Moka Pot Guide
Known for its robust brews, charming design, and the deep-rooted coffee culture it represents, the Moka pot is an age-old favourite for a reason.
What You'll Need:
- Freshly roasted coffee beans from Percup
- A Moka pot
- A kettle
- A burr grinder (like the Commandante for a consistent grind)
- A digital scale (Felicita for precision)
- A heat source
Begin by boiling water in your kettle. The Moka pot performs best when it starts with hot water, keeping the brewing process from overheating and extracting unwanted flavours.
2. Dose and Grind:
Measure out your coffee. The quantity depends on the size of your Moka pot, but typically, a full, loosely packed filter basket is just right. Grind your beans to a medium-fine consistency, just a touch coarser than espresso grind.
3. Assemble and Brew:
Fill the bottom chamber of your Moka pot with hot water up to the valve or line. Load the coffee into the filter basket, without tamping. Assemble the Moka pot by screwing the top and bottom together.
Place your Moka pot on the heat source and leave the lid open. This allows you to watch the brew process.
4. Watch and Listen:
As the water in the bottom chamber heats, it will create pressure that pushes the water up through the coffee grounds and into the top chamber. When the flow into the top chamber turns honey-coloured, and you hear a puffing sound, it's time to remove the pot from the heat.
5. Cool Down:
Quickly close the lid and wrap the bottom of the Moka pot with a cool towel or run it under cold tap water to stop the extraction. This prevents the coffee from over-extracting and becoming bitter.
6. Pour and Enjoy:
Now your Moka pot coffee is ready to be savoured. The end result should be a bold, rich brew that's somewhere between an espresso and a filter coffee.
As always, taste your brew and adjust your next one as needed. Grind size, coffee quantity, and even the heat level can change your results, so feel free to experiment until you find your perfect cup.