How to Use a Stove Top Espresso Coffee Pot!

There’s nothing like a good espresso – the essence of all great coffee!

However, electric espresso machines can be expensive and take up too much valuable counter and cupboard space in the home. A stove top espresso coffee pot is an ideal alternative – a timeless classic that has been brewing up excellent coffee since the art deco era! An espresso pot uses steam pressure to brew a strong coffee with the same characteristics of espresso from a machine; a rich dark coffee with plenty of flavour, texture and viscosity.

La Cafetiere’s extensive range of stove top espresso coffee pots will add a stylish caffeine kick to your coffee: Espresso Pots

Here’s our essential guide to making great espresso effortlessly!
Your espresso pot has 3 sections: the bottom chamber is for water, the middle for your coffee and the top chamber collects your coffee once brewed.

Step 1 - Dismantle the pot into its three parts

Step 1 – Dismantle the pot into its three parts

Step 1. Unscrew the 3 sections of your espresso pot.

Step 2 - Fill bottom section with water

Step 2 – Fill bottom section with water

Step 2. Fill the lower chamber with water – for an espresso fill half the chamber. For an Americano-style black coffee, fill it to just below the level of the safety valve.

Step 3 - Fill the filter funnel with ground coffee

Step 3 – Fill the filter funnel with ground coffee

Step 3. Fill the middle section (the filter funnel) with a medium fine ground coffee suitable for an espresso pot – freshly ground if possible! The coffee should be level with the top of the filter. Slightly pat down the coffee, but do not firmly tamp.

Step 4 - Re-assemble the pot

Step 4 – Re-assemble the pot

Step 4. Make sure there are no coffee grounds at the edges of either the funnel or the water section. Put the funnel into place in the pot and screw on the upper section securely.

Step 5 - gently heat the pot

Step 5 – Gently heat the pot

Step 5. Put the pot on your hob at a medium-high temperature, making sure that the steam valve is pointing away from you, the handle is not subjected to heat and that the heat source does not extend beyond the edges of the pot. Please note that stove-top espresso makers are not recommended for use on induction hobs or in microwaves.

Step 6 - Let the coffee fully percolate through

Step 6 – Let the coffee fully percolate through

Step 6. As soon as coffee starts to emerge and bubble from the filter funnel, which you will hear, turn down the stove to let it rest and fully percolate.

Step 7 - The coffee is ready to serve

Step 7 – The coffee is ready to serve

Step 7. Your coffee is ready when the upper section is full of espresso, when the pots stops ‘gurgling’ and just steam emerges from the filter funnel.

Step 8. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Top tip! Preheat your water first to stop the espresso pot becoming too hot and cooking the coffee, which can give it a metallic taste.

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