How To - Make Stovetop Espresso ?

It’s a budget-friendly alternative from bulky electric espresso machines. And all you need is an electric or gas stove-top.

What is a stovetop espresso maker?

Stovetop espresso makers were introduced in 1933 by Alfonso Bialetti in Italy. It is generally called an Italian coffee maker, or a Moka pot. It is a type of Italian percolator for making stovetop espresso coffee. This is an easy to use stovetop coffee maker that makes a stovetop espresso coffee. They are still very popular around the world, especially in Europe and Latin America. That is because they make a very rich and tasty cup of coffee. The highest quality stove-top espresso makers have Italian safety valves. These safety valves make sure the coffee percolator can withstand the high water pressure that develops during the brewing process.

Aluminum Stovetop espresso makers come in many shapes and sizes. They range from a single serve coffee maker to multiple cups to accommodate groups.  The most common sizes are 3 cup, 6 cup and 9 cup.

But remember these are 3/6/9 “espresso cup” sizes, not 3 large cups or mugs of coffee!

What is the actual liquid capacity of each size of moka espresso coffee maker? 

The actual capacity of the espresso makers is : 

3 cup is 150 ml or 5 fl. oz. | 6 cup is 275 ml or 9.3 fl. oz. | 9 cup is 450 ml or 15.2 fl. oz.


How to make Stovetop Espresso?

Step 1 – Fill the Moka Pot with Water

Fill the lower chamber with cold water just below the valve. Overfilling will water log the coffee and affect the flavor, so make sure you don’t pass the valve.

Step 2 – Grind the Coffee Beans

Grind your beans to a fine consistency until you have enough to fill the Moka Pot funnel with coffee. Again, you can use an Automatic Burr Grinder or have your coffee beans pre-ground at the store. Don’t use coffee that’s too finely grounded, as it will clog the equipment.

Step 3 – Add Coffee to the Moka Pot

Insert the funnel and fill it with ground coffee. Try not to overfill the strainer with coffee and do not tamp the coffee (that’ll create too much pressure in the Moka Pot). Remove any coffee grounds at the edge of the funnel.

Step 4 – Prepare the Rest of the Moka Pot

Tightly screw the upper part of the pot onto the base. When securing the pot, make sure you screw it on by holding the pot and not the handle, as the pressure when tightening the pot could break the handle.

Step 5 – Heat the Moka Pot

Select a burner size that fits the bottom of the Moka Pot. For a gas stovetop, make sure the flame is not larger than the bottom of the pot (you don’t want the flame to come around the sides.) Place the Moka Pot on the stovetop until the water boils and coffee begins to come out of the center post.

There will be a gurgling sound during this process. Take your time – in order to extract the full flavor of the espresso, you will want to heat it slowly. If the heat is too high, the coffee will start “sputtering” out as it pours and may taste burnt. But have no fear! If this happens, re-do the brew and just heat the Moka Pot at a lower temperature. 

Step 6 – Check Coffee Levels and Stir

When the top of the Moka Pot is full of coffee and hazel brown foam begins to appear out of the spout, remove it from the stove. This foam appears just seconds before the coffee is completely done, so as soon as it appears, your brew is done! Before pouring coffee, it’s optional to stir it in a little bit on the upper chamber with a small spoon. 

Step 7 – Serve Your Espresso

Pour your coffee into a fancy cup and ta-da! If done correctly, you’ll have yourself a cup of boldly-flavored, robust, heavy-bodied coffee. For cleaning up, wash by hand with warm water and dry thoroughly with a towel. Make sure all of the parts are completely dry before putting it back together. 

Step 8 – Steam Milk For a Fancy Espresso Drink

To make a fancy espresso drink with your Moka Pot, heat some milk up in a stainless steel pitcher until it steams. Then, froth it with a frothing wand. Pour the steamed milk and foam over your espresso and you’ve got yourself a latte!

How to care for your Moka pot

They say the older these pots are, the better they work. They can last a lifetime with proper care. Always hand wash them, and never put them in the dishwasher. In a dishwasher the aluminum will tarnish and turn black. Every 3-6 months or so you should consider changing the silicone seal that is in the pots and the one that maintains pressure in the boiler section to brew the fine ground coffee.


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