How To Brew Using Moka Pot

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How To Brew Using Moka Pot

Ever heard about the Moka Pot? Probably you have, or maybe you don’t recognize the name but have seen pictures of moka pots countless times. This is classic, homemade, traditional, and cheap form of espresso and if done correctly can make a great cup of coffee.

The Moka Pot coffee maker is a mix between what it used to be and what should be, mixing the best of both worlds. And of course, this doesn’t mean a pot can get the same pressure and quality an expensive specialized machine can, but it can still get close to that result, for a fraction of the price. Like a French Press coffee maker, it also works without electricity and can be taken anywhere outdoors.

How does it work though? It is rather simple, and the simplicity of the process is what makes this a unique method of making espresso. For sure machines are simple to use nowadays, but this feels just traditional and easy. Applying the steam pressure to go through the coffee grounds, makes that pressurized shot of coffee we know as espresso. While adding water to the bottom section of the pot, and adding the ground coffee on top, and then placing it on a heat source, this apparatus produces quality espresso shots without electricity, making it unique.

Remember that Moka and Mocha are two completely different things, and with the Moka Pot, no chocolate should be even mentioned, and this is just a different method of making espresso.

Why Use a Moka Pot

Hold on; the Moka Pot makes espresso, but not the same quality as what the machines can make, so why should you use one? Well, it’s quite simple. It doesn’t pull an espresso shot like a machine, and therefore it’s not the same, but that doesn’t mean it tastes bad, the Moka pot is capable of getting a different product, with a full body and rich aroma.

A Moka Pot is among the best gifts for coffee snobs. It is even with all the machines available, back in Italy they still use the Moka pots everywhere.

How To Brew Using Moka Pot – Brew Guide

So now that we know what the Moka pot can do and it can’t do, and also, what kind of grind size we need, let us continue to the process, and this is where the real fun begins.

Things Needed

  • Ground coffee (or coffee beans and a grinder) with the previously mentioned characteristics
  • Moka Pot
  • Your favorite cup
  • Water

The Grind Size for Moka Pot

The grind size for this process is quite specific, it cannot be too big, or else the steam won’t be able to truly get the coffee’s best properties and infuse it correctly, but the ground cannot be too fine, or else the equipment will clog and well, that’s always bad and messy. We suggest using some good coffee grinder to achieve consistency in results. A great cup of coffee is impossible without a good grind!

Moka Pot Grind

The Ground has to be fine, but not excessively fine, so most people recommend an espresso grind, but you can also go as far as using a coarse grind, and it will work fine, delivering a great cup of joe.

Ready and Loaded

First of all, we have to prepare the brewer, and knowing how much ground coffee is needed is vital to a good brew. This changes from pot to pot and you have to check and measure how much coffee fits in the coffee basket, located on the top portion of the brewer. In general, about 15-17 grams of coffee packs in a 4-cup Bialetti Moka. As a rule of thumb, the most common coffee-water ratio is 1:7.

Once you know this, fill the coffee container and prepare to fill the boiler (bottom part) with water, you should NEVER fill the release valve with water, so make sure that you never reach that point.

The temperature of the water used, in my opinion, should not be hot from the start, as it makes handling most Moka pots way harder, because of the boiler heating up and the metal heating up with it. This can lead to some nasty burns, so I’m not exactly a fan of the idea.

Make sure that the rim of the pot is clean (to ensure that it seals off) and screw it together, if any steam comes out of the sides, that means the seal didn’t work.

The Process

Now that we have the Moka pot ready for action, it’s time for the heat to act, and it should serve as a second character in this mixture. By that I mean that the temperature should never be high, it should always be set on low even if you want to make the water boil fast, this is quintessential for the optimal brewing of the coffee and maintaining the excellent quality for the result. This is because the full body of the coffee has to be extracted slowly with this process, or else you will miss the best parts of a great cup, and you could even burn it as well.

Here is a pictorial presentation of the insides of a Moka by Mokabees.

How Does Moka Pot Works

When the upper portion of the pot is full of coffee, you can now remove the pot from the heat. Remember to always stir the coffee before serving. The result should be a strong coffee, similar to espresso and with a full body and embracing aroma.

Here is a video, if you like to understand the brewing process via visual!

Pour into your favorite coffee mug and enjoy this fantastic taste of tradition and quality!

Wrap Up

There come a lot of questions when we brew with a Moka pot for the first time and a little guidance can do wonders. We have tried to give you an easy guide to brew using a Moka pot and we hope that helps.

Take it anywhere as a camping pot as it easily fits inside the bag. With no electricity required, it’s a perfect espresso maker for outdoor people.