Recently, I have been intrigued by the debate between two popular stovetop espresso makers: the Grosche and the Bialetti Moka Pot.
Both the Grosche and the Bialetti are known for producing a strong, rich cup of coffee that is full of flavor. However, one is made by an iconic brand in its field (Bialetti) and another made by a relatively new comer. So, do you go for the icon or would a new brand make a product that just as good?
In this post, I will be comparing to of Bialetti’s and Grosche’s popular moka pots: the Bialetti Venus vs Grosche Milano.
– Grosche’s Milano is an aluminum moka pot, which means it won’t be compatible with induction stovetops.
– Bialetti Venus is a stainless steel moka pot that is compatible with all stovetops.
Brand Recognition and Price
Bialetti is an iconic brand name. While Grosche is a newcomer. Which one you choose will depend on your budget and if a brand name matters to you, especially that they perform just as good.
Bialetti Venus vs Grosche Milano – Top Differences
As I compared the Bialetti Venus and the Grosche Milano moka pots, I found that both have their unique features and benefits.
The Bialetti Venus is made of stainless steel and has a sleek, modern design. It comes in various sizes and is compatible with all stovetops, including induction. The handle is heat-resistant and easy to grip, and the lid seals tightly to prevent any leaks. The Venus produces a smooth and rich espresso with a full-bodied flavor.
The Grosche Milano, on the other hand, is made of high-quality aluminum and has a classic design. It is available in different sizes and colors, and it works on gas, electric, and ceramic stovetops. The handle is made of silicone, which stays cool to the touch, and the lid has a safety valve that releases excess pressure. The Milano produces a strong and bold espresso with a slightly bitter taste, which some coffee enthusiasts prefer.
Grosche Milano is also available in a stainless steel design that works on induction hobs, but it’s not as popular as their aluminum pots.
When it comes to maintenance, both moka pots are easy to clean and require minimal effort. The Venus is dishwasher safe but Bialetti recommends that you hand wash it to avoid any possible damages. While the Milano, since it’s made of Aluminum, should be hand-washed only.
Overall, both moka pots can provide excellent cups of coffees. Choosing between them depends on few things:
- If you care about the brand and its heritage, especially for something traditional like the moka pot, using a Bialetti moka pot makes since. Although the Venus model is one of their newer model and not as traditional as their Moka Express model.
- Then, you have the choice of stainless steel vs aluminum moka pot. If you’re using induction heating, or if you want a material that is easier to maintain and clean, you’ll want a stainless steel moka pot like Venus.
- Grosche, on the other hand, is a purchase with a purpose. You get a great moka pot and you’ll feel great that a part of your purchase is going to a good cause. But if you’re using induction hob, go for the stainless steel Milano model instead of the aluminum one.
Bialetti Venus Moka Pot
Design and Build
I must say that the Bialetti Venus Moka Pot is a beautifully crafted coffee maker. It has a sleek and modern design that can complement any kitchen décor. The pot is made of high-quality stainless steel, which makes it durable and long-lasting. The handle is heat-resistant and comfortable to hold, which is a plus.
Ease of Use
Using the Bialetti Venus Moka Pot is quite easy. First, you need to fill the bottom chamber with water up to the safety valve. Then, you need to fill the filter basket with your favorite coffee grounds and screw it onto the bottom chamber. Finally, you need to place the top chamber on top of the filter basket and heat the pot on your stovetop. The coffee will start to percolate and fill the top chamber. The whole process takes about 5-10 minutes.
Cleaning the Bialetti Venus Moka Pot is also easy. You can disassemble the pot and wash the parts with water. Make sure to dry the parts thoroughly before reassembling the pot. Although generally, stainless steel is safe in the dishwasher, Bialetti does not like it when you wash your moka pots with detergent or in a dishwasher as it can damage pot and affect the taste of your coffee. So hand washing is the way to go.
The Bialetti Venus Moka Pot comes in different sizes, ranging from 2 cups to 10 cups. One important thing to keep in mind is that Bialetti measures 2 oz per cup, which is the standard Italian coffee cup. So buying a 10-cup moka pot means you’re making 20 oz.
The Bialetti Venus Moka Pot is compatible with all stovetops, including induction stovetops.
Where Is Bialetti Venus Moka Pot Made?
The Bialetti Venus Moka Pot is designed in Italy but made in China.
Grosche Milano Moka Pot
Design and Build
The Grosche Milano is an aluminum made moka pot, which is the traditional way to make a moka pot, and what Italy prefers for their daily coffee. But if you want a stainless steel one, there’s another version of the Milano moka pot that you can buy.
Ease of Use
Using the Grosche Milano Moka Pot is easy and straightforward. Simply fill the bottom chamber with water, add coffee to the filter basket, and place it on the stove. The pot comes with clear instructions on how to use it, so even if you are new to moka pots, you should have no trouble using it.
Cleaning the Grosche Milano Moka Pot is also easy. The pot can be disassembled into three parts, which makes it easy to clean each part separately. This one should never go into the dishwasher to avoid oxidization. Instead, wash it with water by hand.
The Grosche Milano Moka Pot comes in different sizes, ranging from 3 cups to 12 cups. Like Bialetti, the measurement here is 2 oz per cup.
The Grosche Milano Moka Pot is compatible with all stovetops, including gas, electric, but the aluminum Milano is not induction ready. The stainless steel version works with induction hobs.
Where Is Grosche Milano Moka Pot Made?
The Grosche Milano Moka Pot is made in China. While some people may prefer products made in other countries, I have found that the quality of the pot is not compromised by its country of origin.
Which One To Pick
Choosing between Bialetti and Grosche will depend on things like whether you’re looking for a brand name, or the material you prefer.
The Bialetti Venus offers a sleek and modern design, and its durable stainless steel construction is built to last. It’s a change from the iconic octagon design Bialetti is known for, and it’s also available in really attractive colors like blue and copper. So if you like a modern spin on a classic way of brewing coffee, you’ll love Bialetti Venus. It’s also the best pick if you’re using induction heating.
On the other hand, the Grosche Milano Moka Pot has a classic and traditional design that has been around for decades. Its iconic octagonal shape and aluminum construction are based on Bialetti’s Moka Express timeless look, but Grosche is offering this classic look in several colors to give it a nice touch.
Ultimately, the choice between the Grosche and Bialetti Moka Pots comes down to personal preference. If you prefer a modern design from a traditional brand, Bialetti Venus combines these two in one package. But if you want the classic and traditional design at a more affordable price, but don’t necessarily care that you’re getting a traditional brand name, Grosche gives you just that, a classic design from a newer brand.