Videos like this one show a smooth, viscous flow of coffee from the bottom of a moka pot into the top. Moreover, I've read that you should cut off the heat as soon as you start to hear a gurgling sound, lest the coffee be bitter. However, I can't reconcile either of these with the behavior of my moka pot:
- The pot starts to sputter and gurgle as soon as the coffee starts to come up: there is never a smooth flow.
- Thus, if I were to cut the heat at that point, there would only be a tiny amount of coffee in the pot.
I assume I'm doing something wrong. Here's my current procedure:
- Hot water up to the steam release valve.
- Bustelo grounds in the filter basket, leveled but not tamped. (Nope, not freshly ground.)
- Low flame.
- Turn off flame when gurgling becomes less steady.
What, if anything, should I be doing differently?