Tips and Care
- Before using the coffeemaker for the first time, it’s a good idea to wash all the parts in hot water first.
- We recommend that you throw away the first 3 brews.
- It’s really important that you don’t use the handle while unscrewing as this can cause the handle to break.
- When cool separate the top section from the base, wash in warm water and dry thoroughly.
- It’s best not to use detergent when washing the aluminium models as it can taint the aluminium and therefore the coffee. However, mild detergent can be used to clean the stainless steel models if you prefer, and a liquid chrome polish can be used to keep the stainless steel looking new.
- Do not use abrasive scourers or baking soda as these will discolour or damage the surface.
- From time to time discolouration or a white deposit may form inside the base. This is generally due to the pot not being properly dried prior to storage, causing the aluminium to naturally oxidise. Scrub with your dish brush in a mixture of warm water and white vinegar to help remove stains. Remember to dry thoroughly.
- It’s best to store all parts separately to allow air to circulate.
- Bialetti stovetop espresso makers should not be put in the dishwasher.
- Never place the coffeemaker on a heat source without water.
- Use espresso grind of your favourite coffee blend. Do not use extracts, infusions or instant coffee as they will block the filter plate.
- It is important that you use the correct size coffeemaker for the number of cups of coffee required. If you’re after a single cup of coffee you would use the 1 cup Moka for a demi-tasse or a 2 cup Moka for a larger cup (gives 2 x demi-tasse). If you want to make 1 cup of coffee but use a 6 cup coffeemaker with a reduced quantity of coffee, you won’t be getting the perfect brew. Italian aficionados which usually have 3-4 sizes in their kitchen.
A full range of spare parts are available from your Bialetti stockist including:
- Rubber rings
- Filter Plates
- Valves (Mukka only)