MokaPot (Stovetop Espresso) Brewing Instructions from
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Thanks for purchasing a stainless steel moka pot (stovetop espresso
maker) from Sweet Marias. This unit is made from 18/10 food grade stainless
steel, safer than the less expensive aluminum moka pots that are more common.
These are some basic instructions that you will, undoubtedly, adapt and refine
to suit your purposes...
- You can use electric or gas heat source for the moka pot. Use a low to medium
flame, which also helps avoid blackening the brewer (and melting the handle!)
- Before using the unit for the first time, fill the bottom with fresh
water (up to the level of the pressure relief valve), put unwanted or spent
coffee grounds in the filterbasket, attach the top, and allow it to brew.
This is to clean the unit and to make sure the pressure relief valve works
- Fill the bottom with good fresh water up to the level of the valve or a
little over it.
- Fill the filterbasket with coffee. The grind should be fine, but not powdery,
about the same as for a fine filter drip. Do not pack the coffee or tamp it
down. As the coffee becomes wet, it will expand so it effectively tamps
itself... (Some units come with an extra filterdisc. This is supposed to allow
you to brew a 1/2 batch by filling the filterbasket halfway or so, putting
the disc on top of it, then assembling as normal and brewing. I find this
isnt as good as brewing a full batch).
- Drop the filterbasket into the bottom, assemble the top, put the coffee
maker on a low to medium heat
- Brewing should take 5 minutes. If it takes longer, try raising the heat
a bit next time. Brewing has completed when all the water has been percolated
into the top. You can tell because the sound of the brewer changes from a sort of bubbling/spraying sound to a drier sound.
Note: If you find the coffee is not brewing correctly, check first to see if steam is escaping
from the area where the top and bottom are screwed together. If the connection
here is not tight - if steam can escape out the side - the pot will not work. Try to screw the parts together more
tightly next time. I have found the easiest way to do this is to hug the pot
close to your chest and twist the top and bottom together as tightly as you
can. You can also try to use two gaskets. It does require some effort to screw
the two halves together tightly enough for the pot to work. You might also check that the filterscreen is clean - if this is clogged with coffee grounds or oils - it could prevent the steam/coffee from rising to the upper chamber.
- Do not wash with an abrasive scouring pad or steel wool
- It is best to hand-wash the unit. Do not use a dishwasher
- It is safe to use Urnex or other coffee-maker cleaners, since this mokapot
has no aluminum.
This page is authored
by Tom Owen and Sweet Maria's Coffee, Inc. and is not to be copied or
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