How to: Moka Pot
A Spot of History
The italians did it again! What is more Italian than a little Moka Pot? Perhaps pasta or a pizza? It was actually invented in northern Italy in a little town called Crusinallo by Alfonso Bialetti back in 1933. Alfonso had his own aluminium workshop and it has been said that he got his inspiration to make the Moka Express from his wife making the laundry one day. You are probably wondering what does a coffee maker and washing machine have in common? Well this was obviously your modern washing machine, it consisted of a bucket covered with a cap fitted with a tube. A bucket filled with soapy water was brought to boil which would build pressure pushing the water through the tube to distribute over the laundry. This mechanism is essentially the same as the one Bialetti later on used on his infamous Moka Express.
But What is Actually a Moka Pot?
The name of this coffee maker actually comes from a city in Yemen called Mocha where most coffee used to be exported from back in the day. This coffee brewer is most likely made over a stove, it utilises water pressured by steam to brew a strong cup of coffee, similar to what could be achieved with an espresso machine. Through the years many people have been given the recognition for this invention, however, the original maker and most famous even now would be The Moka Express by Bialetti.
You would be surprised to know that apart from brewing coffee the beautiful design of the Moka Pot has made it into museums such as The New York Modern Art Museum and London Design Museum.
What are the components of the Moka Pot?
They are mostly made from stainless steel or aluminium and there are three main parts to it.
- Lower Chamber - Where the water is added
- A Filter - Where the coffee beans are added
- Upper Chamber - Where the coffee rises
Moka pots are best on an electric stove or induction stove.
Sippy’s Moka Pot Recipe
- Grind the coffee beans finely until you achieve a sea salt like consistency - Not as finely as you would grind it for an Espresso as it might leave the extraction highlighting an unpleasant bitter taste.
- Boil water and fill the lower chamber - You might be wondering why boiling water if the Moka Pot will go on the stove later, well this will allow it to be on the stove for less time therefore reducing the bitter taste of the coffee.
- Add the metal filter in and fill it with your already grinded coffee beans - Do not overfill the filter and compact the grounds before closing.
- By default, most Moka Pots will have a coffee to water ratio of around 1:7.
- Place the Moka Pot on the stove at low to medium heat - Leave th lid open.
- You will see the coffee slowly rising to the top through the upper chamber
- Once you begin to hear the gurgling sound remove the Moka Pot from the stove - Run some cold water on the bottom part to lower the temperature.
Happy brewing! You have now graduated from The Sippy University as a Moka Pot expert.