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Making Best Italian Coffee in a Stovetop Espresso Maker
Italy is one of the leading countries in the development of coffee culture. Espresso, cappuccino, macchiato and many similar coffees are of Italian origin.
Moka Pot is also an Italian invention. In 1933, Alfonso Bialetti developed a stovetop coffee brewing equipment, similar to a teapot, based on the principle that boiling water passes through the coffee in the filter with the effect of pressure. Since then, it is a legendary product and people call it "Italian near me"
The question "How to Brew in a Moka Pot ?" is among the most frequently asked questions. Moka Pot is an easy to use coffee maker. But also there are some tricks and general recommendations. You can find them out in our Moka Pot brewing guide below. Don’t worry, we are not just going to give you random tips. We will also move to the advanced method that works well.
Moka Pot consists of 3 compartments: The bottom chamber (water tank), funnel (coffee basket) and the upper chamber.
Although it is not correct to compare it with an espresso machine, the Moka Pot, which you can taste close to espresso, produces approximately 1.5-2 bar pressure (Espresso machine works with at least 9 bars) and allows you to make Espresso-like coffee successfully.
A must for brewing a great coffee is, without doubt, having a good coffee bean that roasted and finely ground to suit your taste.
Grinding Coarseness Matters !
You might have heard this everywhere and it is also necessary to do so. Just before brewing, with a burr grinder, grind 22 g of coffee (for 6 people) slightly coarser than you would do for espresso machine. (Slightly larger than granulated sugar)
If it is too coarse or too fine, there will be differences in taste and aroma. So grinding at the correct coarseness (or fineness) is vital to match ideal taste.
Whether Bialetti or another, almost every home in Italy has an Italian coffee maker, Moka Pot.
Your Italian Coffee Maker is almost ready !
Fill the water tank (bottom chamber) of Moka Pot with water at a temperature of 80-85 °C until it is level with the valve. Fill the funnel with ground coffee, shake it gently so that the coffee surface is flat, do not tamp the grounds. Place the upper chamber (leave the top lid open) and place it on the smallest stove on low heat. (in order to avoid subjecting handle to heat)
As the water in the bottom chamber approaches a boil, the pressure will push a stream of coffee into the upper chamber. Remove the Moka Pot from the stove when it starts bubbling & first splutter. The brewing process will take approximately 1.30 minutes.
You should quickly pour your coffee into the cup before it gets bitter.
In this article, we tried to help you make great espresso-like coffee in Moka Pot. Hope it has been an informative content for you. If you want to learn about other brewing methods or different Arabica & Robusta origins, you can click on the relevant links.
Tips for Using Moka Pot
If you fill bottom chamber with cold water, you will get darker coffee. Preheating water to 80-85 °C is ideal for brewing.
Also try to use filtered water in bottom chamber. Tap water drastically changes the taste of coffee.
Cleaning Moka Pot
No matter original Bialetti or not, it is not recommended to wash the Aluminum Moka Pot in the dishwasher or with detergent.
Clean all parts thoroughly with water before the coffee dries and let it dry.
It is not recommended to use dark roasted coffee in your Italian coffee maker.
Do Remember !
Coffee tasting sour?
Try grinding finer or slightly reducing the heat.
Coffee tasting bitter?
Try grinder coarser or slightly increasing the heat.
Choosing the best coffee for Moka Pot is not easy. Moka pot is often called as stovetop espresso maker and if you want a espresso-like drink, you should choose espresso blends.
Organic Matoke African espresso beans would be perfect to break monotony. However, you can also try single origins that suits your you.
A unique blend of Kenya and Rwanda Arabica beans featuring an aromatic, smooth, well-rounded flavour.
An excellent choice for those who want to enjoy fruit flavor and experience unique African aromas in their coffee. Perfect with or without milk.
Result of Matoke's experience in the selection of the best beans from East Africa and a longer-lasting roasting.
Perfect for the real espresso lover who wants to enjoy an authentic Italian coffee shops experience.