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    Senior Member tasadam's Avatar
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    Real espresso on a stove top?

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    Hi all.
    Wondering whether its possible to brew a true espresso shot (with espresso machine type pressures) from a stovetop based machine.
    Im asking for a friend, who doesnt have electricity.
    I read about the Otto, but from what I can tell you need an induction hotplate to get the best out of them??
    Is there a lever type machine based on stovetop?

    I imagine the most difficult aspect when it comes to stovetop machine, is temperature stability... Like, how do you get your shot to happen at 92 degrees? (or whatever temp you want to brew at).
    So, theres the Otto, theres something called the Atomic that I havent looked up yet. Anything else out there?

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    Re: Real espresso on a stove top?

    I have an Atomic and a Bacchi and out of the two I would recommend the Bacchi. Due to the design it operates like a steam driven lever machine. It can be used on a gas burner or stove. It makes the best stovetop coffee I have tried.

    There are some comments on the following link

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    Re: Real espresso on a stove top?

    Hi Tasadam I just had a look at your photographs on your link. Sensational shots and such a great collection. You obviously enjoy bushwalking and the outdoors, Tasmania offers so many great opportunities for walking and photography (and chasing trout !)
    A couple of weeks ago I walked into the Gantner Hut and Mt Howitt area in Victoria, another great part of the world. On a coffee note I had planned to take the Kyocera grinder and the Aeropress but had to pull it at the last minute due to space and weight constraints.
    I am about to embark on updating various bits and pieces so having great fun researching packs and stoves at the moment. A bit off track now but loved those photos !

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    Re: Real espresso on a stove top?

    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    The Bacchi is perhaps the machine he is looking for- it has an anodised alloy base so works best on gas- and it is a lever driven stovetop. It also does not require a great deal of time/energy to make a brew and is quite light making it good for camping or limited gas supplies.

    Temperature stability is a bit of a mystery on the Bacchi- but it works! It doesnt matter if you put cold water or hot water in at the start somehow it gets to a good temperature range every-time. It is quite an easy machine to use and produces very large volume shots of the very purist espresso as we would expect from a commercial machine. I have seen no other stovetop that compares to date.

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