What you should know about the Bialetti MOKA

What you should know about the Bialetti MOKA

Is it really the best stove top espresso maker?

Most definitely, yes!

The moka invented by Alfonso Bialetti and named after the city, Mocha, in Yemen is the classic original design. Today the Bialetti company has several models and sizes. The 1, 3, 6, 8 cup mokas are the most popular. These are amounts for a small espresso cup not a big American mug.  For me the 3-cup size is suitable for one person to have 2 small cups of coffee. Some people prefer this method of coffee making compared to the large professional espresso machine that you find in a coffee shop "il bar." The moka uses less pressure to push the steam through the coffee and in my opinion produces a milder coffee and at its best it has crema on top. Crema is the frothy caramel colored coffee on top of a cup of espresso. 

Available in the USA from $40 to $50. Other brands like Alessi, DeLonghi, and no-name brands are cheaper, but they sometimes work and sometimes don't. They never have the consistent results the Bialetti has. 

Check out my previous blog about how to use your moka. And a second blog about TLC and care instructions for your moka.

Top 3 TIPS:

  • use a low flame
  • use the right grind of coffee for the moka
  • never overheat the coffee after you've heard the girgle of coffee coming out


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