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    After just under two years with our beloved Breville BES920 and Smart grinder setup, my partner and I have decided to move into a small unit with very little bench space and so the big machine has to go! In it's stead I bought a neat little 2 cup Bialetti Moka Express to go with an old 'Tre Spade' Italian made wood and brass hand cranked conical burr grinder I found in an antique store for $12, which was an absolute steal for such a great grinder. So amazingly with the cost of the moka pot, which was $37 at a little coffee shop at Westfield North Lakes in Brisbane, my new setup cost me only $50! A far cry from the $1300 that we spent on the espresso machine.

    While I have only just joined Coffee Snobs recently, you guys were an absolutely indispensible resource when we were deciding what machine to buy last time. I again found the recommendation of the Bialetti on this forum, although I didn't slurge on the Brikka I am still really happy with the performance of the Moka Express. We actually found with the espresso machine we were liking our coffee stronger and stronger anyway, and with less and less milk, so the moka pot hasn't been a difficult transition. I am really happy with the quality of brew we are getting from it. We are going to be living in the Melbourne CBD so we won't have any shortage of fantastic espresso if we feel like it anyway!

    I thought I'd share some photos of the new setup to thank you guys for your good advice (and try and get my post count up so I can sell the Bes920 on the classifieds subforum!) Enjoy!













  • #2
    Hard to beat a Bialetti for ease and simplicity. Man I love that grinder. I've only vaguely heard the name and haven't seen anything like that one before. $12 is just silly. I want one.

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    • #3
      I have all manner of brewing apparatus but still pull out the aluminium moka pot once a month. I've had it for around 15 years, recently replaced the seal and basket. I have it when I feel like something not as strong as espresso, but stronger than filter. It's quite a forgiving brew method and some coffee roasts are just made for it - think bitter sweet caramel Brazilians. I also like this brew method as you can linger over it a bit more than espresso which is gone in an instant. I'm not terribly concerned about the Al and Alzheimers link either, wouldn't Italy's Alzheimers rate be off the charts if the hypothesised link was true?

      Good score on the Tre Spade, as long as the burrs aren't too damaged I'm sure it will be up to the task. Is there much lateral slack on the axle?

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      • #4
        The ultimate minimalist setup is this.
        So simple and so cheap. Everyone should have one to play with.

        As you can see by the pic, I take it everywhere.

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        • #5
          Minimalist?
          Attached Files

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          • #6
            Originally posted by samuellaw178 View Post
            Minimalist? [emoji14]
            Except I hear you now need a machine to brew instant! [emoji23]

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            • #7
              Thanks for sharing kittenpillows!
              I think it would be quite a cool sensory experience with your equipment and how you have acquired it.
              Enjoy the coffee, I'm sure you will.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by kittenpillows View Post
                After just under two years with our beloved Breville BES920 and Smart grinder setup, my partner and I have decided to move into a small unit with very little bench space and so the big machine has to go! In it's stead I bought a neat little 2 cup Bialetti Moka Express to go with an old 'Tre Spade' Italian made wood and brass hand cranked conical burr grinder I found in an antique store for $12, which was an absolute steal for such a great grinder. So amazingly with the cost of the moka pot, which was $37 at a little coffee shop at Westfield North Lakes in Brisbane, my new setup cost me only $50! A far cry from the $1300 that we spent on the espresso machine.

                While I have only just joined Coffee Snobs recently, you guys were an absolutely indispensible resource when we were deciding what machine to buy last time. I again found the recommendation of the Bialetti on this forum, although I didn't slurge on the Brikka I am still really happy with the performance of the Moka Express. We actually found with the espresso machine we were liking our coffee stronger and stronger anyway, and with less and less milk, so the moka pot hasn't been a difficult transition. I am really happy with the quality of brew we are getting from it. We are going to be living in the Melbourne CBD so we won't have any shortage of fantastic espresso if we feel like it anyway!

                I thought I'd share some photos of the new setup to thank you guys for your good advice (and try and get my post count up so I can sell the Bes920 on the classifieds subforum!) Enjoy!












                Love it....I got my first bialietti over 10 years ago from di Bella's roasting warehouse in bowen hills, great easy to use and you can never have enough of them

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