But there's a lot to be said about simplicity. And there's not much simpler than a moka pot. This stovetop espresso maker doesn't have all the bells and whistles of its countertop cousins. Who's kidding who? It has not a single bell or whistle. It is three pieces - a water reservoir, a filter and a pot.
In the end, it's simplicity is its appeal. Fill the reservoir with water, place loosely packed, fine- to medium-grind coffee in the filter, screw on the pot and heat it over medium heat until all of the water has distilled, travelled through the filter and into the pot.
I know many purists - I being one - who prefer this method. It won't give you 8 or 9 atmospheres of pressure that the big machines will. But it'll deliver the extra texture, body and emulsion that gives espresso its unique flavor. And at a cost of under $30 for a 6-cup maker, I find the $100s left in my pocket very, very delicious.