Bialetti Moka Express

Ah… the joys of being retired…

Victor saw an online article the other day that Bialetti – the maker of the iconic Moka Express was in danger of bankruptcy. Neither of us have ever owned a moka express, so we decided it was time – anything to help stave off bankruptcy from such an iconic Italian company.

The pot arrived this morning, and I immediately put it to work – doing the initial wash and brewing the initial first pot that, following instructions, is then thrown away.

This afternoon, we decided to officially break it in – espresso with Sambuca.

It is a classic flavor combination and something I have enjoyed at restaurants after a great meal, but never in the middle of the afternoon on a Tuesday. Somehow, that slight bit of decadence made it taste all the better.

We have a burr grinder for our coffee – and drink an extra dark roast – Café Pajaro from Trader Joe’s – so it was no problem getting a finely ground dark roast coffee. It was the perfect foil for the pot and the Sambuca – rich full coffee flavor and licorice.

The perfect afternoon pick-me-up.

Retirement really is good…