Score Chef Curtis Stone's favorite coffee maker for under $50

Make professional quality espresso from home thanks to this handy Italian coffee maker

Bialetti coffee maker
(Image credit: Bialetti)

Shopping for the best coffee maker for your lifestyle can be a struggle—you want something that will provide coffee shop quality beverages at home while also fitting into your budget (and counterspace).

That said, as it turns out, you don’t have to spend on a premium priced machine to get cafe quality espresso at home. In fact, as Chef Curtis Stone pointed out, the best Italian-style sips may actually come from an understated little tool. “I’ve been a Bialetti Moka devotee for years,” the Australian chef told Food & Wine in an interview. “Sometimes I think I might have a caffeine problem because it’s meant to brew espresso, but I use the 12-cup size version and drink the entire thing in one go.”

Whether you’re looking for a quick dose of espresso first thing in the morning, or you like to sip and savor multiple cups of coffee at a time, the Bialetti moka pot is a great option for anyone who wants to bring a taste of Italy into their morning routine.

While we’re already team Curtis when it comes to the moka pot being a kitchen essential, here are some of the Italian coffee maker’s standout features:

  • A single serving makes up to six cups at a given time, in less than five minutes time
  • The high quality polished aluminum ensures your moka pot will last the long run
  • Very easy to clean and disassemble after use
  • Includes a patented safety valve for ease of use
  • Designed and made in Italy
  • Includes a two year warranty, in case anything happens

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Kaitlyn McInnis

Kaitlyn McInnis is an experienced writer, editor, and consultant based in Montreal, Canada. Formerly on the management teams of multiple leading national publications, she currently writes about travel, lifestyle, luxury, and wellness for publications like Travel + Leisure, Tatler, The Points Guy, MAXIM magazine, and more.