Thursday, February 16, 2017

Tiny 1 Cup Stovetop Espresso Makers - Yes, They Make Them This Small

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Most long time users of stovetop espresso makers agree that smaller pots are usually better. They are cheaper to buy, built a bit sturdier, and they tend to make better moka - albeit in smaller quantities.

A 1-cup moka pot is unquestionably the smallest of them all. In the Moka pot world one cup generally refers to 1 to 1.5 ounces of coffee. This amount of water heats up very quickly, even on lower temperatures, and can produce a good drink in much less time than alternative brewing methods.

In America where double shots are so common a 1-cup moka pot may seem too small but a single shot of espresso can make a fine coffee mug sized Americano for a perfect afternoon pick me up.

Note - you can see our featured 2-cup moka pots on this page.

There aren't nearly as many single cup stovetop espresso makers out there but there are a few to choose from. I've listed some of the more popular one's below for your convenience.

These Single Cup Moka Pots Make a Really Fast Shot of Fake Espresso

Bialetti Moka Express 1-Cup Stovetop Espresso MakerBialetti Moka Express 1-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker

Vev Vigano Carioca Nero 1-Cup Espresso MakerVev Vigano Carioca Nero 1-Cup Espresso Maker

Primula Aluminum 1-Cup Stovetop Espresso Coffee MakerPrimula Aluminum 1-Cup Stovetop Espresso Coffee Maker

Aluminum Espresso Stovetop Coffeemaker - 1.5ozAluminum Espresso Stovetop Coffeemaker - 1.5oz

La Cupola Espresso Maker by Aldo Rossi Size: 1 cupLa Cupola Espresso Maker by Aldo Rossi Size: 1 cup

The 9090 Moka Pot by Richard Sapper 1 cupThe 9090 Moka Pot by Richard Sapper 1 cup

Stop by our store for more options or consider jumping up to a still small 2-cup size pot.

Why Would You Want a Stovetop Espresso Maker to be So Small

As I alluded to above a single serving moka pot in my opinion is best for making a quick single serving americano in just a couple minutes.

For my morning coffee I like to have a bit more volume but sometimes in the afternoon I like to make a single cup of coffee. I frequently make a pour over cup or a small batch of french press but the 1-cup moka pot is another really good option to have.

My drip coffee maker also has a hot water dispenser in it so I can easily whip up a single sevring of moka on the stove while my hot water comes to temperature. Once the moka is ready I add it to my mug and then fill to the top with hot water and it's an easy Americano -like drink.

The moka pot doesn't really make true espresso but it's close enough when it's used in mixed drinks.

Another fun way to use a tiny stovetop espresso maker is to make coffee shots for your dinner prep. If you are making a stew or a chili or some other kind of a marinade a shot of moka from a pot like this can add a lot of potent flavor to your meal.

How Fast Does a 1-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker Brew Coffee?

Curious how fast these little guys are? For starters moka pots can be one of the fastest coffees to brew aside from pump espresso. Here's a video demonstrating how fast a moka can brew coffee.

The 1-cup pot blows the 4-cup pot out of the water in terms of speed.


Colm McDermott said...

The best and easiest way to make a stove top Americano is to use your 3 cup filter to measure out your coffee. But then your use this amount to half fill your 6 cup pot. This way all the water filters through the coffee because with a 6 cup pot there is no need to add water at the end. Tastes way better. More of a caffe longo I suppose but a full mug of coffee. You need a 3 cup and a 6 cup pot of course. Otherwise my method is not easy at all! I do think it tastes better though.


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