Sunday, January 23, 2011

Bialetti Moka Express

I've seen these funny little coffee makers around but I never thought much about them until I read a great post over at Jerome's Bikes.

I've got a French press that I bought for camping, however this stove top espresso machine looks like it would be simpler to use in the field. After reading Jerome's blog post I ordered the 1 cup model through Amazon for $19.99 (check out the positive reviews of this product). It should work well with my Trangia stove. Be sure to watch Jerome's informative video, there's a link at the bottom of his post. Thanks for the recommendation Jerome.


  1. I have something similar. It makes excellent coffee. I'm willing to do without a lot of stuff camping... a good cup of coffee ain't one of them.


  2. I hear you. A good cup of coffee is an absolute necessity.

  3. I too saw this on Jerome's Bikes. Now another fabulous post. I am very tempted. It seems like just the thing for my micro-tours.

  4. I wonder, can you use regular drip grind, readily available in the grocery store, or is it necessary to coarse/fine grind some beans for that? It certainly looks good, though.

  5. Oh man, I heart Moka Pots! It's the only way I make coffee at home or work! It makes great coffee awesome and mediocre coffee good.

    I've managed to amass quite the collection of them over the years, mostly through Goodwill. If you are looking for one new, another good one is from IKEA, in fact I've been using one I got from there for three years.

    GSI also makes two sizes of camping-specific Moka Pots, each requiring a separate enamel or metal cup. While it takes up less room than the standard type, it's a big messier in the coffee making process.

    As much as I love Moka Pots, I'll only take them with me on short one or two night bike camping expeditions. Even with the camping-specific version it takes up more space than I'm willing to budget for a longer trip, and the moka pot can only do one thing-make coffee. I like things to be multi-functional if possible.

    For longer journeys I'll boil water on my stove and use a plastic Melita cone with a reusable cloth filter. I can clip the cone to the outside of my bag and put the filter in a plastic ziplock bag. It's not as fancy as the Moka Pot, but still makes a damn good cup of coffee.

  6. Twister--Technically you should fine grind beans for the Moka pot, almost to an espresso grind. However I've used pre-ground beans from the store (which usually are medium ground for a coffee maker) and haven't had problems.

  7. The coffee in the vid looked so good, I had to order me one. Hope you're happy. =P