Bialetti 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Coffee Maker

Bialetti 6800 Moka Express 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker

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Written by Lindsey Cook

Bialetti 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Coffee Maker
Bialetti 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Coffee Maker

For a simple way to your morning cup of coffee, the Bialetti 6800 Moka Express 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker creates a rich cup of coffee in a unique way with a retro classic style.

Since its production in 1933, this Italian-made coffee maker has been a favorite for those in need of a rich cup of coffee, and I was excited to join every household in Italy that owns and uses this particular kind of coffee maker.  Lying somewhere between a brewed coffee and an espresso, the Bialetti creates a smaller yet more full-bodied cup that will satisfy any coffee lover’s cravings.  Simple instructions describe an involved process in which the finely ground coffee is infused with steam.  As indicated by the name, it sits right on the stove top and heated water rises through the grounds to the top, creating coffee that is rich and smooth and as close to ingesting the beans themselves as possible.  The detachable filter and easily dismantled parts allow for easy cleaning, so you don’t have to worry about reassembling either.

The Bialetti’s simple design, without cords or necessary need for electricity, makes it easy to transport.  It is a hit and must bring on camping trips, where you can put it right on the flames and huddle around the campfire in anticipation of a cup of coffee to make your morning even cozier.

Although named for its supposed 6-cup-making abilities, I’ve found that the actual coffee made amounts to a little less than a 12-ounce cup of coffee.  Since it is the same amount of caffeine this works for me but some consider the short experience insufficient.  This same style of coffee maker is also available in 1-cup, for a smaller jolt of caffeine, or 9-cup and 12-cup sizes, allowing for one of “those mornings” or coffee for two.  Coffee is best made with filtered water that is never quite brought to a boil, so for best results you should make it over low heat, which means it could take up to ten minutes, too long for some people.

To sum up:


  • Delicious rich coffee
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Travel ready, camping trip friendly


  • Less actual liquid than a full cup of coffee
  • Takes a little longer

This is my personal favorite way to drink coffee and one I would recommend for anyone who likes a rich coffee that is somewhat smaller beverage but still strong.  The Bialetti 6800 Moka Express 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker is generally priced at around $20-25 and is worth every penny for any coffee lover who is looking for a way to enjoy caffeine in a whole new way

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