For people who wants to make strong, flavorful coffee at home on a budget, a moka pot is the perfect way to brew your next cup. This classic coffee maker makes super smooth coffee that tastes similar to espresso without needing a fancy machine. Moka pots are great alternatives to drip machines and they’re so easy to use too. Keep reading and we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about brewing your moka coffee.
Step 1: Preheat the water
Bring kettle water to a boil and remove from heat so that the temperature of the moka pot from getting too hot and cooking the coffee, imparting a metallic taste.
Step 2: Get the right coarsness coffee ground
Place 18–20 grams (0.63–0.71 oz) of espresso roast and dark roast varieties coffee beans into a burr coffee grinder and turn it on. Set your grinder to a fine consistency that’s similar to salt or sugar for the perfect, flavorful brew.
Step 3: Add hot water into moka pot
Pour hot water into the bottom half of the Moka pot up to the fill line. Unscrew the top section of your Moka pot and pull out the filter basket sitting in the bottom half, which is called the boiler. Use the hottest water from the tap or heat some up in a kettle to pour into the boiler. Using hot water reduces the amount of time that it takes for the coffee to brew, and also prevents the grounds from overheating or burning.
Step 4: Place the ground coffee into the filter basket
Scoop your coffee grounds into the filter basket so it’s loosely filled. Avoid tamping the coffee down because water won’t be able to move through the grounds if they’re too tightly packed. Level the coffee grounds with the top of the filter basket so they don’t spill out. If you overfill your Moka pot filter, the grounds may prevent a tight seal when you screw the top back on, or you may have grounds in your coffee once it’s finished brewing.
Step 5: Assemble the Moka pot
Place the filter basket so it sits inside of the bottom boiler of your pot. Then, screw the top of the Moka pot onto the bottom so it forms a tight seal.
Step 6: Heat the Moka pot over medium heat for 5–10 minutes
Set your Moka pot on a burner that’s close to the same size as the pot’s base, and turn the stove to medium heat. As the water heats up in the bottom portion, it percolates up through the coffee grounds into the top portion. Once the coffee starts gurgling or sputtering out of the spout in the top half of the pot, remove it from the heat. Avoid leaving your Moka pot over heat when it’s nearly finished. The residual heat will finish brewing your coffee without giving it a burnt flavor.
Step 7: Stir the coffee in the upper chamber with a spoon
Once you take the Moka pot off the heat, carefully stir it. This helps mix the strong coffee that brewed first with the weaker coffee that brewed last to create a smooth, consistent flavor.
Step 8: Serve the Moka pot coffee immediately
Pour the coffee from your Moka pot into your favorite mug and enjoy it while it’s still steaming hot and fresh.
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Originally published 21 Nov 2023, updated 21 Nov 2023.
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