How to Brew: Stovetop

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

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1. Wipe brewer clean and dry filter basket before brewing.

2. Fill the lower chamber with cold water, just below the valve.

3. Insert the funnel and fill it with your finely ground Vibe (no need to tamp / push down).

4. Remove any coffee grounds on the edge of the funnel.

5. 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.

6. 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).

7.Place pot on the stovetop until the water boils and coffee begins to surface in the top pot.

8. 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).

9. Remove from heat source quickly, to avoid over-extraction.

10. 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.

11. Yell ‘saluti!’ to the nearest person.

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