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Bialetti? Aeropress?

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.

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  1. i bought an Aeropress a few months ago and posted about how much i love it, and varying opinions emerged. you might find it helpful:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/673213

    1. I've never used the Aeropress, but would recommend my stainless moka pot to anyone needing a good espresso substitute.

      1. 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.

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        1. re: pguidry

          Or, a very simple pour-over individual brewer in the aptly named The Clever.

          http://sweetmarias.com/prod.single_cu...

        2. With the Aeropress, can I just microwave the water, or must it be heated stovetop?

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          1. re: lulou23

            You can heat the water anyway you want. Just get it too the necessary temperature.

          2. Areopress is great for travel. You don't need a stove. It's not espresso but then nether is the bialetti or moka pot.

            1. I heart my Aeropress. I heat the water in the microwave, btw, Easy to use, easy to clean. You can also check out reviews at coffeegeek.com, which I did before I purchased mine (serious java heads there!)

              1. I use both. About 50-50.
                The Bialetti, not SS but aluminum, is slightly messier to clean up, and needs a burner, but it produces a better cup (fuller flavor and aroma) because the temperature is higher, right at boiling point. If your beans have any off flavors, the B. will point them out.
                Given a choice in the morning, and a really good source of beans, I'd go to Bialetti.

                1. Aeropress is great...simple, cheap and light.