Author: AirBete (---.sympatico.ca)
Date: 03-04-04 08:48
Subject: Re: Moka Pots
From: D. Ross <email@example.com.NOSPAM.edu>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2004 20:05:58 -0500
> I think exactly the contrary. You get what you pay for.
> I have had the basic cheap Italian army model in alu....and well, even for
> camping, I prefered not using it. That spoiled the best coffees half of the time.
> Then I was given an expensive steel one that was a real pleasure. I've used
> it 6 or 7 times a day during 5 years.
We have a shelf full of moka pots, aluminum, steel, cheap, fairly expensive. Uniformly the most consistent, easiest to use, most idiot proof of these are the aluminum pots. (The one we use most often is still our Bialetti Blanca, which is aluminum below and removable ceramic above. I think Barry J. sells them nowadays.) For example, our stainless GB is nice to look at and easy to clean, but it takes more work to get a good cup out of it than any of the $15 Bialettis.
A big advantage to buying Bialetti - besides the fact that they are not expensive - is that the gasket is standard, so easy to find a replacement when you need one (which you will). Many of the off-brands, especially the stainless ones, are not exactly the same size, and standard replacement gaskets tend to fall out or not seal properly.
- David R.