Moka pot brewing guide
Brew method: Moka pot
Grind: quite fine/salt
Time: 4-6 minutes
About the moka pot
The moka pot was invented in Italy in 1933 by Alfonso Bialetti, the Bialetti company continues to make the popular at-home brewers today and you can find one in almost every home in Italy, although they are also very popular throughout Europe, and Latin America. Moka pots are a very popular method of brewing as they produce a strong, espresso style coffee that can be drunk straight, or topped up with milk or water to produce your favorite coffee shop classics without the need for any fancy coffee machines, or electricity.
How to use your moka pot
- Grind your coffee beans, when using a moka pot you should grind your coffee slightly coarser than you would for an espresso.
- Fill the basket with your coffee grinds and give it a shake so that your grinds are even and level. You do not need to compress them!
- Fill the bottom chamber with fresh water, just off the boil, to just below the safety valve.
- Assemble the moka pot and ensure that the top chamber is screwed on tightly. Be careful as the base will be hot.
- Place the moka pot onto your stove top, on a medium heat (around 95 degrees).
- When the water in the bottom chamber approaches a boil, the pressure produced will push the coffee upwards slowly, into the top chamber.
- When the coffee is done you will hear a hissing, gurgling sound.
- Run the moka pot under cool water, to stop the brewing and the coffee turning bitter.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Grind your coffee as close to brewing as possible, to keep your brew tasting fresh and full of flavour.
- Use fresh water, just off the boil as this will reduce the amount of time that the pot is on the heat source. This will prevent the coffee from burning and reduce bitterness.
- If the coffee explodes upwards through the nozzle your heat source is too high, if the coffee bubbles lethargically your heat source is too low.
- Always make sure that the rubber gasket is completely clean as coffee grinds can build up and burn, making your coffee taste more bitter.
- Avoid storing your moka pot locked fully into position, as this will cause the rubber gasket to age quickly.
- If the center filter clogs or the safety valve pops out, try grinding your beans a little coarser, and make sure you are not compressing the grinds.
- While you are waiting for your coffee to brew, take some of the hot water from the kettle and half-fill your mugs, this will heat up your mug and keep your coffee warm for much longer.