Ease of Use/Performance: 5/5
How much I enjoy 5/5
The Bialetti Venus is a 4 or 6 cup moka pot that brews great coffee quickly and without problems that I have seen with other pots. The Bialetti Venus is made from stainless steel with a silicone rubber gasket and Bakelite handles that are the only parts not steel.
To brew in the Bialetti Venus fill the bottom with water up to the safety release valve that is in the side of the bottom of the pot. After you fill water the filter is placed in the bottom of the pot and filled with fine ground coffee of your choice.
The Top with its filter and rubber gasket is screwed on the bottom and you heat the pot on a gas, electric or induction burner. You could even use natural fire like a camp fire to heat the moka pot but this of course would discolor the moka pot which would be a shame.
The Bialetti Moka Pot will heat the water and create steam which is forced through the coffee grounds in the filter and up the post inside the top of the pot. The post has a unique design with the two holes being slanted downward so that the coffee coming out does not sputter toward the top of the pot.
This is one feature I truly appreciate because a couple of other moka pots I have sputter and spray coffee all over the place when getting near the end of brewing. I would have to keep careful watch on my brewing and shut the pot off at the critical moment when the coffee was done.
The Bialetti Venus does not spill or sputter coffee out the top but you should still watch your brewing because you want the best tasting coffee. The Bialetti Venus is a four or six cup moka pot which will brew about 8 or 10 ounces of coffee but this is not exactly espresso.
Moka pot coffee is more like very strong and rich coffee because the higher pressure that is a signature of espresso is not achieved with a moka pot. The pressure that is used does make the coffee stronger and extracts more flavor and caffeine than a drip coffee maker.
Brewing coffee in a moka pot is a different way to brew coffee and has its own unique flavor and taste that sits between coffee and espresso. I truly enjoy coffee from a moka pot and now without the mess from my previous moka pot I can truly enjoy my Bialetti Venus and brewing my coffee.
I highly recommend the Bialetti Venus as an excellent way to brew moka pot coffee for full flavor and without the mess. The Bialetti Venus costs about $40 for the 4 cup version and is available online and at stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond.
Fast and delicious moka pot coffee
Can be used on induction cooktops
All stainless steel body
Inside posts points coffee toward bottom
Did I mention fast and mess free?