Italian Moka Pot Brands and Stovetop Coffee Maker Types Explained
The design and construction of different moka pots tend to produce a coffee with slightly different taste and characteristics. In addition, some moka coffee pot designs, such as stainless steel espresso makers, are more adapted to more modern, electric and induction stovetops where traditional aluminum materials won’t work on because the heat won’t transfer through aluminum.
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Types of Moka Coffee Pot and Popular Brands or Stovetop Italian Espresso Makers
In this page, we’ll list down the most common types of moka pots and each of their unique characteristics.
Aluminum Type Traditional Moka Pots
The traditional aluminum moka pots offer the most authentic experience especially when the original design by Bialetti called Moka Express can still be bought brand new, this is an excellent first-moka pot for most single-serve coffee drinkers who want to experience true Italian stovetop espresso coffee.
Many moka pot coffee aficionados claim that a cup brewed from an aluminum pot has a better taste than any other moka pots because of the way aluminum allows layers of accumulated coffee oil collects to add flavor to every cup of coffee you make over time.
Remember that some aluminum moka pots are not dishwasher-safe, however.
Apart from Bialetti, you can check out other popular aluminum moka pots brands like the Bodum Chambord Aluminum Stovetop Espresso Maker as well.
Stainless Steel Stovetop Espresso Coffee Makers
Stainless steel moka pots tend to be more durable and easier to maintain than aluminum moka pots. The finish retains its gloss over time, less prone to stains, and they’re often dishwasher-safe as well.
Lastly, stainless steel allows the moka pot to work on induction stoves and cookers, which is a great convenience as many modern household and apartments no longer have traditional gas or electric stoves.
We strongly recommend these two popular models: The Stella Aroma Stainless Steel Stovetop Espresso Maker and the Vev Vigano 8199 Kontessa Inox Espresso Pot.
Both these units are highly recommended for their quality, looks, and finish.
Ceramic Stovetop Moka Coffee Pot
These types of moka pots have the upper section (where the coffee brew finally sits) made of ceramic instead of metal. Ceramic allows less heat to transfer to the outer areas of the pot as well as add a less industrial look to the appearance of the pot. The choices are few for this kind of design, however, such as this lovely Claudia Valira Stovetop Espresso Maker from Spain.
Stove Top Percolator Moka Pot Add-On
These aren’t exactly variants of moka pots, but more of an add-on accessory. Instead of a coffee pot upper chamber, these have one or two drip pipes that allow freshly brewed coffee from the moka pot to dispense directly into a cup.
Electric Moka Pot
Modern technology catches on to the moka stovetop pot. Instead of using a stovetop, electric moka pots have an thermally-regulated electrical plate at the base to heat up the water.
The advantages of these electrical moka pots are mainly convenience, consistency, and ease-of-use. Most models offer automatic shut-off and regulated brewing, so the odds of burnt and bitter coffee is minimized.
You can’t go wrong with the Bialetti Easy Cafe model and the Delonghi Alicia Electric Moka Espresso Coffee Maker as they are perennial favorites and workhorses in our office.
Popular Brands of Moka Pots, Stovetop Coffee Makers
The following are the main brands of moka pots. You can buy any one of the moka pots above from Amazon by simply clicking on the thumbnail images.
- Vev Viganò
- Bonjour Milano
- Delonghi (Electric)
- Ampo (Ceramic)