Italians are crazy about their coffee and both going to a bar for a cup of coffee or making a coffee at home means an entire world made of rituals and same gestures always and always. Let’s focus on the homemade coffee, the coffee made with a moka pot.
A moka, also known as “caffettiera”, is a coffee maker that produces coffee by heating the water and passing it through ground coffee; the most famous one is the Bialetti, invented in 1933 by Alfonso Bialetti and imitated by many other companies. The result is a very intense coffee which is consumed at home, with or without milk; the aroma depends on coffee variety and also water and the level of heat used.
1. Coffee has a burnt taste
The heat is too high so you’ve to reduce the heat firstly. If you feel the same taste then you should change your coffee grounds.
2. Coffee is too strong
You’ve probably used too many coffee grounds.
3. I got very little amount of coffee
If you’ve pressed the coffee into the funnel it hasn’t had space to go out. You should also have used too less water, Ot maybe the filter is dirty so it has to be checked and eventually changed.
These days it is quite simple to find a moka pot in every store also outside of Italy even if way too expensive than buy a moka pot in Italy. You can save a few quids by using Amazon where you can select the brand you want (I strongly recommend Bialetti because it’s been the first one to make the moka pot), the size you want and also the budget you want to spend. Here a selection of ideas from Amazon.
If you make your beans by yourself, then the basic moka pot rule is to use a grind slightly finer than drip not as fine as espresso. If you buy your coffee beans then you’ve to buy coffee ground specifically made for the moka. There are a few Italian brands you can take as an example, all available on Amazon: Illy, Lavazza, Kimbo, Pellini.
The moka pot passes pressurized hot water through the coffee grounds: first of all it takes practice to make the coffee right and then it doesn’t allow immediate consumption because it takes a little bit of time to make the coffee.
The coffee machine uses a different a quickest system which allows for immediate coffee consumption.
A moka pot is only capable of a brew pressure around 1.5 bar while a coffee machine arrive to a brew pressure of 9-10 bar, ideal for espresso.
The moka pot gives you a nice and strong Italian cup of coffee but technically it’s not an espresso because of it’s lower brew pressure (so you won’t have the typical cream on top [you can make it at home, I’ll show you how]).
Being an Italian, I can surely say it’s 2 different things and there’s no one better than the other. I own both and I suggest everyone to try the moka experience at least one to decide if it is worth or not. The coffee in the following picture is prepared with a moka, how does it look to you?
[Disclaimer: None of the brands I’ve shown in the post have paid or given me a free gift for being reviewed here. If you click on the Amazon links and you’ll buy I’ll receive a little commission]