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Shaun in TO

One other thing about stovetop espresso makers ...

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Posted to Thread #13375 at 1:10 pm on Jan 13, 2009

You have to fill the basket to the top (and tamp it down slightly) REGARDLESS how much coffee you want to drink. That is, if you have a 4-cup maker (that's 4 espresso cups, not 4 8-ounce cups), you have to fill the basket for 4 cups even if you only want one demitasse worth. Putting in less coffee will give you a hideous taste of brown water.

But on the plus size, if you only ever want 1 cup, you can buy a 1-cup maker. We have 2-cup, 4-cup and 8-cup Bialettis. They're relatively cheap if you shop around (or visit Italy, where they're sold in practically every corner store).

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