pick me up or pick on me? my friends have been picking on me for the past 5 years, asking over 2000 questions about espresso. it is tiring to answer those many questions, yet gratifying and also eye opening. i become to realize the only way to remember all this information is to buy an extra bialetti espresso maker and pass it along my friends, together with ROSE’S heavenly CAKES: Tiramisu (page 267). it is time for my friends to answer their own questions!
how to make espresso is one of the first things i put my attention to when i started baking. i have also answered to so many people at rose’s blog. IT IS VERY DIFFERENT than ‘regular’ coffee. one of the best methods to make espresso at home is using the bialetti stove top percolators, as 99.99% of the homes in italy has done for over a century!
there are many copy cat brands, be sure to get bialetti original brand. there are many models made by bialetti. i would start with their classic moka pot, rated 3 cup capacity (3 espresso shot cups). why not get the 6 cup or anything other than the 3 cup? because the 3 cups yields better flavor; take this as law from words of people in italy, it has to do with the ratio of pressure vs water and extraction vs time. these are fairly inexpensive and easy to maintain, most people in italy will own 3 or 4 units, so when there is a party you can run them all at once. i recommended this method to make espresso for ROSE’S heavenly CAKES: Tiramisu (page 267).
here is the newly renovated kitchen of my cousin Anna in Italy, see if you can spot at least 2 bialettis, i was told she has 5:
bialetti also makes an excellent cappuccino maker, the mukka express. i will leave you with this picture i took this morning, you can find plenty information about the mukka express at amazon.com, williamssonoma.com, and youtube. it is a fun cappuccino maker, in fact, i have one at my office for my 10:30 am fix, and yesterday i just got one at my home for my weekend 10:30 am fix and for more answering questions to my friends!
i tell you, although designed for cappuccino, the mukka express makes EXCELLENT americano coffee, too!