Coffee. Water of life. Bringer of mornings. Reason for existence.
I might be getting carried away.
I do love coffee.
There are so many devices for making coffee: just a regular percolator, French press, or a fancy pants espresso maker that costs hundreds of dollars. When it comes right down to it, you don’t need to spend a fortune to make a good Cup O’ Joe.
The Moka pot was invented by Luigi De Ponti in 1933. It ingeniously uses pressure to make coffee by forcing boiling water through a valve after passing though a layer of ground coffee. I didn’t know any of this when I bought my Moka pot. I had seen the tiny coffee makers before, but couldn’t imagine making coffee in one. I didn’t think I possessed that kind of coffee witchcraft. Turns out it’s not that hard.
I took the plunge and brought my little coffee maker home. After squinting at the teeny vague instructions that came with my pot, I took to Pinterest where I knew someone was an expert on the thing. And…yep, lots of articles and blog posts pinned on how to use the Moka pot, as well as delicious to drinks to make from the results.
To Make the Coffee:This Hub Pages post from Redberry Sky goes into detail about how to make the coffee, as well as some trouble-shooting.
This cute diagram from Williams Sonoma covers everything as well. It might be nice to print it out on cardstock if you were giving one as a gift. Click on the pin to go to the site, which has diagrams for other coffee makers.
Cream, Sugar?Now that you’ve made your coffee, it’s time to decide how to serve it. As always, Pinterest has lots of ideas about that. How about…
…a Latte? I love a little coffee in my frothed milk. Nellie Bellie explains how to make it at home with your Moka pot.
…Cuban Coffee? The trick to Cuban coffee seems to be the crema, which I have not mastered yet. Maybe it’s because I don’t use enough sugar. I did have some coffee from Cuba, but used it all up. It is really good and has a different flavour from other coffees. I’ve been using Jamaican instead until someone gets me the Cuban.
…Mexican Mocha? A Spicy Perspective shares a recipe for this spicy, chocolaty delight. I found that the amount for just one cup was too sweet for me. I got three cups out of it. It was still delicious!
…an adult beverage? My favorite is Irish coffee. Irish because it has Irish whiskey in it. Here’s the standard recipe from Happily Unprocessed. I’ve also tried Spanish coffee. Oh mama! It’s got a kick! Here’s a simple version from Food.com.
So, after playing with the Moka pot for a while now, I’m finding it fairly easy to use. I had some trouble with it until I realized I wasn’t letting to seal dry completely after washing it before making more coffee. It wasn’t able to create the pressure. Without pressure, no coffee. Since then, no problems.
They are usually small devices. I can only make one cup at a time. It’s great for someone living alone, or living with someone else who doesn’t partake. It would make a cute housewarming gift for a coffee lover. They’re decently priced; mine was $10 on sale.
Do you have a Moka pot? Do you make your coffee with it?
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