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Bialetti Venus Moka Pot Review

Bialetti Venus Moka Pot Review

The Bialetti Venus is a stainless steel moka pot for brewing coffee that is stronger than traditional coffee but not quite like espresso.

Ease of Use/Performance: 5/5
Convenience/Storage 5/5
Appearance/Design 5/5
How much I enjoy 5/5

Total: 5/5

The Bialetti Venus is a 4 or 6 cup moka pot that brews great coffee quickly and without problems that I have seen with other pots. The Bialetti Venus is made from stainless steel with a silicone rubber gasket and Bakelite handles that are the only parts not steel.

To brew in the Bialetti Venus fill the bottom with water up to the safety release valve that is in the side of the bottom of the pot. After you fill water the filter is placed in the bottom of the pot and filled with fine ground coffee of your choice.

Bialetti Venus Moka Pot
Bialetti Venus Moka Pot

The Top with its filter and rubber gasket is screwed on the bottom and you heat the pot on a gas, electric or induction burner. You could even use natural fire like a camp fire to heat the moka pot but this of course would discolor the moka pot which would be a shame.

The Bialetti Moka Pot will heat the water and create steam which is forced through the coffee grounds in the filter and up the post inside the top of the pot. The post has a unique design with the two holes being slanted downward so that the coffee coming out does not sputter toward the top of the pot.

This is one feature I truly appreciate because a couple of other moka pots I have sputter and spray coffee all over the place when getting near the end of brewing. I would have to keep careful watch on my brewing and shut the pot off at the critical moment when the coffee was done.

Venus on Induction Cooktop
Venus on Induction Cooktop

The Bialetti Venus does not spill or sputter coffee out the top but you should still watch your brewing because you want the best tasting coffee. The Bialetti Venus is a four or six cup moka pot which will brew about 8 or 10 ounces of coffee but this is not exactly espresso.

Moka pot coffee is more like very strong and rich coffee because the higher pressure that is a signature of espresso is not achieved with a moka pot. The pressure that is used does make the coffee stronger and extracts more flavor and caffeine than a drip coffee maker.

Brewing coffee in a moka pot is a different way to brew coffee and has its own unique flavor and taste that sits between coffee and espresso. I truly enjoy coffee from a moka pot and now without the mess from my previous moka pot I can truly enjoy my Bialetti Venus and brewing my coffee.

Moka Pot Comparison
Moka Pot Comparison

I highly recommend the Bialetti Venus as an excellent way to brew moka pot coffee for full flavor and without the mess. The Bialetti Venus costs about $40 for the 4 cup version and is available online and at stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Bialetti Venus @ Bialetti

Bialetti Venus @ Amazon

Pros

Fast and delicious moka pot coffee
Can be used on induction cooktops
All stainless steel body

Inside posts points coffee toward bottom
Did I mention fast and mess free?

Cons
None

Outpresso Recycling Device

Outpresso Recycling Device

The Outpresso is a unique recycling device for the Nespresso capsules that are made from aluminum but can also be used for the newer Bialetti capsules.

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Ease of Use/Performance: 5/5
Convenience/Storage 5/5
Appearance/Design 5/5
How much I enjoy 4/5

Total: 5/5

Nespresso has been a big hit with espresso drinkers and the system has a big following in the United States but in Europe it is a huge single serve espresso solution. Currently Europe has recycling centers for Nespresso capsules where you simply drop off your used capsules and they do all the dirty work of cutting them open and washing out the grounds.

Some stores like Sur La Table also offer recycling which is handy and they will even give you a free coffee for your trouble but what about those that don’t live near these types of stores. Whether you are trying to get a little cash back from your investment in fine espresso and coffee or just want to do the ecofriendly thing recycling your Nespresso capsules using the Outpresso can help.

Outpresso Recycling Device

The Outpresso works simply by placing a capsule in the groove of the bottom piece with the foil top of the capsule toward the opening in the bottom. Using your hand you push down hard onto the capsule with the dimpled top piece to push the grounds out of the capsule into the reservoir bottom.

Once the grounds are pushed out and the capsule has been flattened down some you remove the capsule and dump the grounds out into a container or garbage receptacle. The Nespresso capsules are pretty flat at this point but you can also flatten them down some more once they have been rinsed out.

You can also open up the Bialetti capsules that do not fit as neatly on the Outpresso but it does work well to remove the grounds and break open the capsule. The Bialetti capsules have a plastic or aluminum filter and a paper filter inside so you need to dig them out.

Rinsing out the grounds is pretty easy and once you have most of the grounds out you can take the capsules in for recycling at your nearest recycling or scrap metal center. Currently aluminum goes for about 60 cents per pound depending on where you are at so you can get a few dollars if you’re an avid coffee and or espresso drinker.

I have been using both the Nespresso and the Bialetti single serve espresso machines and while I like the Nespresso a bit better both are excellent machines. The capsules however can be a pain as they are almost pure aluminum once you get the coffee grounds out and recycling them may be a bit of a problem.

Recycling with Outpresso

Finding a place that would take them is the biggest choir as many aluminum recyclers only take cans because that is what most people recycle and they are easier to deal with. I recently made a quick trip to a local recycling center and the attendant told me he would not mind if a few got in with bags of aluminum cans but if someone came in with bags of the empty capsules he would turn them away.

Recycling centers that deal with aluminum cans, plastic bottles and other household materials may not be set up to recycle capsules form Nespresso machines but scrap metal centers may be. Scrap metal centers may be more open to recycling your empty capsules so finding one of them may be a better option but you should collect a few months’ worth so you have something worth taking in.

I had about 40 Bialetti and 70 Nespresso capsules and after punching out the grounds and pulling the small plastic and paper filters out of them I only had 6 ounces of aluminum. This is not really enough to take in and even with another months’ worth it would be pretty meager pickings for the money so recycling Nespresso capsules and Bialetti for that matter is not going to earn you a lot of money.

You can however do it for the environment and help keep wasteful garbage out of the landfill if that is more of a concern. Personally I will probably just collect them until I have enough to warrant a trip to the scrap metal center and turn them in all at once.

Recycling is a controversial topic and even if we take out any of the small cost we can get back it does make sense to recycle aluminum as it does take much less energy to process recycled aluminum. Aluminum is simply melted down to recycle it and the benefits of reusing aluminum is one of the materials for recycling that is not in doubt.

Outpresso w/ Bialetti Capsules

It does pay to recycle aluminum even if it does not pay the consumer who brings the aluminum in so recycling those Nespresso and even Bialetti capsules does make sense. The Outpresso makes it easy for individuals to recycle those capsules and it does not take much effort or time to recycle.

I cleaned out the hundred or so capsules in less than fifteen minutes even with rinsing them out and it only takes a side trip while you’re out to take them to a recycling or scrap metal center. The Outpresso works well and hopefully the company will make a model that works for the Bialetti capsules as well as they did show interest in this new capsule espresso machine.

I highly recommend the Outpresso to easily remove grounds from your Nespresso capsules for easy recycling whether you want a few dollars back every few months or just want to do the ecofriendly thing.

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