If you can’t afford an automatic or semi automatic espresso machine, the moka pot or stovetop espresso maker can be an alternative choice to brew the rich tasted italian espresso. Although the steam pressure into a moka pot won’t be as greater as the way the electric espresso machine puts over the coffee filter. But the taste and quality of the flavor would be almost similar to the espresso that brews by an electric pro espresso maker. Literally, brewing the espresso by a moka pot is easier and the price tag of the moka pot won’t be a lot like an automatic espresso machine. Basically the steam pressure into a moka pot generates from the water chamber when the water starts boiling and creates steam. The coffee filter over the bottom chamber of the water starts being extremely forced by the steam and boiled water while the extracted coffee easily reaches into the top chamber.
What Is The Stovetop Espresso Maker?
Basically, this is a very popular italian style coffee maker and it has been designed and invented by Alfonso Bialetti in 1933. After the invention, its popularity reaches in high as with making the espresso, you can adjust the milk foam into the brewed espresso to make cappuccino. People who want a budget friendly espresso maker, this is something that they can simply afford. Mostly the moka pots are made from aluminum and stainless steel and to keep the steam pressure at a decent level and avoid the risk, the moka pot also has the safety valve to release the extra pressure. On the other hand, you don’t need highly generated temperature in the cooking stove and after adding the water and setting up the coffee filter, you can expect the result in 10-15 minutes.
Some manufacturers also invented the electric moka pot and to make the espresso, you don’t need an induction cooktop or gas burner if you use these espresso makers. Although, the electric moka pot isn’t as popular as the non electric moka pots are.
What Is The Right Grind For Making Espresso?
You can grind the beans with a variety of thickness. Because, the grind size is important as it should be matched out with the type of the coffee. Considering the type of the coffee, sometimes you would need to grind the beans with the medium, fine and coarse thickness. So, when it comes to brew the espresso, the medium ground coffee is recommended for the espresso. Because, the fine ground coffee would block the filter and can eliminate the perfect extraction as the water would have to struggle to go into the coffee filter.
So the professionals recommend the medium ground coffee for the espresso as the water can easily extract the coffee by the decent steam pressure and it won’t block the filter while the flavor won’t be bitter. Although the type of the roasted beans would impact over the taste, but you can simply set out the medium grind setting into the grinder to simply get the right thickness.
How To Use The Moka Pot To Make Espresso
Using the moka pot to brew the espresso isn’t a difficult task and you might not require more than 15 minutes to brew the espresso. In a moka pot there will have three parts and you just need to follow the simple instructions.
Disassemble Every Part
Before using the moka pot as an espresso maker you should disassemble every necessary part. Basically, the moka pot would have three parts and those are the coffee chamber, the coffee filter and the bottom chamber. Make sure, every part has been properly cleaned to keep the taste right and rich.
Fill The Bottom Chamber With Water
This is the part that creates the pressure of the steam when the water boils at a certain temperature. So, you have to fill out this chamber with the right amount of water. But make sure the water line is under the safety valve. Basically, the safety valve has been added to the chamber to release the extra pressure of the steam. So, if you block it by the water, it would be a risk during boiling the water. Although, the manufacturer maintains a certain distance between the bottom and the safety valve. So, you can put there enough water even if you keep the water line under the safety valve.
Fill The Coffee Filter With Enough Ground Coffee
You should fill the coffee filter with enough ground coffee and make sure you have filled it out till the top of the line. Because, if you keep it hollow, it would miss out the right pressure of the steam. But don’t tamp the coffee into the basket, just make the surface flat by your hand. If you want, you can also use a spoon to gently press the coffee into the basket.
Reassemble The Moka Pot
After filling out the bottom and coffee filter with the water and ground coffee, it’s your time to reassemble the whole unit. But make sure you have properly screwed up every unit and whenever you are adjusting the parts, you should use the rubber rings(if the pot pot includes). It would prevent the water from leaking out.
Put The Moka Pot Over The Gas or Electric Stove
You can use the gas or electric stove to brew the espresso. But don’t force the water to be boiled out with too much temperature. Rather, keep the temperature at a decent level and wait to get the properly extracted coffee. You might need to wait up to 10-15 minutes time for the perfect extraction and the coffee chamber will hold all the extracted coffee.
Separate The Unit Safely After The Brewing Cycle
When the brewing cycle is done, the exterior of the moka pot stays intensively hotter. So you should safely take this out and you can use the cool handle to fill out the cups with the extracted coffee. You shouldn’t also put the hotter moka pot over the counter top until it is cooled down.
Overall Tips and Tricks
- Make sure the beans are roasted at the correct level to make the espresso and don’t grind the beans too fine. Rather keep it medium or slightly coarse.
- Never keep the water line above the gasket. Rather keep it under the gasket to easily release the extra pressure.
- Fill out the entire coffee filter and use a spoon or fingers to turn the surface flat. But, don’t tamp into the basket.
- Properly adjust and screw up one part to another part and use the rubber rings if the moka pot includes. But, don’t tighten up intensively.
- Use medium to low heat to brew the coffee and wait until the coffee chamber is filled out with the extracted coffee.
- Don’t use the dishwasher to clean out the moka pot. Rather use a sponge or cloth and mild soap to wash the whole unit.