If you are looking to make your own coffee at home, there are countless coffee brewing methods at your disposal. The most known of the lot is probably cold brewing but Moka Pot is definitely getting up there in terms of popularity. Wanna know more about Moka pots and how you can use them to make terrific coffee drinks? Make sure to read till the end!
What Is A Moka Pot?
A Moka pot is a tool that is used to make coffee. It is a stove-top coffee maker, which means you will need to place it on the stove. The stove’s heat will boil the water in the pot, producing steam, which then diffuses through the coffee grounds. The steam will then cool down and form the liquid coffee. This technique can be seen as down to up, in contrast with most brewing methods that are up to down.
Does A Moka Pot Make Espresso?
Technically, no. The coffee you get from Moka pots is certainly strong and bold, but it is not an espresso. The flavour is not as rich and the crema is not very foamy. Moka pot coffee is actually much closer to an Americano rather than espresso.
A major reason for this is that espresso machines usually force water through ground coffee with 9 bars of pressure, while a Moka pot only reaches 1 to 3 bars. However, when mixed with other things, their flavours are pretty much the same. This is why Moka pot coffee is sometimes used as a substitute in other coffee drinks like lattes and cappuccinos.
Ingredients And Other Equipment Needed To Make Moka Pot Coffee
- Coffee grinder
- Filtered water
- Dark roasted Arabica coffee beans (or any other coffee beans)
- Moka Pot
- Digital food scale
How To Make Coffee Using A Moka Pot
Here are the steps you need to follow to use a Moka Pot:
- Insert your coffee beans into the grinder
- Set the grind size setting to ‘fine’
- Follow your machine’s instructions; you should now have a finely ground coffee
- Pour cold filtered water into the bottom half of your Moka pot (until the water level reaches the valve)
- Add your coffee grounds into the funnel till full, but do not tamp it.
- Place the funnel into the bottom section of the Moka pot, before then screwing the top part into the base
- Put your Moka pot on top of the stove and set the heat to medium
- Allow the water to boil and the steam to steep through the coffee grounds
- Coffee will start filling the top part of the Moka pot, and the process will be done in 6 to 7 minutes. Turn off the heat once the time elapses.
- Open the pot’s lid and see if it is full of coffee. If you don’t see any coffee, proceed to close the lid and turn the stove back on. Wait for a few more minutes and repeat this step if there is still no coffee.
Best Ways To Use Moka Pot Coffee
There are a number of ways you can consume Moka pot coffee:
- Directly consume it like you are drinking an espresso
- Iced coffee
- Cafe au lait