Pinteresting Coffee: Stovetop Moka Pot

stovetop moka pot

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.

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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?

***I'm submitting this post as part of Trish's Inspiration on Monday post. Check out the other participants' ideas there!***

17 comments:

  1. OH MY GAWD I LOVE COFFEE TOO!
    Recently I started using an old electric moka my parents have. It's very nice, and makes great coffee.
    I usually have it plain black (or brown, depending on the type of the beans) or do a latte macchiatto. But I froth the milk in a translucid/transparent mug, and pour the coffee slowly. The coffee stays at the middle of the mug, between the milk and the froth. :D

    I'l try the Mexican Mocha and some Irish or brandy coffee

    Thiago - Doctor Corgi

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    1. I'll have to try your technique!

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    2. Pleas do, and tell if you liked. The result will be like this: https://instagram.com/p/zIU-xxGqTu/?taken-by=thiagomgd
      (that's from my old account, in portuguese)

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  2. $10? That's it? Looking at that I was thinking it would be a lot more expensive. I've never heard of a Moka pot but I'm definitely intrigued. I'll admit that we are BAD coffee drinkers...we drink Folgers GASPPPP. I'm thinking it's time for me to be an actual grown up and indulge in real coffee. ;)

    PS--love the updated look of the blog! I really should stop ignoring my Feedly account and get around more often...

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    1. Oh no not Folgers! ;) Folgers is fine. I have a Keurig too, so I'll drink whatever.
      And yeah, this one was $10, on sale. I think it was regular $15 or $20.

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  3. One of my coworkers used to make coffee with something like this. I honestly had no idea what she was doing. lol

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  4. I have always wondered about these. I see them in IKEA on every visit. For some reason, I thought the coffee would be very dark/strong like an espresso vs. regular coffee. Might buy one now next time. Emma

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    1. It is a bit strong, but I think the finer the ground, the stronger the coffee. I use a medium ground coffee.

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  5. I've always seen these but have honestly never used one. Thankfully, I have a husband who drinks more coffee than I do, so making one cup at a time is not really an option at our house.

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    1. My husband drinks coffee too so it's a pot when he's home. I use this a lot when I'm home alone.

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  6. I want to say that my baby sitter from long ago used a pot like this to make Turkish coffee and boy was it good. I was told by a fitness fanatic co worker that if you mix hot brewed coffee and a little coconut oil in a blender, you will have the most delicious breve ever but without dairy. I haven't tried it yet but I can see it working out.

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    1. Oh, that's an idea! I never heard of that before.

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  7. I sublet an apartment in New Haven one summer, and the guy I was subletting from had a Moka pot. I had never seen one before and had to google how to work it. It's pretty magical! I still don't fully understand how it works on a science level, but I appreciate its existence. These days, I have a regular old coffee pot. Much more comprehensible.

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    1. I'm convinced it's witchcraft. It just appears in the top compartment, like magic!

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  8. I have one of these. Dislike taking it apart and doing in the morning, I'm so lazy before work, but it's pretty cool for a quick cup.

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  9. We've used this kind of coffee pot for so long I don't even recall when we got our first. They last a long time, make great coffee and cost next to nothing. I think they're wonderful. But, we both still use the expensive coffee pods (Huz has a Nespresso; I have a Keurig), as well.

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