Real coffee lovers know that there is more than one way to make a cup, and they have all tried it: French press, drip coffee, cold coffee, fancy espresso machines etc. One of the most humble and effective machines for preparing a cup of strong coffee is the espresso coffee maker also known as the moka pot.
The moka pot, or caffè macchinetta, which literally translates to “little coffee machine,” is a stovetop machine that moves boiling water, pressurized by steam, through ground coffee to make a delicious infusion.
In 1933, an Italian inventor named Luigi De Ponti patented Alfonso Bialetti’s design, and the company is still making espresso machines with the same basic design. Bialetti’s classic mocha pot is so reliable it’s still the best stovetop espresso machine you can buy.
- Vremi Demitasse
- Primula Cafetière
- MateoJo Italian
- Bialetti Elegance Venus
- Grosche Milano
- Alessi 3 Cup
- Alpha Coffee
- BonVivo Intenca
- Cuisinox Roma
- Bialetti Moka Express
Buying Criteria: How To Choose The Best Moka Pot
You should know by now that a mocha pot won’t brew espresso like an espresso machine would, but they still make a very fine and strong cup of Joe. If you want to get it right the first time, keep the following points in mind when choosing an espresso machine on the stove:
Where is it done?
While some claim that the highest-quality percolators are made in Italy, which is not surprising, they are often simply called Italian espresso pots or “Bialetti”, we don’t think that is necessarily the case. On average, it’s fair to say that every time you say “Made in Italy” you can be sure that the quality will be excellent, while China is more of a mixed bag. For starters, having an authentic Italian espresso maker on the stove adds a bit to the charm, doesn’t it?
How many cups can you make?
For the single coffee connoisseurs among us, Moka pots to brew one cup at a time are perfect. But, if you plan to share a cup with your partner or friend, choose one that can make more than 1 infusion per use; There is nothing more annoying than having to repeat the process several times for several coffees.
Will it work with your stove?
Remember that not all moka pots will work with an electric stove. Be sure to check if the one you are considering is electric or suitable for induction stove. We discovered that glass top electric stoves generally work beautifully and very quickly with mocha.
Aluminum Vs Stainless steel (Vs Toxicity)
The traditional moka pot is made of aluminum – the material is light, cheap, and great for conducting heat or, to keep it real for us caffeine demons, brewing coffee. But you will discover that many manufacturers now include percolators made of stainless steel. And for good reason. A stainless steel moka pot looks much sexier in your kitchen, plus the material has some important advantages compared to aluminum.
Although aluminum is highly resistant to oxidation and corrosion, stainless steel is completely non-corrosive and non-porous, making it considerably more durable. Yes, it is slightly more expensive than its competitor, but it will give you less headaches over cleaning and drying regimes to prevent rust and it has the potential to brew your coffee for decades to come.