September 15, 2005
Bialetti Mukka Express 2-Cup Cappuccino Maker Now at Amazon.com
We've been fascinated with getting our own Bialetti Mukka Express in the cow print pattern since we first featured it earlier this year, but the thought of paying for overseas shipping - well - didn't make our pocketbook feel good. Now the Bialetti Mukka Express is available at Amazon.com for $89.99. We're not sure if it qualifies for FREE shipping because it comes really from Cooking.com, but you won't be paying $30 bucks I'm sure for shipping.
"The "Mukka" express cappuccino maker is designed for use on your stovetop's burner. It's easy to use - just fill the bottom with water up to the indicator, insert the filter filled with ground coffee, screw on the top section and add milk. With the lid closed, place on your burner then press the button on top. Within minutes, your cappuccino or latte is ready. The "Mukka" express makes up to two, 7.4-oz. cups. It's made of enameled, die-cast aluminum."
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Posted by Jay Brewer at September 15, 2005 7:55 AM
With any of the Bialetti products you must grease the gaskets with vegetable oil, a trick I learned from my Italian family in Italy!
if you spray or rub cooking oil around top and bottom parts where they screw together, you can screw it on tightly so it doesn't leak and also screw off. Do this every couple of weeks. I have used mine for over a year now every day and it doesn't leak.
I LOVE the gadget! Yes it tends ot leak from the center seal. It must be really tight. But then the problem is getting it open again! I solved that with a silicone oven mitt - gives great traction! (For smaller hands there's a collapsable silicone food sieve that's flat and rippled and provides a good grip on a flat counter top.) Even cheaper are rubber palm garden gloves (which are also great for those nasty kitchen cleaning jobs that can't be cleaned out from under the finger nails!)
I've also had good success with regular O-rings from the hardware store, slipping one under the regular gaskets adds just enough extra squish to get a good seal.
Now after more than a year of 4 to 6 uses per day, the pressure valve has broken. I Googled Bialetti Mukka Express and called them and they're sending a new one right away, no questions asked and at no cost!
The cow finish on the lid is beginning to bubble up and will soon begin to chip off. There's another big chip on the bottom edge where I dropped it in the sink once. And the white is becomming coffee-stained. Ya know what? I love it even more! It looks loved and well used and it is!
Working with the pot is as quirky as sit looks, but it so worth it for the coffee! It's become a sort of ritual for me!
I'm back to my old Moka Express while the part's coming and I've discovered how addicted I am to the great Cappuccino thar comes from this odd little thing. Maybe that's just a coffee adddiction but a body needs a couple of those!
make shure to clean under the top part of the mukka express coffe tends to pack the grill
I have had good success with mine-using an espresso grind. However, I have had one valve failure that was replaced under warranty. Now the replacement valve is acting up. I do enjoy it more than the cheap electric espresso makers that I have had in the past-and fight cleaning the water/steam tanks on the electric models to get rid of hard water scale.
That's just disappointing. It's not inexpensive and I thought it would work really easily - not be a total pain. Is grind the issue? Is it temp? Are you using good water? what seems to be the main problem? Strength of brew?
Udder frustration! (sorry!)
I was dying to get a Mukka Express, also. Now that I have one I've managed to make it work correctly twice out of about 30 tries. Invariably before it builds the requisite pressure to steam the milk the espresso begins leaking out of the middle and onto the stovetop. I've tried repeatedly to contact the company, but never get any response. When it did work it was excellent, but making it work is nearly a miracle. I'm hoping I just got a faulty unit. Anyone else having these problems?