A Moka Pot (also known as a stovetop espresso maker) is a classic Italian coffee maker, with the majority of Italian homes using it to kick off their day. We can see why! Moka pots give you an easy way to have a delicious cup of coffee at home. Using a Moka pot for the first time can be a bit tricky If you’ve never used one before. Here is our quick guide to help you out.
- Fill the bottom Chamber of the Moka pot with water, up to just below the safety valve.
- Fill the filter basket with finely ground coffee, do not tamp it down.
- Insert the filter basket and screw the chambers of the Moka pot together tightly.
- Place your Moka pot onto the stove on medium heat.
- As the water heats up, the steam will build up in the bottom chamber and push the water through into the top chamber.
- One you notice the coffee bubbling or gurgling, remove it from the heat.
Important: Try to use a medium-fine ground coffee for a Moka pot. You also need to keep an eye on the pot as over-extracting can increase bitterness.
Our Moka Pro Tips:
- Buy good coffee - Ensuring you're buying good quality coffee is always the first step in making a good cup.
- Use hot water at the start of the process instead of cold - this can reduce bitterness (though be careful not to burn yourself).
- Make sure you're using medium heat - If you use high heat the coffee will extract to quickly and can increase bitterness, low heat will result in a weak coffee.
- Take the Moka pot off the heat as soon as it starts spluttering - this helps avoid over-extraction and burnt coffee.
- Rinse straight after use - it's easier to clean right after and can help prevent your future coffees tasting bad.
- Practice, practice, practice - there are lots of subtle nuances to watch out for when using a Moka pot, but it's worth it once you get it down.
There you have our mini-Moka guide! Happy coffee making my lovelies. You can browse our full collection of coffee related products here.