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
Colombian Jazz Speciality BlendChocolate, Caramel, Cherry From £5.20 — or subscribe and save 10%
Lo Caf Low Caffeine speciality blendChocolate, Caramel, Raisin From £2.50 — or subscribe and save 10%
Roaster’s Choice Speciality CoffeeChocolate, Spice, Fruit, Floral, Nut, Caramel From £3.20 — or subscribe and save 10%
Nicaraguan Organic Jinotega AldeaMedium Bodied, Cocoa, Almond, Malty From £6.20 — or subscribe and save 10%
Costa Rica Tarrazu La PastoraFull Bodied, Dark Chocolate, Orange From £6.70 — or subscribe and save 10%
On The Rocks Whiskey Infused BlendWhiskey, Spice, Oak From £7.20 — or subscribe and save 10%
House Blend Speciality CoffeeFull Bodied, Chocolate, Nut, Caramel From £6.00 — or subscribe and save 10%
Santa’s Bean Speciality BlendChocolate, Spice, Orange, Raisin From £6.49
Honduran Speciality Coffee CAPUCASHazelnut, Cacao, Nutmeg From £7.35 — or subscribe and save 10%
Peruvian speciality coffee LimaMilk Chocolate, Almond, Lemon From £6.90 — or subscribe and save 10%
Burundi Mutambu CoffeeCaramel, Nectarine, Red Berry From £8.45 — or subscribe and save 10%
Papua New Guinea ElimbariChocolate, Caramel, Treacle From £8.45
Kenyan Honey Bush CoffeeFull Bodied, Complex, Floral, Blackberry From £8.45 — or subscribe and save 10%
Severn Blend Speciality CoffeeFull Bodied, Chocolate, Spice, Caramel From £7.25 — or subscribe and save 10%
Choc a bloc speciality blendMilk Chocolate, Caramel, Smooth From £8.45 — or subscribe and save 10%
Mombassa Twighlight speciality blendFull Bodied, Chocolate, Floral, Berry From £8.45 — or subscribe and save 10%
Winter’s Bean Speciality blendFull Bodied, Chocolate, Hazelnut From £7.35
The Dark Side speciality blendFull Bodied, Cacao, Tobacco, Treacle From £6.70 — or subscribe and save 10%
W100 Speciality CoffeeChocolate, Nut, Caramel From £6.00 — or subscribe and save 10%
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.
Is Moka the same as espresso?
It isn’t the same, however moka is an extremely popular method of coffee brewing in main land Europe and around the world. This coffee creates quite a strong coffee and can be used to replicate an espresso in drinks such as cappuccinos at home.
Which is best, the french press or the moka pot?
They both have their unique tastes, whilst Moka pots tent to deliver a slightly stronger cup, and french press tends to lend itself better to longer drinks. Moka pot is more perculation brewing, where as cafetieres is an immersion brew.
How much coffee do you put in a moka pot?
You can use any coffees in a moka pot, however these tend to lend themselve more towards a more espresso based coffee with flavour notes such as chocolate, caramel, nuts etc. However, there is no right or wrong, experiment with what you enjoy best.
Do moka pots make good coffee?
Moka pots can make some fantastic coffees if made correctly, and are an extremely popular brewing method for home baristas who enjoy a slightly stronger coffee.
What grind is best for a moka pot?
A medium to fine grind size, kind of in between espresso and filter.