Sunday, November 9, 2014

Moka Pot Espresso

Upgrading your morning coffee Italian style 

Not since Christopher Columbus has there been such a gift to the continent as this post. Well, maybe that was a tad overstated.

I am a coffee drinker. In fact, Julie and I spend a lot of time making and drinking coffee when we aren't drinking wine. While we were on our Euro Trip, specifically in Venice, we stayed in a lovely airbnb apartment that had a rather strange coffee pot. It looked like a coffee pot but it had a pressurized container at the bottom, some sort of coffee holding disk and an empty top. We had a google how to make coffee in it and it was there that we discovered the magic of the Moka Pot.


We googled this link at illy we discovered it because the mysterious coffee we found had illy stamped on the side of it. That is how smart we are... 

Incidentally, we purchased a Moka Pot by Bialetti in Venice and lugged it home with us. We were so excited about it until we discovered that you can pretty much by them anywhere over here. Including Cooks Warehouse (Atlanta) and of course Amazon. Bialetti 6800 Moka Express 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker and probably everywhere else. Who knew?


Gather the following ingredients:

1 - Bialetti 6800 Moka Express 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker
1 - illy Medium Roast Ground Moka Coffee for Stovetop Coffeemakers, 8.8 ounce can
1 - teaspoon of cream (or not)
1/2 equal (or not)

Also, go ahead and get the little cups and saucers. Life is short and it makes your hands look huge which also has entertainment value.

We will simply add water to just below the pressure release valve and fill up the coffee ground disk (not sure what you would call it) and then put it on heat until it starts to steam.


This goes very quick and makes an excellent espresso but first a tour of this magical device..

It has three parts and here it is fully assembled.

Open the top to reveal the chamber where the finished coffee will settle

The top screws off the base to reveal the cup that holds the moka ground coffee and the water reservoir .

Now, let's make espresso

add the coffee grounds to the top of the cup

After filling the base with water to just below the pressure relief valve drop the cup in place

Screw the top back on hand tight then apply heat

After it begins steaming remove from heat

As expected the espresso has collected in the top container.

Pour your espresso into a very small cup.


This will change your life. It is so hard to go back and drink big 'ole American coffee after having these smaller taster stronger supermodel coffees.

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