Moka pots in different shapes and sizes
Coffee is an integral part of life, with an estimated 2.25 billion cups consumed in the world every single day. Of course, there are many ways to brew your daily cuppa, whether you brew it on your own, or grab one at your nearest café to go. For the Italian way of brewing coffee, look no further than the moka pot.
“The moka pot is part of the Italian tradition, simply because Italians grow up drinking coffee brewed with the moka pot,” Mattia Ferrero tells us. The International Trainer from Lavazza Training Centre in Turin, Italy adds that though the moka pot’s coffee extraction method is unlike any other method, the moka pot separates itself from the rest with the preparation and ritual.
Mattia Ferrero, International Trainer from Lavazza Training Centre
“In Italy, all of us would experience the moka pot coffee ritual at least once in our lives,” says Ferrero. “We love to say that in Italy coffee is more than a drink-it is a social phenomenon; it is part of our daily life.” Ferrero also tells me that coffee is such a staple in the everyday life of an Italian that simply walking into a café and asking for a cappuccino and croissant is a “fundamental morning ritual for all Italians”.
As to how you can brew your coffee the Italian way, that is, with a moka pot, follow these easy steps. It should only take a couple of minutes:
Prepare 20 – 22 grams of finely ground coffee. The fineness of the coffee should depend on your usual shot of espresso.
Fill the bottom half of your moka pot with water. Make sure the water level is right before the safety release valve. Most moka pots have a safety release valve (the part which looks like a nail), but if yours doesn’t, simply look out for a water level indicator. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to fill the pot with boiled water.
Fill the funnel-shaped filter basket it with ground coffee. A slight mountain is fine. Give it a shake so that the grounds settle evenly before placing the basket on the bottom pot.
Screw the top pot to the bottom, and place it over a stove. Turn the stove to the highest temperature, and remember to keep the lid closed.
After a few minutes, the pot should start ‘whistling’ and you should smell the aroma of coffee. When the whistling gets louder, turn off the stove. Your espresso is ready to be served!
WASHING THE POT
There is a running saying that a moka pot should only be water, and others claim that it should never be washed at all, so that your coffee tastes better. Ferrero tells us, however, that it is only a myth.
“A moka pot should be washed with specific detergents, warm water and rinsed well,” he tells Luxury Insider. “One aspect that is true, however, is that is important to use a moka pot often in order to have a good coffee. If the pot has not been used in a while, it is a good practice to make a few coffees and toss those cups out, before starting to use it again regularly for consumption.”