The perfect cup of coffee

22 06 2013

This is my Moka Express coffee maker.

Made to last - a VERY long time!

Made to last – a VERY long time!

It has been around as long as I can remember. As a child I was forever lifting the lid to see if the coffee was coming out of the central spout. I also remember that my parents didn’t seem to use it very much, perhaps it didn’t make enough coffee so it was replaced by a percolator which made a lot more and was also interesting for a six year-old as it made interesting noises and splashed coffee against a clear glass top. And made awful coffee.

My little, very old espresso “machine” (can it be a real machine without moving parts?) to my mind makes very good coffee. No, it probably isn’t perfect, and in the morning I don’t have time for making the perfect cup but it is important that I have good coffee to start the day. NO, INSTANT WILL NOT DO and we do still have one good brand of local coffee called Farfell produced here which I keep well stocked up.

Anyway, the filter thingy that holds the coffee was looking like it had come to the end of it’s life, the gasket I’d replaced with a silicone one of my own imperfect design and the handle – well, nothing one couldn’t fix with a bit of epoxy and a paper clip!

We are famous for making do in Zimbabwe but now it’s the era of the internet so I set about seeing if spares were to be had. Oh delight! They still have spares for my 6 cup (I get just one mug out of it) Moka Express made by the original Bialetti company! Yes, there a loads of new designs in stainless steel and different colours to boot but my old aluminium version is still there.

For some reason Amazon won’t ship direct to Zim but my long-suffering postal master in the UK (brother and sister-in-law) divert the package to me and the Moka Express is almost back to new (wrong handle).

And the coffee tastes just as good as ever!

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3 responses

22 06 2013
mara4africatoalgarve

I have one that looks exactly like yours but I only use it when friends visit and we don’t want to go to the cafĂ© next door. The Portuguese love their coffee. The first time I drank the real thing was on a holiday to Mozambique a long long time ago. I hated it then but now I’m addicted, too. Having said that, instant is what I drink at breakfast.

23 06 2013
tuppit260

If you would like another handle ordering, let us have the part no/reference as most things ordered via Amazon from here have free carriage! You would probably get a similar new ‘machine’ here for the parts and postage you are paying, maybe it is the sentimental you can’t replace?

24 06 2013
gonexc

Yes, you are probably right on the sentimental aspect! I did order the correct handle, they sent the wrong one. Maybe I’ll just adapt the wrong one or put up with the old one – it still works, just not very aesthetic…

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