Making the best Moka Pot coffee

Get coffee made for the moka pot, matched to your tastes.

Moka pots are a way of brewing coffee that are especially popular in Italy. The Moka acts like an espresso machine, producing pressure that forces the water through the coffee. It cannot be called true espresso though, as the pressure is no where near that of an espresso machine. 

Making best coffee on the moka pot

Fresh beans for your Moka Pot

Before we get started, the most important thing you can do to up your moka pot game is to buy fresh beans

Coffee degrades over time, and at the two week mark has lost nearly all the flavours that make it unique. If you’re buying your coffee from the supermarket, you’ll find that most coffee has been “getting to the shelf” for around 3 months. Some of the bags will have sat around for up to two years before eventually being either sold or discarded. 

Do yourself a favour and start off the right way, with fresh, whole bean coffee direct from the roaster. If you use Bean Merchant’s quiz, we’ll even match your flavour profile with beans from different altitudes, processing methods, regions, and roast profiles that will suit your tastes. We’ll even deliver straight from the roaster. 

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To make incredible Moka Pot coffee, you will need:

Moka Pot

A kettle for making moka pot coffee


A bag of coffee for using in the moka pot

Coffee (fresh)

The Moka Pot Recipe

If you can, always measure your coffee. Some of the main reasons people complain about different tastes in their moka pot is because they are under or over dosing the basket. If you put too much coffee in, your coffee will taste salty and bland because not enough of the oils will be extracted from all the grinds. If it is bitter, it means you haven’t put enough coffee in, and the grinds are overextracted. 

People are in general agreement that a ratio of between 1:13 and 1:18 is good practice for a Moka Pot. Have a try of different ratios and see which one you like. 

A 1:18 ratio means 1 part coffee to 18 parts coffee. So in a 3 cup Moka Pot (approximately 200ml of water) you would use 11g of coffee.

Step 1:

Boil your kettle and pour your desired amount of water into the bottom chamber of the Moka Pot. Do not fill above the valve – this is for releasing pressure. 

Step 2:

Insert the basket into the bottom chamber, and fill it up with your measured amount of coffee. Do not compress the coffee. Give it a gentle tap or shake if it is not even and level. 

Step 3:

Make sure the rubber ring is clean and clear of grinds, and attach the top chamber to the Moka Pot.

Step 4:

Put the Moka Pot onto the stove on a low heat. As the water in the chamber boils and steams, pressure will build up and push the liquid through your ground coffee.

Step 5:

When you hear a gurgling sound coming from your Moka Pot the extraction is complete. 

Step 6:

To stop the brew and reduce the bitterness, run the base of your Moka Pot under cold water. 

Now you know how to make coffee in your Moka Pot.


Seriously though, before you make Moka Pot coffee...

Fresh beans are so important for your brew. Your coffee game will be upped incredibly when you make sure all your beans are roasted direct. It’s also important that the beans you are getting are suited for your brewing method. Bean Merchant will take the guesswork out of your purchase, and deliver fresh beans catered to your tastes from NZ’s top rosters. 

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