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What you need to make coffee with an Italian-style coffeemaker

Successful coffee-making with an Italian coffeemaker: secrets revealed!


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Have you ever wondered how to get delicious, creamy coffee at home, without spending a fortune on an expensive espresso machine? Look no further! Mocha coffee makers, also known as Italian coffee makers, are here for you. They’ve revolutionized the way we enjoy our coffee, allowing the general public to enjoy coffees that are almost as good as an espresso. In this article, I’m going to share with you the tips and secrets for making the perfect cup of coffee with an Italian moka coffee maker. Get ready to enjoy an exceptional cup of coffee, full of flavor and character!

Which coffee to use with an Italian coffee maker?

The choice of coffee is essential to get the best results from your Italian coffee maker. We recommend using a coffee with a grind similar to that used for espresso, but not too fine. If the grind is too fine, some of the coffee grounds may rise in your cup, which is obviously not ideal. On the other hand, too coarse a grind, such as that used for a French press, will result in a diluted, tasteless coffee. Choose a medium to dark roast. So-called “Italian” blends with a little Robusta give good results with this coffeemaker.

Tip: When brewing coffee with an Italian coffee maker, it’s important not to pack the coffee into the filter. Instead, use a spoon to gently smooth out the layer of coffee in the filter. The aim is to achieve an even coffee density, allowing the water to pass through evenly. This ensures optimum extraction of the coffee’s aromas.

How to make a good cup of coffee with an Italian coffee maker

Now that you’ve got the basics down, here’s the protocol for making exceptional coffee with your Italian moka coffee maker:

A grinder, a scale, a moka cup and coffee maker


  • Fill the water tank of your Italian coffee maker up to, but not beyond, the safety valve, with hot water (ideally 95°C).

Grinding and dosing

  • Weigh out the quantity of coffee required and mould it to obtain a grind suitable for your Italian coffee maker. The aim is to achieve a ratio of 1g of coffee to 10g of water.
  • Spread the coffee evenly through the filter, following the advice given above, then close the coffee maker.
Explanation of the impact of coffee distribution in a filter holder on coffee extraction

Heat it up!

  • Place it on a heat source over medium heat, leaving the lid open.
A moka coffee maker on an open-top gas stove

I recommend using hot water in the reservoir rather than room-temperature water. The top of the coffeemaker tends to heat up quickly before the coffee flows out. Waiting for the coffee to reach the top of the coffeemaker can cause it to burn on contact with the hot walls.

Observe and enjoy

  • You should see coffee brewing in about 2 minutes 30 seconds. Close the lid and wait for the coffeemaker to make a characteristic sound. This means that all the water has evaporated and your coffee is ready.
  • Be careful not to leave the coffee maker on the heat for too long after brewing, to avoid burning the coffee. Coffee professionals recommend pouring directly into cups.
The inside of the Moka coffee maker once the coffee has been extracted

And now your coffee is ready! Sit back, take a sip of this divine beverage and let yourself be enchanted by its intense aromas and exceptional taste.

Maintaining your Italian coffee maker

Italian moka coffee makers require regular maintenance to keep them running smoothly. When you notice a loss of pressure or steam escaping from the machine’s contours, it’s time to change the gaskets. Gaskets are usually sold in sets, so make sure you choose the ones that match the diameter of your coffeemaker. Take good care of your Italian coffee maker and it will reward you with delicious coffees day after day!

All you need to make coffee with a Moka coffee maker

In conclusion, Italian moka coffee makers offer an affordable and tasty alternative to expensive espresso machines. Thanks to these simple tips, you can now prepare professional-quality coffee at home. So treat yourself and your taste buds to exquisite coffee made with an Italian coffee maker!

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