Espresso is one of the most popular coffee in cafes. It is not only appreciated for its high caffeine content but also because it’s the base coffee drink for many beverages, such as cappuccinos and lattes.
While an espresso machine makes great coffee, it’s quite expensive. Does that mean you can’t have espresso coffee at home? No.
You can make espresso coffee with other, more affordable coffee makers. A good option is an espresso coffee pot.
In this article, we will give you some information on how to make espresso with an espresso coffee pot.
What is an Espresso Coffee Pot?
Espresso coffee pots, also known as Moka pots, are metallic stove coffee makers that look like small coffee carafes or jugs. Some of the popular brands are Bialetti and Pezzetti brands.
These coffee pots are classified according to filter basket size. A 4- 6 cup Moka pot is the most preferred coffee pot.
Espresso coffee pots work just like Espresso machines. The only difference is they brew coffee at different pressure levels.
While an Espresso coffee maker brews the coffee at 9 bars, a Moka pot brews coffee at around 1.5 bars.
Although this coffee does not have a rich crema, it contains enough coffee oils to give it a distinct flavor.
Tips on how to Use an Espresso Coffee Pot
Although an espresso coffee pot can bring out the rich flavor of any coffee grounds, dark roast coffee grounds are best.
They can withstand the pressure under which a Moka pot brews espresso without producing bitter coffee.
The grind size you use when making espresso coffee will determine the coffee’s flavor.
You should use a burr grinder to get the texture of coffee grounds for your espresso pot just right. The ideal grind size is medium-fine coffee grounds.
Moka pot coffee has a strength of 2.5 when measured according to the amount of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) in it.
This coffee is full-flavored enough to make espresso-based beverages such as lattes and viennas that only require a small layer of crema.
How to Make Perfect Espresso With an Espresso Coffee Pot
There are tips you should follow to make great coffee with an espresso coffee pot. Start by filling the pot with enough water to a level just below the safety valve.
Overfilling the coffee pot with water will wet some of the coffee grounds in the filter before brewing, resulting in uneven coffee extraction.
You should always remove the pot from the flame when enough pressure builds up for coffee making.
That pressure is necessary for finishing off the coffee brewing process. It keeps the coffee from burning.
Here are step-by-step instructions on how to brew espresso with a Moka coffee pot.
- Start the brewing process by filling the bottom chamber with water to a level just below the safety valve.
- Fill the puck with a generous amount of medium-fine coffee grounds, and level them off to ensure even extraction.
- Slip the puck into the filter basket in the bottom chamber of the Moka pot and carefully wipe off any loose coffee grounds on the rim to ensure the coffee pot seals properly.
- Screw the top section of the Moka pot into the water chamber, place the Moka pot on the stove and let it simmer over low heat.
- Ensure the lid of the Moka pot stays open to give the pressure room to build up as the water starts to flood the coffee grounds and surge up the fountain.
- The coffee should flow slowly and smoothly to give the grounds time to brew. It should look opaque, thicker than water, with a thin trail of crema.
- Remove the coffee pot from the heat once coffee about a half centimeter deep has collected in the pot and let any remaining pressure finish off the brewing process.
- Pour the brewed coffee slowly into a mug or carafe. Make sure you pour it out slowly to avoid spilling.
- Let the pot cool, unscrew it to shake out the used grounds from the puck, and rinse it.
Now you know how to make espresso with an espresso coffee pot. These coffee makers are preferred by some people over espresso coffee makers because they are more affordable.
They also prepare full-flavored coffee that, in most cases, can be consumed without milk or water.
An espresso coffee pot is the best coffee maker to buy if you’ve been looking for a simple appliance that can brew strong and flavorful espresso-style coffee in minutes.