A stovetop espresso maker (or a moka pot) allows you to make a tasty espresso-style coffee without an espresso machine. This brew method uses steam pressure to brew a strong coffee with some of the characteristics of espresso, such as added texture, viscosity and flavour.
- Pour boiling water into the bottom of the pot, filling up to the line or the little valve about two-thirds of the way up (on the inside). We use pre-boiled water to prevent the stove-top from ‘cooking’ the coffee as it heats the water.
- Insert the coffee basket into the brewer bottom, and fill with coffee, rounded off to a slight mound. The coffee should be as fine as table salt - If you’re using pre-ground coffee, make sure you ask for a stove-top grind.
- Screw the top and bottom together, and place over a medium heat, leaving the lid open. The coffee will begin to come out, and will get progressively lighter in colour. When the stream is clover honey coloured, remove from heat and close the lid.
- Stop the extraction by running cold water over the bottom of the pot, or wrapping in a cool towel. This is done to prevent ‘over-extracting’, and developing a burnt, metallic taste.
- When the coffee stops extracting, pour into cups. You may wish to dilute with hot water to suit taste. Enjoy!