A Q' for coffee people....Is the coffee from a full on espresso machine any better than the stove top thingy ? ( a proper name for this would be good as well )
And yes it is. With two caveat's. Expensive coffee is better than cheep coffee, and machines seem to exagerate this (lavarza red now tastes a bit pants). The less hastle factor is more than the better taste, and spending £1 more on the coffee beans makesmore of a difference, as does grinding your own rather than buying them ground.
If you get good coffee, ground properly for stove top, they're only about 3 bar, esspresso machines are arroudn 10 bar so need a slighly less fine grind, but not as coarse as filter or percolator.
And don't leave it on the stove untill it gurgles steam through the coffee, that's very bad for the taste. Keep an eye on it, and take it off the heat as soon as the top looks 'full'
And get a stainless one (aluminium always tasted funny to me) that does the exact number of shots you need/want, my parents were putting a teaspoon in an 8 cup and making overly complicated filter coffee! It should be measured in then tamped down slightly.