The Slancio Espresso Coffee Maker – brewing rich, bold coffee...with no plastic parts.

stovetop espresso coffee maker

I purchased this coffee maker recently, love the coffee is makes, and plan on using it every day.

The Slancio is described as an “espresso” coffee maker, but it isn’t really. It doesn’t create sufficient internal pressure to qualify as a true espresso maker. Real espresso makers produce 9 bar of pressure or more. (The equivalent of about 9 times atmospheric pressure at sea level.)

But is does create some internal pressure – about 1.5 bar - which makes this very different from a drip brewer which literally drips water through a filter of ground coffee.

As a result, this brewer achieves much better extraction and produces a bolder, more flavorful brew.

This particular model is sold for the purpose of brewing up to 10 espresso sized cups of very strong espresso-like coffee. But I don’t use it that way. I put less ground coffee in the basket and use it to create two mugs of regular coffee at a time.

Trust makes a much better cup of coffee than any drip brewer or single serve brewer I have ever tried.

As for how it works, here are the component parts.

ilsa espresso coffee maker parts

You fill the lower chamber with water, add finely ground coffee to the filter basket, which is then seated onto the lower chamber, and finally screw the top chamber on top.

If you have ever used one of those aluminum Bialetti stovetop brewers, the principal is the same.

Now the second reason I love this coffee maker.

It’s made of stainless steel and built like a tank. This brewer will be making coffee long after I am gone. 

And guess plastic, no PVC tubing, no pumps to stop working, no cheap plastic parts to break, no nasty plastic taste or chemicals leaching into your coffee, no flashing lights, and so on.

This brewer is simplicity itself. Just solid stainless steel throughout.

I love its simplicity, and love the fact that it makes such a rich and flavorful cup of coffee.

If you can’t find one locally, you can get the Slancio on

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About the author: Nick Usborne, aka Coffee Detective, is a writer and long-time coffee enthusiast. Read more…

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