FOURTH FLOOR WALK UP

Brooklyn based lifestyle blog by Lauren L Caron

Guess who's making awesome coffee these days. . . . me.

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Recently I've been a little MIA and it's unfortunately due to being extremely busy with my 9-5 job as well as a start-up that in the future will hopefully spread lots of knowledge as well as in bring in some extra cash.  In order to stay awake and happy lately, I have made a small $10.00 investment on a coffee maker.  As always I will have my Bodum, that no doubt, makes a wonderful cup of joe, but my new little obsession holds its roots in Italy.  The moka pot or macchinetta which literally means "small machine" or "Italian coffee pot" is a stove top coffee maker which produces strong espresso-like coffee by passing hot water pressurized by steam through ground coffee.  It was first patented by inventor Luigi De Ponti for Alfonso Bialetti in 1933.  Bialetti Industrie continues to produce the same model under the name "Moka Express" - thank you Wiki for that last sentence.  It's also the world's number one coffee maker, where have I been?

There are several awesome things about this little maker that I have to brag about:

• They're really cheap! I purchased the 6 cup sized moka pot on the Bowery last weekend for at total of $10.87. • They come in different sizes which make a nice decorative wall hanging - 1 cup, 3 cup, 6 cup, 9 cup, & 12 cup! • They make awesome coffee!

I had seen them at a few friend's houses before going out and getting one for myself, one of my friends is a true Italian transplant.  I also had a chance to taste the goodnesss, which is when I became hooked!  Upon bringing my moka pot home, I had no idea how to use it, so I had to ask my friend as well as google the instructions.

Neon Pink Moka Express Print by Mengsel Design modern artwork

Fortunately, Wiki has step by step instructions:

  • Fill the boiler (marked A in the diagram) with water almost up to the safety release valve and insert the funnel-shaped metal filter (B)
  • Finely-ground coffee is added to the filter as shown below.

  • The upper part (C, which has a second metal filter at the bottom) is tightly screwed on the base.
  • By placing the pot on a heat source, the water is brought to boiling point creating steam in the boiler. For best results, fill up the entire filter with coffee and place over medium to medium-high heat

  • The steam eventually reaches a high enough pressure to gradually force the surrounding boiling water up the funnel through the coffee powder and into the upper chamber (C), where the coffee is collected. When the lower chamber is almost empty, steam bubbles mix with the upstreaming water, producing a characteristic gurgling noise.

  • As with percolators, the pot should not be left on the stove so long that the coffee boils. Ideally, with a little practice, it should be removed from the heat before it actually starts gurgling - usually, when only about half of the top chamber has been filled.

These photographs were not taken by me.  I have given credit to where it is due, click on the links for the original sources. Grazie!