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Nov 8, 2007 08:03 PM

Local spot to find a gasket for my stovetop espresso maker?

I bought a two-cup stove-top espresso maker years ago at Peet's. They've stopped carrying the little ring (gasket?) that goes between the metal filter and the top half.

Does anyone know where I can get one? They still carry them for the four-cup and six-cup, but not the two-cup. I don't to order them online because the cost of delivery is higher than the gasket itself and anyway I'd rather support local shops.

Edited to add: If anyone knows, PLEASE do take pity on me and clue me in, because Monsieur Kitchen Imp accidentally melted the last gasket and so we're reduced to using the old drip coffeemaker I had stuck in the back of the cabinet for emergencies. Drip coffee is just not the same taste experience... we're chowishly bereft over here!


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  1. I know where you're coming from. I had a one cup "mini espres" that i couldn't get the gasket for for a long time. Recently though i did by chance find some at a Italian specialty store while in San Gabriel Valley.

    In the mean time, (or during all that time before I actually found some) you could look for these rings for jam jars. I found packages of 4 for $1.29 made by "Top Design". I think I cut the outer ring to size, but the diameter was right. Just a thought. Good luck!

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    1. FYI to anyone in this predicament: sometimes what a store insists is a "6-cup" gasket actually works on a 2-cup! I took my measurements to Sur le Table and looked at the two gasket sizes they had -- supposedly "3-cup" and "6-cup." The 3-cup was too wide, but the 6-cup was exactly the right measurement for my 2-cup stovetop espresso maker.

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        1. re: Kitchen Imp

          Folks, for what it's worth, I'd be careful about substituting gaskets meant for other size products. Years ago, my wife had a very unfortunate run-in with a stove-top espresso maker that resulted in a trip to the emergency room after the lid blew off and sprayed her face with espresso. Fortunately, she was fine. I don't know that it had anything to do with a wrong size gasket, but given the high pressure that these devices (and others -- your grandmother's pressure cooker, e.g.) operate under, caution is the watch word.

          1. re: Jeff

            Good cautionary note!! In this case, the gasket is literally *exactly* the same size as the defunct one I was replacing. Apparently no one at any store I called knew that the 2-cup espresso maker was the same diameter as the 6-cup espresso maker at the point where the top and bottom screw together.

            I would agree that anyone in this situation should carefully measure the defunct gasket and make sure that they're replacing it exactly.

            Edited to add: it is also possible that the store had the gasket labeled incorrectly, as it was quite clearly the right one for my espresso maker.

        2. For future reference, they have them in assorted sizes at both Sur la Table and the cookware shop on Castro near 24th in Noe Valley -- he consistently has one or two in every size.

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          1. re: bernalgirl

            The Noe Valley kitchen place is called Cook's Boulevard.

            Cooks Boulevard
            1309 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA

          2. I echo one of the earlier messages. I have both small and large stovetop makers and get my gaskets at Sur La Table.

            1. I have always bought gaskets at a Cost Plus.