Introduction to Stovetop Coffee Pots – the Moka machines that changed Italy

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Stovetop coffee pots, also known as Moka machines, are a simple and fantastic invention that dates back to the early 1930s, when the italian metalworker Alfonso Bialetti had an epiphany. Bialetti invented the Moka. a simple steel pot that can replace the bulky and expensive 200 pounds coffee machines that were used in Cafes around Italy. His invention was a revolution, it was a democratization of coffee – now everyone can start his morning with a shot of a robust espresso in the settings of his own home. All you need is Bialetti’s Moka, some water, ground coffee beans and a stove of course.

How Moka machines work

At its core a Moka is a three-levels coffeepot – a lower tier that serves for boiling the water, a funnel above it that hold the coffee grounds and top chamber to collect the brewed coffee. The heat source below beneath warms the water steadily, once boiling the water moves upwards towards the collection area while passing through the grounds, extracting the coffee flavors and aroma. Although some bells and whistles have been added to the Moka machines you may find online on Amazon, they haven’t really changed since their invention.

Some practical advice on stovetop pots

The stovetop pots come in different sizes and are designed to produce strong and robust coffee shots similar to the long shot of espresso. Perhaps due to the great price value, buying a stovetop coffee pot is one of the eaisest ways to upgrade you home coffee experience. Despite the huge selection of Moka machine you can buy online. choosing the right stovetop coffee pot is also pretty straightforward – decide on the suitable size and go with one of the known brands (you can’t really go wrong with Bialetti).

Yet the most important Important Italian secret for using a stovetop pot is almost counter intuitive – NEVER wash the stovetop pot with soap. Lets repeat that once again, Wash the Moka only with water, avoid detergents for good. The reason is quite simple – the oils produced when brewing coffee tend to stick to the steel walls of the Moka pot and soap removes them away. The oil serves as an effective boundary and prevents contact between the freshly brewed coffee and the steel. This separation greatly improves the taste your coffee and prevent unwanted flavours. In fact, true Italians take pride in not washing their Moka pots for years and years.

Do you have advice for getting even better results from you Moka? Tell us in the comments.