A Guide To Brew Amazing Coffee In A Moka Pot
The Moka Pot has been around for close to a hundred years. It was invented by an Italian engineer Alfonso Bialetti in 1933 and coffee enthusiasts around the world have ever since enjoyed this tried and tested method of brewing espresso style coffee. If you are a South Indian Filter Kaapi lover, then the Moka Pot is for you!
Personally, we whip out the Moka Pot on those busy morning when we need our coffee in our systems immediately (you know those days!!). Using the equipment SUPER easy to use in just a couple of uses so we thought of sharing a quick brewing guide to get your started.
MOKA POT BREWING PRINCIPLE
Moka Pot or Stovetop as its commonly called consists of two main chambers – a lower chamber for water and an upper chamber where the coffee collects. Between the two is a coffee powder receptacle that doubles as the filter. The equipment relies on the generation of pressure through steam as the water heats on the stove, which then pushes the water upwards through the coffee and into the upper collection chamber.
STEP 1: Add Water
Disassemble the moka pot and start by adding water to the bottom chamber. Use the small safety valve as a measure of level. Some recommend using hot water to speed up the process, but honestly, we cannot be bothered by the extra step!
STEP 2: Add Coffee
Place the receptacle back in and fill with coffee powder. Level the coffee the coffee with you fingers and remove any excess along the rim. Do not press or tamp the coffee.
STEP 3: Place on the Stove
Screw the top back on tightly to avoid any leaks and place it on the stove top on a low heat. If using a gas stove, make sure that the flame is not larger than the base to avoid heating up the handle.
STEP 4: Brew
As the water comes to a boil, you will start to see the upper chamber fill with coffee. You will know it’s done when you start to hear a gurgling sound. Take off the pot from the heat immediately to avoid burning your coffee. We recommend that during the first few tries, you leave the lid open so you can see.
STEP 5: Enjoy!
Add freshly boiled milk into a cup and pour your brewed coffee directly onto it and enjoy! We recommend a coffee to milk ratio of 1:2 for best results. If you find that your coffee is not as strong as you like, try reducing the amount of water in Step 1 the next time.