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The most romantic way of making coffee is by using of a Moka Pot. Making coffee with a Moka Pot is not perfect, it does not provide consistency, and is impacted by a multitude of factors from grind to temperature to time. But the whole process of preparing and drinking that crafted cup of coffee leaves you with a deep satisfaction for the rest of the day.

That being said, the following aspects should be considered when preparing your morning coffee using your Moka Pot.

The Pot

There is a wide variety of Moka Pots on the market today. They come in all shapes and sizes and are made with aluminium or stainless steel. Each pot has its own behaviour and you should experiment with different techniques to get the best brew from your type of pot. These variations should include temperature and grind.

The Water

A cup of Coffee is made from three ingredients; coffee beans, water and milk (for some). So you have the beans covered by having the right beans in your bean pantry. We need to focus a bit on the water. The taste of your coffee, from acidic to metallic might start with the water you use. If you use filtered water it balance out the Ph and minerals in the water and give you a great head start in brewing that perfect cup.

You should fill your Moka Pot up to the pressure relieve valve on the side. That is that little screw on the side that you have no idea whether it is working or not till you need it (it is not recommended that you test this by not cleaning your pot filters).

Fill your pot with hot or cold water, it does not really make a difference in the taste. By boiling your water before hand while you are busy grinding your beans might save a bit of time in this romantic coffee preparation method.

Water is also all you need to clean your Moka Pot, soap cleans off the layer of oil from the coffee that is forming on the inside, the layer protect your coffee from the aluminium and make sure you don’t have an added metallic taste.

The Ground

You keep your beans fresh and stored optimally, and then grind them as needed. This grind is then also done to suit your brewing method. For the Moka Pot you ideally want a finer grind, but not as fine as for an espresso. The water comes in contact with the ground beans, and the longer the water contact the more coarse your grind needs to be. This is where the art of the Moka Pot comes in. Experiment with different grind levels at different brewing temperatures to find that balance that work for you.

Fill the ground coffee basket with the ground coffee till it is level, do not compress the ground in the basket as the water needs space to move through the coffee. The pressure on a Moka Pot is lower than that of an espresso machine and you thus need to make it a bit easier for water to flow through.

The Temperature

The Moka Pot make use of pressure build up in the bottom chamber to send the water through to the top. If the temperature at which you heat the pot is too high, then the water boil too fast and the water move through to fast causing it to not pick up all the flavours as you intended it to based on your ground. So you can have a finder grind and have a higher temperature, or a bit more course grind with a bit lower temperature. Once again it is an experiment to find the right balance for your pot.

Just as a caution, if you use higher temperatures, you might end up sending boiling water through your coffee grind, you want to avoid this unless you like bitter coffee.

The Brew

Brewing your pot on a conventional stove or using gas you should take heed and remove it from the heat when the water starts to boil. Ideally the coffee will have reached the halfway mark in the top chamber. Do not give in to the temptation to let it go longer to get more coffee out of the beans. You have managed to extract the good stuff, what is to follow is just water with a bit of a bitter coffee taste (try it once, pour your perfect brew into a cup and then place the pot back on the heat, you will see what comes out is not what you would want to put near your mouth).

The coffee you have extracted can now be enjoyed the way you like it, as a Short Black, Americano, Cappuccino of Flat white.

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  1. Ahhh, thank you Coffee Hunters. Now I understand why the same beans tastes different at times. It depends on how much of a hurry I am in or too much heat for too long. We are still learning how to use our moka pot to its full potential. It’s a wonderful journey towards the perfect cup.

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