The Moka Pot or Stovetop Espresso Maker is a classic and simple method of making espresso style coffee at home. Here's my step by step guide on how to get the best out of yours...
1. Fill the Bottom Chamber with Water
Fill the bottom chamber with cold water (I know the clue was in the title!).
TOP TIP: There is usually a little raised line in the chamber of the Moka pot which indicated where the water should got to.
2. Add ground coffee to the filter basket
Add ground coffee to the filter basket. There is some debate on how fine the grind should be. I use a grind that is finer than drip, but a little more coarse than an espresso grind, however do not pack (tamp) the filter like regular espresso, this can cause the seal to buckle as the pressure builds up. Check out my grind guide for more information. I level the grinds with my finger or the back of a spoon and wipe off any loose grounds. Once the coffee is loaded into the filter, place it into the bottom chamber (or you could load the filter first and then add the ground coffee, either way is fine).
3. Secure the top and bottom chambers together
Twist the top and bottom chambers together until a tight seal is made. Failure to secure the two chambers fully could result in a failed brew and potentially a bit of a mess!
4. Place Moka Pot onto the stove
Place the stovetop maker onto the stove and turn on the heat. A low flame is enough to do the job. If you have a gas hob and are using a smaller Moka Pot, you can purchase a little rest that makes it easier to sit the Moka on.
5. When the coffee finishes brewing, remove from the heat and serve
When the coffee has completed the brew cycle and the top chamber is full, turn off the heat and the coffee is ready to serve.
6. Cool Before You Clean
Allow your stovetop espresso maker time to cool before you break it down for cleaning. You don’t want to burn yourself.