I sent you an email. Interested in the Bellman. It does look like a Frankenstien with all the gaskets and valves. Do you think it would work well in the roll as a steamer?
I made a really good brew from my moka pot this morning. I only changed the amount of coffee this time. Just a little less. Maybe it needs just a little more room in the basket. It went through its brewing cycle noticably quicker this way. Having another before getting out the door here. Let see if I can do this twice.
OK folks ... here's something. 2nd try with just a little less coffee in the basket. Very quick to complete the brew cycle. Taste to the coffee is much smoother, no burnt taste and not as bitter(not sure if bitter is the right word here). Oh ... BTW ... I taste it just after I pour it. Gives me a good idea of what it's like without any additions ... a place to start. Darn this one is good.
A little less coffee in the basket ... hmmmm maybe that's it??? Need to experiment more, but I'm at my limit for just now LOL ... need a shakey emoticon here LOL.
Oh and come on ... someone must have something to add, suggest, comment ... anything!!! Bueller? Bueller? Maybe I hit my coffee max already
I seem to be on a roll here. I think I found something that works out for my Moka Pot. This doesn't mean I don't want to hear from you guys. Quite the opposite. I started this thread in order to get some feedback, have some discussion on using the Moka Pot and to compare and improve on things.
Two tries this morning on my Moka Pot. First one I must have not had the top screwed down as tight as I should. There was a lot of hissing and steam coming from the sides of the base. I thought maybe it was the gasket. Checked after and the second go it was good.
The second was interesting. I used a bigger burner on the stove. Wow it was fast. About 1:15 sec's and it was all done. Finito!! I heard the spout hissing and I thought it was just starting. I peeked. It was done. That burner must be much hotter. I can't think of any reason for it to be so fast. Something else to keep in mind. The coffee was great in both goes.
I'm finding I'm liking the strong flavour my Moka Pot gives the coffee. Made coffee Sunday morning with my press and it seemed weak. I know it wasn't, but it sure seemed that way.
Now I'm thinking of what other type of coffee to use in my Moka Pot. I'm using espresso. I'm going to try my Sumatra in it to see how it tastes. Do any of you use any other coffee in your Moka Pot?
Canuck guy, I read through your post and thought I should reply if only to give you a sense that there is someone other than Colin out there reading these things ;-]
Moka pot coffee is not espresso: it is its own thing. Like anything else espresso, you read the proper process generally and then experiment to suit your own tastes. From what I can tell, you have done pretty well all you can.
Moka pot coffee will always taste a little harsher than good espresso: it unavoidably uses hotter water than the ideal temp that good espresso machines operate at. For some people, the harshness is not necessarily a bad thing. Just different.As I said, it is all about personal taste.
If Colin sends you the Bellman, go for it. It is probably as good a stovetop model as there is out there. The only other thing you could do is get a gas stove. OK, I'm joking, but it is hard to get good heat from an electric burner.