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How to Make Coffee in a Moka Pot

My love affair with the Moka Pot began years back when amid a row of ladles and utensils, a gleaming red Bialetti called out to me! It was terribly tiny and served coffee for just one! But to me it was the perfect gift under €10 and I was so chuffed because it was a source of daily happiness. So I’ll tell you how to use the Italian coffee maker a.k.a the moka pot, but I must say that it is not rocket science! Making coffee in an Italian Moka Pot is super easy and also very delicious. It is my morning routine now as much as it is for the millions of Italians out there. So here’s a step by step guide on making espresso in a Moka Pot below!

The Bialetti Moka Pot

The Moka Pot was invented in the early 1930s by Alfonso Bialetti who changed the way the world drinks coffee. He a pioneer and a visionary who established, designed and started the timeless trend of having Moka Pots at home.

Although the Moka Pot has been emulated by many companies, Bialetti is eternal and a personal favorite!

The Bialetti Moka Pot is an expression of Italy, the Italians and their household. It brings everyone together. Whether or not you’ve visited Italy, you might have seen the famed espresso pot.

As my friend Allie says, “It has become quite fashionable to own these off late.” And it’s true!

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Here’s a Step by Step guide and instructions on how to use the eternal Moka Pot:

How to Make Coffee Using a Moka Pot

1. Fill the base with water:

Once you’ve opened your gleaming and gorgeous Moka Pot, unscrew the half and fill the lower base with water. Don’t fill it to the brim but instead only till where the screw is (pic below) and fill the water only until that level. 

2. Put coffee in the funnel:

Add the small funnel to the top of the lower brewer and start adding coffee. Make sure you pack enough till the top. I get the already roasted coffee by Lavazza but if you have a grinder at home, even better to grind your fresh coffee.

3. Screw the top chamber

Once the coffee is on top of the lower brewer, make sure you screw the lower chamber  with the top half and pack it tightly.

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4. Put it on the stove and wait

Put the moka pot on the stove and wait for a few minutes till you hear a gurgling sound!

5. Remove from the stove

As soon you hear the wonderful gurgling and see a brown liquid emerge on the top of the pot, remove the moka pot from the stove and switch off the gas. I usually do it once the coffee comes to almost half its way.

 

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6. Pour into the cup and taddaaaaaa! Enjoy your coffee!!

You can buy the original Bialetti Moka Pot here 

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FAQs about brewing coffee in a Moka Pot:

Which coffee brands should I use??

I prefer Lavazza and Illy, not because they are Italian brands but also because my palate has become used to them. It makes more sense buying a pack of 4 or 6! I have also discovered excellent coffee brands from Southern India – worth buying from your local stores(for instance Flying Squirrel and Blue Tokai). Just make sure you use coffee that is roasted for espresso purpose and for the benefit of people in India, Nescafe or Bru sachets won’t work 😉

Where can I buy the coffee??

All metropolitan cities have coffee brands available. In most of the larger supermarkets in Delhi NCR, a single Lavazza pack costs anywhere between INR 375-600 ($5 and above). On Amazon, get any Italian coffee- Illy, Lavazza and Kimbo are my suggestions. 

How and when should I wash my Moka Pot??

Once your Moka Pot has cooled off, rinse and wash it with warm water. Do not use soap to wash the pot!!

Should I initially add warm water to the Moka Pot??

No, I don’t advise you to because you are going to heat the water anyway when you put it over the stove.

Which Moka Pot should I buy??

I recommend buying the Bialetti brand. There are several Moka Pots available for buying on Amazon. It depends on your usage and drinking habit but if you are two people, go for the Moka Pot that serves 3 people so that you both can have a good amount of coffee. All Moka Pots have this information written on their labels. Check this one here.

Can I use it on Induction??

Yes, you definitely can but before you purchase read the product information. Most of the ones I see are of aluminum and not suitable for Induction. But this is.

Can I add milk to this espresso??

Of course! That’s what I do too. I usually add two foamy spoons of milk after my espresso is made and it becomes my own home made macchiato. Do what you love!

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The next item on my list is a Neapolitan-style stovetop coffee pot that I hope to buy from Naples itself!

PPS: I share my Espresso mornings daily on Instagram Stories, do follow!

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35 Comments

  • Espresso Machines
    March 15, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    Great Post! Easy steps to make a coffee in Moka top, it will be very helpful for all those approaching the art of Moka coffee!

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    • Italophilia
      March 15, 2021 at 3:53 pm

      Thank you so much, I;m so glad it was useful to you. Have a great day!

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  • Manja Mexi
    January 31, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    Happy gurgling sound indeed! 😀 I hear it daily but I don’t drink it, amore does. I notice that he fills it with coffee much more than you do, he puts in as much as he can! But yes, he tells me repeatedly never to wash it with soap.

    I have my own Turkish-style coffee (made by Slovenian brand Barcaffe) that I brew in my džezva pot. Amore wanted to help me out and bought me the Napoli-style pot but my coffee made in this pot is not good at all! 😀 He thinks that the grounds that the coffee leaves in my cup bother me, but I’m used to it. It was so sweet of him though.

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    • Italophilia
      February 1, 2020 at 9:09 am

      Very sweet of him, indeed. I love that sound and I wake up with it every day. Thank you for stopping by 🙂

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  • Mark Miller
    August 30, 2019 at 2:51 am

    I melted the handle off of mine (actually a guest did it). What now?

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    • Italophilia
      August 31, 2019 at 9:57 pm

      Hi Mark! The same thing happened to me. Unfortunately I can’t use it anymore, same for you I guess. Time to get a new one?

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      • Mark Miller
        August 31, 2019 at 10:09 pm

        They make replacement handles but have never tried to do it. Anyone?

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  • Carmela
    September 27, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    We also have a Bialetti Moka Pot at home! 🙂 Our favorite brand is also Lavazza. 🙂

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  • Jori Bonadurer
    September 23, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Haha, oh I wish I would’ve had this last month after a bought my first Moka when I moved to Rome last month. At least I can send this to friends/fam when I gift them with their own!

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  • Trinity
    September 22, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    Great post! I think this method is intimidating at first, but once you get the hang of it it’s hard to go back to anything else. I’m very lucky that my husband makes me one every morning. It does taste better when it’s made with love! ♥️

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    • Italophilia
      September 23, 2018 at 9:51 am

      I think so too , to both 😉😉 thanks for your comment Trinity! Hope you are well..x

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  • Pamela Allegretto
    September 17, 2018 at 12:27 am

    I’m glad to see that you drink Lavazza. That is my favorite brand, and we drink it daily. Here in the US, I can buy it in bulk packaging of 20 “bricks.” This makes each “brick” less than half the cost of buying it one at a time. Also, the Bialetti brand is the best. The most important thing is to buy an aluminum pot not stainless steel. The stainless steel pots change the flavor and add a bit of a metal taste. Lastly, do not open the top while the coffee is brewing up. You may get splattered.

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    • Italophilia
      September 18, 2018 at 9:34 am

      Ciao Pamela 🙂 Happy to know you agree with Lavazza. That is so reasonable if you get 20 bricks! I have the aluminium pot too. Thanks for the tip!

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  • Anne
    September 16, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    I have one of these but rarely use it. You’ve made me want to use if more often now.

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    • Italophilia
      September 16, 2018 at 9:38 pm

      You should! Don’t forget to share when you do 🙂

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  • Debbie
    September 16, 2018 at 2:06 am

    My parents used to make coffee in one of those when I was small. In fact, my mom still uses it.

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    • Italophilia
      September 16, 2018 at 8:24 am

      You grew up with one then! Awesome 🙂 have a great day!

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  • Lyn Douglas
    September 16, 2018 at 1:09 am

    I bought a moka pot a few years ago and was so excited to use it, however when I got home I could not figure out how to use it on an electric ceramic top stove. So the moka pot sits in my pantry. Nice post Ishita. Lyn

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    • Italophilia
      September 16, 2018 at 8:23 am

      It’s very simple, just add a flat pan on your top stove and the moka pot on top. You can use it easily.

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  • Valentina
    September 15, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    Great post Ishita, it will be very helpful for all those approaching the art of moka coffee! 😀 And as someone mentioned in the comments earlier, I too stir the coffee in the moka before serving it to blend it 😉

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    • Italophilia
      September 16, 2018 at 8:22 am

      That’s a great tip to share! Thank you for reading 🙂

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  • Paula Barbarito-Levitt
    September 15, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Growing up in New Jersey I didn’t know that any other type of coffee post existed! Now our daughter, a recent college grad uses the same pot each morning to start her day.

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    • Italophilia
      September 15, 2018 at 9:52 pm

      How cool! I always used the South Indian filter.

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  • Darlene Foster
    September 15, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    I used to sell these Moka pots in the kitchen stores I ran in Canada. They were imported from Italy and were the real thing! Very popular with coffee aficionados.

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    • Italophilia
      September 15, 2018 at 9:51 pm

      How cool! I’m sure they were. I love mine xx

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  • Tanja/The Red Phone Box travels
    September 15, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    have an old one somewhere in the house but it’s not used since neither my husband nor me drink coffee..I know, blasphemy:))

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    • Italophilia
      September 15, 2018 at 9:49 pm

      It’s alright, good to be different. I know a few people who don’t have coffee x

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  • Lisa DeNunzio
    September 15, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Love the tip about taking it off the flame when the coffee is halfway done. Will try that. Grazie. There is always something new to be learned.

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  • Lorelle
    September 15, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Can’t beat a great cup of coffee such as this. Xx

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  • Valentina Stella Italian Tutor
    September 15, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Ottimo post, Ishita! 🙂
    A trick my mother in law taught me about the moka, is to quickly stir the coffee in the moka pot when it’s ready, just before serving it. This because the first coffee that comes out from the moka is supposed to be stronger, while the last part is slightly lighter. So if you blend it, you have the perfect balance for all the “tazzine” you are going to fill up!
    Also, I’ve noticed many people call the coffee from the moka “espresso”. Well, actually that’s not espresso, at least for us Italians espresso is only the one that comes from an espresso machine, being it a home machine or a bar machine. The process of making the coffee is different, and the result is different too: moka coffee is still quite strong, but more liquidy. Whereas espresso coffee is strong and thicker and creamier in consistency. 😉

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    • Italophilia
      September 15, 2018 at 9:46 pm

      Grazie bella!! That’s so cool, I’ll try it. I myself call it espresso 🤔🤔 I’ll call it moka coffee from today!

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