Stainless Steel Stovetop Espresso Maker

A traditional “cup” of espresso is only about one and a half ounces, so a small stovetop espresso maker will make about six of these “cups”. Espresso cups usually hold about four ounces, but the tradition is to only fill them about halfway up. As for you Americans who are used to eight ounce coffee mugs, if you fill one of them up with espresso, it’s possible you might never blink again (But you’d be happy).

A good espresso has a lovely “crema” on top. That’s the creamy brown part of the coffee. The whole cup should have a very rich taste. Coffee breaks in Italy often involve standing up for a quick cuppa, talking to the other patrons or the barista. This break might only take 10 minutes, but 1.5 ounces of espresso doesn’t take long to drink or to start caffeinating you into overdrive.

At dinner or lunch espresso made with a stovetop espresso maker is a more leisurely affair, often enjoyed sitting down and socializing with friends, co-workers, or family. Superior espresso is an important part of daily life in Italy, a beautiful slice of culture that’s been perfected over the last 100 years or so and that will easily last another 100.