The best way to make coffee in a stovetop pot is a
fiercely contested topic, but based on a significant amount of
trial and error, here's our take:
- Rinse and then fill the base chamber with fresh, cold water to
just below the pressure valve.
- Fill the top assembly with hot tap water (not boiling).
- Fill the coffee basket with espresso ground coffee until it is
slightly heaped, press it down with your fingers, and then tap it
VERY firmly on the bench a couple of times.
- Give it another quick press to make sure it is even across the
coffee basket, level it off, wipe the rim carefully so it forms a
really good seal, and fit it into the base chamber.
- Pour the hot water out of the top assembly.
- Carefully screw the top assembly on until it is finger tight -
then get a really good grip, and tighten it as much as you
- Set an element to a medium to medium-low heat, place the
espresso pot on top, and leave it to heat up fairly slowly.
- Keep an eye on the pot - once the bubbling sound turns into
more of a spluttering sound, pull it off the element. In fact, once
it starts making a spluttering sound, you really want to go back in
time and pull it off the element 10 seconds earlier, but that's
kind of tricky. Over time you'll learn to judge it.
- Give it a moment or two (literally) to calm down, and then open
the lid. And inside, you'll have deliciously strong, dark,
espresso-style coffee. Enjoy!