Your espresso stovetop has three components:
- The lower chamber that holds the water
- The filter basket that holds the ground coffee
- The top compartment that holds the brewed espresso coffee
Add water to the lower chamber and fill to just below the safety valve. The safety valve is not to be covered as it releases pressure to stop your stovetop from blowing up.
Filtered or boiled water is the best as we are out to extract the flavours of the coffee bean, more so than the elements of our water supply.
Fill the filter basket with your freshly ground coffee. Apply gentle pressure and level the coffee in the basket.
It’s important not to apply to much pressure or tamp the coffee to hard as a firm pack will increase the steam pressure.
I prefer to fill the filter basket prior to placing in the lower chamber – just because!
Now it’s time to piece it all together. Place the filter basket in the lower chamber and screw on the top compartment.
Place on medium heat over an electric hot plate or a gas stove (you will probably need a trivet if using a gas stove), turning the handle away from the heat.
As the steam pressure builds, the water will force its way through the coffee into the top compartment.
Once the the top compartment is full, remove from the stove and pour into your pre-heated cup of choice.
Once you hear a gurgling noise, it means all the water has passed onto the top chamber. You need to stop the heat as soon as possible, because the longer coffee stays hot, the more bitter it becomes.
Just place the Moka pot under the tap water and run some cold water until the pot cools down a little.
Pour in cups and enjoy
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