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    What is the best electric moka coffee maker?

    I was at a friends place this weekend, they had an electric moka that was 12 years old. The brand had worn off so we didn't know the make or model. But it was heavy, it was beautiful, it was 14 years old and still going strong. I want one now! So whats the highest quality moka pot there is?

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    Really can't answer your question but .....

    I've got 2 aluminum Pezzetti moka pots and although they look almost identical, they're like chalk and cheese.
    One of them is easy to use and consistently makes a great cup whereas the other is a 'bitch' - splatters everywhere and getting a great cup is possible but difficult.
    (Obviously when I say 'great cup' it's relative but I love that big, bold hit in the morning.)
    When I examine the 2 pots carefully, the 'good' one has larger, more free flowing 'orifices' - so maybe that's the difference.

    Anyway what I'm saying is that subtle differences get amplified and you really need advice from someone with hands on experience over a variety of moka pots.
    (Hello.... anyone out there? I'm looking for a good moka pot also )

    Having said that, in general I would avoid the electric variety. They may be convenient but there is nothing like gas to give you the heat control that you will want for a great cup.
    I have not tried a stainless steel version so can't comment but I'm led to believe aluminum is the way to go.
    I suspect that for your moka journey you will need to experiment but moka pots don't cost much and they're a great way to learn about the basics of making a great cup.

    Check out this thread:
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/brewing-eq...ee-makers.html

    Hope that helps.

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    I had a "gas" moka 2 weeks ago. Great little unit, so well built, still had another 14 years in it. Unfortunately, my own home isn't on gas ...

    I do camp allot though, maybe just some coals is the way to go .... also, less to break down on an un-powered unit.

    Off to do some more reading.

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    Hi all

    I have 2 no-name brand aluminium Moka pots and a stainless Bialetti. One of the Al ones now needs two seals (one on top of the other to seal) but the other Al one has a built in seal and its really good. Both Al ones consistently make better tasting coffee than the SS one. Though the Bialetti is very well made. The Al ones are much cheaper. For camping I use a Trangia stove for the Moka as a campfire will ruin the Al moka pot. The Trangia is easy to use and you dont have to get the camp fire going in the morning for your coffee.

    Mike

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    Hey kcdusk , great question haha . I spent ages trying to find an electric moka as I work away and need something that brings it's own heat source . I am now the happy owner of a delonghi alicia emk6. I still mainly use my aeropress away but sometimes you need that strong coffee hit . So find one of them but if you search electric moka on popular bidding sites you usually can find a cheaper Chinese knock off .
    Only downside to electric moka is one size fits all so usually 3 or 6 cup so hope you like your coffee plentiful

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    kcdusk,
    Hello and welcome,I have a older Breville machine.

    Is this the style of machine you were referring to,240 volt and a great little operator and so well made with very little to go bung.
    Depending where you are,perhaps you may be interested.
    Cheers,
    Mick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcdusk View Post
    What is the best electric moka coffee maker?

    I was at a friends place this weekend, they had an electric moka that was 12 years old. The brand had worn off so we didn't know the make or model. But it was heavy, it was beautiful, it was 14 years old and still going strong. I want one now! So whats the highest quality moka pot there is?
    Hi kcdusk

    A friend brought me a Rommelsbacher EKO 364/E back from Europe a few months back. Typical German engineering from top quality stainless (it has the slightly yellow sheen of high chrome stainless steels like 316). Mine is the smaller of the 3/6 or 2/4 cup models. Cost about 50 euros. I have at least a dozen Stainless steel "manual moka pots / Carmencitas" in various sizes and the little EKO beats them all. By little, it is so small I did not think it would work. It has a separate heating ring and is the simplest coffee maker I know.
    Rommelsbacher EKO 364/E shows a photo of it complete with the heating ring.


    How simple -
    1) Fill it to the water level for the number of cups (2 or 4 in the 364, 3 or 6 for the 366).
    2) Grind the required amount of coffee at slightly finer than drip.
    3) Dose the chosen basket up to the top. The 2 cup basket fits inside the 4 cup basket, so that is simple. No tamping, packing or tinkering needed.
    4) Screw it together until the marks line up(!). FWIW, I have never seen that on any maker before. Hopefully that means the seal will last longer than most Carmencitas.
    5) Place it on teh heating ring & hit the switch.
    6) When it clicks off (about a minute) pour your coffee into a cup. It does actually have a "keep warm" function, however I hate old brewed coffee (i.e. like the days old stuff in too many US cafes).

    How good is the coffee? As good as any carmencita cuppa I have ever had and better than most. Once you sort the grind texture out it even generates some good crema.

    Cleaning - you need to use a bottle brush unless you have really, really small fingers. Mind you, if you rinse the main unit straight away, it stays visually pristine (courtesy of them using top quality stainless, which is why it is so relatively expensive). The basket needs a quick wipeout.

    For those who like a caffeine hit - way more than my usual "true espresso makers". The 2 cup boosted my heart rate by 11bpm in a few minutes and it took over an hour to drop back down. I have only one question: Where the hell was this thing when I was burning the midnight oil studying?!

    TampIt
    Note: Mine was from near the factory in Germany, so I had to fit an Oz plug to it - about two minutes work as I avoid adaptors. It is actually rated at 110 to 240V like most newer appliances these days.
    The same friend is going back there in March and bringing me two or three more (luggage permitting) as presents for "friends in caffeine need".

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    For travel, I have a great little Bialetti Elektrika. It's a 1 cup Bialetti with a built in heating element. It's seen better days though, I need to put in a new o-ring, and the heating element broke off during one move. It was never the same after I reattached it; it takes far too long to heat up, and I think that excess heat burns the coffee in the process. I have grand plans to open it up, put in a new element and maybe even add a sensor to switch it off and make an alarm noise once the coffee is brewed.
    If I'm going someplace that I know will have a kettle in my room, I take an aeropress, but otherwise the Elektrika is great. Also very good for working in offices without decent coffee!
    I bought mine in Rome on holiday, but you can find them on amazon.



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