How To Use A Moka Pot

How To Use A Moka Pot

Are you a fan of a strong cup of coffee with lots of flavour? If so, the Moka Pot is a fantastic way to make a rich, smooth brew that gives you just the right amount of energy.

This stovetop espresso maker produces a cup that is flavourful, dark, and intense, somewhere between espresso and robust long black coffee. A Moka Pot can be used to make your everyday cup of coffee for your homemade espresso or caffe con latte (old-school espresso and cold milk). In either case, it results in a rich, full-bodied flavour profile.

What Is A Moka Pot? 

The Moka Pot is a stovetop coffee maker that is made out of aluminium or stainless steel and is incredibly easy to use. It was created by the Italian Alfonso Bialetti in 1933 and was given the name Mocha after the Yemeni city famous for the calibre of its coffee.

Instead of trickling down like in most other methods of brewing coffee, the Moka Pot forces steam from boiling water through the coffee grounds, causing the coffee to bubble up into the pot. 

Can You Use Moka Pot's On Induction Stoves? 

If you’re planning to switch to an induction stove, you must use an adaptor or a special Moka Pot for induction stoves. However, some Moka Pots that are stainless steel will work just fine on induction stoves. The higher the quality, the more likely it will work. 

Do Moka Pot's Make Espresso?

As we previously mentioned, a Moka Pot can make both coffee and espresso, but it’s important to note that you’re not making true espresso. The espresso from a Moka Pot is very similar to a percolator and does not produce the signature silky crema due to the lack of pressure in the chamber and lacks the rich flavour of real espresso and doesn't have the foamy crema on top. 

Additionally, it brews roughly twice the amount of liquid than an ordinary espresso shot would. However, the Moka Pot can produce a great substitute for espresso in espresso-based drinks, such as lattes, cappuccinos, and iced beverages

How To Use A Moka Pot 

For the best results with a moka pot, correct brewing is critical! Below is our step-by-step guide on how to use a moka pot correctly:

  1. To begin, add hot water until it reaches the valve in the Moka Pot's base.
  2. After that, add your ground coffee to the metal filter (funnel) without packing it down and insert the metal filter into the pot. To ensure that the top screws on properly, remove any extra coffee grounds from the edge of the basket.
  3. Place the pot on a burner with a regular flame and tighten the top. As the water begins to boil, the pressure will lift the coffee in a slow stream and make a gurgling noise.
  4. As soon as the coffee starts to sputter out and fills the chamber, turn the burner off and allow the coffee to cool for a while. While you're waiting, you can warm up some milk to make a delicious latte. Lastly, add the milk to your coffee and enjoy! 
If the extraction appears to be too abrupt, this means that:
  • Too much burner power is being used.
  • The coffee is too coarsely ground. 
  • There isn't enough coffee in the funnel.

Final Word: Moka Pot's Are Worthy Investments 

The Moka Pot is used to brew sharp and strong-tasting coffee in homes all over the world. It's a quick and simple way to make a cup of coffee that is flavourful and has a tantalising aroma that is reminiscent of espresso. 

The final word from our Managing Director, Nicolas Di Stefano:

"One of the most satisfying aspects of the moka pot is the rich chocolate-like aroma that fills your home and summons everyone to the kitchen.

"Even if this is not your preferred brew method, I strongly suggest using the moka pot as a Saturday or Sunday morning ritual that breathes life, energy and good tidings into the household."

It's time to brew the best cup of coffee you've ever had. Check out our selection of specialty coffee beans, which are freshly roasted every week to deliver the best possible flavour and depth.