I don't drink much coffee but when I do like an iced Americano; cool, smoky and invigorating. It's the perfect drink for a sluggish hot summer day.
I don't own a coffee maker. I don't want to. I just wanna make espresso. I don't want to buy an expensive cappuccino machine; I'll never use the steam wand.
What seems perfect for me is one of those 6-cup stovetop espresso makers made by Bialetti. Because of three things. First, it's cheap. Second, it's simple. Three, it makes something between Turkish coffee and espresso, great.
The other things I think I know. 6 cups refers to espresso cups, so about 6 ounces of espresso. And aluminum is bad for you and it's better to buy stainless steal. But the aluminum maker sells for about $20, and the stainless steel for much more. Im reluctant to spend more before I know how often Ill use it.
My problems. Why I need help. There are lots of stovetop espresso makers out there, some look just like the Bialetti. Others have a few unique differences, are they just gimmicks. Whats yer favorite maker and why? Id like to handle them before I buy one. Is there a store in L.A. that has a wide variety of stovetop espresso makers? I live in Studio City but dont mind a drive.