For everyday use I like using smaller stovetop espresso makers. They make more manageable amounts of espresso and produce less waste.
One person would be very unlikely to drink all the espresso produced by a 12-cup pot. Two people would be more likely to finish off one of these large pots but more frequently they are best used for parties or for larger groups of people.
My everyday moka pot is a 3-cup Bialetti moka pot. It’s perfect for my espresso and for the occasional Americano made for my wife but it’s good to have a large moka pot in your pantry just in case you need to make a lot at once.
The following large moka pots are some of the better options out there and would be the first one’s I’d purchase if I were in the market for a bigger espresso maker.
These bigger units take a bit longer to finish brewing but it’s a lot easier to make a big batch of moka all at once than it is to brew a few small batches in a row.
Can You Only Make Half a Pot of Stovetop Coffee
One of the misconceptions of buying and owning large moka pots is that they are better all around. You can make 12-cups of stovetop espresso when you have guests over or you can just make 2-3 cups for yourself in the morning.
Unfortunately this is simply not the case.
A moka pot is designed to make only one volume of coffee, nothing more, nothing less.
If you plan on buying any of the extra large stovetop espresso makers I mentioned above then be prepared to either make more coffee than you need every morning or to be brewing for multiple people every day.
The best situation for most people who like stovetop espresso is to buy one big moka pot for large batches of moka making and a small pot for single servings. Here are the best stovetop espresso makers for sale today IMO.
Crazy thing is you can actually spend money on 2-3 different moka pots and still pay less money than you would for one big fancy espresso machine so it’s probably worth it in the long run.