Stove Top Espresso Maker
Aluminum or Stainless Steel?
The traditional material for stove top espresso maker is aluminum. But there are also many stainless steel models available. Which one is better? Well, let me provide some useful info and then you can decide for yourself.
Stainless steel stove top espresso pot is definitely easier to maintain since you do not need to worry about corrosion. Aluminum pots are lighter, so that’s a plus if you use it while traveling. The aluminum pots also tend to heat up the water faster.
Are you worried about using aluminum pot because you consider it a health hazard? This worry can be minimized by taking a good care of your espresso pot (see the tips below).
When the aluminum pot is used, the coffee oils create a thin layer on the inside of the pot. This layer should not be washed away. It actually prevents the contact of coffee with the aluminum next time when you use the pot.
Some people claim that the coffee made in aluminum pot tastes better than the one made in stainless steel. The layer of coffee oil that accumulates in the pot adds a distinct flavor to the brewed coffee. So, the longer the pot is in use the better the coffee becomes.
Tips for maintaining aluminum stove top espresso makers
- When you buy a new Moka pot you should throw the first two or three batches of coffee away. To season the new pot well it’s best if you leave the brewed coffee in it for one whole day before you discard it.
- Wash the Moka pot by hand with plain water. Do not use any detergents and do not scrub it.
- Dry the parts with soft cloth. Aluminum will corrode if you leave it wet for prolonged periods of time.
- Do not store the Moka pot assembled. The reason? If some water gets trapped in the filter and you keep the pot assembled, then the moisture has nowhere to escape and it may cause corrosion.
- When you leave your Moka pot unused for a long time, the oily layer may become rancid. If that happens just put in water with a bit of detergent and boil it on the stove top for a while. Then wash it thoroughly. This should remove the rancid oils.