Espresso Stovetop Gemini Express $25 With Dave

I show my process of making home stovetop espresso that puts all the crema into your cup. It’s not the same as a la Marzocco, but its way cheaper. Just takes some time to get used to making. I picked up this Gemini at Fante’s in Philadelphia for $25. I can make two separate single shots ( not well separated) or one double. It takes a whole to learn butb I’ve been making some pretty darn good espresso with it. Better than most coffee shops I dare say. Last note, I’m still getting better at this process so forgive me all my mistakes. -Dave

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  1. drummerdaneds
    January 20, 2013

    Great video, Dave. I got my unit at Fante's also, back in November. I've noticed that no matter what I do, the espresso primarily comes out of the left hand spot, making it impossible to brew in two demitasse cups. I've checked the unit for obstructions and it looks clear. Any ideas?

  2. David Ramsey
    February 8, 2013

    maybe try putting a couple washers under one side of the moka pot to lean it? or something else like that?

    sorry for the late response. I thought I had replied to this a while ago but it was on my phone and didn't work I guess.

  3. Jeff Acker
    September 23, 2016

    Just got one of these espresso makers and your video was very helpful. First try with Illy Moka yielded a really delicious cup and I probably had the water too hot for too long. Will try to turn it down as I go like you showed next time around. Anyway, thanks!

  4. Minerva Li
    December 28, 2016

    Thank you for sharing! I got a used one from eBay for only $15 with original manual and package! However, I didn't use hot water when I tested it, and the coffee was like room temperature. At that time I assumed that the safety valve or the rubber gasket had leakage, and just the replaced it with my 2-cups Bialetti boiler (it does fit). The coffee was warm and tasted wonderful (smoother and less burnt smell than regular mocha). My Gemini comes with a extra reducer filer and I use it every time. Next time Will try to use hot water to start with. This is a very smart, 70s and timeless design but surprisingly underrepresented.

  5. Doug Oldiges
    August 13, 2017

    Hey Dave – where'd you get that additional metal piece you place on the burner the burner? I need one of those s my coffee pot is just a little smaller than my burner grid. Thanks!

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