Want to make espresso without an espresso machine? A stovetop espresso maker, also known as a Moka pot, would be your best choice. One thing to point out is, making espresso with a moka pot does not produce the same consistency or shot a machine produced, however, the espresso produces will still be much richer than regular coffee.
Stovetop espresso makers are available in different sizes, we’ve chosen ones that hold 4 cup to 6 cup capacity, perfect for your enjoyment as well as friends and family when they come over.
How Does a Stovetop Espresso Maker/Moka Pot Work?
Best Stainless Steel Stovetop Espresso Makers:
Vev-Vigano Vespress Oro 4-cup Stainless Steel Stovetop Espresso Maker:
- Beautiful stainless steel design with brass accents.
- all internal parts are stainless steel as well.
- Works with all kind of stovetop: gas, electric, induction.. etc.
- 4-cup capacity. Also available as 6 and 14 cup capacity.
- Made in Italy.
Cuisinox Milano Espresso Coffee Maker:
- 6 cup capacity, also available in 4 and 10 cups.
- Satin stainless steel finish.
- Also available in polished stainless steel.
- Induction base.
- Works with all cooking surfaces.
- Includes 1 extra gasket and reducer.
Bialetti Musa 4-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker:
- Stainless steel construction, some plastic parts.
- 4-cup capacity of 2 ounce per serving.
- Coffee ready in 4 to 5 minutes.
Which Stainless Steel Moka Pot Is Made in Italy?
If you’re looking for the best quality possible, then it’s only natural to opt for an Italian made moka pot. Here are some that we found:
- The brand Vev Vigano, which pot you see listed first above, is an Italian brand with Italian made stainless steel moka pot.
- The Ilsa Stainless steel moka pot. It is available in 3-cup, 6-cup and 9-cup capacities.
- Alessi is a well-known Italian brand and its stainless steel espresso maker is made in Italy.
Stainless Steel Or Aluminum Moka Pots – The Difference and Why You Should Go For Stainless Steel:
From the beginning, moka pots have always been made of aluminum and stainless steel are sort of the newcomers to this type of coffee brewing. Aluminum moka pots are also more popular, possibly because they’re the well-known ones or maybe because they’re cheaper in price. But there are a few issues in aluminum moka pots:
- They’re harder to clean than stainless steel which cleans with virtually a rinse while aluminum might even require some scrubbing.
- Aluminum moka pots are not induction-friendly. If you have an induction stovetop, go for stainless steel.
- There have been reports that coffee made with an aluminum moka pot can taste metallic.
- When it comes to prep time, stainless steel boils water a lot faster than aluminum.
- Last but not least, stainless steel is more durable than aluminum.
Here you’ll find a useful discussion on the subject if you’re interested.
Recommended Coffee for Stovetop Moka Pots:
We know you probably have your favorite coffee brand that you enjoy, but if you’re in the mood to try something new, here are our top recommendations that work best for stovetop moka pots:
Illy Moka Medium Roast Ground Coffee:
Delicious Italian coffee from illy, pre-ground and stored in a pressurized tin that saves the flavor and aroma of coffee. Also available as Dark roast and Decaf.
Lavazza Crema e Gusto Ground Coffee:
A dark roast Italian coffee that works great for moka pots. It has a bold flavor with a chocolatey hint (natural, not added flavor).
Lavazza Qualita Rossa:
Another great Italian blend by Lavazza. It’s a blend of South American and African coffee for someone who appreciates a medium roast with mild aromas.