Bialetti Brikka fix, repair and clean

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Bialetti Brikka Fix and Clean

My way to a better coffee…

Brikka is the brand name of a Coffee maker / Coffee pot / Stove pot / Macchinetta / Caffettiera line of products made by Bialetti from Italy.

Brikka produces great coffee beverage which is called Moka with relatively rich crema, better than any other coffee pot due to its higher brewing pressure.

The patented innovation behind the Brikka is a small weight added to the brewed coffee exit which increases a bit the brewing pressure from ~1.5 bar of common coffee pot to ~2 Bar. (For reference, Espresso brewing pressure is 9 Bar)

If you use the Brikka, Brikka2, Brikka-Elite, Brikka-2020 coffee pot and use it correctly (*), you can trust it will serve you for long time without any needed maintenance out of washing it after each use.

חשוב! עדכונים  Please note:
This post describes and relates to Brikka models with the weight pressure system. 

(*) Correct use of Brikka means:
1. Using correct amount of water as recommended by the manufacturer.  (Use the measuring container or fill up to the mark on the inside of water container)
2. Using water without or with very low degree of scale.
3. Using the right ground degree of coffee which is MEDIUM and not fine.
4. Filling the funnel basket completely with coffee WITHOUT pressing / tamping it.
5. Assembling the 2 parts (coffee and water containers) tightly.
6. Applying small but intense heat source that will not exceed the coffee pot base.
7. Brikka is made from Aluminium and therefore will not work with Induction stove unless you use an Induction diffuser/adapter.

DISCLAIMER – Important!

Over the years Bialetti introduced several models of the Brikka coffee maker. (Brikka, Brikka2, Brikka-Elite, Brikka-2020)
Basically all models are the same with changes made to the cover/lid , its handle hinge and its funnel gasket.
Late models are supplied without a funnel gasket and with additional H2O water level marking inside the top container.
Each model comes in a 2-cups version and in a 4-cups version.

In mid 2020 Bialetti introduced its new Moka pot Brikka models which uses a new pressure valve system that claims to enhance creaminess.
You can read my Brikka 2020 review here.

Solid lid model with center handle

Transparent lid model with center handle

Open lid model with side handle

After extensive usage or due to use of wrong ground coffee and/or scale water, your Brikka might get clogged, release pressure through the valve or between parts, use only part of the water etc. It will stop acting normally and will not produce your favorite Moka.

The reasons might be one or few of the following:
1. Clogged filter.
2. Worn filter gasket that does not allow pressure to build.
3. Clogged funnel.
4. Worn funnel gasket.
5. Clogged coffee center pipe that does not allow coffee to flow to upper container.
6. Clogged / stuck weight that blocks the coffee from flowing to upper container

If one of the above happens, it’s time you’ll send your Brikka to Bialetti’s service center or clean/repair it yourself.

First, let’s examine and get familiar with Brikka’s parts:

חשוב! עדכונים Note:
Part #6 – Funnel’s gasket is not present in late models.

A. To clean the filter plate and check/replace the gasket:

Unscrew the water container and look at the bottom of the coffee pot top container. You’ll see the filter and the gasket.

Take the gasket and filter plate out and clean it thoroughly.

In order to take the gasket out, use a blunt knife edge or a small screwdriver and insert it between the gasket
and the filter plate (see image). Raise the gasket a bit and then pull it out. The filter plate will follow.
If the filter plate is stuck, use the screwdriver to lift it a little on one side and then it will be released.
To clean the filter plate, use an old toothbrush with liquid dish washing soap and make sure filter’s mesh is open.
If scale is clogging it, soak it for half an hour in warm vinegar and if this doesn’t help, soak it in Citric Acid solution (1 teaspoon of Citric Acid powder in one cup of room temperature water).

 חשוב! עדכונים Please note:
The use of dish washing soap / Vinegar / Citric acid is recommended only if you have a non functioning Brikka.
Regular cleaning of Brikka should be done with clean water only.

Check the gasket. If it is worn, too thin, dry or rotten, replace it.
Genuine replacement gasket can be obtained from Bialetti.
You can also use replacement gasket from a 3rd party.

For the Brikka 2 cups, original gasket size is:
Outer diameter OD = 66.7mm (2″ 5/8), Inner diameter ID = 50mm (2″)
Any standard 3 cup coffee pot gasket (with outer diameter OD of ~ 65mm, 2-1/2”) is OK

For the Brikka 4 cups, any standard 6 cup coffee pot gasket (with outer diameter OD of ~ 70mm, 2-3/4”) is OK

Clean the lower part of the coffee container, especially the area where it meets the filter’s flange and the thread.
If needed, clean the coffee pipe from this side as well (see D).

When done, rinse in water and dry all parts. Assemble the filter plate and gasket to its place. Pay attention that the flanged part of the filter plate is facing toward the coffee container.

B. To clean the water container:

Check that the pressure valve is moving freely by pressing it from the inside.
If it’s stuck, use some force to release it and/or clean the container with warm vinegar
If this does not help, replace the valve! Don’t play with this unit as it is your safety that we are dealing with here.

Check and clean/remove scale from the container thread. It should be clean and free from any residue / scale.

If the internal bottom surface is stained and ugly looking, this is normal. It is oxidation of the Aluminum. You can clean it with Vinegar and if this doesn’t help, use Citric Acid solution (1 teaspoon of Citric Acid powder in one cup of room temperature water).
To avoid / reduce it, make sure the container is perfectly dry before you store it.

C. To clean / check the funnel:

Clean the funnel mesh with toothbrush as described above. Check that water flow freely if you fill it.
Check the funnel gasket, (Late models do not have gasket, so skip this section if you have a late model).
If gasket is worn, too thin, dry or rotten, replace it or replace the whole funnel with its gasket.
If you have a late model without a gasket, check the funnel flange surface consistency, if you find it is bent, you may add a funnel gasket or replace the funnel with a new one.

D. To clean the center column / coffee pipe and weight:

Remove the gasket and filter from the coffee container bottom part. (as described in section A)
Remove the weight upper part (11 in the drawing).
The weight is made of 2 parts, upper weight (11 in the drawing) and lower flange (10 in the drawing).
Upper weight is attached to lower flange by a screw thread.
Hold tight the lower flange (10) with one hand and rotate the upper weight (11) CCW (counterclockwise) to release / unscrew it. You might need to use some force to do this.
Now after the upper weight (11) was removed, the pipe upper end is seen and you can clean it from both sides.
If needed, use hard wood tooth stick to clean/open the upper pipe hole. If scale is blocking the pipe, use warm vinegar to remove it.
Check the weight’s inside gasket and thread and clean it. If gasket is worn, replace it.
When done, assemble the weight (11) to the weight flange (10).
Don’t use excessive force as you’ll want to be able to open it again in few months.
Assemble the filter plate and the gasket to the coffee container bottom part.

Now, when everything is clean and assembled, test your work.
Prepare your Moka and see if all is working as expected, coffee is flowing freely, crema is built and no pressure leaks from the pressure valve or between water and coffee containers.

That’s all, we are done. Enjoy your coffee


Due to many questions about the correct water level for the Brikka, I added 2 images that show the recommended water level.
If your Brikka does not have that H2O protrusion in the upper container (with or without  the H2O text), use the following:

for Brikka 2: use 80cc (2.70 fl. Oz.) of water.
for Brikka 4: use 140cc (4.73 fl. Oz.) of water.

exclaim2 Never reach the safety valve!
Always keep the water level below the safety valve.

exclaim2 Don’t forget to transfer the water to the lower container!
Using the upper container is just for measuring the needed amount of water.

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  1. Vesku.L

    Hi Avi!

    Do You know if there is any stainless steel replacement funnel for Brikka 4-cup?

    P.S. Thank You fir this excellent guide.

    • Avi Schneor

      Thank you for the compliments.
      I’m not aware of any stainless steel replacement for this poor designed part. Perhaps a funnel from an old coffee maker will fit, but this needs to be confirmed as the new Brikka 4 has no funnel gasket that old models used to have.

  2. Greg

    I have a version 2 Brikka.
    What would happen if you would like to use the Brikka as a regular Moka and fill the water level to the safety valve?

    • Avi Schneor

      Brikka like every other Macchinetta should be filled with water to a level which is under the safety valve.
      If you use more water than Brikka’s measyring tool, but still under the safety valve, it is OK and you’ll get a less concentrated beverage.
      This is all a matter of taste. No worries for safety.
      Enjoy your Moka.

  3. Rudy

    Great explanations. Thanks for this page.
    It seems that my upper weight is stuck and I can’t rotate it to open.
    Any suggestions?
    Thanks a lot

    • Avi Schneor

      Thank you Rudy.
      Soak it first in warm water for a few hours to dissolve the oils.
      The weight is made of 2 parts, upper weight and a lower flange.
      Upper weight is attached to the lower flange by a screw thread.
      Hold tight the lower flange with one hand and rotate the upper weight CCW (counterclockwise) to release / unscrew it.
      You might need to use some force to do this.
      Good luck

  4. Alexander


    Thanks for the detailed guide.
    I’ve a suggestion for all Brikka lovers – after brewing the lower part maybe hard to unscrew due to pressure that is still there, in order to open you can lift the weight and the pressure will be released and you’ll be able to unscrew the lower part easily.
    A few questions:
    1. What is the amount of heat should I use for best results? I’ve a gas stove.
    2. When should I start pouring the coffee to the cup (how much time should I wait after the coffee starts pouring from the lower container}
    3. There’s some coffee that is still flowing from the bottom but not due to pressure, should I pour it to the cup or not?


    • Avi Schneor

      What you suggest is a good practice but not enough as the 2 containers are also held tight due to the fact it is hot and metal expands, so best practice it to pour some cold water over it which will allow easy separation of the parts and will also reduce pressure.
      1. Use highest flame but such that its diameter will not exceed Brikka’s diameter.
      2. Stop the heat/flame as soon as the coffee bursts strongly, and pour the Moka few seconds later when it finishes bursting.
      3. I wouldn’t recommend drinking it as it is probably burnt coffee that spent too much time under heat and will taste bitter. It is a very small volume, so it is meaningless. Nevertheless, if you find it tasty, go ahead…
      Enjoy your Coffee

  5. yotam

    hi avi
    seems like my valve is leaking after few seconds of use in Bialetti Brikka 2, the water leaks from the lower valve, is there any way to fix this one?

    • Avi Schneor

      hello, try first to clean the valve, soak it in water and while pulling – pushing its pin clean it with a small brush.
      Check your coffee grind degree, if it is too fine it might be the cause for it, and last thing, DON’T tamp the coffee.
      If all the above will not works try to find a replacement valve but this is very hard to find.
      Good luck


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1. Brikka coffee pot works on heat and pressure.

Any modification made to your Brikka may cause damage to your equipment and harm to yourself or to others. 
Any modification made to your Brikka will void manufacturer warranty.
None of the following steps is recommended by me nor by the manufacturer, Bialetti. 
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