Aug 21, 2020 5:32 PM
- Preheat water. Not too hot. Ideally a minute in a medium powered microwave.
Preheating water will make the steaming process faster. This will make sure the coffee grounds are not spending too much time on the stove and reduces the probability of them getting burnt. The aluminum pot can get quite hot.
2. Fill the chamber with coffee grounds. Fill it full and tap it on the side to spread the grounds evenly. DO NOT TAMP.
Tamping will make it difficult for water to push through the grounds. As there is no machine pressure in Moka pot, the pressure comes from water getting to too high of a temperature which may burn the coffee grounds. Also, make sure the coffee grounds are consistent (no big blobs) so that water flows uniformly throughout.
3. Assemble the Moka pot. Make sure the seal is tight. Put it on a stove. Not more than MEDIUM heat what so may.
Medium heat will make the process slow enough for coffee grounds and water to spend some good time together extracting all the goodness until the steam below will eventually push it up. High heat will hasten this process and the extraction will be bad. Also, if the seal is not tight, the pressure inside is not maintained, and some water will spurt through. This is bad for extraction.
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5. "Espresso" will slowly come out. Be ready with your hand to take it off of heat as soon you see water spurting out. If possible, run Moka pot's water chamber under cold water immediately.
Water that spurts out is the final steam that came out of the chamber and did not spend enough time with coffee grounds. Its not worth mixing with the rest of the goodness. Alternately, you can turnoff the heat when three-fourths of the coffee is out and let the rest slowly drip out.
6. Use this "espresso" to drink as is (wouldn't recommend) or make cappuccino, latte (highly recommend) or whatnot.
Enjoy your craziness that is coffee.
Cheaper one (still gets the job done):
I only ever owned the second one. Had no problems what so ever. No idea if the costly one is really better. I don't see where it can improve though.
This is where I started my guide off of and tweaked here and there.