How to Prepare Coffee in an Italian Coffee Pot

The Italian coffee maker, also known as a “moka pot,” is an easy and economical alternative for brewing intense and full-bodied coffee. However, its improper use can result in a bitter or metallic-tasting beverage.

5-Minute Crafts has prepared a simple guide for how to use this kitchen tool and avoid some common mistakes.

Step 1

  • First of all, you must make sure to use coffee with the correct grind. This should be fine, of a grade similar to that of table salt. Also, coffee experts recommend grinding it just before brewing to prevent it from oxidizing.
  • Once you have the implements ready, disassemble the coffee maker into its 3 parts.

Step 2

  • Add warm or hot water to the lower container until it reaches the safety valve, without covering it. Hot water will speed up the process by preventing the coffee from overheating.
  • It is also recommended to use filtered water to obtain a better flavor.

Step 3

  • Place the metal filter over the bottom container, making sure that no water passes through the holes. If this happens, remove a little water and dry the piece before putting it back in.
  • Pour and distribute the coffee in the filter without pressing. It should be filled to the top without covering the edges of the filter.

Step 4

  • Screw the top on tightly. If you used hot water in the previous steps, you may need a kitchen towel to avoid burning yourself.
  • Do not use the handle to squeeze it, as this could break it.

Step 5

  • If you use a gas stove, pay attention and make sure that the flames don’t protrude from the sides of the coffee pot.
  • When you see that the coffee begins to flow through the conduit and the container is almost full, turn off the fire and remove the coffee pot from the heat.

Step 6

  • If you want to make sure that the coffee extraction is done and prevent it from overheating, place the covered coffee pot under the faucet and let cold water run over it for a few seconds.
  • Finally, serve your coffee and enjoy.

General tips

  • Disassemble and rinse your coffee maker after each use with hot water, without using a dishwasher or abrasive soaps. Also, do not scrub it to avoid a subsequent metallic taste in the coffee.
  • Wait until all parts are completely dry before reassembling.
  • Replace the rubber gasket on your coffee maker if you notice that it is deformed or burned. Also, pay attention to any leaks or obstructions in the coffee flow.
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