At home, at work and in restaurants (when available) I always drink filter coffee. We have this filter coffee machine at home, and during the weekend it’s not unusual to have it on three times a day.
However as much as I like a good cup of filter coffee sometimes you need something a little stronger, either to wake you up or in baking.
As a Christmas present I received this Bialetti Moka Espresso Maker and I finally got round to using it to make espresso for a Chocolate and Coffee Brownie recipe.
To make stovetop coffee actually seems like quite a dangerous process, as I got splashed with super hot coffee in the process of trying to take pictures! Such are the trials and tribulations of being a food blogger 🙂
First you fill the main bottom compartment with water to just below the valve. Then place the funnel or basket inside. Add finely ground espresso coffee to the basket section – gently packing it down to get a stronger coffee.
You then screw the bottom section into the top section and leave the lid open. Under a low flame heat the water slowly to boil. When it starts spluttering close the lid.
If you get bored and heat it too quickly then it splutters in quite a dangerous way.
So don’t do that! Keep it on the lowest flame setting and be patient.
When it’s finished (it could take as long as 5 minutes) it should look something like this. Leave it for a couple of minutes before pouring.
I mainly made this espresso to try out the maker and use it in baking. Although I did try the coffee I found the espresso style pretty strong and I much preferred the Puro coffee made through a filter coffee machine.
I used this helpful video when making Stove-top coffee.
For making this espresso I used Puro fairtrade pre-ground coffee. You can find out more about Puro fairtrade coffee on their website. Or watch this video about how buying fairtrade coffee helps the growers and the rainforest. Disclaimer: I received my first batch of Puro coffee for free from the company.
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