Pezzetti stove-top coffee makers make espresso nearly as strong and flavorful as dedicated pump-driven espresso machines. Pezzetti espresso makers come in a variety of sizes, ranging from a single cup to large 14-cup espresso makers. Making espresso in a Pezetti, or any other stove top espresso maker, is simple.
To make coffee in a Pezzetti espresso maker, unscrew the base from the top. If you have recently made espresso and are making an extra cup, run the espresso maker under cold water to cool it. In some cases, internal pressure can make the lower water reservoir hard to remove. Place the top under your arm for more leverage, wedging the handle between your body and arm while twisting the base. Fill the lower reservoir with water to just below the safety valve. Do not fill past the safety valve.
Put the filter funnel in the reservoir base. If you are grinding your own beans, grind enough beans to a fine, espresso powder to fill the basket. If you are using pre-ground coffee, be sure to use an espresso grind to get the full flavor of the beans. Experiment with the amount of coffee to adjust the taste of your espresso. One technique is to mound the coffee up and compress it slightly to make a strong cup of espresso. Be sure to clean all coffee from around the lip to allow a tight seal between the base and top.
Attach Top and Brew Coffee
Clean the coffee powder from the lip of the basket and reservoir. Screw the top onto the base. Hand-tighten the base, but make a tight seal between the gasket and the base. Place the pot on the stove over a medium-high heat. Your Pezzetti pot will gurgle while brewing. The coffee is done when you hear the steam hissing through the internal column and no more coffee is being made. Remove the pot from the heat and wait a minute or two to allow the pressure to subside before serving.
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