The Bialetti Moka Express 9-Cup is an Italian classic, serving up strong thick espresso right from the stovetop. It's easy to use without having to measure or weigh anything, and it brews quickly, equating to less fuel use over time. Yielding about 18-ounces of coffee, the "9-Cup" designation refers to 2-ounce espresso servings which can be consumed as is, or used as the base in Americanos or lattes. Easy to clean, the Bialetti delivered really great flavor profiles, even when we changed up the brew ratio to make a more drip-style coffee. We awarded this iconic device our Top Pick for Large Groups because, of our large brewers, this one was the easiest to use and consistently produced the best result.
The only thing that bothered us about this coffee maker is the fact that it's pricey at $45 and made from an aluminum alloy. If you'd rather be using stainless steel, check out the Farberware Yosemite 8-Cup Coffee Percolator which is almost half the price and can percolate up to 40-ounces of coffee at a time. We didn't choose the Yosemite for our group award because it's much harder to dial in a good recipe, the flavor wasn't as good, and it consists of some tiny parts that could easily get lost when camping. If you know you want a Bialetti but are steering clear of aluminum stainless steel pots are available, they are just smaller and more expensive.