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So What Is A Moka Pot?

A Moka pot is a coffee maker that makes coffee by allowing boiling water that has been pressurized by steam to pass through ground coffee. This method creates a very concentrated cup of coffee that is similar to an espresso.

History And Origin Of Moka Pot

The Moka pot was invented in 1933 by Alfonso Bialetti in Italy. Alfonso was inspired by a washing machine that used pressurized heated water that was forced through tubes to clean dirty laundry. Using this idea, the Italian inventor came up with the Moka pot.

The Moka pot has three chambers. The bottom chamber has heated air, and the middle section has ground coffee and other water. When the pool is heated, the hot water rises through a tube and the pressure forces the hot water through the coffee extracting its flavor. It then travels up the spout into the top chamber where the finished coffee is collected. Once it’s finished brewing you can pour it and enjoy.

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Ivented during WWII the Moka pot was manufactured using aluminum in the 1930’s and 40’s . Italy was rich in aluminum ore and at the time, the importing  of stainless steel into the country was not allowed. The invention of the Moka pot helped make coffee a household beverage in Italy.

Moka Pot vs. French Press

Compared to Moka pot, the French press brews coffee through a precise steeping process where the coffee ground is covered with boiling water and then left to steep. Although both the techniques look similar, there are specific differences that help distinguish them.
  • The Moka pot is made from stainless steel or aluminum, while the French press is from stainless steel, glass, and plastic.
  • The Moka pot uses pressure to brew coffee, while the French press uses the steeping method.
  • When using the Moka pot, one does not have complete control of the brewing process, but there is a level of  control of the steep time when using the French press.
  • The coffee from Moka pot has a strong and sharp taste, while the resulting brew from the French press has a full-bodied and sediments taste.

The Age Old Question: Can A Moka Pot

Brew Espresso?

No. Moka pot cannot brew an authentic espresso. Espresso machines brew coffee using 7-10 bars of pressure; the Moka pot can only manage 1 to 2 bars of pressure.

Although Moka pots brew strong coffee and are the only machine that can produce a coffee that is close to espresso, it cannot be considered a proper espresso. It is important to note though that espresso machines are quite a bit more expensive than even the finest moka pots.

How Important Is The Grind Size and

Temperature?

When making coffee using a Moka pot, the ground size of the coffee should be medium to medium-fine, coarser than the espresso grind, and more refined than that of a drip coffee maker. 

The importance of using the required grind size is that the coffee won't be over-extracted or under-extracted. When the grind size is coarse, the coffee brewed won't have enough flavor. It will be bitter, acidic, and salty. When the grind size is too fine, the coffee is over-extracted and becomes bitter and hollow. So finding this balance will give you the most enjoyable flavor possible.

The importance of temperature cannot be overstated, it accelerates the brewing time and we need to have a perfect balance in order to get a great cup of coffee. When using the Moka pot water temperature is maintained at 118 Celsius. The temperature should only exceed 100 degrees when the pressure of the Moka surpasses 1 atm. This will ensure the proper temperature and pressure for optimal extraction.

How Do We Use The Moka Pot?

Here Is A Simple Recipe:

The ingredients include the best Moka Pot, finely ground coffee, filtered water, spoon, and a stove.
  • Preheat water in a kettle and then remove it from the heat source; this ensures the coffee won't have a metallic taste.
  • Grind enough coffee to fill the filter basket.
  • Add the water to the bottom chamber of the Moka pot.
  • Put the filter basket containing the coffee grounds in the second chamber of the Moka pot.
  • Close both the top and bottom part of the Moka pot and then place it on the stove.
  • Use moderate heat and leave the lid on top open. The coffee will rise to the top chamber. The steam will slowly turn into yellow, dark color.
  • Remove from the stove and close the top lid.


When the coffee stops bubbling, pour it into cups and enjoy your coffee.

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