(Closed) Stove top Espresso maker

posted 5 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
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3697 posts
Sugar bee

I don’t have an IKEA, mine are Bialetti and Alessi … not sure what’s going on, but here are a couple of questions/ideas that might help:

– Have you just started making espresso on the stovetop, or have you been doing it for a while but just started using a new make of cafetera?

– Are you sure it’s the pot and not the beans/grounds? Are you grinidng whole beans or using pre-ground ones?

– are you washing the funnel basket with soap? I know that you’re not supposed to do that – the soap gets into the perforations and gives the coffee an off taste. (Not sure if that’s what you’re tasting, though.)

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013 - Rock Hill Country Club, Manorville NY

I agree with KCKnd2.

 

I would just switch and buy a Bialetti. Obviously I am partial to stove top espresso (my avatar)

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I’d invest in a Bialetti.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Jilliebean1:  will that work on an electric stove too?

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

I have an Ikea stovetop espresso maker too. I loved it until I forgot to put water in it one day and turned it on and now it’s a little brown on the bottom and tastes tinny too, so I switched back to my french press. I disagree with some of the PP, the reason I chose the Ikea one is because it’s stainless steel, not aluminum, which I do not like to cook with if at all possible. Every other model I looked at was made from aluminun, including the Bailetti. I would say, just buy another Ikea one, and be careful not to burn it or overheat it. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013 - Rock Hill Country Club, Manorville NY

@kerensa:  Yes. I brought mine to my BIL’s house once to show him how delicious the espresso was from it, and he has electric.

 

Just out of curiosity, HelloSweetie, why won’t you cook with aluminum? I guess I wouldn’t want a pan made of it, but the espresso makers are thick and heavy. Does aluminum contaminate foods?

I also LOVE my French Press, and I got a cheapo one from Home Goods. Also delicious coffee!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013 - Rock Hill Country Club, Manorville NY

@Mrs Christopher:  As far as cleaning mine, I just rinse it all with hot water until the water runs clear.

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