The Moka also known as “The Italian coffee maker” was invented by Alfonso Bialetti, an Italian inventor and entrepreneur. It is famous for its iconic octagonal design that has remained virtually unchanged since its creation in 1933. Just like the Chemex, it can be found in various museums around the world such as the Triennale Design Museum in Milan and the MoMa in New York.
The Moka is made up of three parts: the lower one, also known as boiler, where water is poured and then heated; a central basket that rests on the “boiler” where the coffee grounds are placed; and the upper one where coffee is collected after the pressurized water passes through the grounds and travels along the central pipe. The lower and upper parts are screwed together while a comfortable handle facilitates the grip.
Coffee brewed with the Moka is full-bodied and with an intense flavour and a unique texture.
The extraction process consists of heating the water near to a boiling point, hence the pressure of the created steam gives water enough push to flow upwards through the coffee grounds to extract its properties.
It is a really easy-to-use coffee maker that will make you fall in love with the Italian coffee tradition.
Follow these simple steps to prepare a delicious cup of coffee with your Moka:
Heat water in a kettle. You can also use the moka boiler directly without assembling the upper part.
Once the water is heated, pour it in the lower part or “boiler”, fill up to the beginning of the safety valve (make sure not to cover it).
It is advised to use previously heated water in order to speed up the extraction, this way, water will go up through the coffee grounds faster, thus preventing the hot aluminum walls to burn the coffee grounds and affecting the aromas. Alternatively, you can heat the water directly in the “boiler” and subsequently assemble the other parts.
Add the coffee to the basket. Do not worry about the grind level and dosage: with GROUNDtoENJOY for Moka, the ground coffee is already calibrated for an optimal brewing. Open a dose and pour all the contents into the basket, level every now and then so coffee does not fall outside the basket.The GROUNDtoENJOY sachet is tailored for a 3 cup Moka, and provides a professional brew ratio (water / coffee ratio) of 110 g / l which emphasizes the fruity notes of coffee with good acidity, specially in medium roasts. Make sure to keep the edges of the basket free of coffee so you don’t have any troubles closing it.
Place the basket on the boiler. Screw the top and the bottom parts together, you might want to use hot pads or a towel so as not to get burned with the lower part which can be very hot if you preheated the water.
Put the Moka on the heat source with moderate heat and make sure the plastic handle is not in direct contact with heat.
Keep the lid open so you can monitor when the coffee starts to flow.
After a couple of minutes, brewed coffee will begin to flow.
As soon as the brewed coffee reaches half the capacity, it means it is the right time to close the lid and take your Moka off the heat source. Don’t worry, your coffee will keep flowing thanks to the accumulated heat.
As soon as the coffee stops coming out (you’ll be able to tell this by the typical puffing sound of the Moka), mix it with a small spoon to make it homogeneous: the first portion that comes out is very concentrated while the last is more diluted.
Your coffee is ready!
Serve it in your favorite cup. An interesting fact about Moka cups: while filter coffee usually favours a large cup or a mug, the coffee extracted with the Moka is usually served in espresso or slightly larger cups.
Relax and take your time to savour this good cup of coffee…
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