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  • Bialetti Moka Express Size Query
  • Premier Icon andykirk
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    Decided to give one of these a try. I want to use it to make one mug of coffee, reasonably strong but not blow your head off strength. Should I get the 2, 3 or 4 cup size? Or as a friend said buy the 6 cup and put any leftovers in the fridge for later? Also I have read some say to dilute with hot water….
    I do like a little bit of milk in my mug….. Any advice?

    Premier Icon tomd
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    I use a 2 cup one daily. Topped up in a mug with hot water and some milk it makes a nice moderately strong cup of coffee.

    IME the 3 or 4 are a bit much for one cup but you can keep some and add hot water later. Only factor is that the footprint of the 2 cup is quite small, and can require some delicate balancing on some gas hobs.

    Premier Icon creagbhan
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    I have the 2 cup and use one of these on the gas hob
    Reducer

    Premier Icon Kato
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    I use a 3 cup for one mug topped up with water but I like a string coffee. I also have a 6

    Premier Icon JoB
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    andykirk

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    Or as a friend said buy the 6 cup and put any leftovers in the fridge for later?

    ditch this friend

    as others have said, smaller capacity Moka and top up with water and milk as desired, the bigger ones also really eat through your coffee

    Premier Icon Scapegoat
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    but I like a string coffee.

    No, no, I said it was really ropey…….

    Premier Icon andykirk
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    Wonderful advice again Singletrack.

    Thank you.

    You may all now move on to help the next person in need.

    Premier Icon CraigW
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    The small (steel) ones may not work on some induction jobs.

    Could use a larger one, just put less ground coffee in it. Still works fine, even if the basket isn’t full.

    Premier Icon dc2.0
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    As per CraigW – I have a small (2) and a large (8?) stainless steel bialetti mokka pot. Both used to work fine on a halogen hob. Now we have an induction hob, only the large one works.

    Which means I have to make a pot every other day and keep the rest in the fridge. That works well for me as I prefer an Americano, so always top up with water anyway..

    Anyone interested in a small steel pot with a brand new seal just fitted (before I discovered it didn’t work on my new induction hob..)?

    Premier Icon Pik n Mix
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    For some reason I have a 12 cup, never a truer word spoken than this.

    the bigger ones also really eat through your coffee

    I need to downsize!

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    The 2 cup really do one cup… etc… so get a 4 cup minimum, and always get stainless steel. I have a 6 cup stainless that works perfectly on induction (better than on trad electric actually).

    Conversely I gave away a 12 cup… I’m not nearly sociable enough to justify owning one.

    [just checked the instructions for my stainless “Elegance” pot, and it specifically says that the 2 cup does not work induction hobs]

    Premier Icon alpin
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    I have the 2 cup and use one of these on the gas hob
    Reducer

    Top tip I got from an old Italian guy in his motorhome…. Use an old brake disc. A 160mm disc with a few rivets through it to stop it moving works great….!

    Premier Icon poolman
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    I use a 6 cup bialetti, I half fill with water and coffee its a good half mug full.

    Or fill it full and put in fridge, your mate has good advice.

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