I will be visiting family without nearby espresso access and am looking for a portable, affordable stovetop espresso maker to take with me. Any recommendations? I am considering either a stainless steel Bialetti or the Aeropress. Has anyone had luck with either? And yes, I know these will not produce true espresso, but I need my daily fix or it gets ugly.
I've never used the Aeropress, but would recommend my stainless moka pot to anyone needing a good espresso substitute.
I have an Aeropress and love it!. I bought a Pino water kettle that heats water to a preset temp. Super easy combo to use.
I have an aluminum Bialletti Moka Pot that I bought packaged with a milk frother. The Aluminum Moka Pot gives the coffee a metallic taste to me. I would give it to you if you were near me. I have an older stainless Moka Pot that's great. The Aeropress with the Pino kettle is a BREEZE.
However, for traveling and not having the Pino, the Moka Pot may be easier to use. Just be sure to get the stainless one.
Areopress is great for travel. You don't need a stove. It's not espresso but then nether is the bialetti or moka pot.