The Moka Pot, a time-honored classic perfected by time and celebrated by many. Pioneered by Bialleti in the early 1930's, this elegant looking coffee maker has been a staple in many household kitchens for quite a long time. Throughout the years its design has been copied and reproduced by various brands, including the one that we will be reviewing today, the Bellemain 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker.
We've already critiqued Bialleti's famed stovetop espresso maker, and it didn't disappoint. Can Bellemain's Moka Pot live up to its lofty expectations? Let's find out.
About The Product
At first glance, the Bellemain 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker looks precisely like Bialetti's Moka Pot. The only differences are the darker aluminum finish and the brand inscription on the center of the pot.
Same as the original Moka Pot, it's not precisely an espresso maker. Alternately, it steeps a full-bodied cup of coffee through a simple brewing process that involves the passing of steam pressurized boiling water through coffee grounds.
This stovetop espresso maker can make up to 6 cups of strong, velvety coffee in a matter of minutes. The operation usually takes 5 to 20 minutes depending on the number of coffee grounds. Brew speed and flavor mostly depends on the type of stove used in brewing, the intensity of the burner and the variety of the selected coffee beans.
Bialetti's age-old design profoundly inspires Bellemain's eight-sided facade. However, its aluminum body is darker compared to the former, and the latter is more prominent by a few inches.
But despite the difference, its 6 x 4.2 x 8-inch frame is still small compared to today's standard coffee maker. It also very light, considering it only weighs 1.45 pounds, making it easy to carry around.
Intriguingly, the Moka pot requires a lot of attention, same can be said about Bellemain's stovetop espresso maker. You'll have to keep watch while you're brewing coffee. Luckily, it has a safety valve that prevents overheating, and the handle stays cool all the time.
Speaking of quality, it's a legit durable coffee maker, and the only maintenance you'll ever need is replacing the seals and its enclosed filter. Its unique aluminum construction also prevents traces of metal from seeping to your coffee. Additionally, the octagonal shape evenly distributes heat throughout the pot.
The product also has a 2-year guarantee in case of faulty parts and factory defects. In summary, the Bellemain 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker steeps excellent tasting coffee (not espresso) for a very cheap bargain.
If you're a fan of old-school brewing, Bellemain's Moka Pot hits in the right spot, and although it takes a bit more of work compared to automated coffee makers, the old and reliable stovetop still works wonders.
What We Like
It's simple, and it's relatively cheap, the Bellemain 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker delivers the standard set by Bialleti regarding reliability and overall construction.
We also like its safety features, the stay cool handle provides you with the protection you need without wearing any mitts and gloves. The Moka pot's safety valve also prevents overheating in case you've left the stovetop espresso maker by itself.
What Could Be Better
Although the Bellemain 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker is a grand bargain, there are a lot of things that we wish to improve on. If you're familiar with the Bialetti 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker, you know that the original has a 1-cup, 3-cup, 9-cup and 12-cup model. Sadly Bellemain's Moka top only comes with a 6-cup variant.
Another thing worth contemplating is the lack of available colors. The Bellemain stovetop only comes with the standard aluminum finish, Bialleti, on the other hand, has already experimented with different color combinations.
Bellemain's 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker is not your everyday coffee maker. If you're interested in automated systems though, you can check out some of our reviews.
In the meantime, if you prefer the original Moka Express, you can always check out the 6-cup stovetop espresso maker from Bialleti.
Moka pots are living relics per se, and having one in your kitchen can make for a perfect conversation piece. The Bellemain 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker is very cheap compared to the conventional coffee maker. If you're the old school type, this product will surely be a good buy.
Given these points, there isn't much of a difference between Bellemain and Bialetti's Moka pots. Case in point, both are great coffee makers that come cheap compared to modern coffee makers, ensuring that they'll endure for a very very long time.