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Many homes have a Moka Pot, but it may be buried at the back of your cupboard if you don’t use it regularly. The Moka Pot was invented in 1933 and the Bialetti company continues to make this very popular brewer in many different sizes. The Moka Pot makes a very strong coffee that is a simple alternative to espresso.

This recipe is for a 1 cup Moka Pot. Keep the ratio of coffee to water equal for larger pots (1:9 – 10)

What you will need: kettle, water, coffee, Moka Pot, scale

Dosage: 20 – 22 grams of ground coffee; 200 mL of water (1:9 – 10))

Grind: quite fine (like salt) (6-8 on a Baratza).

  1. Boil your water in a kettle before adding it to the Moka Pot. This helps reduce bitterness as the pot is on the heat for a shorter time.
  2. Add your hot water to the bottom half of the Moka Pot.
  3. Place the basket in the bottom half of the Moka Pot.
  4. Grind your coffee and place it in the basket.
  5. Make sure the rubber gasket on the bottom of the bottom of the upper part of the Moka Pot is completely clean.
  6. Screw the top part of the Moka Pot on to the bottom part – careful, the bottom part will be hot.
  7. Place the Moka Pot on low to medium heat with the lid open.
  8. As the water starts to boil in the bottom, the pressure of the steam will push a stream of coffee slowly up into the upper chamber. If it explodes upward, your water’s too hot, if it burbles lethargically, turn up the heat a bit. Close the lid.
  9. Listen carefully. When you hear a gurgling, hissing sound, turn off the heat, remove the pot from heat and pour.
  10. Enjoy your coffee!