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 cupĀ without one.

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The moka pot is an Italian stove top coffee maker designed in the mid-1930s by Alfonso Bialetti. You can find it made of stainless steel or aluminium. Although the original material that moka pots were made it was aluminum we recommend to use the stainless steel version.Ā 


It uses a bottom-pressure system which sends boiling water through ground coffee held in a filter basket and then allows the brewed coffee 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, the only thing you would need to do is changing the gasket once is dry or melted after some months/years or use.

Another cool thing is, if you have an induction stove, the moka pot is most likely to be compatible.



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.Ā 

How To Prepare a Moka Pot Coffee

You will need:

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

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

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

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

  • When all the coffee is up, remove the moka pot immediatly andĀ serve,Ā we want to stop the heating process to avoid burn your coffee (we don't want a bitter cup).

Why don't we use grams or milliliters?

moka pot sizes

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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 1 person?

We recommend a 3 cups size Moka Pot for 1 person (they come in European size, like an Espresso Cup) and fill it to double line.

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What type of roast is recommended?

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

If you are a fan of complex flavors and still look 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 easily.

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, can vary between 4-8 minutes in total.

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

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Instant coffee for a Moka Pot?

This is a total NO. This method use a funnel chamber designed to infuse natural coffee grounds, to deliver a delicious full bodied cup.

An instant coffee passed for a chemical process to dissolve in water (which is not natural) and is going to deliver a very weird, not pleasant 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.



Recipe Flash Card

Moka Pot Coffee Recipe

Prep Time: 2 min
Cook Time: 8 min
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 immediatly 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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