The stovetop espresso maker is a great little device that sits on top of an electric or gas stove. You can also find variants of this that have their own burner, so you don’t need to place it on your stovetop.
These are great and very affordable for those who would like a nice espresso but can’t afford to pay lots of money for an espresso machine. They’re also pretty small, so they won’t take up much room on your bench making it great for people with small kitchens.
One thing you will need to look out for is whether it is usable on induction cooktops. Most newer models will work on an induction cooktop, but it’s best to double check before you go spending your money on one.
It is also important to note that you won’t be able to fit a regular sized coffee mug under the spouts so you will need to look at getting some espresso mugs or even some shot glasses(they might heat up a fair bit though). Some different models will be tall enough to fit a standard mug, but again it’s best to double check.
You will find this makes a lot stronger coffee than something such as the coffee press. If you prefer weak coffee, then you can add some water to the coffee after you have brewed it. Alternatively, you can use something like the coffee press instead.
If you want to see this mini espresso maker in action, then you can check out my video I have put together below. It takes you through everything you need to know to get your very own fresh espresso.
I used the following coffee equipment for this guide.
Stovetop Espresso Maker Instructions
A stovetop espresso maker is pretty easy to use but can still be a bit of a confusing process for anyone who has just bought their own or looking at buying one.
I will take you through the easy steps in getting your very own espresso brewed up in no time at all. In these instructions, I am using a 2 cup stovetop espresso maker so your model and make might require a slightly different method but should be mostly the same. You should be able to change the amount of coffee you use for it to work.
- Firstly fill the bottom chamber up with water until it reaches release valve. The release valve is typically a gold-coated or bronze knob on the outside of the bottom chamber.
- Now in the filter add ground coffee, don’t pack this down as it will make it very hard for the steam to seep through resulting in a burnt bitter coffee taste.
- Place the filter into the main chamber.
- Screw the top part onto the rest of the stovetop espresso maker.
- Place onto the stovetop over a medium to low heat.
- Place two small espresso mugs under the two nozzles.
- Now just wait as the water will boil, steam and come through the nozzles.
- Once done, remove from the stove top.
- Serve & Enjoy
If you notice steam is coming out from the sides of the device, then you might need to replace the rubber seal. Before you replace the seal, just check that you have correctly screwed the top on nice and tight.
If it seems to be taking ages for the coffee to come out the nozzles, then you might have packed the coffee down too hard. To fix this safely remove from the heat and remove the top. Using a chopstick or similar loosen the coffee slightly.
You will notice that I am using a stainless steel stovetop espresso maker as this is typically what you will find on the market today. They’re great and easy to clean, just make sure that you don’t use heavy detergents, scourers or anything else that might damage the metal and may impart bad flavor to the coffee.
If you’re looking to buy one of these cool devices, then you can find them for sale at most supermarkets or coffee shops. If you rather buy online, then you can find a pretty good range of them over at Amazon.
If you own a stovetop espresso maker and will like to share your thoughts on one, then be sure to leave a comment below.