I share a few tips (along with a video) on how easy it is to make fabulous coffee in a Moka pot (aka Italian coffee maker).
I love coffee and consider it one of life’s greatest pleasures. If you are like me, you wake up making a beeline to the kitchen (to make coffee, of course). If you start your day with quiet time and reflection, coffee is likely a huge part of that ritual. As one of my fave coffee cups says, “But First, Coffee.” Can you relate?
How I Discovered the Moka pot
Although the Moka pot has been around forever, I had never used one until my friend Laura Jolly sent me one in the mail several weeks ago (along with a tin of fabulous Illy medium grind coffee to use with it). I’ve been using it ever since and absolutely love it. Laura is a savvy Southern entertainer and has some fabulous recipes on her blog Politics and Provisions. Many of her baked treats would be perfect to enjoy with a cup of Moka pot coffee:-)
In the video below, I do a quick run-through of how I make coffee in my Moka pot. Then I answer some commonly asked questions about the Moka pot.
Common Questions About the Moka Pot
What is a Moka pot?
The moka pot is a stove-top or electric coffee maker that brews coffee by passing boiling water from a lower chamber upwards (through ground coffee) into a top chamber.
Does a Moka pot make espresso or coffee?
Although you will commonly hear a Moka pot referred to as a “stovetop espresso maker,” this is not quite accurate. True espresso requires higher pressure than a Moka pot produces. BUT…..Moka pot coffee is more “espresso like” than anything you’d get in an automatic drip machine.
What does Moka pot coffee taste like?
Depending upon the grind of your beans and how much you use to make your Moka pot coffee, it should be rich, full-bodied, and intense. Moka pot coffee is similar to Italian coffee. If you like your java robust, stout and full-bodied, you will love Moka pot coffee.
What grind of coffee is best for the Moka pot?
Use a fine to medium-fine grind size. Go for coffee that’s just a little finer than your average drip coffee grounds. Espresso grind is too fine. I’ve used Illy medium grind and Illy Moka pot grind. Both have turned out great coffee.
How much coffee do I put in the Moka pot filter?
It is best to spoon coffee loosely into the filter and level it at the top. I sometimes adjust mine just a smidge to be a tad less strong. In the photo below, I show where I have been filling my filter (almost to the top).
What size Moka pot should I buy?
The Moka pot is designed to be used to the full capacity each time. If you buy a 2-cup Moka pot, you’ll want to always make the full 2 cups. Unlike an automatic drip maker, you can’t make less; you have to fill the water to the valve and make coffee accordingly. I love my 2-cup but may also get a 4- cup so that Zane can share a pot with me. Because Moka pot coffee is so robust and strong, I am pretty satisfied after drinking 2 cups.
Where do I buy a Moka pot?
A good Moka pot is easy to find. I link to some of the most popular ones below. I also linked to some Illy Moka coffee grinds. I had to go to several stores to find mine:-)
Do I Need a Moka pot?
I personally think a Moka pot is a handy and inexpensive coffee maker that anyone can find useful. College students, graduates, or anyone who loves a good rich pot of coffee and doesn’t want to always use an automatic drip machine. Because I have rituals for each morning of my days, I make coffee several ways~depending upon the day. I’ll explain…..
How I Use My Automatic Drip Coffee Maker
I use our automatic drip coffee maker primarily for making large pots of coffee for family or friends. I also have an automatic drip coffee maker in our basement apartment for guests. But when Zane and I are home alone, I rarely use the automatic drip machine, instead opting for one of the options below.
How I Use My Espresso Machine
I invested in this Breville Creatista Nespresso last Christmas and absolutely love it. On the days that I get up super early to go to Pilates, I make my coffee with this machine. I steam a touch of almond or coconut creamer and brew 1 or 2 pods of my favorite Nespresso (I use darker blends. I can do all of this in less than 5 minutes, while I let the dog out and get him fed.
Note: If you are thinking about an espresso machine, you might find it helpful to read my blog post, How to Get the Best Espresso Machine at the Best Price.
I hope this has been helpful! If you have a Moka pot and any advice or tips for me, please leave them in the comments! As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!