The Bialetti 6800 sports classic Italian moka maker styling, featuring the familiar octagonal design in polished aluminum. If you’re looking for a truly authentic espresso maker then look no further – this is the real deal.
The Bialetti 6800 Moka Express 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker is very competively priced as well. There seem to be lots of other moka machines available that cost way more, but it’s hard to imagine what more they could offer seeing as in operation they are pretty simple kitchen gadgets.
As I said, the Bialetti 6800 is constructed from aluminum (with the exception of plastic handle covers) and feels like a quality product that’s been carefully manufactured. It will last you years, probably decades before you need a new one. It will benefit from the occasional gasket and filter replacement but in general will continue to perform well without any maintenance.
In use this espresso maker is very easy to operate – just fill the lower chamber with water and the top filter with coffee and place on the stove. Pressure will force the ready to drink espresso up into the top chamber after about four minutes. This model can make about 12 ounces of espresso in a single go – enough for six classic espressos.
Simple is often best, and the this Bialetti espresso maker is testament to that. It sticks to the classic and authentic principles of a proper Italian moka maker and as a result it’s difficult to recommend spending more on a fancier model when this one does the job so well, with no fuss.