How to make the perfect coffee with a moka pot

Costa Coffee has been available in Hungary since May, for at-home, on-the-go, and at-work, with the aim of introducing good quality coffee drinking in Hungary. Right now, the majority of Hungarians drink functional coffee, with the main purpose of ‘waking up’ in the morning. However, more and more people are drinking quality coffee with the intention of enjoying it. Although many might argue with it, but there is a way to make a perfect coffee and have a real coffee experience with a simple appliance like a moka pot – the only question is how.

This question is answered by the tips of Costa Coffee experts in a new video series: as a celebration of International Coffee Day, we can learn the secret of making moka pot coffee in the first episode.

International Coffee Day started in Japan back in 1983, but coffee got its own holiday only 11 years ago: we have been celebrating the culture of coffee on September 29th since 2009. No wonder that coffee has its own holiday, as we drink an enormous amount of it. Experts estimate that the world’s coffee consumption could exceed 9.6 billion tonnes in 2020, based on data from the previous year. 85% of the Hungarian adult population drink coffee, an average of 2.7 cups a day.

The appliance that revolutionized coffee brewing at home has a very long history: invented by Alfonso Bialetti in 1933, the coffee machine, known to us as a moka pot, can still be found in almost every household. To this day, it is one of the most popular coffee-making appliance in Hungary, and it is beloved in Italy as well.

Moka pot is simple, great, and popular 

Moka pot has been claimed dead many times as more modern appliances have entered the kitchens, but the popularity of Bialetti’s invention seems unbroken. This is perhaps due to its simple use: the water placed in the bottom of the coffee machine turns into steam when heated and goes right through the coffee in the filter – which can happen in 1 minute and 40 seconds. The coffee’s caffeine and aromas release efficiently under pressure and the condensed water gets a characteristic taste, aroma, and colour. Many people might not know that you can make an excellent cup of quality black coffee with this traditional appliance as well, you just have to pay attention to the details. 

With a video series focusing on coffee making at home, Costa Coffee helps the fans of brewing make the best coffee for themselves and have real coffee experiences in their own homes. The first video in the series debuted on International Coffee Day and is titled “Costa Coffee presents: The secrets of a perfect moka pot coffee”; it shows you the process step by step. If we follow these simple rules, we can drink our own homemade espresso full of wonderful flavours every day. You can watch the video on this link

How to make the perfect coffee in a moka pot: 

  1. Heat the water! It matters how warm is the water when you start making coffee. Since the pressure in the pot is low and the temperature is high, it is good idea to pour hot water into it. This avoids a burnt, bitter end result.
  2. Grind it fresh! The ground coffees available in stores are ideal for the coffee machines listed on the packaging. However, if you want fresher coffee, buy a simple hand grinder and grind the coffee beans just before brewing.
  3. Do not stuff the coffee in it too tight! Many people make this mistake, but the water can’t get through the coffee properly this way. Fill the metal strainer with coffee, remove the excess from the edges, and then smooth the grind with gentle strokes.
  4. Leave it open! Once you’ve put the pot on a large flame or high degree on the stove, it’s a good idea to leave the lid open so you don’t miss the big moment. When the coffee starts to brew, you can close the lid and take the pot off the stove.
  5. Drink it immediately and cool the moka pot. Once the coffee is brewed, drink it almost immediately to experience the most complete coffee taste, with perfect flavours and aromas. We must not forget about our moka pot either. Cool the coffee machine: put the bottom under cold water to avoid burning the filter – because this could affect the taste of your next coffee. Coffee can also become bitter if too much flavour dissolves during brewing.