Bialetti Use & Care

ALUMINIUM MODELS 

Both the top and base are manufactured from certified food grade aluminium ingots.
The aluminium used in the base is a dense, stronger type and is gravity cast to withstand high pressure.
The top is pressure cast and the aluminium is modified to ensure that the finished top and base match.
The safety pressure valves features a stainless steel ball bearing and spring and incorporates a new system to eliminate the risk of lime-scale blockage.
The rubber seals are produced from 100% rubber and are certified as suitable for use with food.
Genuine Bialetti spare parts are available, including; rubber seals, handles, filter plate, filter funnel.
The “Little Man” appearing on the product is the guarantee of the genuine article.

STAINLESS STEEL MODELS 

Both the top and base are manufactured from 18/10 stainless steel.
The safety pressure valves feature a stainless steel ball bearing and spring and incorporates a new system to eliminate the risk of lime-scale blockage.
The rubber washers are produced from 100% rubber and are certified as suitable for use with food.
Genuine Bialetti spare parts are available, including; rubber seals, handles, filter plate, filter funnel.
The “Little Man” appearing on the product is the guarantee of the genuine article.

USING BIALETTI COFFEE MAKERS

Bialetti stovetop espresso coffeemakers work on a pressure system.

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Before using the coffeemaker for the first time, unscrew the top from the base by grasping the top and base with separate hands. DO NOT USE THE HANDLE whilst unscrewing as this may cause the handle to break.

Remove the filter funnel from the base. Then remove the filter plate and the rubber washer.

Wash all parts in hot water and correctly reassemble the top section.

Fill the base (water tank) with water to just below the level of the safety valve. Do not overfill! The air in the space between the water and the coffee filter is what heats and forces the water up through the coffee, and into the upper chamber. If the water tank is overfilled the result is boiled coffee, with a bitter or burnt taste.

Insert the filter funnel.
Loosely fill the filter funnel with ground coffee, do not press coffee down.
Screw the top section firmly to the base.
Bialetti stovetop espresso makers are suitable for use on gas, electric and ceramic hobs. (Do not use on Induction stovetops unless the unit you have purchased states "Suitable for Induction").
Place the coffeemaker on a low to medium heat.
When using on gas adjust the flame so that it does not extend up the side of the pot as it may affect the painted surface (if your pot has one) or melt the handle.
It takes only 3 - 6 minutes, depending on the size of the coffeemaker and the intensity of heat, until it’s ready to serve.
Remove immediately from the heat once coffee bubbles to the top. Do not allow to boil and do not put on full heat as this may cause the coffee to have a burnt taste.
It is recommended that the first 3 - 4 “brews” be thrown away.
Never place the coffeemaker on a heat source without water.
DO NOT USE THE HANDLE as a lever. Particularly when the coffee maker is hot and the expanded metal makes the fit tighter and more difficult to unscrew. Wait for the coffee pot to cool or run under cold water to loosen before unscrewing by grasping the pot by the top and bottom and twisting.
Use an 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. For example if you require just a single cup of coffee you would use the 1 cup Moka (which gives a demi-tasse) or the 2 cup Moka (which gives a large cup or 2 x demi-tasse). For 4 demi-tasse you would use the 4 cup Moka and so on. You cannot for example expect a perfect cup of coffee if you use a 6 cup Moka Express, but only put in half the specified amount of coffee and water, in an attempt to make a single cup of coffee.

LOOKING AFTER BIALETTI COFFEE MAKERS

Once cool, separate the top section from the base, (for the MUKKA the valve must be removed first) wash in warm water and dry thoroughly (most important).
Do not use detergent as this may taint the aluminium, and hence the coffee.
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. Dry thoroughly.
Store all parts separately to allow air to circulate.
Do not put ANY part of the Bialetti stove top espresso maker in the dishwasher.
The use, cleaning and maintenance of the stainless steel coffeemakers is the same as for the aluminium coffeemakers except; a mild detergent may be used when washing; and a liquid chrome polish may be used to keep the stainless steel looking new.

FAQ’s

My Bialetti leaks water or steam out the sides.

Check rubber seal, if worn, replace.
Ensure the top of the water chamber and the rubber seal are clean and free from coffee grounds
Ensure the coffee maker is firmly tightened.
Note that for replacement purposes, the Moka, Stainless Steel and Mukka coffee machine’s use different seals.

Coffee does not come up to the top.

Check filter plate is clean and clear of debris. Replace if worn.
Ensure the coffee grinds are NOT packed into the funnel. This hinders the flow of the water.

The handle has melted!

Usually the direct result of the coffee maker being placed on a gas hob with the flames being allowed to flicker up the side of the pot.

The surface of my espresso maker is scratched!

Cleaning your pot with an abrasive scourer or baking soda can scratch the surface.  Remember that aluminium is a soft metal.

The inside of my coffee maker has gone a white colour!

Usually the result of the unit not being dried properly and being stored incorrectly causing the aluminium to naturally oxidise. Clean the inside with a normal dish brush and warm water (with a little vinegar) and dry thoroughly before storing.

My handle has broken! It just snapped off!

Usually the result of using the handle as a lever to open or close the coffee maker. The handle should NEVER be used in this manner. The coffee maker must be opened by grasping the top and bottom sections and twisting. Make sure your pot is cool before attempting to open.  A hot pot will have expanded, sometimes  making it difficult to open.  Wait for it to cool, or run under cold water before attempting to open. Broken handles are generally the result of misuse and therefore not warrantable. A replacement handle can be fitted for a small charge.


FAQ MUKKA Cappuccino Maker

My MUKKA produces too little froth or the froth rises slowly.

Check that the filter plate is not clogged.
Check that the type of coffee used is correct (espresso fine ground)
Check that the valve is clean.
Check that the cappuccino pop-up valve is correctly fitted.

Why won't the base unscrew? 

Allow the carafe to cool completely.
Release and remove the cappuccino valve before attempting to unscrew (this releases any pressure still in the chamber.

Why does the liquid or froth spill out of the upper tank?

Check the amount of milk used has measured correctly. (It is most important that both the water and the milk be measured accurately using the plastic beaker provided with the unit).
Check that the heat is not too high.

Why does the joint between the upper tank and the base?

The base may have been overfilled. ALWAYS use the measuring cup provided with the Mukka. 150ml is the maximum water level.
Check that the base and upper tank are screwed together correctly.
Check that the rubber seal is fitted correctly.
Check that there are no coffee grounds on the edge of the lower tank, or stuck in the screw or on the rubber seal.
Check that the coffee has not been tamped down in the basket. Coffee must be loose filled.
The wrong coffee may have been used. An espresso fine grind coffee is best.

 

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