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The Bialetti has been the iconic home coffee maker since 1933. Over 330 million of these have been made. The Bialetti is a classic part of Italian culinary culture in any home, and using it as one of your brew methods will add a bit of coffee romance to your day.

The Moka Pot can be used to produce a cup which, while not quite espresso, is viscous and rich. You are getting close without a lot of fancy and expensive equipment. With great, freshly and correctly ground coffee, a bit of effort and some frothed milk you can even produce a flat white that is pretty darn close to acceptable. Froth your milk with a Bialetti hand frother (if you want to stay away from electric gadgets) or get an induction milk frother – these do a pretty solid job. Consider using a moka pot at home and drinking your espresso in a cafe where a skilled, experienced barista is making your coffee on a top quality (and very expensive) commercial machine.

  • Resulting brew: intense.
  • Best with: can be used with all coffees and roasts. Modulate dosing and water temperature to tune the brew for your favourite coffee
  • Body: rich, heavy and intense, but not quite espresso
  • Acidity: low — medium
  • Effort: medium
  • Grind: slightly coarser than espresso

The Venus range has been around for a while. A bit more modern in look than the classic Moke Express. It is also made in stainless steel, rather than aluminium (for the classic moka pot) which might be a concern for some.

Origin’s Moka Pot Brewing Guidelines

Other Moka Pot Brew Guides

  • Barista Warehouse (AU) – A great article with lots of history and discussion around how the Moka Pot can be used to achieve espresso-like drinks.
  • Perfect Daily Grind Moke Pot Brew Guide which has some very interesting insights into how some fanatics tune their moka pot brewing.

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