How to Use a Moka Pot

What’s a moka pot? It’s a stovetop coffee maker that brews coffee by passing boiling water pressurized by steam through ground coffee. Simple with an iconic, 8-sided design, it’s perfect to pack on a camping trip or to try an espresso-style coffee without an espresso machine.


Step 1


Grind coffee, 20-22 grams. Use a fine grind, such as you would for espresso.


Step 2


Fill the bottom half of your Moka pot with water *


*Some brew guides advise filling the Moka with boiling water, for optimum taste to avoid overheating the coffee. We don’t think this is necessary—with the right flame control, you should be able to heat your water just fine in the Moka. If you do pre-boil your coffee however, be careful assembling your pot. The bottom chamber will be hot!


Step 3


Fill the filter basket with the ground coffee, making sure they are evenly spread and place it into the bottom compartment. Screw on the Moka’s top.


Step 4


Place the pot on the stove and turn the heat to medium and allow the water to come to a boil.


Step 5


As the water from the bottom chamber approaches a boil, the pressure will push a stream of coffee slowly through the upper chamber, creating the brew. You’ll hear a bubbling and hissing sound from the pot. You’re done!



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