The Bialetti Moka pot is fun, weird way to mix things up. It ranks toward the bottom of our list of preferred brewing methods (it produces a kind of an espresso sludge that some might really love) and tends to be the least scientific. But hey, it's pretty dang sexy and for that reason alone it's worth giving a shot.
Here's what ya need:
- Freshly roasted coffee - a'duh.
- A kettle - Bonavita makes a variety of these things that you can check out here. We recommend one that includes a temperature gauge (super helpful when you put your tinker hat on). The gooseneck comes in handy for pour-over coffees (and the Aeropress), but in the case of the Moka pot it truly doesn't matter if you go fancy or old-school (tea kettle).
- A burr grinder - the key to really great tasting coffee is uniformity in the grind. This is the numero uno investment you should be making if you're new to the coffee game. If you have the budget, go with the Baratza Virtuoso or the Encore (both work great). Otherwise if you want to keep it in the $40-100 range, just run a search for "burr grinder" on Amazon and follow your heart.
Weigh out 20-22 grams of coffee, and load it up into your grinder. You'll be aiming for a fine, espresso-like grind so make sure to adjust accordingly.
Commence ye olde H20 boil. You'll eventually be placing the Moka pot on your stove to brew, but you'll want to boil water in advance (instead of placing cold water into the container, and letting that boil from scratch). Pour your boiled water from the kettle into the bottom half of the pot (fill up to the pressure release valve).
Dump your ground coffee into the pot's filter basket. Give it a few taps on the counter to ensure it settles in evenly. Then fit it into place atop the bottom half of the pot that you just filled with water.
Affix the top half of the pot (the portion with the handle). You'll need to screw it on - and be careful since the bottom half will be hot from the boiled water!
Grabbing by the handle, place the pot on a stove at medium heat. Too much heat will cause your coffee to percolate too quickly and make a big 'ol mess. Too little heat will not really produce much of anything.
If you've set the heat correctly, your coffee is ready to enjoy once you hear a hissing sound. Remove from heat and pour into your favorite mug.
Enjoy - and don't hesitate to contact us with your brewing questions - just send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get back to you promptly.