Lately I’ve been really into drinking americanos (espresso and boiling water – when combined, it tastes like the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had). I used to order cappuccinos or lattes at fancy coffee bars, but now I’m all about the americano.
When we were in the States last week, I saw a Bialetti Moka Express Pot (aka “stovetop espresso maker”) on sale at Target, and bought it on a whim. I’d love to learn to make a good americano at home. I’m already a little bit of a coffee snob (I don’t like drip coffee – I use a Bodum French Press most days), so I figure this is the logical next step. I’ve also heard that you can’t really get a real espresso maker for less than $500 (the silly little ones you can get for $100 or less don’t heat up enough for real espresso – apparently the steam needs to be a certain crazy hot temperature).
So I fully understand that a Moka Pot isn’t technically making espresso, but rumour has it, it gets pretty darn close. I’m now watching tutorial videos online to learn more about how to make a good cuppa with the Moka Pot. Any tips from you, readers?
PS – Have you hear about the Aeropress? That’s the next coffee toy I want to try.