The Bialetti Brikka is an Italian invention that allows you to produce espresso with crema, or the tan-colored foam sought by espresso aficionados, at home. It has a detachable coffeepot top portion and a bottom portion that is filled with water. Only a few minutes on medium heat creates enough pressure to force the water through the ground coffee into the upper chamber for serving. The Brikka comes in two sizes. Follow the same general instructions for both types.
Things You'll Need
- Top and bottom parts of the Bialetti Brikka
- Funnel filter
- Filter plate
- Rubber gasket
- Ground espresso coffee
- Espresso cups
Fill the bottom portion of the Brikka with water, up to the notch inside the container.
Place the funnel filter inside the bottom chamber and fill it with ground espresso beans. Do not press or tamp.
Align the filter plate underneath the central portion of the top part of the Brikka. Make sure the rubber gasket surrounding the filter plate is also in place.
Screw the top coffeepot portion of the Brikka onto the bottom portion, but not too tightly. Set it on the stove.
Leave the lid open and turn the heat on to medium. Make sure the flame does not extend too far past the bottom of the Brikka or it might scorch the handle.
Listen for Brikka's chugging noise after a few minutes, and look for the development of a creamy top on the surface of the emerging coffee.
Remove the Brikka from the heat and wait for 30 seconds before stirring the coffee and pouring it into espresso cups.
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