A tiny, Italian-made, eight-sided wonder, the Moka pot has been with us through our fair share of postage-stamp-sized kitchens and far-flung journeys. It’s experiencing a resurgence lately, which is no doubt due to its ability to produce a viscous, appropriately dense espresso with no electricity or fancy equipment. We’re also charmed by the little gurgle it makes as it works its magic on the stovetop.
STEP 1 - The Prep.
Grind about 40g of fresh coffee beans on the finest grind setting.
Tip: Your coffee should feel almost like powder.
STEP 2 - Lets Boil
Boil water and fill the bottom container with boiling water just up to the safety valve.
Tip: Use a towel or kitchen mitt to handle the bottom part of the Moka Pot. Boiling water will make it hot and may burn your hands.
STEP 3 - Filter Please
Fill the pot's basket filter with freshly ground coffee up to the brim. Make sure to give it a shake and settle the grounds. Place the basket filter into the container filled with water.
Tip: Use a scale, pen, or the back side of a butter knife to evenly settle the coffee in the basket filter.
STEP 4 - Lets Connect
Screw on the spouted top half of the Moka Pot tightly onto the bottom section.
Tip: Don't forget to use a towel or kitchen mitt to grip the bottom half as it will be extremely hot!
STEP 5 - Heat It Up
Place your Moka Pot on the stove top on medium heat.
Keyword: Medium heat.
Tip: Face the safety release valve facing away from you.
STEP 6 - Magic Time
Once the water in the bottom chamber approaches a boil, the pressure will slowly push a stream of coffee methodically through the upper chamber.
Note: If it gushes upwards very forcefully, your water’s too hot! If it burbles lethargically, you need to turn up that flame. You'll know it’s done when you hear a bubbling sound.
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