Moka Pot Brew Guide

History of The Moka Pot

A Moka pot (or stove top coffee maker often referred to as a Bialetti) is an Italian coffee machine that made its way around the world. They were originally popularised during Mussolini’s reign in Italy. It’s made of metal. Usually aluminium or steel with chambers. 

The premise is simple. Add water to the third bottom chamber which heats up and sends steam through a tube into the ground coffee in the upper chamber which forces thick, espresso-style coffee to come out of the top chamber. The beauty of this piece of equipment is you only need two things. You don’t need fancy equipment or even electricity really – it’s ideal if you want to brew right on an open fire while cooking.

 

 

Where to buy a moka pot?

The best coffee for a moka pot...

If you want to brew your coffee in a moka pot, we recommend a full-bodied coffee with light acidity.

moka pot brew guide
moka pot brew guide

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Where to buy a moka pot?

The best coffee for a moka pot...

If you want to brew your coffee in a moka pot, we recommend a full-bodied coffee with light acidity.

How to make coffee with a Moka Pot Step-by-step

  1. Grind your coffee beans to a coarse grind. (Think caster sugar). You want to grind enough to fill the filter basket. 

  2. Fill the top basket with your coffee grinds and give it a gentle shake or tap so the grinds are even and level. 

  3. Fill the bottom chamber with fresh water to just under where the safety valve is. 

  4. Put the Moka pot back together and make sure the valve is screwed on tightly.

  5. Put the moka pot on your stove top and turn it on a medium heat.  

  6. Let it do it’s magic. When it’s done you’ll hear a hissing almost gurgling sound. Remove the moka pot from the heat once it’s finished.

  7. Run the bottom valvular under some cold water to stop it from brewing further (to avoid your coffee going bitter). 

  

 

What you'll need

  • Coffee
  • Boiling Water (250g)
  • Moka Pot
  • Timer
  • Grinder
  • Coffee cup

How long it takes

  • From bean to cup:
  • 5 Minutes

Moka Pot Brew Guide - FAQ

  • 1. When the coffee has been brewed, avoid leaving any excess in the Moka pot otherwise it’ll become astringent.

  • 2. Grind your coffee just before you want to brew to ensure it’s fresh and full of flavour

  • 3. To reduce bitterness in the coffee, use fresh boiling or warm water as this reduces the time the pot is on the heat source.

  • 4. If your coffee erupts like a volcano through the nozzle. You have your heat on too high. If it comes out too lethargically, your heat source is too low.


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