Minos Moka Pot Coffee Maker Review
Minos Moka Pot
Coffee Maker Quality9/10
Ease of Use9/10
- Beautiful design
- Solid stainless steel construction
- Great-tasting Moka coffee
- Quicker brew speed than Bialetti
- Difficult to clean brew chamber
- Over-extracts more easily than Bialetti
- Handle is only partially insulated
Since purchasing a Bialetti Moka Express several years ago, I have yet to actually try another brand of moka pot. That changed after a company called Minos asked if I'd like to review their own version of this popular type of brewer.
It's called the Minos (it's named after the brand, Minos Living).
The Minos is an all-stainless-steel moka pot coffee maker with a lot of sex appeal. But how does it stack up against popular competitors like the Bialetti?
Let's find out!
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Minos vs. Bialetti
There are several key distinctions between the Minos and the Bialetti:
- The Minos is made entirely of stainless steel, whereas the classic Bialetti is made from aluminum. Of course, Bialetti makes several moka pots that are made from stainless steel, but these are not nearly as popular as the classic aluminum version.
- The Minos has a narrower chamber for the brewed coffee. This can be quite a nuisance when it comes time to clean the coffee maker. After a lot of use I can see the Minos getting pretty grimy if one is not using a dishwasher.
- The Minos features a tamper/”reducer” that serves to level the coffee and assist with brewing a smaller amount of coffee.
Everything else outside of aesthetic differences is pretty much the same.
The first thing you'll likely notice about the Minos is its beautiful stainless steel construction and its smooth, round body. From a physical perspective, the Minos is one of the most beautiful coffee makers I've reviewed to-date.
Additionally, the Minos boasts a handle with three swappable colors that lets you customize the look so it fits in with your other appliances and/or kitchen's color scheme. It's very easy to swap these silicone rings in and out for each other.
To me, price is one of the big downsides of the Minos. It retails for almost twice the price of the Bialetti, and this isn't a premium you are necessarily paying for better quality coffee.
If anything, you need to justify the higher price tag based off of looks alone. Stainless steel over aluminum construction has to also be valuable to you in order to justify the Minos' higher price.
I've had some great results with the Minos in terms of the way the coffee tastes. However, when I did a side-by-side blind taste test comparing the coffee to that of the Bialetti, the Bialetti was the clear winner.
I kept most of the variables identical, including the grind size, which was sifted through the Kruve for grind consistency.
The Minos was over-extracted in comparison, and it may have had to do with keeping it on the heat a bit longer than I should have. Still, the Bialetti was on the heat for longer and did not over-extract. So interpret this small sample size however you'd like.
The Minos has a nice large water reservoir which I found to be easier to clean than the Bialetti. However, the brewed coffee chamber is not very accessible for easy cleaning.
I suppose you could do some decent cleaning with a bottle brush, but since nothing in the brewed coffee chamber detaches, it definitely isn't the easiest coffee maker to give a thorough cleaning.
Is the Minos Moka Pot Right for You?
If you're looking for a Moka pot, the Minos definitely deserves some serious consideration. But is it really worth the higher price when compared tot the Bialetti?
Well, that depends on what you value most in your coffee maker.
If you're simply looking for the best-tasting moka coffee possible, and you don't care about the coffee maker's aesthetics and construction as much, then opting for a classic Bialetti is what I would do.
If however, you want something that looks prettier and does not use aluminum (some people still believe aluminum causes Alzheimer's. For the record, I'm not one of these people), then the Minos could very well be worth the higher price.
The coffee still tastes great, and you get the good looks of the coffee maker as well as the dependability of the stainless steel construction.
The Minos is also relatively easy to clean, just not as easy to clean as the Bialetti given the brew chamber's restrictive design.
In the end, I really like the Minos, but can't say I will use it over the Bialetti until I'm actually given a reason to do so (i.e. coffee tastes better and/or it gets easier to clean).
Tried The Minos?
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