Stove Top Espresso Coffee Maker
Instructions and Tips
A stovetop espresso maker can make seriously good coffee. Not quite espresso, but very nice and rich brew. You can also make Cuban coffee in it. Here I will first give you instructions for using your Moka pot and then I will share some tips about making sure that the coffee is as good as it can get. There will be also a few tips about taking care of your espresso pot so that it lasts you a long time to come. Happy brewing!
How to use your stove top espresso coffee maker
- Pour cold water into the bottom part. Fill it up to the level of the valve.
- Insert the filter into the bottom part.
- Fill the filter with finely ground coffee. Make the filter as full as you can but do not press it down.
- Screw the top and bottom parts together. Screw it tightly so the steam does not escape.
- Put it on the stovetop and turn on the heat. Use low to medium heat.
- After a while check that the coffee is coming into the top part.
- When all the coffee is in the upper part (the pot makes a characteristic gurgling sound), remove the pot from the heat.
- Enjoy your coffee!
Tips for getting the best out of your stove top espresso pot
- When you buy a new Moka pot, don't use the first batch of coffee made in it. Run it once or twice with some cheap coffee or with used grounds.
- Use finely ground coffee. Fine but not powdery - a bit more fine than for a drip coffee maker. Do not tamp the coffee - it will tamp itself when the water makes it wet.
- Use high quality freshly roasted coffee beans. Dark roasts work the best for most people. Try French or Italian roast.
- Use low or medium heat. The brewing should take between 5 to 10 minutes. If it takes less or more time then you should increase or lower the heat next time.
- Always remove the pot from the heat as soon it starts gurgling. You don't want to heat the base up when it's dry.
- Use good quality water.
- Smaller Moka pot is likely to produce better brew than a large one.
- Wash your espresso maker in hand with plain water. Never put it in a dishwasher.
See my other page with some tips for maintaining an aluminum stove top espresso coffee maker.
Further ReadingTypes of Stovetop Espresso Pots
How Do Moka Pots Work