The ‘moka pot’ or ‘stove-top’ is an Italian coffee maker and method around since the 30s. This method makes beautiful espresso at home, without the need for a commercial machine. The stove-top brews coffee by passing boiling water pressurised by steam through medium-fine ground coffee.
What you’ll need
- Stove-top coffee brewer
- Fine ground Vibe coffee
- Gas or electric stove
- Cold, filtered water
- Your best Italian accent
- Wipe brewer clean and dry filter basket before brewing.
- Fill the lower chamber with cold water, just below the valve.
- Insert the funnel and fill it with your finely ground Vibe (no need to tamp / push down).
- Remove any coffee grounds on the edge of the funnel.
- Tightly screw the upper part of the pot to the base (avoid using the handle for leverage and be careful not to impact the distribution of the coffee.
- Select a burner size to fit the bottom of the pot. If you have a gas stovetop, ensure the flame isn’t bigger than bottom of brewer. A heat at about 75% or a flame just big enough to cover the base is key (you don’t want it coming around the sides of the pot).
- Place pot on the stovetop until the water boils and coffee begins to surface in the top pot.
- When you hear a hissing, bubbling sound – the coffee is telling you it’s done. Look out for a delicious hazel brown foam, this will appears in the seconds before the coffee is good to go (taking around 2 min).
- Remove from heat source quickly, to avoid over-extraction.
- Before pouring your Vibe, stir it in the upper chamber with a small spoon to equalize all the different coffee layers for the best flavour.
- Yell ‘saluti!’ to the nearest person.
Vibe Tip: To avoid extracting too much bitterness that comes from the final stage of the extraction, quickly rinse the outside of the brewer under cold water after removing from heat.