Here’s how to use a Moka Pot to make coffee! Made by Bialetti, this stovetop espresso maker makes delicious espresso-like coffee.

Moka pot

Love a great cup of strong coffee? Here’s how to make a smooth, bold brew: the Moka Pot! This stovetop espresso maker makes a dark, intense cup that’s somewhere between espresso and very strong coffee. It’s very easy to use, either for your everyday coffee or to make “espresso” for homemade coffee drinks like lattes, cappuccinos, and more. Here’s how to use a Moka Pot!

What’s a Moka Pot?

The Moka Pot is a stovetop coffee maker used to make espresso-like coffee. It 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 Moka Pot was invented in 1933 by an Italian engineer, Alfonso Bialetti. It’s manufactured by the Bialetti company, so some people simply call it a “Bialetti.”

Moka pot

Does the Moka Pot make espresso or coffee?

The Moka Pot is the best known stovetop espresso maker, but it doesn’t actually make espresso. It’s a very strong coffee that’s similar to espresso, but it’s not quite the real thing. It doesn’t get the foamy crema on top like a true espresso, and lacks the richness in flavor. It also brews in larger quantities than a typical espresso shot. In fact, Moka Pot coffee is closer to an Americano than espresso.

Why isn’t it espresso? The Moka Pot only gets to 1 to 3 bars of pressure when it forces the water through the coffee grounds, versus 9 bars of pressure like an espresso machine. But the flavor is so close, you can use Moka Pot coffee as a stand-in for espresso in espresso drinks like lattes, iced lattes, and more.

Are you an espresso connoisseur? Your best bet is a countertop machine. Go to How to Make Espresso at Home.

Ingredients and tools to get started

Ready to learn how to use a Moka Pot? Here are the ingredients and tools you’ll need:

  • Dark roast coffee: It’s best to use dark or espresso roast coffee with this method. (The Chemex is a better method for light and medium roast.)
  • Filtered water: Filtered water has the best flavor (we use this filtered pitcher for our coffee).
  • Coffee grinder: You’ll want a fine grind here: espresso grind or just slightly larger. An electric burr grinder is a great tool for the job.
  • Food scale: It’s nice to have a digital food scale to weigh out the coffee and water.
  • Moka Pot: This 6-cup Bialetti Express Moka Pot is the standard size and makes 2 5-ounce cups of coffee.
Moka pot coffee

How to use a Moka Pot

Ready to make Moka Pot coffee? The process is quick and easy: it takes under 10 minutes. Here’s what to do:

  1. Grind the coffee: Grind the coffee to a fine grind: espresso grind or just slightly larger.
  2. Add water: Add cold filtered water to the bottom half of the pot until it reaches the valve.
  3. Add the coffee and assemble: Fill the funnel with coffee grounds level with the top, but don’t tamp the grinds down. Insert the funnel into the bottom portion of the pot. Screw the top onto the base until it is just finger tight.
  4. Place over medium heat: Place the pot on the stove over medium heat. For a gas stove, make sure the gas flame is smaller than the width of the pot.
  5. Wait while the coffee brews (about 5 to 7 minutes): The water will boil up through the coffee and fill the top of the pot. You’ll hear coffee start to bubble at around 3 to 5 minutes. About 2 minutes later, you’ll hear it boiling rapidly: then listen as the boiling sound increases in volume and frequency. Once the sound dissipates to air and you hear a loud gurgling sound, the coffee is done. Turn off the heat.
  6. Check the coffee: Once you turn off the heat, lift the top of the pot and peak inside. The chamber should be full of coffee. If it is not, return the pot to the heat and continue heating until the coffee is done.

When you’re done making the coffee, wash out the Moka Pot with warm water and dry it thoroughly before reassembling.

How to use a Moka Pot

Ways to use Moka Pot coffee

What’s the best way to use Moka Pot coffee? You can drink it straight up, or use it for coffee drinks! What’s the ratio to swap for espresso? Use 5 ounces (10 tablespoons) Moka Pot coffee to stand in for a double shot of espresso (2 ounces). Here are a few ways to use it:

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Moka Pot Coffee


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 ¼ cups (10 ounces) 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to use a Moka Pot to make coffee! Made by Bialetti, this stovetop espresso maker makes delicious espresso-like coffee.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 20 grams (¼ cup) dark roast coffee
  • 330 grams (1 ⅜ cups) filtered water*
  • 6-cup Moka Pot

Instructions

  1. Grind the coffee: Grind the coffee to a fine grind: espresso grind or just slightly larger. (Use a burr grinder or pre-ground coffee.)
  2. Add water: Add cold filtered water to the bottom half of the Moka Pot until it reaches the valve.
  3. Add the coffee and assemble: Fill the funnel with coffee grounds level with the top, but do not tamp the grinds down. Insert the funnel into the bottom portion of the pot. Screw the top onto the Moka Pot until it is just finger tight (don’t over tighten).
  4. Place over medium heat: Place the pot on the stove over medium heat. For a gas stove, make sure the gas flame is smaller than the width of the pot.
  5. Wait while the coffee brews (about 5 to 7 minutes): The water will boil through the coffee and fill the top of the Moka Pot. You’ll hear coffee start to bubble at around 3 to 5 minutes. About 2 minutes later, you’ll hear it boiling rapidly: then listen as the boiling sound increases in volume and frequency. Once the sound dissipates to air and you hear a loud gurgling sound, the coffee is done. Turn off the heat.
  6. Check the coffee: Once you turn off the heat, lift the top of the Moka Pot and peak inside. The chamber should be full of coffee (if not, return to the heat and continue heating until the coffee is done). When you’re done making the coffee, wash out the Moka Pot with warm water and dry it thoroughly before reassembling.

Notes

*Coffee is best with filtered water: use a filter pitcher like this one. 

  • Category: Coffee
  • Method: Brewed
  • Cuisine: Coffee

Keywords: Moka pot, moka pot coffee, how to use a moka pot

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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