Bialetti : 10 Cup Venus Stainless Steel Stovetop Espresso Coffee Maker : Great gadget

The handle on my beautiful lavazza carmencita (2/3 cup) finally went after 26 years of glorious daily service. This bialetti venus works as described but is not as stylish (subjective argument), made of thinner stainless steel and unfortunately has a plastic handle and lid pivot. It’s okay for the money; the broad base stops any flames licking up the sides and melting the plastic handle – as long as an appropriate flame burner is chosen (if gas is used), and it performs as should. However, the weak link will be the handle. After use, a bit of force has to be applied on the handle when twisting the body off the base. So just be careful when tightening before each use, that you learn to tighten just enough to make a seal, so that when releasing after use, you can use the palm of your hand around the metal body, such that no force is exerted on the handle which will, over time, inevitably break it. I never experienced the charges that some made of a smell emanating from the pot. In my experience this will only happen, to any pot, if the pot is left on the burner to boil dry and then burn dangerously. 7 out of 5 stars but can’t, so 4.

I’ve used my new coffee maker around a dozen times now and i’m very pleased with it. The positives are:it’s easy to use – just put some water in the bottom section and then a few spoons of ground coffee in the middle container, then heat on the hob on a medium temperature until the gurgling noise starts. It’s easy to clean – just dispose of the waste coffee grounds and then wash in hot water (i don’t use washing liquid as i’ve heard it can leave a soapy taste). The coffee tastes great – i have been making “americano” by just pouring the coffee into a mug then adding hot water and a little cold milk. On the negative side:it’s not really 4-cup – unless you use very tiny cups. The volume of coffee in the pot would only fill a tea-cup. It can make 2 medium sized mugs of “americano”, or if you prefer very strong coffee then only a single mug full. Some of the coffee grounds can get into the upper-section, i. It’s possible this is due the type of ground coffee i used. In practice it means you have to leave the last bit of coffee in the pot. Overall i think for the price (compared to an electric espresso maker) it is a great little coffee maker. However, if you need to make more than 1 or 2 coffees then go for one of the larger options.

I haven’t used one of these in years as we have an induction hob and therefore the traditional aluminium ones won’t work. However, this steel one works a treat and makes coffee quicker than my milk frother can make frothy milk. I’m the past i have found the coffee from these can be a bit bitter but i was keen to ditch my highly eco unfriendly nespresso system. I did some research and found if you use boiling water in the bottom, and take it off the job as soon as all the coffee has come out just as it becomes only steam, you prevent the coffee grounds from being overheated and therefore bitter. The coffee takes seconds to make and is as good as my old nespresso pods. I just wish i’d bought a bigger one as it only really does on large double shot i.

I’ll talk quickly about this particular moka pot first. It’s very well made and fits in a modern kitchen much better than the older aluminium style mokas. The shiny finish does mark and tarnish quite easily but it’s not a big deal (quick rub with metal polish brings it back). I’ve been making a coffee with it every day for the past 4-5 months and it has performed well each time. The rubber seal shows absolutely no signs of perishing. Time for moka pot general info. They are capable of making delicious coffee, despite what some people say. They just need to be used correctly. Here are my tips:1) boil fresh water and fill the base up to the pressure relief valve. 2) gently fill the grounds basket with coffee up to the top.

Firstly, this is a good espresso maker. Best results i found were filling with boiling water, heating on low with loosely packed grounds. It’s billed as a three espresso maker. I would use the whole fill for 1 full cup. Then make another one for my wife, well, put that in reverse order as i’m a gent. So, given the choice, i’d buy the bigger one. The worst thing about it is that it doesn’t fit on my hob, i’ve got gas and the base of the unit is too small to sit on any of my pan supports, the space between the claws (or arms) of the pan holders over the rings are all too big. This means that i have to move the whole of the pan base that sits on top of the hob forward or backward so that i can find a place to sit this on above the gas. Given the choice again, again i’d buy a bigger one, just so it sat on my hob. Obviously this problem won’t occur on ceramic or halogen hobs, but wish i’d read before purchasing. Ultimately, i’ve not bought a nespresso maker, that’s how much of a pain it was.

I’ve used the aluminium (moka express) version for years and have now tried this one. It works fine, but it has a few design flaws:- it’s hard to clean inside of the coffee chamber (upper part). Unlike the original design, this version has a raised middle, with a very small gap (2mm or so at a guess). This makes very difficult, if not imposssible, to wash the coffee oils build up. – due to the cylindrical shape, and not a hexagonal shape like the original design, it is quite hard to get a good grip and screw the boiler (bottom part) and the upper part together. It’s important that a very good seal is made between both parts in order for it to work as intended. – as there’s no spout like in the original design, it’s sometimes hard to judge when you should stop the brew, as there’s no reference mark / point.

Beautifully built and lovely to look at. Lots of confusion over ‘how many cups’. This stems from european coffee, generally being an espresso as opposed to in england where we often use a mug. I’ll let you do the maths: filling the base uses @300ml of water. That’s one full size mug generally but if you are doing espresso style you’ll get 4 or 5 i’d say. That said if you fill the base and the coffee section to do one mug, you’ve got a very strong mug of coffeelike i said, see how much water your favourite coffee cup holds and so the maths allowing for milk if you have it. Diameter of the base is 11cm if you want to check against the size if your hob.

This machine makes a very good cup of coffee, although one needs practice to get it right. The principle is to put cold water in the tank at the bottom; fill the basket with ground coffee, screw on the receiver and apply heat to the base. The choice of ground coffee depends on the user’s taste; i prefer either illy espresso, or lavazza qualita rossa. The illy is twice as expensive, so i generally buy the lavazza. Several important points:1 always use cold water and fill the tank to just below the level of the valve. 2 fill the basket, but do not heap it up. Remove any surplus with the back of a knife and avoid tamping or tapping the side of the basket to make the coffee settle. Compaction can cause over-pressure in the tank and lead to uneven flow into the receiver. 3 apply gentle heat to avoid spurting. The hot coffee should be cloud free (no coffee solids) and taste mellow.

  • Makes good coffee when brewed correctly
  • Great stove top coffe maker with some design flaws
  • A bit flimsy but does the job

Bialetti: 10 Cup Venus Stainless Steel Stovetop Espresso Coffee Maker, Induction

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  • Makes good coffee when brewed correctly
  • Great stove top coffe maker with some design flaws
  • A bit flimsy but does the job

Bialetti: 10 Cup Venus Stainless Steel Stovetop Espresso Coffee Maker, Induction

Features and Spesification

  • Stainless steel heat-resistant handle
  • Dishwasher safe
  • High temperature resistant handle
  • Anti-drop pouring