Now that Iâ€™ve been working from home more these past few months, I missed picking up an occasional espresso drink on my way into the office. I have a 15+ year old Krups coffee maker that does a decent job making drip coffee, but itâ€™s nothing compared to a really good latte. I used to have a countertop espresso maker, but I gave it to a friend because I hated dealing with dragging it out and cleaning it. This holiday season, my sister brought espresso back into my home life by bequeathing me her Bialetti Musa stovetop espresso maker. I will admit, I was intimidated to use it, but after my first try, Iâ€™m sold! Hereâ€™s how I did it:
1. Fill the lower chamber of the espresso maker with water. Be sure not to cover the brass colored safety release valve.
2. Insert the metal filter basket into the lower boiler chamber.
3. Scoop coffee ground for espresso into the filter basket and lightly push down the grounds with the back of a spoon. (Iâ€™ve read several opinions about tamping the grounds â€“ some say that tamping can clog the filter, other say itâ€™s the only way to go. I decided to shoot for the middle.)
4. Place the rubber gasket on top of the filter basket, then the filter plate on top of the gasket.
5. Tightly crew the upper chamber onto the lower chamber.
6. Place the entire espresso maker onto a burner. Heat to boiling.
7. Once the water begins to boil, and youâ€™ll hear it, let the upper chamber fill with brewed espresso (about a 45 seconds) and take it off the burner.
8. Finally, pour the brewed espresso into a cup and add milk and sugar, if you like.
Enjoy! â€“ Rebecca F.
Photo credit: Rebecca Firlik