I have been loving my stovetop espresso maker--so much. I got it early in the summer, partly because my drip coffee maker had recently broken, and partly because I thought the timing would be just right. I could make stovetop espresso all summer and worry about the time factor come fall. And I really have enjoyed it. I'm making delicious coffee for the first time ever and that is so thrilling.
I thought I'd do a little "tutorial" on the process just in case anyone else out there is curious about it, as I was. For some reason I was intimidated by the thought of these little coffee makers, but I shouldn't have been. They are very simple, like a stovetop percolator our grandmothers might have used.
This is what it looks like when taken apart. The ring and the disc fit under the top chamber.
Fill the bottom chamber with water and the funnel with coffee. The funnel fits over the water. Then screw on the top.
Set the whole thing over medium heat. The handle stays nice and cool, by the way.
The coffee smells wonderful when it is brewing. When you hear loud perking it is almost done. You will know when to take it off the heat because the top chamber is now full.
Heat your milk in the microwave, then froth it with a milk frother. I've been using 1% this summer, but whole milk is yummy.
Pour the coffee, then the milk, then the foam into your cup and there you have it. Delicious and satisfying. Yum! Now, as the new school year approaches (in two weeks) I have to figure out what to do on school mornings. Stovetop espresso is sort of a leisurely activity. I need to buy a new drip coffee maker, but they are more expensive than I thought, and so many of them are bulky and pretentious looking these days! So I'm stalling. Or I could just go back to this method.
So, two more weeks (for me) until school starts. That's really incredibly soon. I have to get my head around that. Meanwhile, there's still time to play.