There are many reasons to love Bialetti Brikka. It’s an easy-to-use espresso maker that consistently produces rich, crema-topped espresso. Not to mention, it’s a stylish addition to any kitchen.
In this blog post, we’ll go over some of the key features of Bialetti Brikka and how to get the most out of this fantastic espresso maker.
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Bialetti – One of Italy’s favorite Moka pot brands
Moka pots are an essential item in every Italian home. Bialetti is a well-known brand in the coffee world, and for a good reason.
The company has been making quality coffee makers for over 80 years. They’ve become known for their iconic Moka pots, a staple in many Italian homes.
Bialetti Brikka is an updated version of the classic Moka pot, designed to produce even better espresso.
What’s so special about the Bialetti Brikka valve system?
Bialetti Brikka is a stovetop espresso maker designed to produce rich and Crema-topped coffee you usually only get from espresso machines. One thing that sets Bialetti Brikka apart from other Moka pots is its unique valve system. This allows for a slow, even steam release, resulting in a more evenly extracted espresso.
Not only does this make for a tastier cup of coffee, but it also means that you’re less likely to get that bitter, burnt taste that can sometimes occur with Moka pots.
When you open the lid of your Brikka, you will notice a metal valve over the ordinary funnel. This valve remains shut until the level of pressure inside the pot has reached a certain point. At this point, the valve will automatically open and release the coffee. This valve is in charge of the beautiful crema formation you will never get from a standard Moka pot.
Bialetti Brikka Moka Pot
The Bialetti Brikka is a stovetop espresso maker that produces rich, Crema-topped coffee without the burnt taste.
- A rich crema layer, just like you get from an espresso machine.
- A pressure-release valve that allows for a slow, even steam release.
- Easy to clean
- Brews coffee faster than a classic Moka pot
- Not compatible with induction plates
- Not dishwasher safe (same as other Bialetti Moka pots)
- A bit more expensive than the classic Moka pot.
Bialetti Brikka is designed to reach higher pressure and more control over the brewing process. It means you can get a richer, more flavorful espresso with a crema layer, just like you get from an espresso machine.
This machine has a pressure-release valve that allows for a slow, even steam release. This results in a more evenly extracted espresso and less chance of a bitter, burnt taste.
Can you use a Brikka Moka pot with an induction stove?
The answer is no. Unlike some of Bialetti’s Moka pot models, Brikka Moka pots can only be used over gas stoves. If you try using it on an electric stove or any other heating element, you risk damaging the pot.
How much does a Bialetti Brikka cost?
This model is a bit more expensive than your average Moka pot, but it’s still very affordable.
The 2-cup version retails for around $60, while the 4-cup version retails for approximately $70. But you can get both models at lower prices.
In comparison, a classic 3-cup Bialetti Moka pot retails for around $45. So, the price difference isn’t that significant.
How to use Bialetti Brikka
Using your Brikka is easy! Add water to the reservoir and keep it below the pressure safety valve. Fill the filter basket with ground coffee. Place the pot on the stove over medium heat and wait for the water to reach boiling.
Once boiling, remove from heat and let sit for 30 seconds before serving.
How to get the most out of your Moka pot:
- Use grounds suitable for a Moka pot. It should be a medium grind size for best results and never an extra fine grind size.
- Fill the filter basket with grounds. You can level it off but never tamp it down.
- Screw on the top chamber without touching the handle.
- The flame should be about the size of the base of the pot.
- As soon as the water in the bottom chamber starts to boil, reduce the heat to avoid scorching the coffee.
- Once all the water has been forced into the top chamber, remove the pot from the heat. Let it sit for 30 seconds to allow the grounds to settle.
Moka vs. Brikka – which is better?
The main difference is that Brikka has a pressure-release valve, which allows for a slow, even steam release. This results in a rich crema layer and less chance of a bitter, burnt taste.
Brikkas are also a bit more expensive than regular Moka pots. Also, due to the higher pressure, Brikka pots are faster in making your coffee. Though, I don’t think it makes much difference, as you’ll only save about 30 seconds.
Another essential thing to notice when choosing the best Moka pot for you is that classic Moka pots can be electrical or compatible with many stove types. On the other hand, Brikkas, at least for the time being, is only compatible with gas stoves.
Both Moka and Brikka pots produce a robust and flavorful espresso. So, it really comes down to personal preference. If you want a richer, crema-topped espresso with less chance of a bitter taste, then go for a Brikka pot. If you don’t mind a slightly longer brewing time and want to save some money, then a classic Moka pot will do just fine.
In my opinion – If you have a gas stove at home – go with the Brikka. If you are looking for more versatility in where you can use your Moka pot – go with a classic one.
What sizes does the Brikka come in?
This Moka pot comes in two sizes: 2 cups and 4 cups. The 2-cup size is perfect for those who want to make a single shot of espresso or a small cappuccino. The 4-cup size is excellent for making two espresso shots or larger drinks like lattes.
How much water does a Brikka Moka pot hold?
It depends on the size of the pot (and the cup). A 2-cup Brikka pot can hold 8 ounces of water, while a 4-cup pot can hold 16 ounces of water.
When choosing a Brikka pot, you must consider how many cups of coffee you usually make. If you are only making coffee for one or two people, a 2-cup Brikka pot should be sufficient. However, if you are making coffee for a larger group, you may want to choose a 4-cup Brikka pot.
How do you grind coffee for Brikka?
For a Brinka Moka pot, it is best to grind your coffee beans to a medium level. This will ensure that the coffee grounds are uniform and will extract evenly, resulting in a cup of coffee with good flavor and no bitterness.
When grinding the coffee, it is also essential not to over-grind, as this can cause the coffee to become bitter.
How to clean a Bialetti Brikka?
Cleaning your Brikka is easy! But please pay attention to what NOT to do, or you’ll ruin your precious Moka Pot.
After each use, disassemble the pot, rinse all parts with warm water, and let it dry.
Never use detergents or abrasive materials to clean any pot parts – you’ll ruin your Brikka and might get a soapy cup of coffee. Never ever put the Brikka in a dishwasher.
How to descale a Brikka Moka pot
As with any other Moka pot, Brikka can become clogged with mineral deposits, affecting the quality of the coffee.
To descale a Brikka fill the pot with water as you usually do and add two teaspoons of vinegar to the water. Then run a complete preparation cycle (without any coffee).
When the cycle is completed, dispose of the solution. Let the pot cool for a few minutes before disassembling and rinsing it with water.
Your Brikka should now be free of mineral deposits and ready to make a delicious cup of espresso.
Bialetti Brikka – Final thoughts
So, if you’re looking for an edge over the average Joe and want to make cafe-quality coffee at home with your Italian Moka pot, get yourself a Brikka.
With its unique valve system that optimizes pressure and temperature for perfect crema on every cup, the Bialetti Brikka is sure to boost your morning joe.
Don’t forget that descaling and cleaning are vital to keeping your pot in prime condition for years of delicious coffee making.
Check out our article on the best coffee for Moka pots to learn more about how to make the perfect cup of espresso.