A Guide to Brewing the Perfect Cup

An Introduction

This cute angular brewing pot with two chambers uses steam pressure to brew by pushing the boiled water through the grounds on the stove-top.
The flavor of moka pot coffee depends greatly on bean variety, roast level, fineness of grind, water profile, and the level of heat used.
Various pot design alterations can even allow milk to be frothed at the same time coffee is brewed.
But as this device uses pressure, regular and careful attention must be paid to the integrity of the valves and gaskets to ensure safe usage.

What you’ll Need

Moka Pot

Brew Time


Step 1

Grind about 20-22 grams of coffee, about as finely as you would for a shot of espresso.
Take the time to pre-heat your water as will go to great lengths in improving the taste of your coffee. Aside from reducing the time the moka pot is sitting on the heat, pre-boiling your water before adding it to the chamber lessens the odds of burnt grounds and bitter tasting coffee.

Step 2

Begin by filling the bottom section of your Moka pot with pre-boiled, filtered or bottled water up to underneath the valve. Fill the pot’s filter basket with the ground coffee, and give it a shake to settle the grounds evenly. Resist the urge to tamp the coffee grounds down into the basket. Additionally, avoid overfilling the basket or building a “coffee mountain”.

Step 3

Place the pot on a stove set to medium heat. When the coffee starts gushing out of the spout, it has a temperature of around 60 degrees Celsius, after that the temperature will rise exponentially, which results in bitterness. You can avoid this by removing the Moka pot from the heat when the coffee has filled half the vessel or, if you have a thermometer handy, when the output reaches 75 degrees Celsius. If it explodes upward, your water’s too hot, if it burbles lethargically, turn up your flame.

 Step 4

When the water in the bottom chamber approaches a boil, the pressure will push a stream of coffee slowly and methodically through the upper chamber. Don’t get distracted and leave the moka pot on the heat until you hear the gurgle to avoid a bitter ending. Give the contents a good stir before serving, and enjoy black or with milk. You know it’s done when you hear a hissing, bubbling sound.


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