Three pieces of aluminium that have come together for years to bring some magic to coffee breaks in Italian homes. Of course, everyone has their own style, and some methods have been passed down from generation to generation – but what’s the right way to prepare coffee with a moka coffee pot? How should you rinse and clean the pot? How much coffee should you add to the filter?
What type of blend should be used? What about the heat intensity and time left on the stove? Here, you’ll find all the secrets to preparing your coffee with a moka coffee pot. Now the most difficult part will be to convince your grannies that it is not necessary to make the “hill” (or “montagnetta” as the Italians say).
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If you have a new coffeepot, first of all remember to wash it with waterand baking soda, and then make coffee twice (but do not drink it!).
Pour the water into the lower chamber up to the valve.
Use only hot water to clean the pot.
Richer stronger-flavoured coffees, such as Qualità Rossa and Crema e Gusto,are ideal for drinking early in the morning and in the first part of the day.
The more aromatic and delicate coffees, such as Lavazza Club,is just right for an afternoon or evening break.
Fill the filter with coffee up to the edges without overfilling and tamping: never press the coffee down into the filter and do not make a hole in it. This would alter the ideal contact time between water and coffee.
Arrange the coffee in the filter delicately tapping the bottom on a flat surface.
At this point, you can insert the filter in the boiler chamber.
It is important to use fresh low-mineral content water to prevent the flavour of the coffee aroma being altered.
Never use hot water to speed up the boiling process.
It is better to heat over a low flame so that the temperature rises gradually: the water should reach boiling point slowly.
This allows for a slower and more thorough extraction and prevents the handle from burning.
True coffee aficionados drink it without sugar, but it is fine to add sugar depending on your personal taste.
As soon as the water begins to get hot, the coffee starts to get filtered through the extraction funnel.
The gurgle tells us that the water has finished: turning off the heat prevents the coffee from boiling and consequently burning.
Once it is ready, stir the coffee with a teaspoon to mix well and then pour into the cup.
And now, enjoy your cup of delicious coffee!