Stovetop Espresso Makers Make Fabulous Lattes at Home

by Digby_Adams

With a stove top espresso maker and a handheld milk frother you can have your own inexpensive latte maker machine!

Sometimes I prefer to use quiet and simpler kitchen appliances. Sometimes when the electric power is out I don't have a choice. But either way I do find it comforting to know that I can either brew a great cup of coffee with my stovetop percolator or make delicious espresso with my stovetop espresso maker. (The lifestyle warning for all is that if you live in a place prone to lose power, a gas stove is the most important kitchen appliance.)

To make stove top espresso, start with your favorite coffee beans and use your coffee grinder to make a very fine grind. Espresso uses the finest grind that there is. And no you don't need to use specialty espresso beans. It's the find grind that matters. Pour the water in the bottom of the stove top espresso machine. Then put in the stem and basket and add in your ground coffee. If you're using the Bialetti 1-cup Moka shown to the right, you should have 2 ounces of espresso in about 4 to 5 minutes. Pour it within 30 seconds to prevent bitter espresso. Drink and enjoy as is.

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More a picture person? Take a look at how easy it is to brew espresso in the Bialetti Moka in the You Tube video below. This stove espresso maker was purchased at a yard sale (mine at the local thrift shop). So you can outfit a kitchen with cheap appliances and use them for years.

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How to Make a Latte

Stovetop Espresso Maker + Handheld Milk Frother
  1. While your espresso is perking, heat your milk in a pan on the stove. Don't let it boil. Then put it in a container or cup that leaves a few inches from the top and use your handheld milk frother to create foam. If you want to make an egg nog latte, then substitute egg nog for one half of the milk. Surprisingly non-fat milk froths better than whole milk. So if you're having trouble getting your milk to froth, check out the fat percentage.
  2. After your espresso has perked pour it in a coffee cup or mug. (If you want to add a flavoring, say chocolate, this is where you'd add it.)
  3. Immediately pour the frothy milky on top. A latte is mostly milk with about 1/2 inch of froth on top. A cappuccino is 1/2 milk and 1/2 foam, so you can make that as well. Top with whipped cream for a special treat and sprinkle with cinnamon if you wish.
Updated: on 10/22/2012, Digby_Adams
 
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Mira on 08/26/2012

It seems that everyone around me has this stovetop espresso maker, and somehow I'm still hooked on the lattes I get in town. That's not to say that the espresso made by this machine is not good -- it is! Maybe I should try frothing the milk. And yes, I often add cinnamon too. Great article!

Jimmie on 01/23/2012

I had no idea that such an affordable gadget could produce such fine results. Thanks for introducing me to these Moka pots. I'll have to keep my eyes open since both you and retreadfitness have snagged them at thrift stores!

retreadfitness on 01/15/2012

I love the stove top moka pots. I have 3 or 4 of them. This summer while camping on the Oregon coast I found a beautiful 20 year old moka at a thrift store for $3 and it was never used. It still had the labels on it! I was having trouble making decent coffee on cold morning while camping. I like the small Melita single cup drip brewers. However, my coffee was often cold because it was in the 40's outside while brewing it. The Moka pot solved my coffee problems!

Have you ever tried roasting your own coffee beans in a hot air popper? Oh my gosh! It's hard to go back to stuff that is on the shelves.



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