What are the differences in the coffee made from a moka pot vs. a pour-over? Does one extract more of the beans' oil than another?

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Pourover methods tend to use a paper filter which prevents oils from flowing into the coffee. Pourover is also brewed at a low pressure and a higher coffee to water ratio, giving the coffee a gentler, tealike taste. Moka pots are closer to espresso in terms of intensity and pressure, and does have more body and a richer flavour. I personally prefer pourover coffee but everyone has their own tastes.


Mokas extract oils (fatty acids) better than pour-over or filter coffee methods, which are the poorest. French presses do the best at fatty acid, presumably due to the grains being submersed so water-oil separation has more time to occur.

According to

a French press (Bo) by far has the best "Fatty Acids per g R&G" extraction efficiency, with the Bialetti moka pot coming in a distant second place {plot (b) below}:

Fatty acid content per gram of roasted and ground coffee (R&G) prepared according to the different extraction methods:

Content per gram of ground coffee (R&G) prepared according to the different extraction methods


  • Espresso from semi-automatic machine—(DE)
  • Lungo from semi-automatic machine—(DL)
  • Espresso from fully automatic machine—(SE)
  • Lungo from fully automatic machine—(SL)
  • Espresso—Nespresso (NE)
  • Espresso—Bialetti (Bia)
  • Lungo—French Press (Bo)
  • Lungo—Karlsbader Kanne (KK)
  • Lungo—Filter Coffee (F)
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    – Stephie
    Jan 16, 2022 at 19:19
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    – Stephie
    Jan 16, 2022 at 19:20
  • How do fatty acids relate to oil? Are fatty acids the same as oil? Are all fatty acids in the bean oily? Are all oils in coffee beans fatty acids? And how does the pour over figure into this? It seems filter coffee has no fatty oil extraction. Is that because they only used a paper filter? Though this source seems to be relevant, I'd reiterate Stephie's comment that you have to actually answer the question.
    – JJJ
    Jan 19, 2022 at 5:02
  • I understand that the source you're citing only published the figures in bulk, but in your answer it's quite confusing as it seems you're only using that one plot. Perhaps removing the picture and citing the relevant numbers in a table would be easier?
    – JJJ
    Jan 19, 2022 at 5:02

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