What size of Moka pot do I need?

How to Prepare a Moka Pot
moka pot coffee prep time

If you don't have an espresso machine at home (like most of us), this method can create an espresso cup without one.

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The Moka pot is an Italian stovetop coffee maker designed in the mid-1930s by Alfonso Bialetti. You can find it made of stainless steel or aluminum. Although the original Moka pots material was made of aluminum, we recommend using the stainless steel version. 


It uses a bottom-pressure system that sends boiling water through ground coffee held in a filter basket and then allows the brewed coffee to go up to the top, where it can be already served once the extraction is finished.


Also known as a stovetop espresso maker, this Coffee Maker consists of three chambers:

  1. One for water
  2. Another for the coffee grounds
  3. The third for receiving the brewed coffee includes a gasket.

This is a low-maintenance coffee maker; you only need to change the gasket once it is dry or melted after some months/years of use.

Another cool thing is that the Moka pot is compatible if you have an induction stove.



How To Prepare a Moka Pot Coffee

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What grind is used in the Moka pot?

You should use fine ground coffee, not super fine like an espresso machine, but finer than you'd use in a drip coffee maker. 

How To Prepare a Moka Pot Coffee

You will need the following:

  • Ground Coffee medium roast.

  • Hot water at 195 F / 90C

  • A Moka Pot Coffee Maker (Bialetti Moka Express is our favorite brand)

Directions:

  • Fill the basket/funnel for a single or double cup with Coffee: A mark is inside the basket to guide you with a single/double charge.

  • Then, tamp a little of the coffee in the basket (not too much not to block the water flow when brewing).

  • Fill the lower portion with hot water over the chamber valve.

  • Place the Moka pot into fire/heat for about 4 minutes or until the brew comes out in the collector part.

  • When all the coffee is up, remove the Moka pot immediately and serve; we want to stop the heating process to avoid burning your coffee (we don't want a bitter cup). Alternatively, you can cool the Moka under the tap with cold water, thus preventing it from heating up and burning the coffee.

Why don't we use grams or milliliters?

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This all depends on the size of your Moka Pot! You can find 1, 3, 6, 9, or more cup sizes.

What size of Moka pot get for one person?

We recommend a 3 cups size Moka Pot for one person (they come in European sizes, like an Espresso Cup) and fill it to double line.

 

What type of roast is recommended?

Medium roast is vital since young generations don't love this method due to our grandparent's traditions: they've always used dark roast=super bitter coffee.

If you are a fan of complex flavors and still looking for an intense cup, Medium-Dark is the perfect roast, simply because this coffee maker works with high temperatures, and we don't want to burn your coffee extraction quickly.

On the other hand, if you like an Americano Espresso result (strong coffee), use a medium roast coffee, and be careful with the extraction time, which can vary between 4-8 minutes.

Add some hot water if you want to make your black coffee as you have it in your favorite coffee shop.

 

Instant coffee for a Moka Pot?

This is a total NO. This method uses a funnel chamber to infuse natural coffee grounds to deliver a delicious full-bodied cup.

An instant coffee passes through a chemical process to dissolve in water (which is not natural) and will deliver a weird, unpleasant coffee flavor.

Super Tip: If you use hot water to fill the stovetop espresso maker, this is going to help to reduce the preparation time since the water is taking less time to reach the boiling temperature and, therefore, won't burn your coffee.

 

How to clean your Moka pot?

Contrary to the myth, you must clean it with soap to remove the coffee oils. Soap is the only thing that will remove grease, and be sure to rinse well afterward. Drying it well with kitchen paper is essential to avoid mold formation.

 

Recipe Flash Card

Moka Pot Coffee Recipe

Prep Time: 2 min
Cook Time: 8 min total
Total Time: 10 min
Enjoy a delicious, smooth, and strong coffee without the hustle.

Ingredients

Servings: 1

-Fine ground Killer Coffee medium roast.
-Hot water at 195 F / 90C
-A Moka Pot Coffee Maker (Bialetti is our favorite brand)

Directions

1.-Fill the basket/funnel for single or double cup with Coffee: There is a mark inside the basket to guide you with single/double charge.
2.-Then, tamp a little the coffee in the basket (not too much to not block the water flow when brewing).
3.-Fill the lower portion with hot water over the chamber valve.
4.-Place the Moka pot into fire/heat for about 4 minutes or until the coffee starts to come out in the collector part.
5.-When all the coffee is up, remove the Moka pot immediately and serve, we want to stop the heating process to avoid burn your coffee (we don't want a bitter cup ).
Note: 
If you use hot water to fill the Moka pot, this is going to help to reduce the preparation time since the water is taking less time to reach the boiling temperature and, therefore, won't burn your coffee.


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