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Italian Moka Pots


No home in Italy is complete without a Moka pot, You too can make Italian coffee like a boss!

The moka pot is a stove-top or electric coffee maker that brews coffee by passing pressurized boiling water through ground coffee. Named after the city of Mocha, in Yemen. The Moka pot was invented by Alfonso Bialetti in 1933 in Italy. It quickly caught the Italian imagination and now can be found in 90% of Italian homes.

The Moka pot works coffee by forcing boiling water and steam through coffee grounds and out through a mesh filter. It creates an espresso-like taste and is the closest you can get to espresso without using an actual espresso machine. In fact, the Moka pot is often referred to as a “stovetop espresso machine.” Technically, you need  9 bars of pressure to brew a true espresso, the Moka pot will only produce 1-2 bars of pressure and uses a coarser grind and larger quantity of coffee to produce the closest to a true espresso.

 But if you want to make lattes or cappuccinos - then the Moka pot will make the espresso part of the milky drinks.

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GAT Moka pot magnifica  3How to use a Moka pot

Follow these step-by-step instructions for using a Moka pot. 


STEP 1: Heat the water

  • You can use cold water, but it is better to use hot water - this way the coffee will not burn - which is important for 100% arabica varieties.
  • Boil the kettle to 94°c or when it reaches boiling wait 5 min until the temp drops.

STEP 2: Add the hot water to the Moka pot

  • Fill the water up to the valve - it is filled beyond this it will spill out on the stock making a mess.

STEP 3: Weigh your coffee

  • Place the base of the Moka pot on a scale. ( water is already in the base) -
  • Tare the scale.
  • Typically a 3-cup Moka Pot takes about 150g of water and approx about 20g of coffee - the grind should be about as fine as table salt. 
  • Traditionally the coffee is filled to the top creating a mound and the lid is screwed back on. The screening tamps the coffee - don't tamp the coffee !!  or you will get no coffee at all, as the already fine coffee, will be too compressed.
  • Remove the brewer from the scale. Screw the top and bottom together using a heat-resistant towel. 

STEP 4: Bring to the stove

  • You can use gas or electric stove top
  • Turn on the heat -  Make sure the handle is well away from the heat.
  • Leave the top lid slightly open.
  • When coffee will begin to come out of the spout - Close the lid slightly 
  • Let the coffee fill 1/3 full for an Espresso type coffee - this is added to either hot milk or hot water to make a cappuccino or americano.
  • Let the coffee fill 2/3 full for a strong coffee - This is a strong drink and technically you will burn the coffee to get it this far.
  • Remove the Moka pot from the heat and pour immediately.


How to use a Moka pot to make a Latte

A little controversial but doable.

  • Fill the top of the pot with milk - Maximum 1/3 full!
  • Let the espresso come out 1/3 so the maximum of coffee and milk is now 2/3 of the top of the pot.
  • Pour the mixture into the cups provided.
  • Rinse the pot immediately with water - otherwise, the milk will stick to the aluminum pot - you don't want that !!
  • The latte will be hot so let cool down.
  • This is a great particularly handy way of making a latte if camping or on a boat - just store the milk in a coll place.

How to clean a Moka pot.

  • Most Moka pots are made from aluminum and are not dishwasher safe - if aluminum is put into a dishwasher - it will tarnish and look like lead.
  • Always rinse the pot after each use - never leave old stale water to sit, as you will have a mineral buildup that is hard to remove.
  • Hand wash the Moka pot with warm water and a soft-bristled brush.- never use a descaler on aluminum - it will tarnish and look like lead.