Well, actually, there are key differences between the two but let’s start with the similarities, so you know exactly what you’re guaranteed to get in both.
Firstly, they both have a traditional look. They’re, without a doubt, stylish, iconic, and practical. Both are compact, simplistic, and require minimum effort to assemble, and they’re equally durable, which means they will be part of your kitchen accessories for a long time.
Since they both have a traditional design, they require coffee beans that are ground to a medium. Some people use fine ground coffee beans, but a slightly coarser, medium grind works better with both these machines. And both models are equipped with a safety valve to ensure extra pressure does not build up when making an espresso. This is a valuable feature, especially if you’re new to using a stovetop coffee maker.
Now the key differences. The origins of these two are very different. Bialetti Moka is designed and made in Italy. It is also the original Moka pot coffee maker and has been around since 1933. On the other hand, the Brikka is made in Romania. Therefore, history makes the Moka pot iconic as it is still manufactured in Italy. Although both are fantastic in design and use, some people prefer the history and background of the Moka as it adds more authenticity to it.
In terms of functionality, there are a few essential considerations. A major one being that the Brikka features an extra column that allows it to make a full-bodied cup of coffee with a rich crema. This unique attribute means that you will get an extra layer of thick sought-after crema foam.
Additionally, the Brikka has a unique dual pressure valve system that regulates the water pressure and enables the air to circulate to produce better results and a more rich smoother espresso.
If extra efficiency is essential, then the Brikka is the way to go as it has additional weight at the top, which contributes to it being slighter faster than the Moka. For example, the Brikka takes approximately 3-4 minutes, while the Moka takes 4-5 minutes. But it is worth noting in case speed is relevant in the decision-making process.
Finally, there is a notable price difference between the two. Since the Brikka is a newer design, it is a bit more expensive. Of course, the cost difference between the two will depend on where you purchase it from, but if saving money is a priority, then the Brikka may not be the way to go.
Overall, both are excellent options. And you cannot go wrong with either, but hopefully, the specifics helped you finalize your decision.