There is nothing quite like real espresso. Its rich, decadent and syrupy body and flavour are second to none. Making real, authentic espresso requires a lot of high-end and expensive equipment, but a few very simply home brewers have managed to get extraordinarily close, and the original home espresso maker is the Bialetti Moka Express. While it is not quite espresso, it is one of the closest things we have and, more importantly, it brews delicious, intense, and full-bodied coffee! If you are an espresso lover, the Moka Express is a must-have home brewer for you!
The story of the Bialetti Moka Express began almost 100 years ago with Alfonso Bialetti, an aluminium worker from Piedmont, Italy. At the time, coffee was mostly drunk in cafes as there was no decent way to make coffee at home, but Alfonso was determined to change this. For years, Alfonso worked on the design, until he came up with the Bialetti Moka Express, the original stovetop espresso maker whose design remains mostly unchanged almost a century later.
For years, the Moka Express was a handmade local specialty, sold in markets around the Piedmont region in Italy. It wasn't until after the second world war that Alfonsos son marketed this Moka Express to the world and it began its journey to worldwide acclaim.
Bialetti Moka Express features
- Brews 3 Cups / ~200ml (please note, these are small concentrated espressos, not mugs)
- Makes a delicious espresso-style coffee
- Durable - they are known to last a lifetime (literally)
- Suitable for gas or electric stoves
- Great for outdoors - take it with camping/to the beach/hiking etc
How to make a coffee with the Bialetti Moka Express
- Grind 26g of coffee to a medium-fine grind
- Fill the bottom chamber to the valve with hot water. You can put cold water in, but having the Moka Pot sit on a hot plate or flame for longer can have a negative impact on flavour
- Place your ground coffee in the filter basket and level off. Do not tamp the coffee down - you want it loosely packed.
- Place the filter basket in the bottom chamber with the water and screw on the top part.
- Place the Moka Express on the stove on a medium / high heat
- Watch or listen for the coffee to start coming out (you can lift the top)
- Once the coffee turns light in colour or you start hearing gurgling, immediately take the Moka Express off the heat. The trick is to catch it before you overheat the coffee.
- Serve immediately!