Apr 24 2013

Coffee Quest, Day 3: Primula Products Stovetop Espresso Coffee Maker #client #coffeequest

Disclosure: Primula Products provided me with a stovetop espresso coffee maker for review. All opinions and photos remain my own.

Primula Products stovetop espresso coffee maker

Continuing on with the Coffee Quest, today I’m looking the good ol’ stovetop espresso coffee maker. This is the very same product that Marnely offered as her go-to piece of coffee making equipment.

Primula Products stovetop espresso coffee maker

Never used one before? It is essentially a percolator, something your grandparents likely used: the bottom chamber gets filled with water, a filter sits on top of that, full of coarse ground coffee, screw the top on and heat it on a stove burner. In just a few minutes’ time, enough pressure builds up in the bottom chamber to force the water up through the coffee grounds and into the top chamber. Once it starts steaming and you hear bubbling, turn the heat off–it’s done. Simple technology that packs a punch.

Primula Products stovetop espresso coffee maker

If you have a gas cooktop like I do, it’s important to turn the heat down enough that you don’t have flames flickering up the sides; it should only be touching the bottom of the maker. Even though you don’t have the stove turned up all the way, it doesn’t take long for the coffee to brew, allowing you to make a quick cup even if you’re on your way out the door.

Primula Products stovetop espresso coffee maker

Verdict: Just like with the coffee press, there were fine grounds present in the bottom of the cup. That said, the stovetop espresso coffee maker produced a much deeper, robust, flavorful cup of coffee than the coffee press. Filling it will give you just one cup of coffee (the 3-cups refers to espresso demitasse cups), but that’s perfect for me most days. The downside is that a stovetop is necessary in order to use it, which isn’t always available when I want a cup of coffee. And that you need to wash the coffee maker immediately after or you’ll get water spots inside, since it is aluminum. For hot coffee, this is my preference of the two options looked at thus far.

About the author

Carrie @ poet in the pantry

Carrie is a home baker and amateur photographer who dabbles in writing and poetry.


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  1. Jayne

    I’ve always loved how this little coffee makes looks but have never used it, and I need something that makes more than one cup…

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      If you drink a lot of coffee, then no, a one-cup maker won’t cut it. But there are larger coffee presses and bigger percolators, if you’re so inclined.

  2. J Timothy Quirk

    This is a neat idea! I like it!

  3. Gomo | cHow Divine

    This is my absolute favorite way to prepare coffee. It’s a little bit of a hassle compared to other methods, but I think it’s totally worth it. I’m enjoying your coffee quest Carrie!

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      It’s my favorite now, too. Such depth! I never imagined coffee could taste so good!

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