I'm considering chucking out my drip coffeemakers. (I bought one when I first moved to Abq, stuff being in a zillion boxes. Thus I have two.)
In my recent unpacking of my worldly goods, I found my stovetop espresso maker - indeed, it now sits by my stovetop, waiting for me to address it.
Well, my particular Bialetti has brass, or brass-like trim. Probably is brass, it's a cool object.
Anyway, I used it before and liked it, very simple, but it's been some years now, and I'll have to play with proportions and type of grind, I suppose. Actually, I'll have to find and read some directions...
I agree with CJane, one really good delicious coffee is enough. Still packed is the old Krups espresso maker, your basic elementary device that worked ok for years - but even then I would often microwave milk (slaps self) instead of doing the steaming thing. I don't give a hoot about milk foam (as opposed to crema). I've owned a Gaggia, a fancier macchina with a pump system, but somehow failed with it as an inadequate Gaggia owner, even sending it back to the distributor... whence they sent me another one, still seemed to give me weak espresso. But - I think the problem was me, not the machine.