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!
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 excellent coffee brands from Southern India – slightly expensive but worth buying from your local stores(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!
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