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Bialetti Venus Moka Pot Review

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Not recommended

A shiny stainless steel Bialetti Venus moka pot on a wooden surface
Image: Honest Coffee Guide

Bialetti Venus

Suffers from the same issues as the Bialetti Kitty and Musa models and makes bad coffee — we don’t recommend it.

2 out of 5 2out of5


  • Sleek modern design


  • Struggles to produce good coffee
  • Difficult to clean
  • Lots of usability issues


We had constant issues with channelling during brewing, which affected the flavour. This could be due to many factors — including the manufacturing quality of the filter or funnel, or the rate at which the water flows through the coffee during brewing. The taste was metallic, as well as bitter and astringent.

The poor taste can also be attributed to the water-to-coffee ratio of the Venus. There may be too much space for water in comparison to the maximum amount of coffee that can be put in the funnel — over-extracting the coffee in the process.

Reducing the amount of water in the lower chamber is a possible solution, but users shouldn't have to worry about this every time they make a coffee.

A Bialetti Venus being poured into a ceramic green mug
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Usability and cleaning

The top of the Bialetti Venus being screwed onto the bottom

Un-cleanable groove

Like the Bialetti Kitty and Musa, the Venus has this bizarre design feature which makes this moka pot impossible to clean properly. Old grounds and stale coffee in this crevice can't be removed with rinsing alone, and will inevitably ruin any other future brews.

The upper chamber is also tall and thin, so getting a sponge inside is difficult. All-in-all, this model is very hard to clean and maintain.

Hot lid

The metal lip for opening the lid gets quite hot but not so much that it'll burn your thumb — although it could if you accidentally left it on the hob for too long.

Other minor usability issues

  • The lid flaps open slightly when pouring the last drips out. It doesn't affect that taste or cause spilling, but it just looks clumsy.
  • There's no indicator line showing how far to fill the lower chamber, unlike the Bialetti Moka Express for example. In this case, you should always fill to under the safety valve.

Good usability features

The handle is comfortable to hold, but that's about it!


Like Bialetti's other stainless steel models, the Venus is a great example of beautiful sleek design. The shape of the handle looks slightly out of place compared to the rest of the body, but overall, it can be an attractive addition to any kitchen shelf.

The Bialetti Venus Moka Pot on a gas stove

Sustainability and repairability

Most Bialetti moka pots are designed with easy-to-source replacement parts. You won't need to discard the entire pot if the gasket or funnel wears out.

The only component that requires regular replacement is the gasket, which you can purchase directly from Bialetti, online, or even from your local shop.

A moka pot gasket and filter on a grey background

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