the italian masterpiece
moka pot espressos have experienced a bit of a resurgence of late. no doubt due to the moka’s ability to produce a viscous, appropriately dense espresso brew.
if you have a new moka pot, clean it with water and baking soda. then make two pots of coffee (but don’t drink them!), before using it to brew your first cup
water temp: 185°f / 85°c
brew ratio: approx. 1:16
brewing time: 11mins
step-by-step method for making a moka pot espresso
step 01. bring your water to the boil in your kettle. where possible, use low-mineral content water as it prevents the flavour of the coffee aroma being altered
step 02. meanwhile, grind your coffee to a fine consistency
step 03. fill the lower chamber up to the steam-release valve and add the funnel filter into the chamber making sure the water doesn’t fill the valve — empty some out if necessary
step 04. fill the funnel with enough finely ground coffee so that it forms a rounded dome, then tap the funnel to level out the grounds
step 05. without tamping or compressing, make sure the rubber gasket is in place and then screw the top half of the moka pot onto the bottom
step 06. place your moka onto the heat source making sure it covers the bottom of the pot without reaching the handle. set the timer to 11 minutes and start
step 07. as the water begins to heat, coffee is extracted from the funnel. keep the heat on low to allow for a gradual extraction — this allows for a more thorough extraction of the flavours resulting in a strong and sharp taste
step 08. after 10 minutes a gurgle will tell you the water has finished heating. about 10 to 15 seconds after you hear it, remove the pot from the heat source
step 09. the coffee will continue to percolate for a while longer. serve and enjoy as soon as this finishes
step 10. true aficionados drink espresso straight. but it’s fine to add sugar and milk to make an espresso based drink depending on your personal tastes!
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