CrystalRao 9-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker Review

CrystalRao 9-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker

The CrystalRao 9-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker quickly and efficiently brews a great tasting espresso on your stovetop.

It is very easy to use and simplifies to the entire process of making a cup of dark, rich espresso at home.

Performance: the CrystalRao 9-Cup has a fast and efficient brewing system that produces up to 9 cups (16 ounces) of espresso in a matter of 5-6 minutes. This size of brewing pot is sufficient for a decent sized family environment. Also, the heating process should rely on a low to medium heat to help achieve the most stable performance. With a little practice it is possible to produce the very consistent results – fast and hot coffee at very short notice.

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Quality of espresso: if you are looking to make delicious coffee at home, the CrystalRao 9-Cup has the potential to make a very appealing option. If you are looking to brew coffee in the traditional way, this pot will have no difficulty in delivering really good tasting coffee. However, it helps to use the freshest grounds to achieve the most desirable flavor and taste. Also, it is possible to make a great latte with the addition of a little frothed milk.

Design: the CrystalRao 9-Cup Espresso Maker is built with a stylish design in stainless steel which has a frosted interior and a mirror-like exterior. For ease in lifting the pot off the stovetop, a convenient bakelite handle is available. It can function on most heating surfaces which include the ceramic, electric and gas stovetops. It does naturally include the side pour spout and flip up top for easy filling, emptying, and serving. Also, its compact size (4.7 inch by 8.6 inch) does make it practical for traveling which can include camping adventures.


Fast Brewing: the simple nature of this espresso pot means it is very efficient at brewing a fresh pot of coffee. The typical time-frame to brew is in the region of 5 to 6 minutes.

Easy to Clean: this CrystalRao Espresso Maker is quick and easy to disassemble for complete ease in cleaning after use. However, there lid does tend to have sharp edges, so it is important to be careful when handling this area.


  • Great tasting coffee; nice and strong
  • Easy to clean and disassemble; it is best to clean shortly after using to avoid dried coffee sludge
  • Fast brewing action
  • Decent capacity
  • Versatile use
  • Solidly built
  • Works with most heating surfaces
  • Relatively lightweight for ease in taking traveling, such as a camping trip


  • Lid has sharp edges

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