How to use
Before first use
- Hand wash all parts with warm water.
- Rinse all parts thoroughly to remove any soap residue.
- Follow how to use instructions below for each cycle.
Step 1. Boil 1 cup of water in your kettle.
Step 2. Loosen the copper screw at the tip of the Presta valve. Firmly push (or screw) the bike pump nozzle onto the valve, pushing as far as it can go. If your pump nozzle has a lever, flick the nozzle lever to lock on the nozzle.
Step 3. Fill the lower chamber with hot water just below the valve.
Step 4. Insert the funnel and fill it with ground espresso coffee. Use freshly ground beans with a fine espresso grind. Tamp (press) until densely packed and level with the rim. Remove any coffee grounds on the edge of the funnel.
Step 5. Holding the coffee maker with a towel (it’s hot!), tightly screw the upper part of the pot on to the base. Don’t use the handle or valve for leverage.
Step 6. Quickly pump up the coffee maker to approximately 130 psi (9 bar). Stop pumping. Do not exceed 150 psi. Coffee with dense crema should shortly start pouring into the top of the pot.
Step 7. When the top of the pot has enough coffee, quickly remove the nozzle and press the tip of the valve to depressurise the pot. For the best espresso, depressurise the pot when just 30 mL has poured into the top. Pour the coffee into a heated cup.
Enjoy your Presta Espresso!
Care and safety information
- Only use as instructed.
- Maximum pressure: 150psi. Exceeding this pressure may damage your coffee maker.
- Regularly check for any leaks. If there is a leak, tighten the valve before.
- For best results, use a pump with a pressure gauge.
- Do not use an electric pump or compressor.
- Do not use any compressed gas cartridges (eg CO2 cartridges for bike tyres).
- When Presta valve is fitted, do not use on a stove or other heat source.
- For general tips and care of your Bialetti coffee maker, read Bialetti's instructions here.