Why Is a Moka Pot Called Espresso?

As a major European coffee exporter, the Yemeni city of Mocha was the inspiration for the moka pot.

In a moka pot, steam-pressurized water is used to brew an espresso-like coffee.

A coffee machine, espresso machine, or stovetop espresso maker.

Italian coffee culture is symbolized by the moka pot. It is the primary way to make coffee in Southern Europe and is used in 90% of Italian households.

The Moka Express from Bialetti is an octagonal aluminum device with bakelite grips. With a metal filter on top, and a bottom collection chamber, the gadget is complete.

After filling the lower chamber with water, add the metal filter with ground coffee. Then the moka pot is placed on the stove and the lid is screwed on. When the water boils, the steam in the lower chamber pushes the water into the filter.

When the top chamber is saturated, it condenses. Upon passing through the filter and into the upper chamber, a small amount of water vapor is heard gurgling.

Espresso, on the other hand, has a thicker crema and is much more potent. Similar to an espresso machine, a moka pot employs steam pressure to brew coffee.

  • Making Your Own Coffee in a Moka Pot

    Ideally, coffee beans should be ground to a powder that is as fine as table salt. If you use an espresso grind, your coffee will taste bitter.

    The bitterness is reduced because the moka pot spends less time on the heat and the ground coffee doesn't get as hot. The valve's primary function is to prevent the buildup of too much pressure in the system. Keep it out in the open.

    To brew, fill the basket with ground coffee and secure the metal filter. Gently press down on the top. Don't overfill the cup to avoid compacting the coffee. You need to screw on the top chamber.

    Open the moka pot's lid and place it on a low to medium heat on the stove.

    The coffee will finally reach the top chamber after a few minutes of waiting. As soon as you hear a gurgling sound, grab your moka pot and run cold water through the bottom.

    Gurgling occurs when steam rises through the coffee bed, resulting in a bitter cup of joe for you to enjoy. Running cold water through the bottom chamber cools it, condenses the steam, and lowers the pressure.

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In 2010, we started getting enquiries on restaurant marketing and we start to help food and beverage brands with their marketing. Below are campaigns and events that we have done over the years: 

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