Once I entered the specialty coffee world, I started to realize that coffee is far more than just that brown liquid you consume at the start of the day for a caffeine rush. The coffee world is one of variety. The Moka pot is just one of the things that add spark to this beloved world of ours.
A Moka pot is a very useful tool and a staple coffee maker in many coffee lovers’s homes. For many it is an affordable way of making espresso-like coffee without having to break the bank to buy an espresso machine. And for that… we’ll always be grateful to Alfonso Bialetti, the Italian engineer who came up with this marvellous creation.
However, this stovetop coffee maker really is more than simply a replacement for an espresso maker. It doesn’t make true espresso. Yes, it is espresso style coffee, but it’s not exactly the same. This classic brewing method produces a kind of coffee in its own right like French press and drip coffee is. And I think that we should appreciate it as such.
Parts of a Moka Pot
Basically, the main parts of a moka pot is the bottom chamber, the funnel (some people call it the filter basket), and the top chamber.
While AeroPress filters are not technically part of a Moka pot, they work really well with it. I really recommend your trying it out.
Steps for the Best Moka Pot Coffee
1. Boil Some Water
When using a Moka pot we usually boil the water beforehand. That way the coffee grounds aren’t exposed to such high temperatures for too long, essentially burning them as would be the case with cold water.
2. Grind the Beans
If you use pre-ground coffee, you’ll obviously skip this part. And that is totally fine. I’m one of those people who have fallen in love with freshly ground coffee, bur there is not rule that binds you to grinding the coffee beans yourself.
I use a fine grind size, but here are some of my thoughts on grind size.
3. Insert the AeroPress Filter
I’ve seen more and more coffee connoisseurs experimenting with using an AeroPress paper filter when making Moka pot coffee. I decided to try it out and I have to say… it is worth the hype.
I absolutely love the taste of the coffee when I use the filter. But if you don’t want to believe me, just promise me you’ll try it out next time you use your Moka pot.
A tiny tip that might be useful is to wet the filter a bit before putting it in your Moka pot. That way you know it will stay in place when you assemble the pot.
4. Add Water to the Moka Pot
By now your water should be heated and you can pour the hot water into the lower chamber of your Moka pot. Most people fill it to just below the safety valve. However, I have found that I get better coffee when I fill it only two thirds of the way. In my Moka pot that is about 200ml or 200g.
Yes, I really don’t measure it every time that I make my coffee. I know where that level is in my pot and just go for it. Just make sure that the funnel is in the water and you are good to go.
Here are some of my thoughts on the coffee-to-water ratio.
5. Add the Grounds
Next, you will put the funnel in the or one the bottom chamber of your Moka pot. Then you fill the funnel with grounds. I fill it pretty much to the edge of the funnel.
Many people like to weigh it, but just… no. I like volumetric fills and I have found that most of the time it works just fine. It is only when it comes to espresso that I think weighing everything is worth your while.
6. Assemble the Pot and Put it on the Heat
Now, screw on the top chamber. Just use a kitchen cloth or something to prevent burning. The bottom of the brewer will be quite hot from the hot water.
Then, you put it on the stove over medium-low heat and wait for the magic to happen.
Don’t close the lid of the Moka pot. This helps to monitor the coffee better.
Monitoring the coffee is a concept that not many people follow, but I learnt it from James Hoffman and I have to say, it is a great idea.
7. Remove the Moka Pot from the Heat
Quite soon after putting the Moka pot on the stove coffee will start to fill the upper chamber. Most people simply wait until they hear a sputtering sound, but I agree with James Hoffman that you should actually remove the coffee from the heat just before or as soon as the sputtering starts. This will really give you the best coffee.
Tips for Making Moka Pot Coffee
Great Coffee Beans to Use
Starbucks’s Pike Place roast is simply amazing in a Moka pot. I really recommend your trying it out. It is one of my favorite roasts.
There isn’t consensus regarding grind size. Many people go for a medium grind. But I use the same grind size in my Moka pot than what I use for my espresso machine and in my AeroPress. So, I use quite a fine grind size.
However, you should always remember that when it comes to grind size, you really have to experiment a bit. There are so many variables at play. For example, the roast or the type of coffee that you use.
So really, whatever guideline we give you on the internet is simply a place to start. If the coffee is too bitter, use a coarser grind next time. And if it is too sour, use a finer grind.
Water to Coffee Ratio
I guess if you want to be technical, you can say that I use about a 10:1 ratio. It is not exactly what most people use. I have seen many people on the internet who recommend between 12:1 and 15:1, but I like using less water. It results in a sweeter more balanced brew. I have found that using more water leaves me with a bitter cup of coffee.
Some Notes on Different Stoves
I use a gas stove and that is pretty nice when it comes to Moka pot coffee because it doesn’t need to be pre-heated. The same goes for an induction stove, but an electric stove is a bit of a different situation. To ensure that the coffee starts brewing immediately, you should pre-heat your stove beforehand if you are using an electric one.
Delicious Coffee Recipes to Make with Moka Pot Coffee
Now, you can use the brewed coffee that you just made and make some other great coffee drinks with it. It can, for example, be used as the base for many espresso drinks.
Fancy coffee drinks have the ability to make your day so much better. A raspberry mocha is one of those drinks. It adds a fruity flavor to the chocolaty taste of a regular mocha. It truly is one of the best things that can happen to a mocha.
Get my raspberry mocha recipe here.
Behold, your new favorite coffee drink, a honey latte. When it comes to easy recipes, this tasty honey latte recipe is one of the easiest latte recipes out there.
Learn how to make a honey latte here.
Coffee has been rooted very deep in Cuba’s culture for centuries. But now the question is, what makes Cuban coffee (café cubano) different? And how do you make Cuban coffee?
Learn how to make Cuban coffee here.