One of the fun ways to brew a good cup of coffee is to use a moka pot.
With a moka pot, you can create beautiful viscous espresso without any electricity or fanciful equipment. Not to mention, it is inexpensive and is an Italian classic.
If you are considering to buy a moka pot, here is a step by step guide how to use a moka pot.
1. Prepare Ground Coffee
Moka pot usually consists of three component, namely the brewing chamber (top), the filter basket (middle) and the boiler (bottom).
First, grind your coffee beans fine to ensure a proper coffee extraction. If your ground coffee is too coarse, it will lead to a batch of sour coffee. To fill your filter basket, you may need between 17g to 20g of ground coffee. Make sure the ground coffee is leveled with the filter basket without over-packing it.
2. Boil Water
Boil the water and fill the bottom half of your boiler base.
Insert the coffee-filled filter basket into boiler base and tighten the brewing chamber into the boiler.
You can choose to heat the water directly from the stove, but we recommend preheating the water first as prolonged heat from the stove may affect the ground coffee during the coffee extraction.
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3. Heating the Moka Pot
Place the moka pot on the stove on medium-low heat.
As the moka pot is heated, pressure builds up in the boiler, forcing the boiling water through the filter basket into the brewing chamber.
A note to all home baristas: It is crucial to monitor the heat especially when the water in the boiler has already been heated. If there is too much heat, pressure may build up too fast and coffee may spill out uncontrollably. If there is too little heat, there may be too little pressure to push coffee into the brewing chamber.
4. Take it Off the Stove
Once you see a stream of coffee with orange brown crema sipping into the brewing chamber, taking the moka pot off the stove. The residual heat within the boiler will able to complete the brewing process. Too much heat will lead to over extraction, leading to flavorless bitter coffee.
You may also wrap a wet cloth around the base of the moka pot to stop the brewing process, thus preventing over extraction.
A Fun Way to Brew Coffee
Brewing coffee with a moka pot is an artistry. Even if you have the best coffee beans in Singapore, you need to test and trial how to manage the strength of the heat and the brewing time to produce a balanced extraction for a great cup of coffee.
We hope you have benefited from this article. Are you using a moka pot? What are your recommended techniques? Do share with us in the comment sections below.