Straight Into Stovetop
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Straight Into Stovetop

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:

  1. Rinse and then fill the base chamber with fresh, cold water to just below the pressure valve.
  2. Fill the top assembly with hot tap water (not boiling).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Pour the hot water out of the top assembly.
  6. Carefully screw the top assembly on until it is finger tight - then get a really good grip, and tighten it as much as you can.
  7. Set an element to a medium to medium-low heat, place the espresso pot on top, and leave it to heat up fairly slowly.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!