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1. Villaware 275-06 Moka Express
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2. Villaware 4-Cup Thermal French

1. Villaware 275-06 Moka Express 6-Cup Espresso Maker
list price: $22.99
our price: $19.99
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Asin: B00004RFRU
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Villaware
Sales Rank: 2367
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

This traditional Italian steam-infusion espresso maker brews rich, delicious espresso in the old-world style, but don't depend on it to keep coffee warm or to reheat leftovers. Crafted of polished aluminum, the finish may need an occasional polish--after using it, just hand wash with a soft cloth and mild detergent and then wipe dry. Its classic design deserves to be kept on display for everyone to enjoy. --Jane DePaolo ... Read more

Features

  • Measures 8-1/2 by 4-3/4 by 5-1/2 inches; 1-year limited warranty
  • Traditional, Italian, steam-infusion espresso maker
  • Brews rich, delicious espresso in the old-world style
  • Crafted of polished aluminum; easy to clean
  • 24-ounce capacity; classic design enhances any kitchen d├ęcor

Reviews (70)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best for everyday use
I have been drinking coffee from this machine for 5 years now, and let me tell you, it's a new level of coffee. My roommate and I swear this is the best coffee in the world (I've recently been to Paris and Italy and nothing compared!).

The capacity is somewhat small, but it's good for one or two people, and hopefully amazon will soon offer the 12 cup version.

I've found that flavor has more to do with the type of beans, a certain bean that tastes great in a drip coffee will not necessarily taste great in this machine. So do lot's of experiments. And don't grind the coffee too finely as the machine will clog and sputter out of the sides...

I drink regular size mugs of this every morning with half and half (regular milk has no effect). Note that 6 cups refers to the tiny espresso cups. this thing will fill about 1.5 normal size mugs with very strong coffee (with room for cream)... Definitely buy it!

5-0 out of 5 stars BUY this thing. High quality, low price, easy to clean
I've been pining for an espresso machine for a long time. I mean, regular coffee is okay, but it tends to be weak and thin. No texture. And buying espresso in a coffee shop is both dicey and disappointing: Those little cups just aren't big enough to give me the volume I want. But I didn't want to spend $600 on an expensive machine, so I've been making do with regular coffee.

Well, no longer. My family just gave me this Moka Express for my birthday. This morning. I ground the beans, put them in (not even tamping them down with a spoon), put the pot on the gas stove under medium heat, and went to take a shower. When I came back, it was done -- *the* best cup of espresso I have ever had. And I'm not talking about one of those little thimble-sized espresso cups, I'm talking about a regular-sized coffee mug.

What I really like about this espresso maker (besides the quality of the espresso itself) is that it's simple, easy to use, easy to clean. I've been cooking Italian recipes from Viana LaPlace's _The Unplugged Kitchen_ lately, and this pot works perfectly with her philosophy of avoiding electrical kitchen appliances.

Next project: Getting out Darrow & Maresca's _Seasons of the Italian Kitchen_ and making an espresso granita.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great value, great coffee
The description says it's a 6-cup capacity, but it's not -- the bottom reservoir only holds a little over a cup of water, so that's the most it makes. Even in small cups served like true espresso, it wouldn't be enough for 6. Other than that, it's a GREAT way to make coffee. I've been considering buying an espresso machine, but am reluctant to spend that much right now. So instead, I decided to try a low-tech approach and get the Moka Express. I got it on sale at Amazon for $(...), and it has proven to be a great value. The coffee is rich and dark -- not quite true espresso, but MUCH better than drip coffee. I do wish the pot were a bit larger -- it's perfect for one medium-sized cup of coffee, or for making two lattes or cappucinos, but if it had a little bit larger capacity, it would be great when I have friends over. I might still use this little one just for me, but I wish Amazon offered one of the larger Villaware models as well. One tip: be sure to clean out the pot as soon as it has cooled down -- especially if you use tap water in an area with hard water. Since the pot is aluminum, it's susceptible to corrosion; I left it overnight without cleaning it and ended up with some green scaling of the metal in the bottom, which is hard to reach and clean given the petite size of the pot. I suppose if I splurged for a stainless steel stovetop pot, I wouldn't have the problem. (I did buy a stainless milk frother as well, which has proven well worth the money, as I can heat it on the stovetop while the coffee is brewing and haven't had any problems). Overall, I'm very pleased with this purchase.

5-0 out of 5 stars Makes great coffee
This little gem is the real deal. After making your morning cup with this you will most certainly stop going by your favorite chain shop for coffee. A few words of advice:

1. Do not wash this item with soap. If you do, make sure to brew up a few "water only" pots to flush out the residue.

2. The little rubber gasket eventually goes bad (this can take years but it does happen). The gasket swells and then starts to get chewed up by the daily screwing on and off. Once this happens just swing by you local hardware store and purchase a standard "O" ring (the type that looks like a little inner tube - not the flat type) for less than a buck and you are back in business. Remember to purchase based on the outside diameter of the gasket (don't worry that the new ring doesn't sit snugly against the inner portion of the concave metal filter - it doesn't matter). I took the whole pot in with me and while the guy did chuckle he understood. I stopped back that weekend with a thermos - we both had a good laugh and a good cup of coffee.

5-0 out of 5 stars Neopolitan
We use this espresso maker in all of your homes in Italia. Remember NOT to even out the coffee when pouring it on the filter. We always form a mound and then we place to cover on tightly. That's just the way we do it in Italia. ... Read more


2. Villaware 4-Cup Thermal French Press
list price: $32.95
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Asin: B00004RFRW
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Villaware
Sales Rank: 79313
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

VillaWare's insulated French press coffee maker is perfect for lazy Sunday mornings: It keeps coffee hot for up to an hour thanks to the insulating foam around the glass interior, and the chrome finish on the plastic exterior makes the carafe a pretty addition to the table. This French press is easy to operate, and the stainless-steel plunger includes a feature that allows you to open and close the pouring spout. A translucent side window marked with cup measurements allows you to make just the number of cups you want. --Margo Schneider ... Read more

Features

  • Keeps coffee hot for up to one hour
  • Chrome exterior, foam insulation, and glass interior
  • Makes four cups of coffee at a time
  • Dishwasher-safe

Reviews (2)

2-0 out of 5 stars not a long-lasting product
This press worked pretty well for about a year. It definately keeps your coffee warmer than a regular press, where the coffee is cold almost before you've had a chance to pour it. I eventually got over the fact that the "chrome" is plastic, not metal. But I am disappointed in the fact that after about a year of use, the bottom broke on the press. It appears to have just fallen off for no apparent reason. I treated this thing well - handwashing, etc. It did allow me to take the whole thing apart and analyze its construction, which is far from sophisticated.

1-0 out of 5 stars Chrome vs. Chrome Finish
Read the description carefully! The descriptive bulleted list indicates this has a chrome exterior, but the description below (which I of course missed) describes the exterior as "chrome FINISH on the plastic exterior". It makes coffe like any other press, but it's plastic my friends, not chrome. Annoying. ... Read more


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