I recently received a vintage Zanzibar Caffettiera Express espresso maker from a friend. It belonged to his mom and this sweet Italian lady hoped someone would enjoy using it once again.
I am not a coffee expert and have only in the past few years began really liking coffee. My son-in-law is the knowledgeable barista in the family and he has inspired me to experiment.
Well, I have fallen in love with this little pot. It makes a strong but not bitter cup of coffee and the process isn't involved. I did a quick search and found many expensive and complicated machines available. This one is just right to make each morning and perfect for my simple taste-buds.
My Zanzibar pot is a 1-cup size. I couldn't find this manufacturer but there are others who currently make and sell ones just like it in various sizes.
- Fill the base with cold water to just below the safety valve.
- Insert the filter funnel into the base.
- Fill the filter funnel with coffee without pressing down. (I use 3 level tablespoons for this 1-cup maker but you can use more)
- Wipe the rim to ensure a tight seal.
- Screw the top firmly to the base.
- Place the maker on the stove using moderate heat. (using too high heat will result in bitter coffee)
- Soon the coffee with begin streaming from the top and fill the pot. If the espresso begins sputtering too quickly, lower the heat. Sometimes I lower the heat as soon as it begins pouring into the pot to prevent splattering.
NOTES: I was happy the pot works well on an electric stove. After experimenting, I set the stove to 7 and in 11-12 minutes the coffee begins quickly filling the pot. Be careful that you achieve a gentle brew and avoid splattering by reducing the temperature.
Making Frothed Milk
A while back, I bought a small French Press. The small size is just right to make frothed milk. I found one for under $10 at Home Goods. I could use my four-cup French Press but I would have to use more milk that I want for my espresso.
Making Frothed Milk with a French Press
- In a glass measuring cup, heat small amount of milk in microwave until hot but not boiling (about 45 seconds on high for 3/4 cup milk remembering that microwaves vary)
- Pour into the French Press.
- Insert lid and pump the plunger up and down rapidly until the desired amount of froth builds up to about double in volume.
Whether because I am frugal or because I actually prefer cold/iced coffee, I cover and refrigerate any unused espresso. The next morning I froth cold milk and add it to the cold espresso for, what I think, is a delicious little cup of refreshing coffee.
umm... lovely breakfast or afternoon pick-me-up.