Brewing Great Coffee at Home

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How to Prepare a Great Cup of Coffee Using a Moka Pot

The first in brewing any coffee is always start with fresh beans. Whole beans are better but if they are not available then use fresh ground coffee.

Grind your coffee on a drip coffee setting, about as fine as table salt. You need enough coffee to fill the filter basket, which is about 15 to 17 grams (or about 2.5 Tablespoons) for a 4-cup moka pot.

Add the heated water to the bottom half of the Moka Pot, fill to the line.

Insert the filter basket into the brewer bottom.

Fill the basket with coffee, slightly mounded, and level the surface off with your finger. Brush away loose grounds on the top edge of the filter basket.

Screw the top and bottom together. Use hot pads and don’t over tighten.

Put the brewer on the stove, use moderate heat and make sure that the handle is not subjected to heat. Leave the top lid open.

The coffee will begin to percolate and come out and you will hear a puffing sound and see a rich-brown stream that will get progressively lighter in color. Once the stream is the color of yellow honey, remove from heat source with hot pads and close the lid.

Wrap the bottom of the pot in a chilled bar towel or run under cold tap water to stop extraction. We do this to prevent the coffee from developing a metallic taste. The idea here is to get a relatively small amount of coffee which is very concentrated and rich.

As soon as the coffee stops bubbling out, pour it into cups or a carafe. You may wish to dilute with hot water depending on preference.

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