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Bellemain Stove-top Espresso Mocha Maker, Review

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About a month ago our 3rd Keurig died. Strike 3, I will never buy a Keurig product again.
As a mother of 4 children, I run on coffee. So I started searching for a better coffee brewing alternative right away.
I have never really appreciated the standard automatic coffee maker. It uses too many coffee grounds and the overall taste just isn’t any good in my opinion.
We had tried a couple different French press pots and they both broke and altho they were very useful in making excellent cold brew coffee it still just wasn’t what I was looking for in a good cup of coffee. My husband had mentioned he only really enjoyed the “coffee” we get from the local coffee shops. So I realized what we really needed was an espresso machine. I really didn’t want to use up a lot of counter space or spend a lot for an espresso machine so I decided to look into how espresso was made in other countries. After some research, I found the Moka pot.

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The Moka Pot

Also known as a macchinetta del caffè (small coffee machine), is a stove top coffee maker that produces coffee by passing boiling water pressurized by steam through ground coffee. Moka pots are used over a flame or electric range and are traditionally made of aluminum, though they are sometimes made out of stainless steel or other alloys. The Moka Pot was invented by  Luigi De Ponti for Alfonso Bialetti in 1933. It is still in production by Bialetti Industrie under the name Moka Express. The flavor of moka pot coffee depends greatly on bean variety, roast level, fineness of grind, water profile, and the level of heat used.

What’s so great about the Moka Pot?

  • It’s easy to use.
  • You can take it anywhere. Great for camping.
  • Cheaper. You use fewer grounds. We save about $45 a month on coffee beans since switching.
  • Better tasting coffee.
  • Last a long time.

How to use a Moka Pot.

  1.  Fill the boiler (bottom part of Moka Pot) with cold water almost up to the safety release valve.
  2. Insert the filter or funnel and completely fill with fine ground coffee.
    Grinds should be slightly coarser than espresso but definitely finer than drip. DO NOT TAMP!
  3. Make sure the filter and rubber gasket are in place and the rim is clean or it will lose pressure during brewing.
    Screw the two chambers tightly together.
  4. Place the pot on the stove, make sure the handle is not over the burner or it will get too hot.
    Use low to medium heat. Within 6-8 minutes the coffee will start flowing into the top reservoir.
  5. Once coffee starts to flow in the top carafe, immediately take it off the heat. The residual heat will be enough to finish the brewing. Depending on the stove, (gas vs electric), you might need to keep the pot on the stove longer.
  6. Pour into cups right away and enjoy.

Taking Care of Moka Pot

  • Rinse with warm water after each use. Make sure not to use detergent.
  • Allow to fully dry before assembling.

We have been extremely happy with our Moka Pot. Between the quality of taste and the money saved I highly recommend every coffee drinker have one in their kitchen.

Do you have a Moka Pot?
Do you enjoy yours?



4 thoughts on “Bellemain Stove-top Espresso Mocha Maker, Review

  1. I also love my coffee. I’m also looking for Kerrigan replacement for the cottage…..I don’t like the plastic pods we are tossing into the trash.

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