A new twist on a classic and iconic brew method.
The Grosche Milano Stovetop Moka Pot Espresso Maker is a newer player in the stovetop espresso game that is worth checking out. You are likely familiar with stovetop espresso makers like Bialetti and, while Bialetti is the classic rendition, after doing the research, we are definitely fans of the Grosche Milano Stovetop Espresso Maker!
The Short and Sweet
The Grosche Milano Stovetop Espresso Maker is not a unique design but it takes a good product and puts its own fashionable spin on it. If you are in the market for a quality and aesthetically pleasing stovetop espresso maker, the Milano Stovetop Espresso Maker very well could be the one for you.
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The Full Review – 5/5
Not unlike the iconic Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Maker, the Milano Stovetop Espresso Maker is a quality version of the classic moka pot brew method. This stovetop espresso maker is durable, aesthetically pleasing, and brews a rich, smooth espresso at an incredibly affordable price point.
We love the Milano Stovetop Espresso Maker as an alternative to the expensive, bulky semi-automatic home espresso machines. Think of the Milano Stovetop Espresso Maker as a shortcut to espresso at home.
- Sleek and stylish design; also available in multiple colors.
- Low effort brew method for espresso at home.
- Affordable and durable design made with long-lasting materials.
- Great for small spaces and/or campsite brewing!
Keep on reading to find out what makes this espresso maker unique and worth a buy!
Build Quality, Design, and Materials – 4.5/5
The design itself is neither groundbreaking nor unique. The Milano Stovetop Espresso Maker is modeled after the universal moka pot design: a geometric hourglass shape with a brew basket sandwich tightly between the top and bottom of the brewer.
Made from high-quality food-safe aluminum, this moka pot is durable and hardy. However, with the aluminum build, the Milano Stovetop Espresso Maker is not dishwasher safe and requires hand washing only. Luckily, there are not many parts to this home espresso maker so hand washing is neither difficult nor time-consuming.
The build quality in general is top-notch. Some users do complain of the plastic handle melting after prolonged exposure to heat, however, this can be easily avoided by using the appropriate level of heat on your stove and making sure that the plastic handle is not situated directly above the open flame.
Additionally, the Milano Stovetop Espresso Maker boasts a non-toxic silicone seal to prevent spills and sputtering coffee during and after the brewing process, as well as an Italian standards safety valve in case of extreme pressure build up (which is very unlikely).
User Experience – 4/5
The only downfalls of the Milano Stovetop Espresso Maker are discussed regarding the design and materials. Because of the food-safe aluminum used, the user must hand washed this brew method. Additionally, one has to be careful when brewing and make sure that the plastic handle does not melt or degrade over time due to prolonged exposure to heat.
Aside from those two aspects, the user experience for this brewer is top-notch. This method is easy to use and requires little to no precision of use.
The design of the Milano Stovetop Espresso Maker eliminates the guesswork or need to measure the water and coffee used to brew. The golden rule of moka pots is to fill the water to just below the collar of the bottom section of the brewer, fill and level the finely ground coffee in the brew basket, and set it to brew over low-medium heat on your stove.
However, one final note on the user experience: the Milano Stovetop Espresso Maker is not compatible with induction burners. This moka pot can be used on any other type of stovetop.
Coffee Quality – 5/5
The Milano Stovetop Espresso Maker brews a delightful, well-balanced, and rich espresso-like beverage. Brewing espresso with a moka pot of any variety does not produce true espresso but rather a very concentrated coffee that emulates the taste and experience of traditional espresso.
No need to worry though! The Milano Stovetop Espresso Maker brew is perfect for recreating your favorite cafe-quality beverages including lattes, cappuccinos, and iced or blended drinks.
Aesthetic – 5/5
The Milano Stovetop Espresso Maker offers a few additional features including multiple options for powder-coated colors including black, white, red, and blue. Additionally, wooden handles are an available option for specific models of the Milano Stovetop Espresso Maker.
Should I Buy Milano Stovetop Espresso Maker?
Absolutely. The Milano Stovetop Espresso Maker is a timeless addition to the world of brew methods and offers a great and affordable alternative to more expensive, semi-automatic home espresso machines.
We are in love with the sleek design and playful color options for this particular moka pot brew method. The powder-coated colors give the Milano Stovetop Espresso Maker a little extra bit of charm to your kitchen as it sits pretty on your stovetop.
Not only is the Milano Stovetop Espresso Maker good-looking, but it is also multi-faceted. This brewing method goes great with small apartment living or those who enjoy camping in the great outdoors but hate to sacrifice quality coffee while they do it!
Additionally, this brew method is perfect when brewing for one or two individuals. The concentrated and robust brew can be diluted with hot water to mimic regular hot coffee rather than its original espresso-like form.
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Great for just about anyone, especially folks operating on a budget or in a small space. Not to mention those who enjoy camping and travel. As long as you have access to a stovetop, kitchen, or camp, you are all set.
Not so great for purists who enjoy making cappuccinos and shots of espresso on more advanced equipment.
After running the numbers and gathering all the know-how, we rate the GROSCHE Milano Stovetop Moka Pot Stovetop Espresso Maker a 4.5 out of 5.