How to Make Coffee in a Moka Pot

My love affair with the Moka Pot began 5 years back when in an Italian supermarket, among 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 chuffed because it was daily happiness. Before the moka pot, I used the South Indian coffee maker for the longest time which is similar to the French Press, only less fancier.

A little about Bialetti….

So the Moka Pot was first invented in the early 1930s by an engineer called Alfonso Bialetti. (Hence, the brand name Bialetti). The famous and timeless Italian Moka Pot has been emulated by many companies but Bialetti is eternal.


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 because as my friend Allie says, “It has become quite fashionable to own these off late.”


Recently, I got myself a brand new silver Bialetti (the classic moka pot color) to make my morning coffee. For the curious minds out there, here are the steps to make coffee using the Moka Pot for your ease:

How to Make Coffee Using a Moka Pot

1. Fill the base with water:

Once you’ve opened your gorgeous Moka Pot, unscrew the half and fill the lower base with water. Don’t fill it to the brim but instead see the screw outside (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. Start filling it with coffee but make sure you don’t pack too much. I get the already roasted coffee by Lavazza but if you have a grinder at home, even better for your coffee.

3. Screw with the top chamber

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

4. Put it on the stove and wait

Put the moka pot on the stove and wait for a few minutes.

5. Remove from the stove

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


6. Pour into the cup and taddaaaaaa!

You can buy the original Bialetti Moka Pot here 



Which coffee brands should I use??

I prefer Kimbo, Lavazza and Illy, not because they are Italian brands but also because my palate has become used to them. I have also discovered several coffee brands from Southern India and although they can be slightly expensive and stronger (for instance Blue Tokai), they are worth buying for a change. 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 350-450 ($5-7). There are packs of 8 available on Amazon these days.

How and when should I wash my Moka Pot??

Once your Moka Pot has cooled off, rinse and wash it with warm water. Please don’t 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??

Honestly, this depends on your usage but for instance 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 aluminium 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!


PS: 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!


If you found the post useful and interesting, share and pin it! Thank you! Grazie mille!

You can buy the original Bialetti Moka Pot here 

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31 thoughts on “How to Make Coffee in a Moka Pot

  1. 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. 😉

  2. 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 😉

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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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