Brewtorials: Making Coffee with a Moka Express / Stovetop Espresso Maker



1) Heat some water in a kettle on the stove. You’ll need enough to fill up the base of your pot properly (and perhaps a bit extra you can use to pre-heat your cup)

2) While the kettle is boiling, grind your coffee into the filter holder. If you don’t have a grinder, use a fine drip grind or get your local roaster/cafe to grind you some coffee. I personally like to use some that’s a little finer than I would use when using a pour over or electric drip method. Experiment if you want!

Some people like to use an espresso grind for their coffee, but I can’t say I’m a fan of this. It tends to be overly bitter and overextracted. BUT, if you’ve had it before that way, please do go ahead! The instructions will work for that too! I would recommend at least trying it ‘my way’ though 🙂

3) Even out the coffee in the basket, but NEVER tamp the coffee down. It really doesn’t need to be.

4) Pour freshly boiled water from the kettle into the base, taking care to fill it just up to the bottom of the little screw inside. Do not ever fill it up over that screw.

5) Drop your filter basket in gently and make sure it’s evenly seated. Also make sure there aren’t coffee grounds all over the metal edge, as that might make the seal fail to be as tight as it should be.

6) Take an oven mitt or rag and use that to hold the base still, and gently screw the top on until it is snug and tight. Take care to not overtighten it, as it will make it very difficult to remove once you’re done.

7) Put the brewer onto your stove. The stove should be set to high.

8) Since we used hot water already, this should only take a moment. If we used cold water, this would take quite a while and the heat would cause the coffee to be bitter. We don’t want to cook those coffee beans any more, so we want to make this as quick as possible!

9) Once you see coffee begin to come out, turn the heat down to low.

10) As soon as the coffee is nearing the top, and you hear a spluttering or see any foam coming out, immediately take the coffee off of the heat.

Serve and enjoy!

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2 Replies to “Brewtorials: Making Coffee with a Moka Express / Stovetop Espresso Maker”

  1. Dmitrij Paškevič

    Two questions though:
    1. Any particular reason this had to be filmed in B/W? 🙂
    2. Why pour boiling water into the pot? 



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