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Stove Top Espresso and Morning Musings

Some time ago, my mother-in-law gifted me with a little stove top espresso maker she bought in Italy.  (And technically, she bought it for *us*. But I feel that the bond between said espresso maker and myself has grown so deep that really it cannot truly belong to Chris as equally as it does to me.  Sometimes I feel it has become an extension of my hand.)

Each day, I make sure to carve out time for a mocha.  Sometimes it’s first thing in the morning… sometimes I don’t find a moment until my girls lie down for their nap.  But everyone in my family understands the bliss that is my mocha ritual… even Elsa.  She knows that when she asks me to read Curious George and mommy responds, “Sure.  After I make my coffee,” that she better just settle in for a few minutes, because I WILL be savoring the next five minutes and Curious George will not be interrupting the moment.

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Stovetop Espresso and Morning Musings

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And it’s not just the first magnificent sip that is sacred to me… it’s the entire stove top espresso-making process.  I love that it is a quiet, well-memorized dance I perform each morning.  Washing the grounds out from the night before.  Filling the cup with just enough water.  Spooning in the fragrant coffee and patting it down.  Then waiting and watching while the black gold bubbles up.  And OH, the smell.  I love everything about it.  Everything.

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Stovetop Espresso and Morning Musings

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I used to have a poor appreciation for coffee.  (Before I knew how magical it could be.)  In college I masked it with nasty creamers in odd flavors, and in early adulthood I drank it black and ultra watered-down.  It was really just a means for getting a hit of energy and perhaps warming up my fingers.  Now, OH now… it is ALL about the taste.  Every last exquisite, perfect drop!

If you don’t have an espresso maker and don’t really want to drop the cash on a big fancy one, then one of these old-fashioned stove top ones might be a great little option for you.  Small, simple, quaint… reminiscent of Italy.  :)  Who knows?  Using it might even become your favorite part of the day!

Happy morning,

Carissa

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P.S. Here is my favorite mocha recipe that uses this espresso maker!  It is a must-try.  And here is my favorite brand of espresso. :)

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Stove Top Espresso Latte
 
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A perfect cup of coffee every time, using you handheld stove top espresso maker. (Note: I prefer a Bialetti Dama Stove Top Espresso Maker.)
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Serves:: 1
Ingredients:
  • Good quality, espresso ground coffee
  • water
  • whole milk
Directions:
  1. Fill the Bialetti reservoir with water, just til the water level reaches the pressure valve.
  2. Fit coffee filter into reservoir and scoop in espresso grounds, leveling off but not packing.
  3. Screw on the top of the espresso maker and set unit onto a stovetop burner over medium heat. (Make sure handle is not over the hot part.)
  4. In 4-5 minutes, you will have a ready-to-drink shot of espresso to add to your favorite coffee concoction or drink as it is!
  5. I like to pour mine over steamed whole milk or steamed hot chocolate.

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4 Responses so far.

  1. Shae says:

    I need to pick your brain about this because I was inspired by you and requested one from my Secret Santa who pulled through. I have made coffee in it twice but it was waaaaay too strong both times… Mine is the Bialetti too but it makes 6 cups and from your pictures I am thinking yours may be the 3 cup one? Side note: I love the picture of Baby #1 playing with her kitchen!

  2. Fran Chism says:

    I think your mother in law hit a home run with this gift!!!!!

  3. Does this come out all foamy because of the machine you used?