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Making coffee with Moka pots, which are metal pots used to brew coffee on a stove, using steam pressure to force heated water up through ground coffee into an upper chamber.

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Is 270ml of coffee in a 6-cup Bialetti Moka attainable with the correct grind size?

I have just bought a 6-cup Bialetti Moka Express, and the user manual quotes its 300 ml reservoir should result in 270 ml of coffee. However, I have conducted some tests, and unless the grind size is ...
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Grind size for moka vs. espresso machine

Should the grind size for moka pots be as fine as that for pump espresso machines? I've seen some say mokas need fine grind size; others say fine/medium.
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Can a blade grinder really not grind fine enough for espresso?

I've often heard it claimed blade grinders cannot grind fine enough to make espresso, but is this true? I've run my cheap blade grinder continuously until its humming sound becomes steady and smooth (...
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What are low-maintenance and plastic-free options for making coffee?

We threw out our drip machine because we’re trying to ditch plastic. Got a Paderno moka pot, and didn’t take long for rust to cover the bottom. Probably because we like to prep the coffee the night ...
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Chip in bottom of moka pot

My moka pot has a chip in the bottom and I can't tell if it has mold in it, or if it is just broken off aluminum. It's aluminum bialetti 6 cup and I've had it for about a year or so. I tried descaling ...
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Is it safe to deburr a Moka pot with a file

I have a 3 cup aluminum bialetti that I've had for a year. One thing that bothers me is that there are burrs around the edges on the upper section that trap coffee and are hard to clean. I have some ...
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Is it safe to use a moka pot after coffee was burnt in it without water? [duplicate]

I accidentally put my aluminum moka pot on the stove without any water in it, and noticed it after the coffee inside started burning. The bottom of the is a bit burnt on the surface, but the gasket ...
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Are there any tools to help filling the moka pot with coffee and prevent wasting coffee?

While preparing coffee in my 2-cup moka pot, I usually try to carefully sprinkle ground coffee from my grinder into the funnel of my pot. When I reach approximately the amount of coffee needed to fill ...
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How can I clean my these spots on my aluminium moka pot?

I left my aluminium moka pot unused for a year and it turn out to be so rusty. I think it was too damp at my outer kitchen. Is there a way to revive it? Advance thank you for the answer 🙏🙏
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Question about dirt/rust moka pot

Today I decided that I want to improve the quality of the coffee I'm consuming, so I decided to start brewing coffee at home. I have a Pedrini moka pot that was stored for a few years without use. ...
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Why is tamping necessary for espresso machines but not mokas?

Why is tamping necessary for espresso machines but not mokas? Kingston's How to Make Coffee: The Science Behind the Bean, on how to use a moka, says: Fill the funnel with enough finely ground coffee ...
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Why do espresso grains have to be finely ground and French press grains coursely ground?

Why do espresso grains have to be finely ground? (I've seen some moka pot instructions say medium is good, too.) I thought espresso machines extracted the most out of the grains, so it would seem they ...
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Do Hand Ground Beans Work for a Moka Pot?

I'm thinking of buying a hand grinder but can't seem to find enough information to ensure that I'll be able to make good coffee in my Moka pot, i.e., that the size of the grind will be adequate. Can I ...
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What type of coffee maker is this?

I got a stove top coffee maker, from my grandfather (not antique, he bought it recently). I am not sure what type it is. I claims to be a percolator, but functions more like a moka pot. They have ...
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How to reduce acidity (and increase strength) of moka pot coffee?

I drink coffee, from a stovetop moka pot. I do not add anything to it. No milk, no sugar, no water. Just the output of the moka pot is drunk, by me (not sure, if that is the norm). I have read in some ...
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Scratches on the upper chamber of newly mochapot!

I have just got my mocha pot for the first time by enthusiasm but look what i have found! Deep scratches, not one or two, a lot! It almost looks like someone did this intentionally while producing. ...
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Troubleshooting Moka coffee grind size vs sediments

I recently received as a gift a pack of pre-ground coffee that was supposed to be incredible, but I just can't get it to work. I'm still getting used to my Moka pot, so its normal that I don't get a ...
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Is it safe to use aluminum foil inside a moka pot?

My moka pot is sputtering coffee instead of pouring flowing coffee so I'm trying to find a solution on how to fix this. I stumbled upon this video, with a similar issue in which the filter is a bit ...
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Left on the stovetop without water -- do I need a new moka pot?

I put my moka pot & coffee on the stove this morning and forgot to put water into the bottom. Definitely a strong burnt rubber and burnt coffee smell before I noticed it; the rubber gasket was ...
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What is this white spots inside my Bialetti Moka?

What is this white spots inside my Bialetti Moka, and they appear even after clean it.
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how often should I replace the metal filter on a Bialetti Moka Express 6-cup?

I've been using the same filter in my Moka pot for one year, and it looks fine. None of the holes are blocked. But I noticed that Bialetti sells gasket packs in threes with one filter included. That ...
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What's this ring around the inside of my moka pot?

I just bought a Bialetti moka stainless steel pot and when I went to wash it for the first time (before any use) I noticed this rust-looking ring around the inner bottom portion of the top pot where ...
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Is this moka still safe to use?

My Bialetti Moka has porous holes that seem to go beneath the surface. These pictures show those small holes. (click to enlarge)
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Spots on Moka Pot, I suspect they are mold

I have this Bialetti Moka pot for over a year. I wasn't using it very frequently until a couple of months ago. Now I use it almost every day. I think in last December, I made coffee and forget to ...
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Cleaning a stovetop espresso maker (moka pot) before first use

How should a Moka pot be cleaned before first use and does this depend on what it's made of (aluminium or stainless steel)? Like with most Moka-related things, I'm finding a lot of different ...
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Brikka either too bubbly crema or doesn't work

so I'm still new to brewing with Brikka and I found my results are quite inconsistent. So, I try to follow each steps and the how to make coffee part on the product manual. Cold water, fill the funnel ...
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Is the moka pot predisposed to producing burnt or bitter coffee?

Some time ago, I bought a moka pot in the hope of producing coffee that more closely resembled espresso. And using good coffee, and experimenting with technique, I have produced some very rich, nicely-...
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Can I use cocoa-dusted coffee in my moka pot?

I have a 3-cup Bialetti Moka Express pot and some coffee beans dusted with cocoa powder that I bought from a chocolate shop. My French press is stuck at work due to the quarantine, so I can't use them ...
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Moka pot - adding nutty flavor to coffee

I used a spice/coffee grinder to grind coffee beans for the Moka pot since nothing else was available and the flax seed residue from previous grind left a nutty flavor per chance. I liked the taste ...
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Help me determine the strength of my coffee

I drink coffee from a Nespresso Machine (Nespresso Pixie). I use one capsule of Ristretto Italiano (black), but run it twice under the 'Lungo' option. Thus my question is: What is the strength of ...
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Accidentially put aluminum moka pot on stove without water ... is it still usable?

I was a bit tired this morning and accidentally put my moka pot (Bialetti Brikka, aluminum) on the stove with the water still in the top (for measuring the amount), instead of pouring it into the ...
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Is this moka pot safe?

I didn't use it for more than half an year. When I took it out, I saw the inside of the pot is oxidation or rust, is it safe to use it? How can I clean it?
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Moka vs. pour-over oil extraction efficiency

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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Does Chicory make coffee taste bitter?

I am new to coffee and recently ordered a dark roast pre ground coffee mix containing 20% chicory and 80% 'coffee'. No mention of date of roasting or anything. When I brew the coffee the only 'notes' ...
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Water shooting out of spout in Moka pot

I've been watching videos of people preparing coffee in Moka pots on Youtube and one thing I noticed is that most people seem to initially leave the lid open. However, when I tried this the initial ...
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Please Help find Moka Pot Gasket Replacement

I have a vintage Carlo Giannini Moka Pot. A family member mistakenly threw away the original rubber gasket. I'm not sure how to determine the number of cups in the moka pot. Can someone please help ...
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Bialeti Brikka with Silver vs Black Bottom

I ordered the Bialetti Brikka off of Amazon, the new one I think with the silver bottom: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008G48DW4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 But I ...
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What variables influence yield for a stovetop/moka pot?

I got a moka pot a couple of months ago and have more or less settled on a formula I like, but one thing still really puzzles me. The quantity that ends up in the top chamber has started varying ...
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Leak in base of Moka pot

I have a modern Bialetti stovetop moka pot. It's been used in an induction hob. It has developed a leak on the side of the base How does that happen? Can it be repaired?
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What does moka pot cups mean?

I bought a moka pot days ago and have been using it almost everyday, each time i fill it with ground coffee and enough water and i drink it all by myself. Today i noticed that on its box its written ...
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Pouring espresso into hot water versus hot water into espresso

struggling to find an answer to this (if there is one), perhaps because nature of the question doesn't work so well with search engines. Essentially, I've noticed (and so have others I've spoken to ...
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Moka pot sputters and gurgles despite my best efforts

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 ...
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Coffee percolator

I have bought an Italian percolator and cannot get the taste right, like you would find in a coffee house. I buy beans from a proper coffee house and tried many different coffee types and origins. ...
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Improving my Brikka moka pot use

I have a Brikka and I'm trying to improve the coffee I make. I have seen this post, but am using an electric stove instead of a gas range. Q1: Does anyone use one with an electric element as ...
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Why does the same coffee in my Hario V60 drip tastes better then in Bialetti stainless steel moka pot?

I use same beans (either Flowgrade or Bulletproof), and grind in a Rhinowares hard grinder (adjusting the screw by tightening max, and then unwind by 5 clicks). I use about 28 grams of coffee for 500 ...
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Moka Express Pot, rusting?

I know the Bialetti Moka pots are aluminium and I understood this means they can't rust? But mine seems to have a small spot of rust on the hinge part? Is this part not aluminium? Is there anything I ...
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How can I clean a rusted moka pot?

I got a moka pot about 1 year ago, I used only 2 times. After the first time I used it I cleaned it with soap and let it air dry. I noticed then some oxidation (rust) inside the pot, I tried to soak ...
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Coffee in bottom chamber of moka pot?

I have recently purchased a new Bialetti moka pot and I've found that after brewing a cup of coffee and letting the pot cool down, there's coffee in the bottom chamber. Am I cutting off the heat too ...
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How do I make an espresso shot in a moka pot?

Ive tried brewing espresso in a moka pot but I end up making coffee that tastes like drip coffee. Not sure why, but is it because the water level in the moka pot (I fill it up just below the opening ...
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What's the volume of Brikka 2 cup water chamber?

I received a used 2 cup Brikka without the measuring cup. Anyone knows what is the volume of this measuring cup?
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