Brew Guide: Moka Pot

Brew Guide

Quick Guide

  • Measurements: Fill the basket
  • Grind: Fine
  • Filter: Metal Basket

1. Grind enough coffee to fill the filter basket evenly and don’t pack the grounds down.

2. Fill the bottom water chamber up to, but not exceeding the pressure valve.

3. Assemble the entire pot and make sure it is screwed together properly.

4. Place on a heat source at medium heat (~204° F / ~95° C) and let sit. Leave the lid up so you can see what’s happening,

5. Once you see the coffee initially make its way to the upper chamber, turn the heat down to about 50% of the original temperature.

6. Remove the pot from your heat source when the coffee reaches the bottom of the spout or all the water is spent. This should take between 4 and 5 minutes.

7. Pour, enjoy.


In-Depth Brew Guide

Step 1. Boil

It is essential to pre-heat the water before adding it to the Moka Pot to prevent burning the coffee and infusing your brew with harsh metallic undertones. Using freshly filtered water, boil the water separately in a pouring kettle. Hot tip: If you will be using an electric stove top or hotplate to heat your Moka Pot, it’s a good idea to start heating the element while the water is boiling so it is heated in time.

Step 2. Grind

You will need to grind enough coffee beans to fill the filter basket chamber (the amount will vary depending on the size of your Moka Pot). Maria recommends starting with a coarseness that is a bit sandier than what you would use for espresso and a bit coarser than what you would use for pour over.

Step 3: Measure

Gently pack the filter basket chamber with the freshly ground coffee. Settle the grounds by gently tapping the basket on the bench top, then use your finger to level off the surface, leaving a flat but full basket of ground coffee. Be sure to brush away any loose grounds that are around the edges of the filter basket. Set the basket aside.

Step 4: Add hot water

Fill the bottom chamber of the Moka Pot with boiling water, stop when it reaches the indicator line, or just below the steam nozzle.

Step 5: Attach chambers

Carefully place the filter basket chamber filled with ground coffee on top of the bottom chamber. The bottom chamber will be very hot from the boiling water so we recommend holding the bottom of the Moka Pot with a towel, while you screw the top down. Keep the Moka Pot upright during this process and avoid over-tightening the chambers.

Step 5: Brew

Now its time to place the Moka Pot on a stove top that is set at a moderate heat. The brewing process should take about five minutes. As the water heats, you will begin to hear hissing and gurgling noises as the water is forced up through the ground coffee, out the top of the tube and into the top chamber. As soon as the last drop filters through, remove it from the stove top immediately and close the lid to the top chamber. It is a good idea to wrap the bottom of the Moka Pot in a cold towel, which will stop the extraction process, and result in a sweeter, more full-bodied brew.

Step 6: Pour

Once there is no more coffee being released, pour the coffee into espresso cups. Avoid leaving any excess coffee in the Moka Pot as it will become astringent if left for too long. Hot tip – Prior to serving the coffee, it is a good idea to heat the cups by filling them with hot water so that the coffee stays hotter for longer.