The Moka Pot is a stove-top espresso maker that was invented by Luigi di Ponti in 1933. It works by using steam power and pressure to produce a dark strong coffee, similar in style to an espresso. If you want to make an espresso style drink at home but don’t fancy spending a lot of money on a traditional espresso machine, then this style is for you. The one main difference from espresso is that due to the higher temperature used to brew the coffee; it can often produce a rather bitter cup. Some people love this taste and others are not so keen on it, but I will let you decide for yourself.
You will need
- Good quality coffee beans
- Moka pot
- Stopwatch/ timer
It is hard to control the brew ratio for this method as normally you just have to fill the basket provided with coffee. However, if you do have control I would recommend a ratio of 200g coffee to 1 Liter of water. That’s 1g coffee to every 5g’s of water.
- Make sure all equipment is clean. Decide what size pot you are going to use and measure out the correct amount of coffee.
- Start heating your water. You want to use water just off the boil when brewing.
- While the water is heating grind your coffee. You want to grind almost as fine as you would for espresso. The grind should resemble ground salt.
- Remove the coffee basket and fill the bottom section with water just off the boil.
- Place the coffee basket back into the pot and fill it with the ground coffee until full.
- Use your finger or a tool to level the coffee grounds in the basket to ensure a more even extraction.
- Carefully assemble the Moka pot by screwing the spouted top onto the bottom chamber.
- Place the pot onto the stove at a medium heat/flame
- When you hear a gurgling sound you should turn off the heat source and finish brewing.
- Remove the pot from the stove and run the base under a cold tap. This will remove any pressure or steam that is left in the pot.
- Serve and Enjoy