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How Do I Use An Old Fashioned Espresso Maker & Other Questions

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How Do I Use An Old Fashioned Espresso Maker & Other Questions

sivyaleah | Nov 13, 2006 01:30 AM

My MIL gave me her seriously ancient Italian espresso maker. However, it's been so long since she used it and she is a bit on the ditzy side and can't remember how to put the thing together, let along exactly how she used to brew the coffee!

I'm a novice to this type of brewing at home. I have a french press that I can never remember the ratio of coffee to water, so I'm hopeless to figure this out on my own, let alone there are so many pieces and between her, my husband, and both my BIL and SIL, none of us could figure out what when where and in what order.

So, how do you put this together? I assume you brew hot water and pour over the grinds, right? Not perk through the pot? What type of coffee is best? What is the correct ratio to use? Best grind? Etc.! It seems to be a 4-5 cup (demitesse) size.

Also, it hasn't been used in years - best way to clean it? It's in pretty good shape overall but does have a few stains probably more from just being in storage.

Thanks!

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