This is Joel from everythingaboutcoffeeandtea.com and today I want to share with you some info about Moka-pot! Indeed, I realized that a lot of people are struggling with finding an answer to this question: what is a Moka-pot?
First things first, you should know that Moka-pot is not the most user-friendly device in the world and it can be difficult to produce good coffee with one of them. You will frequently brew strong and bitter coffee but it can be sufficiently palatable to espresso drinkers considering that almost everyone has one at home in Italy!
Before getting started, let’s go over the usual plan to cover this topic:
- A little bit of history
- The different parts of the Moka-pot
- The brewing process
- The different types of Moka-pot
How and when did he get this great idea?
In 1933, Alfonso Bialetti patented a revolutionary coffee maker: the Moka-Pot. Some people tend to say, the idea of the Moka-pot comes from early clothes-washing-machines which used a heat source to boil some water from a bucket. Thereafter, the boiling water was rising through a tube to end up on soiled laundry. Bialetti remembered the idea of the rising water by pressure after boiling it and used it to design the Moka-pot.
The different parts of this amazing Italian design
A Moka-pot has 10 different parts but usually, you should manipulate only 4 of them.
On a daily basis, you will mainly use the lid, the coffee collector, the funnel and the heating Vessel. From time to time it’s recommended to change the gasket when it’s worn.
What the hell, how does the water comes up?
The mechanism is pretty straightforward: the water getting heat inside the vessel finish by rising up through the funnel (where there is the coffee, at this instant your brew is happening) to end up in the coffee collector. And that’s pretty much it. I added an image describing the process below ;).
How to brew good coffee with a Moka-pot!
- The process
Even if the brewing process is quite simple, it’s not that simple to brew a nice coffee and it requires a little of experience to master the process!
A coffee/water ratio of 200g/L (which is 47.6g/cup (American cup)) is usually a good start. After using it, you will realize that you don’t have much control over this ratio.
Most people just fill up the ground coffee holder to the top and fill the water until the volume reaches just below the overpressure valve. As you see, there is little room for adjustment.
But let’s go over the different steps to prepare your coffee:
Start by grinding the coffee just before you start brewing. Your coffee will be better if you do so. Then fill the basket so it’s even and level.
- Grab some fresh low mineral water (suitable to make coffee), pour it in the kettle to make it boil. Boiling water before adding it to the heating vessel helps to prevent bitterness by reducing the heating time of the pot!
- Fill the vessel to just below the valve. Be careful not to cover the valve which is a security for pressure.
- Put the funnel in place and fill it with coffee. Don’t forget to check if the gasket is completely clean. It has to be sealed correctly to work properly.
- Screw the coffee collector over and put it on a low to medium heat. One reminder though, the faster and harder you boil the water, the faster the brewing process will be and you don’t ‘want it to be too quick!
- Coffee should start to appear at the top. Listen carefully: if you hear a gurgling sound, it’s time to stop brewing by removing the pot from the heat!
- Enjoy your coffee!
- Rinse it after you finish drinking!
- The coffee
To get the best results from your Moka-pot, you should use a light espresso roast or coffee grown at a lower altitude. It should prevent overly bitter brew.
- The size of the Grind
Concerning the size of the grind, it’s recommended to use a fine/salt grind. Do not use an espresso or very fine grind!
Wait! There are different types of quality…
In general, Moka pots are made of aluminum. You can always find stainless steel or other alloys. Moka stainless steel pots are generally preferred because you will not end up with a metallic taste in your coffee what some people experience and do not like at all. However, aluminum Moka pots are cheaper than stainless steel pots … I believe it’s worth the investment ;). Nevertheless, if you stick using an aluminum Moka-pot, do not clean it with abrasives and soap. Prefer rinsing it with hot water just after you finish consuming all the coffee.
One last thing, if the common coffee pot makes too much coffee for you and you are looking to a smaller model, there are some designed just for one person.
Well, I hope you enjoy the article, feel free to let a comment if you like it or find it helpful. Moreover, if you feel like I can add more info let me know as well!
Have a great day!