The Moka Pot is considered to be the style icon of coffee pots. The Moka Pot has a clean classic design with a symmetrical eight- faceted metallic body. It is the most famous coffee pot, cited in the Guinness Book of World Records, and often admired by designers worldwide who get inspiration from it for their own work. However , most coffee brewers dont know how to use moka pot or maintain it.
The invention of this coffee pot was significant because it brought espresso coffee preparation to the home in 1933 from the coffee bar and commercial coffee houses. Coffee makers of good quality were either large or expensive, but everything changed with the introduction of the Moka Pot. This coffee pot made it possible for the masses to prepare good-tasting, intense and rich quality coffee in their homes at an affordable price and in an efficient way.
The inventor of the Moka Pot was Luigi De Ponti who filed patents for an appliance comprised of a boiling chamber heated by an external or internal source with an adjoining vessel to prepare hot beverages such as a coffee . Alfonso Bialetti (1888-1970) acquired Luidi De Ponti’s invention. Bialetti industries continue to produce the Moka Express models.
Moka pots are very popular in Europe, Latin America and in other parts of the world. These coffee pots are available in different sizes, made from aluminium with bakelite handles, and rather inexpensive. There are many popular brands of Moka Pots that include, for example, Bialetti, Primula, Vev Viganò, Alessi, Bellman, Bodum, Bonjour Milano, Imusa, Volturno, Delonghi ( Electric), and Ampo ( Ceramic ).
Components of the Moka pot
The Moka Pot has three chambers which are airtight .
1. The lower chamber is where the cold water is added.
2. The top chamber is where the prepared coffee is collected.
3. The funnel-like filter in the middle is where the coffee is placed.
How it works
Steam rises when the water is heated in the lower chamber. The hot water goes up into the filter because of the pressure and will fill the middle chamber. The hot water soaks the coffee which expands. The coffee is then pushed up to the top chamber by the pressure. This coffee pot makes a gurgling sound that indicates that the last of the coffee is pressed upwards. This means the espresso coffee is ready for drinking. The traditional Moka Pot is a stove top coffee maker . To prevent getting coffee with a burnt, bitter taste, it is recommended not to leave the pot on fire or heated for a long time.
How to use moka pot
1. The first thing to take into consideration when you’re bring stovetop espresso is to have very finely ground beans and sugar at hand. You will want to grind the beans fresh for the best taste, and you will place them into the center compartment that holds the espresso grounds.
2. You can then fill the bottom chamber up with water to the level that it indicates, or otherwise, to the valve inside the chamber.
3. You will then place the filter on top of the lower chamber securely to make sure that you have the best tasting brew. Also, be sure to keep your filter clean so that no grounds go into your final brew product.
4. Place the top chamber on top of the filter compartment, and make sure that it is closed well. This is entirely important for safety and taste in your stovetop espresso brewing. Furthermore, make sure that you do pack in your espresso grounds, but not as tightly as you would with an espresso machine because that will cause potential leaking from the pressure.
5. After that, you can put your Moka pot directly on top of your stove at a low to medium heat. It is important that you brew this espresso slowly for the best flavor.
6. While you are waiting for the water heat up, you can put a teaspoon of sugar into your espresso cup. When you notice espresso beginning to brew into the upper chamber, you can pour a small amount into your espresso cup to mix with the sugar to enable it to dissolve. Use a very small amount for this mixing process. You will want it to have a creamy texture with a thick consistency when you mix it.
7. After that, you can wait for your espresso to brew, and then pour it directly into your cup with the sugar mixture! Be sure to stir it well, and enjoy immediately for a delicious taste.
Moka pot maintenance
The Moka Pot maintenance requires periodic replacement of the rubber seal and the filters. It is also important to make sure that the safety release valve is unblocked for proper operation of the device. Regular cleaning is required because there is always a thin coat of coffee residue left in the filter chamber, and inside walls of the device. A good practice when cleaning is to use hot water but not soaps or detergents.
If you strip away the protective coating from the aluminium wall, the coffee can acquire an unpleasant metallic taste. For this reason, some Moka Pot users find it desirable to retain some coffee residue inside. Obviously, this is entirely a personal choice. The use of a soft cloth to dry all parts of this coffee pot is highly recommended to remove any moisture trapped inside the pot that will corrode the aluminium.
Moka pots are an inexpensive way to prepare espresso tasting coffee. Still, there is a noticeable difference between “espresso coffee” prepared in a moka pot and espresso prepared with high quality machines that produce very high pressure water at just the right temperature. After learning how to use moka pot and how to maintain am sure you will make the best and tantalizing espress coffee for your guests or customers.