How To: Brew Coffee in a Moka Pot

image (2)I adore coffee, Fangirls. One of the things I love most about it is the variety. There’s so many different beans, roasts, and when to brew it. One of my favorite brewing methods, by far, is the moka pot. It’s also called a stovetop espresso maker/machine or a percolator. Whatever you choose to call it, the coffee it makes is delicious, rich, and strong. However, getting to the point of delicious moka pot coffee in your home takes a few steps.

Moka pots are very particular. Surely, like any brew method, they’re open to a few different variables. But the way you brew the coffee must always be the same. It’s not like a regular coffee pot or other home brew method where you can play around with the amount of coffee or water to make it either stronger or lighter tasting for your preferences. Chose the roast & blend you most prefer, and the pot makes the brewing decisions for you.

First, you’ll need to choose and grind your coffee. You can of course buy already ground coffee, but ideally, buy whole bean coffee that you can either grind at the store, a coffee shop, or right at home. Once you have your beans, I recommend a dark or espresso roast, grind them to a grade between regular and espresso. You want it a little finer than a regularly brewed bean, but slightly more coarse than espresso. image_2 (2)Once ground, it’s time to put the coffee into the machine. The moka pot has three components. The bottom holds the water, and will be subject to the direct heat of the stove. Next, there’s a slotted cup with a little tube looking thing, that will hold the coffee grounds. Then, the top part will be the reservoir for the coffee itself to go into. image_1 (2)Before adding the grounds into the little cup, at the water to the bottom part. You want to fill cold, filtered water up to just below where the little valve shows. image_3 (2)Then, place the cup on top of the bottom part. Add multiple spoonfuls of the coffee into the cup, completely overfilling it. Then, slide your finger across the heap, evenly leveling the grounds. Don’t pack it down too tight, you want it to be just nicely filled. image_4 (2)Then, screw on the top reservoir, and place the coffee maker on the stove over medium-high heat. After a few minutes, the water will boil & push up through the grounds, making coffee that will come out into the top reservoir. It’s a beautiful & exciting sight. image_6 (2)When the coffee is done brewing, it will start making a spurting noise. When you hear that, remove it from the heat. Add it to a mug with hot milk, foamy aerated milk, or just black if that’s your preference. The taste of this coffee is typically something between a regular brewed coffee and espresso. So, it’s a strong tasting coffee that also packs a caffeinated punch. It’s absolutely fucking delicious, and I drink it almost everyday. It takes a few tries to get the method down, and a few different cups to find the roast that works best with you & the moka pot. Once you get it right, though, you’ll know. It’s a beautiful moment. Don’t be embarrassed if you shed a few tears.

Happy brewing, Fangirls!


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