Questions tagged [moka]

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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Do I need to use a tamp if using a Moka pot stove top espresso maker?

Can I just add the coffee powder to the basket and let the the water vapour do the work or should I make use of a tamp same as with a professional Espresso machine?
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What's the difference between a percolator and a moka pot?

What's the difference between a percolator and a moka pot? For example, differences in the device itself, the method of use, and the resulting brew? They seem somewhat similar, since both are ...
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Why does water remain in the bottom chamber after brewing with a moka pot?

We are new owners of a Espress Nero four cup Moka Pot by Vev-Vigano. We have followed instructions from print sources, on-line articles, and YouTube videos and have yet to see reference as to why the ...
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Most moka pots don't work on my induction stove. How can I still use them?

Most moka pots don't work on my induction stove. How can I still use them? I use a camping stove temporarily, but it requires me to buy gas refills every now and then. Is there an easier way?
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When and how should I clean my moka pot?

I regularly use a moka pot for making coffee, and I've heard different people tell me about cleaning it. The consensus does seem to be that I should never clean it with soap, just rinse it with warm/...
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What are these spots on the inside of my moka pot? Do I need to remove them?

I've got these spots on the inside the bottom section of my Bialetti Moka Express: They are placed pretty evenly around the ridgy part toward the edge of the bottom of the circle, with a few toward ...
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Generating crema with a moka pot?

I have a stove top percolator for making espresso. It does not generate any crema. it possible to do so with a stove top percolator?
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Does it make a difference whether the moka lid is open or not?

When brewing coffee with a moka pot, I often leave the lid open so I can better tell when the coffee is ready. Is having the lid off affecting the brewing process in any significant way? I imagine ...
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How to properly use the Bialetti Brikka

The Brikka, like many stovetop espresso makers, has a lot of parameters that affect how the espresso turns out. What are the best parameters for using the Brikka correctly? Which of these are more ...
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How should I make multiple batches quickly with a moka pot?

I made three batches in a row with a moka pot (for Vietnamese coffee ice cream!) recently. I did my best to handle things with a wet rag while still hot, but it was still a bit of a pain and a bit ...
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Stainless steel moka pot with a crema valve for espresso-like crema

Are there any moka pots (made of stainless steel) that produce crema? I know there is the Bialetti Brikka, but its made of aluminum and that's not what I'm looking for. I know the Brikka does not ...
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How vigorously should I heat my moka?

I usually use a moka pot on my gas stove, and on the smallest flame adjusted so it's roughly the same size as the base, I get good results. However, when I'm at my parents', I use their moka on an ...
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Is it good to have the “floating oil” on the surface of some coffee drinks?

Coffees prepared with some standard home machines (e.g., non-paper-filtered methods like moka, Turkish, or even some espresso machines) have something on the surface. It looks like oil from the beans. ...
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Purpose of Hole in Moka Funnel

I recently switched from a Bialetti Moka Express 3-cup stovetop espresso maker to a Cloer 5928 espresso maker. It has an integrated heating unit, just like an electric kettle, so making a coffee is ...
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Is there any way to overcome cycling with a moka on an induction stove?

In my eternal quest to make a decent cup of coffee at my parents' house, with an induction stove and moka, I recently discovered an interesting problem. Having found a good heat setting for the hob (...
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My moka pot brew exploded. What did I do wrong?

Well the moka pot itself didn't explode, rather the coffee bursted out from the funnel of the collecting chamber and through the middle of the moka pot, splashing all my clothes and half of my kitchen ...
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Moka Pot Buildup

I was given an old moka pot (this one in particular is a Junior Express pot) and noticed this buildup in the water well - it seems to be a little different from the typical scale buildup that I ...
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What is this tamper/filter thing that came with my moka pot for?

I recently bought a new moka pot similar to this one: It has a base, funnel, top and a little extra bit that seems to just fit inside the funnel. What is it for?
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Aluminium moka pot put through dishwasher and then polished - would it alter taste?

Common perceptions on Aluminium moka pots: They need to be kept dry as to prevent aluminium oxidation. Some people reckon you should just rinse the pot and not clean it completely, in order to ...
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Do I need to boil the water before using my moka?

I was recently told that I could improve the flavour of my moka pot coffee by boiling the water separately before putting it in the pot and assembling it. The theory goes that this means that the ...
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Does longer brewing time with hot water negatively effect flavor?

I've been reading the answers to related questions, but I'm still confused about the variable of the length of brewing time. I've heard that when using a Moka pot, one should turn off the flame ...
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How to reduce sourness in my moka-pot brew?

so most things I read say the common problem with a moka pot is a bitter, over-extracted brew, so I'm confused as to why I'm getting the opposite. Here are the beans I'm using- http://www....
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Coffee ground too finely - how to deal with it?

We bought a pack of coffee and had it ground on site, like many times before. The new sales girl must have misunderstood something and used a too-fine setting, finest (for espresso) instead of second ...
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How to avoid coffee grounds in my cup with a Bialetti?

When I make coffee with my Bialetti, there is a bit of coffee grounds in my cup. Is the coffee too thin ? On the package is written that it is fine for the Bialetti machine.
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What is the purpose of the crimp on a moka funnel?

Spurred by this recent moka question... The funnel on my moka pot has a "crimp" -- a little ring-shaped indentation -- around the middle, similar to this one from Bialetti: What is the purpose of ...
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Moka pot induction heater

I was wondering whether there was such a thing as a small induction heater/hob for moka pots? I have a small moka pot which I loath using on my electric hob. I think it is a waste of energy given that ...
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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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Is this kettle (Moka pot) intended for re-brewing coffee?

I have this kettle that looks something like this It has quite a lot of space for coffee and not so much for water (I am filling them up both to max). Is it intended for coffee to be re-brewed (...
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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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Why does my Moka pot sometimes produce GREAT coffee and sometimes awful coffee?

So I try to grind about the same each time but for some reason if I don't hit the jackpot on adjusting my hand grinder I get sour or bitter coffee. Why is my Moka Express so finicky?
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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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Why does my moka pot sputter?

I have an old 6-cup moka pot (bialetti) that I recently replaced the filter and the rubber gasket (bialetti brand), however the extraction time seems a bit long, bubbles to soon(almost immediately) ...
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Moka pot - oxidization, rust or mold?

I'm using a Tescoma paloma moka pot (aluminium) and after three years (and one mistake made by a friend of mine - tried to clean it with detergent) I noticed a build-up of two things: White spots ...
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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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What's the optimal size of a moka pot for a single espresso?

I'm new to brewing coffee. All I'm after is a single espresso in the morning. Sometimes latte. I've recently got myself a 6 cup moka pot - the smallest one we had in a local store. Doing it by ...
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Optimal moka pot size for flavor extraction?

My hunch is the smaller the moka pot, the higher the pressure buildup, resulting in higher extraction. Is this true and are there any other variables that may negate this theory?
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Has anyone encountered roughness in moka pot with mold? [duplicate]

I used moka pot (bialetti) for the first time then I rinsed it with tap water and let it on the bench. One week later when I took it to make coffee I saw the botom-most part of the moka pot which was ...
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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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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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Bialetti Brikka..is 2 cup really 1 cup?

My bialetti brikka claims to be a 2 cup espresso maker. However, I only see one water fill line. When I use this line, it produces one cup of espresso. I thought there might be a second fill line for ...
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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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Replaced gasket on moka pot and it misbehaves - should the gasket be treated with anything?

First of all, I've seen Why does my moka pot sputter?, which covers a very similar issue but has no answers and doesn't ask the specific question I have. My 6 cup Bialetti is probably from the 1960s, ...
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I've burned my stainless steel macchinetta. Is it still safe for use?

I accidentally put my macchinetta on the stove with no water in it. A few minutes have passed until I realized what I have done, and in the mean time the pot has overheated, started to smell quite ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...