way to describe the sizes is in cups. Those cups are espresso shots, not mugs. However, it’s not as simple as multiplying the average espresso shot (30 ml) by the amount of cups. I know this sounds like a serious claim, but reviewing this design leaves me no doubt it was designed that way in purpose. It is surprising and disappointing that Bialetti uses these misleading phrases for its new Brikka Caffettiera, and not only.

Keep in mind that that’s a lot of caffeine. If you insist on drinking big mugs, you might want to go to a 1.5:1 or even 2:1 ratio. For a 2:1 ratio Americano you would need a roughly 80 to 100 ml of coffee from a moka pot. A two or three cup pot would be good for that purpose. A 1:1 coffee to crema ratio? This sounds odd, unless the coffee consists high percentage of robusta and perhape some baking soda. I doubt those numbrs represent the crema of a standard 30 ml. of coffee nor my tests showed that. Suggested: Which sizes Moka Pot Are There And What Do You Need? For recommendations for moka pots for more than one person. Another guess is that the 15 ml. and 30 ml. represent the crema. Nothing is mentioned about it in the manual though. In 1930s Italy, Alfonso Bialetti invented a brewing system that revolutionized the process of domestic coffee brewing throughout Italy and soon the rest of the world. Based on his observations of Italian laundry equipment at that time, Bialetti imagined a brewing system that brewed coffee by passing pressurized boiling water through ground coffee. The result was the iconic Bialetti Moka Pot or Bialetti percolator, patented in 1933 and still in use globally today.

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From one or two shots of espresso, you can create all of those drinks that are much more voluminous than the brew you start with. Two shots of espresso is about 60 ml which means the one cup moka pot would be enough. It does not create 9 bar of pressure which is needed to produce Espresso, not to mention other parameters that are part of the Espresso formula. The drawing (as I understand it) suggests it uses 120 ml. of water for the 2 cup model to produce 100 ml. of Moka which somehow turns into 15ml. in the cup. As you can see the quoted amount of cups doesn’t directly translate into the amount of coffee you brew. The quoted amount of brew produced divided by the quoted amount of cups is different for every size so the amount of cups is just a very rough indication. Screw the upper part on the heater and tighten well, without pressing too much and avoiding to force the handle.

The Brikka 2020 models produces slightly better crema (depends on the coffee used) and increased amount of coffee beverage, compared to older models, but those changes are not such that justify preferring it over previous models that are still being sold. Of course if you regularly drink 5 espressos to get started in the morning, you should size up. Although you might want to take a look at your sleeping habits if you need that. In few minutes a small amount of coffee will start coming out and the typical puff of Brikka, signalling the beginning of froth formation, will be heard. Dependent on what kind of coffee you want and how much you drink, make a decision of which size is right for you. Either for the amount of coffee you want to drink or how much caffeine you need. First let’s take a look at which choices there are in the first place. Of course you can always find exceptions to the rule but in general, moka pots are available in different sizes. Also, not all brands and manufacturers quote their sizes in the same way.

Box indicates in English: “ THE ESPRESSO COFFEE” and in Italian: “ L’ESPRESSO COME AL BAR” (translation: “ ESPRESSO AS AT THE BAR”) in a very noticeable place while it is surely NOT a product that produces Espresso! As for using the term Espresso regarding this product, don’t be fooled by the misleading phrases Bialetti uses to promote its Brikka 2020 models. For most people, a double espresso or large mug of pour over coffee is enough to get them through most of the day. That means a 60 ml (1 cup) moka pot would be enough. In another place of the box it is written in a very small letters “ The moka aroma, the espresso cream”

Put the coffee maker on the heat source. In case of flame, prevent it from going beyond the rim of the coffee unit. In case of electric/ceramic glass plate, do not use the highest heat. Many people like to drink coffee from a big mug. A moka pot doesn’t brew amount of coffee in those kinds of quantities unless you get a 6 cup one. However, it doesn’t have to. Since you’re brewing an espresso like coffee, you can create quite a few coffee drinks with it. Cappuchino, Latte and Americano being some of the most popular ones. How much coffee you need depends completely on your drinking habits and which style you drink. A moka pot brews a type of coffee that’s quite similar to espresso. It’s not exactly the same but quite close. That means the amount of liquid might seem small but it’s strong in taste and high in caffeine. If you’re drinking coffee for the caffeine content (let’s face it, many of us do) here’s a little guide to see how moka pot coffee compares to regular pour over coffee; However, don’t forget you can’t get every milliliter from the pot. There will always be a little bit of liquid left and the relative amount left in the pot is larger for smaller pots. That’s why I subtracted 10 ml which is roughly what’s left behind. When you do that, the quoted amount of cups makes more sense although it’s still not the same amount of ml for different sizes.Moka is not Espresso and the crema this new pot produces is not significantly different from old Brikka, it dissipates after a short time, depends of course on the coffee that is being used. The new valve with its silicone cap, the “O” ring, the very thin funnel and the painted heater container allegedly suggests those parts will be worn and/or become un-functional in relatively short period of use.

So you can see that 50 milliliter of coffee from a moka pot has more caffeine on average than an 8 oz cup of pour over coffee. So an Americano with 100 ml moka coffee and 200 ml water (2:1 ratio) has about double the amount of caffeine as a 10 oz. mug of pour over coffee. It might be tempting to go for a bigger pot and just fill it less when you don’t need it. However, moka pots don’t really work that way. A certain size is designed to work with a certain amount of water and coffee grounds. That means completely filling to the recommended amount will produce the best results. If we take a look at the sizes of one of the most well-known producers of moka pots, Bialetti, we can see that the amount of cups and the milliliters don’t quite line up; Bialetti moka pot cups vs. quoted milliliter size CupsIf you want a big mug full, making an Americano is a great option. Just add hot water to your coffee in 1:1 up to 2:1 ratio. Most coffee mugs are 8 to 10 oz. (+-235 ml-295 ml). For a 1:1 ratio you would need a moka pot that brews +-120 to 150 ml of coffee.

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