One other great process is coffee Moka pot brewing. This type of coffee pot was invented by the Italians to revolutionize coffee drinking. Check it out.
“Macchinetta” (small machine) is the popular name for the Moka pot. The Italian invention was created by Luigi De Ponti for Alfonso Bialetti, in 1933.
Bialetti Industries still produce a slight variation of it called “Moka Express”.
The Moka pot brewing device is used widely in Europe and South America.
It is a universal example of a great aluminum industrial design shown throughout the world in many museums and fairs.
To brew Moka coffee you need to place the coffee pot over a heat source of any kind that is able to achieve water boiling point.
Some Moka coffee brewing devices work the same way as the traditional version aided by a combined valve to control steam, similar to a pressure cooker.
This diminishes vapor leakage and water starts to boil much faster, rising through the ground coffee in less time.
Since steaming occurs at a higher pressure and heat, the resulting coffee is more similar to espresso with crema.
Another modified Moka brewing method allows milk to be mixed with the coffee during the process.
Besides Bialetti, many companies manufacture their own coffee Moka pots. Those include:
Alessi, Serafino Zani, Vev Viganò, Bellman, Volturno, Top Moka and G.A.T.
On the second half of the 20th century, Moka brew device spread all over South Europe where manufacturers copied the original design and made it popular.
The Moka Pot Coffee Process
To brew with a Moka Pot, all you need is one of the above-mentioned coffee brewers.
- Fill boiler lower chamber (A) with water.
- Insert the metal funnel filter (B)
- Fill funnel with finely ground coffee
- Put metal filter on top of funnel, closing the ground coffee in the middle chamber
- Screw the upper piece (C) onto the base (A)
- Place pot over the heat source
- After water starts to boil, steam runs through the coffee funnel (B) and brewing the grounds.
- The brewed liquid escapes through the top opening into the higher chamber (C).
- When all water from the bottom is has evaporated, a gurgling sound emerges from the device and it’s time to quickly turn heat off.
- Coffee can be served directly from the top chamber after it has decanted, or be transferred to another serving pot.
Even though the bottom chamber reaches higher temperatures, the boiling water that passes through the funnel is no higher than about 90 to 95 degrees celsius preventing, this way, the coffee from burning. Just remember to turn the heat off at the correct point.
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Moka pots come in many sizes.
This device is great for brewing Brazilian coffee.