DITOSH Stovetop Espresso Maker

Published on July 12, 2023, 9:27 a.m.

The DITOSH Stovetop Espresso Maker is a classic moka pot design made from stainless steel. Moka pots are a popular way to brew concentrated espresso-style coffee at home using steam pressure. I tested the 2-cup size DITOSH model.

 DITOSH Stovetop Espresso Maker

Overview

The DITOSH moka pot has a simple and straightforward design. It consists of three main parts - the bottom water reservoir, a funnel filter for the coffee grounds, and the top collecting chamber. The stainless steel construction gives it a sleek, durable look.

Features

Key features of the DITOSH moka pot include:

  • Compatible with all stove types: gas, electric, induction
  • Stainless steel design - polished mirror finish
  • Safety release valve prevents overpressure
  • Easy screw-on assembly
  • Stay-cool handles
  • Includes extra silicone gasket

 DITOSH Stovetop Espresso Maker

Design and Appearance

The mirror polish on the stainless steel body gives the DITOSH an attractive shine. The top and bottom pieces screw together securely with a rubber gasket to seal them. The handles on the top and side stay cool during brewing. At just under 6 inches tall, the 2-cup model is a perfect personal size.

Ease of Use

Using the DITOSH is very easy. Add water to the bottom, fill the filter with grounds, screw on the top tightly and place on the stove. I was able to brew espresso-strength coffee in around 5 minutes. The screw-on lid prevents any leaks or splattering.

Performance and Flavor

With its aluminum alloy brewing head, the DITOSH percolator extracts a rich, full-bodied espresso with a smooth crema on top. The espresso has complex aromas and a bold, intense flavor that espresso lovers will enjoy. The stainless steel material also retains heat well to extract the fullest flavor from the coffee grounds.

Additional Features

The DITOSH espresso maker comes with an extra silicone gasket seal for replacement when needed. The tight seal ensures no coffee grounds end up in your espresso. It is also easy to disassemble and clean.

Durability

The solid stainless steel construction gives the impression that this pot will last for many years. All the pieces fit together snugly and it feels sturdy. The company provides extra silicone gaskets, which may need replacing over time.

 DITOSH Stovetop Espresso Maker

Use Cases

The DITOSH moka pot is ideal for:

  • Making espresso or lattes at home
  • Brewing while camping or traveling
  • Quick morning coffee when you don’t want a full pot
  • Espresso when you don’t have electricity

User Feedback Analysis

The DITOSH stovetop espresso maker has received largely positive feedback from customers. Reviewers praise its ability to brew authentic, rich tasting espresso with a velvety crema. Many mention the espresso rivals what they get from their local cafes. Customers find it very easy to use right out of the box, with clear instructions included. Several reviewers said cleanup is a breeze since the stainless steel pieces come apart easily for washing.

Some users did note the walls of the lower chamber could be thicker and more durable. A handful mentioned the lid could also be made thicker. However, most said this did not affect the performance and quality of the brewed coffee. A few users said the extra gasket seal was missing from their package, but DITOSH has great customer service in quickly resolving any issues.

Overall, the consensus among buyers is that the DITOSH stovetop espresso maker reliably produces delicious espresso with thick crema that espresso aficionados will love. Satisfied customers highly recommend it for anyone looking to make coffeehouse-style espresso drinks at home.

Pros

  • Compact and portable design
  • Makes authentic thick espresso
  • Easy to use and clean
  • Durable stainless steel construction
  • Works on all stove types
  • Budget-friendly price under $20

Cons

  • Lid could be more durable
  • Takes 5-6 minutes to brew

Value

Considering its ability to deliver authentic espresso with just a stovetop, the DITOSH espresso maker provides exceptional value for the money. The combination of its versatile compatibility, durable stainless steel build, included extra gasket and quality brewing performance make it a worthwhile investment compared to other moka pot options in this price range.

For a very reasonable price, buyers can enjoy gourmet espresso drinks without spending thousands on an electrical espresso machine. The DITOSH stovetop maker can pay for itself quite quickly based on money saved from pricey cafe trips. With proper care and maintenance, it should provide many years of delicious homemade espresso. For espresso lovers who want cafe-style results without the cafe-sized price, the DITOSH moka pot is an excellent value purchase.

 DITOSH Stovetop Espresso Maker

Conclusion

For espresso lovers on a budget, the DITOSH Stovetop Espresso Maker is an excellent choice. It offers premium performance and durability at an affordable price point. The 2-cup size delivers a perfect single serving. I would highly recommend this stovetop moka pot for delicious homemade espresso.

Specifications

  • Materials: Stainless steel
  • Capacities: 2 cup, 4 cup, 6 cup, 9 cup, 12 cup
  • Dimensions: 3” x 3” x 5.8” (2 cup model)
  • Weight: 10.8 oz (2 cup model)
  • Power: Stovetop (no electricity required)

Box Includes:

  • Moka pot with screw-on lid
  • Filter funnel for ground coffee
  • Removable stainless steel percolator
  • Stovetop compatible bottom chamber
  • Extra silicone gasket
  • User manual

How to Use

  1. Fill bottom chamber with water up to pressure valve
  2. Add ground coffee to filter funnel
  3. Screw on top collecting chamber tightly
  4. Place on stove on medium-low heat
  5. Brew for 5-6 minutes until extracted
  6. Remove from heat and pour espresso

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the DITOSH Stovetop Espresso Maker compatible with all stovetops?

Yes, the DITOSH Stovetop Espresso Maker is suitable for any stove, such as gas, induction stove, ceramic stove, electric stove, alcohol stove and propane camping stove. You can easily make your favorite lattes, mochas, smoothies, macchiatos, cappuccinos, and americanos at home.

What is the material of the DITOSH Stovetop Espresso Maker?

The DITOSH Stovetop Espresso Maker features a polished stainless steel body with a smooth finish. It uses high-quality stainless steel material, three-ring precision threads, and a pressure-tested safety valve to ensure a safer user experience. The built-in safety relief valve prevents overpressure. The espresso maker is corrosion-resistant, rust-resistant, and easy to clean.

How do I use the DITOSH Stovetop Espresso Maker?

Using the DITOSH Stovetop Espresso Maker is simple. Fill the lower part of the Italian espresso maker with water, put the ground coffee into the percolator, put the top on, and place the espresso pot on the cooker to boil. After using the stovetop espresso machine, rinse it with clean water. Note that when using it for the first time, the coffee pot may emit an unpleasant smell, which is normal. You can add tea, oranges, detergent, or other items to remove the odor and wash it several times before use.

What is the capacity of the DITOSH Stovetop Espresso Maker?

The DITOSH Stovetop Espresso Maker comes in different sizes:
- 4Cup: 6.7oz/200ml
- 6Cup: 10oz/300ml
- 9Cup: 15oz/450ml
- 12Cup: 20oz/600ml

A standard espresso coffee cup is 50ml. According to customer feedback, 80% recommend buying a larger capacity (like the 12-cup) for home use, as the 4/6/9 cup sizes may be smaller than expected.

Tips

  1. Always ensure the safety valve is clean and unobstructed before use.
  2. Use finely ground coffee for the best espresso results.
  3. Do not overfill the water chamber or coffee filter.
  4. Remove the espresso maker from the heat source as soon as the coffee finishes brewing to avoid a burnt taste.
  5. Regularly clean and descale your DITOSH Stovetop Espresso Maker to maintain its performance and longevity.
  6. Experiment with different coffee grinds and water ratios to find your perfect espresso flavor.
  7. Preheat your cups before brewing for optimal espresso temperature.
  8. Store your espresso maker with the lid off to allow air circulation and prevent odors.