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What is a Moka Pot?

The Moka Pot makes small, concentrated cups of coffee. The Moka pot brewing process uses boiling water to force steam through the coffee grounds, so the coffee bubbles up into the pot versus percolating down like in brewed coffee.

The simple Moka pot brews rich, deep flavoured coffee. Coffee coming out of the Moka pot is typically 2-3 times as concentrated as a regular filter. It’s intense, it’s bold, and it has a full body. It isn’t quite as strong as espresso because it lacks crema; however, Moka pot coffee can still be balanced, well rounded, and sweet like espresso.

See our suggestions below for the best Moka based coffees

What are the Perfect Coffee Beans for Moka Pot Brewing?

In the past, Moka pots have had an undeserved reputation for creating bitter tasting coffee, however, it’s all about choosing a suitable coffee bean and preparing it appropriately. Moka pots are sometimes known as stovetop espresso machines, this is because it produces a concentrated coffee which is identical to a shot of espresso. Because of this, the same levels of roast work well in both espresso machines and Moka pots. Often, this means a medium roast and a bean with flavour notes you enjoy. A medium or dark roast tends to bring out rich flavour profiles of toasted nuts, chocolate, heavy body and lower acidity. As the lighter roasts have high acidity, we recommend staying away due to the Moka pot often being prone to uneven extraction. Although, if you like the light and crisp flavours of a light roast, there is no reason why you shouldn’t experiment with the light roast in a Moka pot. We stock a huge range of medium roasted coffee beans that have been roasted to bring out the full flavours perfect for your Moka pot, giving you peace of mind that your coffee beans are perfect for your choice of brewing method.

What is the Ideal Grind Size for Moka Pot?

The optimal grind size for a Moka pot is a very fine grind. A fine coffee grind is around 0.8mm. The coffee grind is an important factor in producing the perfect cup of coffee as it impacts the smoothness and flavour of the final cup.

History of the Moka Pot

An important symbol in the Italian coffee culture, the Moka pot is found in 90% of Italian homes and it is a popular way of making coffee at home across Southern Europe. The Moka pot was invented in 1933 by an Italian engineer called Alfonso Bialetti. He transformed di Ponti’s ‘Moka Express’ which was a pressure-driven stove-top coffee brewer into one of the most famous coffee brewers in the world.

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