Brewing Coffee with a Moka Pot
If you’re a coffee lover looking for a different way to brew your cup of Joe (apart from using a French press, an espresso machine, or a regular coffee maker), read on to learn more about the Moka pot.
What is a Moka Pot?
A Moka pot is a stovetop coffee maker invented by Italian engineer Alfonso Bialetti. It’s divided into three parts; the bottom chamber where you add water, the coffee funnel, and the actual pot. It makes coffee by pressurizing steam generated in the bottom chamber (by boiling water), then pushing it to the coffee funnel until it reaches the actual pot and is ready for pouring. It was named after a city in Yemen called Mocha and is most commonly used in European countries.
How to Brew Coffee in a Moka Pot
1 Pre-heat water 2 Fill the bottom chamber with water without exceeding the valve. 3 Fill the funnel with coffee (I use coarse grind)- fill it up to the top, then flatten it out with a spoon. 4 Tightly screw the bottom chamber with the actual pot. 5 Place it on top of your stove or induction cooker. 6 Wait for it to boil- you’ll hear a hissing sound once it’s ready. 7 Pour and enjoy!
Where can I get a Moka Pot?
You can get it at the nearest department store or appliance store near you. You can also get it online. The price would depend on the brand as well as the model.
What does Moka Pot coffee taste like?
The resulting brew is strong and delicious; it tastes better than the coffee you make using a French press or a coffee maker, but I wouldn’t say it’s close to having an espresso (which I believe some would expect). The results aren’t also consistent since it’s difficult to achieve the same cup of coffee each time due to differing amounts of pressure. The least you can do is to allow only a small amount of water in the bottom chamber to pass through the funnel during the brewing process. That way, you get that rich, concentrated taste.
A Taste of Italian Coffee Culture
Since this coffee maker has its origins from the land of love, you’re kind of getting a taste of Italian culture with every mug. The original moka pot, which was called Moka Express, became widely popular from 1957-1977 after airing a 10-minute commercial featuring a comic man with a moustache (the one you see on the Bialetti brand). It was an Italian home staple for many years, it was even said that nine out of ten households have a Bialetti moka pot (or any moka pot, I guess). Would you be interested in using a moka pot? What do you think?