by Joe Molloy October 06, 2022 3 min read
The stovetop is a hugely popular brewing device. Also called a moka pot, stovetop espresso or Bialetti after its inventor Alfonso Bialetti. It's known for brewing thick, strong, espresso-like coffee. The steam pressure that builds up in the brewing process extracts loads of flavour and crema and can make a powerful and delicious coffee.
Moka pot coffee is the closest we can get to a shot of espresso without actually having an espresso machine. But, if brewed badly it can result in a bitter and over-brewed cup. Perfect stovetop coffee is possible, you just need to follow the steps below.
As with all brew methods, we recommend using fresh ground coffee, scales and a timer.
Here's how we like to brew it.
What's the best coffee for Stovetop?We recommend an espresso roast like one of our blends. Shadow Boxer brews a strong, chocolatey cup while Street Fighter is more cocoa and berries. If you are looking for something to expand your horizons our single-origin espresso coffees change seasonally and are fruity and sweet.
Should you start with cold or hot water in the Moka Pot? Cold water obviously takes longer to heat up which means the ground coffee is heating up for quite some time. This can make your stovetop coffee bitter and unenjoyable. We advise starting with hot water to keep the total brew time short and the coffee delicious.
What grind should you use for your stovetop coffee maker?Use a fine to medium grind, not as fine as an espresso grind. The slightly coarser grind will stop the coffee from taking too long to brew and becoming bitter.
How much coffee do you put in a stovetop espresso maker?Fill the basket and make sure it's level and even. You don't need to press or tamp the coffee grounds down.
Is Stovetop the same as percolator? While they can look similar, The stovetop espresso maker is not the same as a coffee percolator. In the percolator, water repeatedly comes down through the bed of coffee grounds and then back up. This can result in dirty, over-brewed coffee.
Is it OK to use an aluminium Moka Pot? Many stovetops are made from aluminium and there was a health scare around cooking with aluminium a few years ago. Further studies have not found a link so you needn't worry. Stainless steel is another option and we sell the Avanti Inox Espresso Coffee Maker. It makes perfect stovetop coffee while looking great and lasting forever. Check them out here.
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