Stovetop (Moka Pot)

Stovetop coffee makers are great for lots of reasons. They're cheap, compact, and simple. If you’re delicate and vigilant, these little contraptions can produce some exquisite, strong coffee that’s not the intense viscous drink you get from a run of the mill espresso machine. But, take your eye off the ball and it’ll over extract. Quickly.

Result

A heavy bodied intense brew

Good for

Traditionalist coffee drinkers

Steps for this brew method


How to make it

  1. 1. While the kettle’s boiling, grind your coffee. Not too finely!
  2. 2. Remove the top of the Moka Pot and basket. Fill the bottom with hot water (not cold – increased contact time with water will extract the bitter elements), making sure the level stays below the safety valve.
  3. 3. Put your ground coffee in the basket and level it out without patting it down.
  4. 4. Place the basket back in the Moka pot, with the spout down.
  5. 5. Screw the top onto the bottom. Careful, it’ll be hot.
  6. 6. Then, put the pot over a low to medium heat.
  7. 7. When the pot starts gurgling, you’re in luck – your coffee’s good to go. Take it off the heat and serve.

What you'll need

  • Stovetop
  • Burr grinder (optional)
  • Boiling water
  • A heat source (electric or gas stove)
  • Ground coffee
  • Oven gloves, hot pads, or folded tea towels

Dose, Brew Time, etc

  • Coffee Dose ~15mg
  • Brew Water ~250g/ml
  • Water Temp 94-96˚C
  • Overall Brew Time 2:00min
  • Grind Size Medium to fine – similar to caster sugar
  • Top Tip If you’re in a hurry, try boiling your water first. It’ll help speed the process up

Works perfectly with these coffees

Image: Bobolink Brazil, Union Coffee Bag
£6.25
Bobolink Brazil
Notes of Morello Cherry, Macadamia, Milk Chocolate
Smooth and balanced
Quality Score: 84.0
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Brazil
Our Union Promise: You can enjoy your coffee knowing it is always sourced direct from farmers via Union Direct Trade. Always high quality speciality coffee, carefully roasted fresh to order.
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Image: Maraba, Rwanda
£6.25
Maraba Rwanda
Notes of Citrus, Redcurrant, Toffee
Sweet and delicious
Quality Score: 84.0
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Maraba
Rwanda
Our Union Promise: You can enjoy your coffee knowing it is always sourced direct from farmers via Union Direct Trade. Always high quality speciality coffee, carefully roasted fresh to order.
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Image: Revelation Signature Espresso, Union Coffee Bag
£5.25
Revelation Signature Espresso
Notes of Treacle, Cinnamon, Dark Chocolate
Bold espresso
Quality Score: 84.5
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Revelation
Signature Espresso
Our Union Promise: You can enjoy your coffee knowing it is always sourced direct from farmers via Union Direct Trade. Always high quality speciality coffee, carefully roasted fresh to order.
Order by 4pm for roast and despatch tomorrow