Making Coffee with a Moka Pot
A good cup of coffee is a must whether you're enjoying a
special Sunday brunch or today is just a regular weekday
morning. At my house, we've been a big fan of the coffee press for several years now. A
few years ago we graduated to a 'moka pot,' the European answer to brewed espresso at
home. We tried it at a friend's house and became hooked. We've learned it's not enough
to have great coffee beans - you also need the right equipment. America's Test
Kitchen has a very informative review if you're interested. Unfortunately, you need to be
a member to see the entire review, but you may want to consider membership as we've
found their information invaluable at our house.
If the coffee is too strong straight from a moka pot,
here's how to make it an Americano:
1. Grind enough espresso beans for 1 1/2
Tbsp. of espresso grounds. Espresso is
traditionally ground very finely, more so
than drip coffee.
2. Make sure your espresso machine has
enough water to create steam for the coffee.
3. Begin heating a pot of water on a stove or in
an electric kettle, if your espresso machine
does not have an attachment that lets you
pour hot water.
4. Place the espresso grounds in the porte
filter and evenly pack the grounds down with an attachment on the espresso
machine or the bottom of a spoon. This process is called "tamping." The porte
filter looks like a metal cup with a handle.
5. Secure the porte filter to the espresso machine by placing it flush with the
machine and twisting to the right.
6. Press the on switch on the machine and allow the water to heat up, if there is a
separate switch to turn the machine on and start making coffee.
7. Place a small espresso shot cup underneath the porte filter.
8. Press or turn the on switch. Wait until the cup is about 2/3 full and turn it off.
9. Pour the espresso into a coffee mug.
10. Pour in between 1 and 8 oz. (30 to 235 ml) of hot water from your espresso
machine or kettle. This will depend largely upon the strength you desire.
11. Turn off the espresso machine and enjoy your coffee.
A word of caution: You can't use a moka pot on induction ovens (not enough metal in
the unit) and if you have a professional/high output gas cooktop you will need to ensure
that the burner is not larger than base of the of the pot (you don't won't to melt the
handle). Thankfully, there are 3 difference sizes available.
What goes well with a good cup of coffee any day of the week? English muffins,
homemade yogurt and granola, and quiche!