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Which Bialetti Moka do I need?

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Zedeff Sep 6, 2008 10:23 PM

I'm debating between two different stovetop moka devices. Ideally, I'd be able to make just moka coffee, or any fancier drink that I may want.

The Bialetti Mukka is available for $100. This would make my cappuccino and lates 2 cups at a time, but I don't know if I can use it to make just plain moka coffee. If I run this machine without milk, will I end up with just regular espresso, or does it get "frothed" like the finished product is supposed to? If I can't use this for regular espresso/moka, I'd have to add another $28 for the 6 cup Moka Express.

The 6 cup Moka Express and the 32 oz non-stick Tutta milk frother are available for about $50 total. Naturally, this would get me my moka, with the option of doing milk-based drinks. On the other hand, this requires a bit of a learning curve and some elbow grease which isn't necessarily the goal when brewing that first half-asleep cup in the morning.

Consistency and ease of use are in favor of the Mukka, but moka-making is questionable and price is definitely high. Versatility and cost suppose the Moka Express, but is the extra hassle really worth the modest savings?

Opinions and suggestions are welcome.

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    sandih Sep 7, 2008 11:43 AM

    If you look on the Bialetti website and look at the online manual for the Mukka Express Cappuccino maker, it indicates that you should make a few pots of coffee without milk first to season the pot. That tells me that you can do both, have a good stovetop espresson or a cappuccino.

    http://www.bialettishop.com/MukkaMain...

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