Stovetop coffee is an excellent alternative to automatic machine espresso, and it’s fairly easy to make if you follow a couple of simple steps.
If you find yourself reading this article because you just became the owner of a new Stovetop (the most famous version being the Bialetti Moka pot which has been manufactured since 1933), it’s best that you do two or three dry runs before making your first actual brew – this can be done just with water, or with used coffee grounds.
How to Brew Coffee with a Stovetop
Step 1: Grind approximately 20 grams of coffee. We recommend using a fine grind or using the espresso option from our subscription.
Step 2: Pour fresh, filtered water into the bottom chamber of your stovetop up to just below the safety valve. You can boil the water if you want to beforehand but the main effect of this will just be to speed up the brew time of your coffee.
Step 3: Place the filter basket in the bottom chamber of the stovetop and add the coffee grounds to it. Make sure the grounds are levelled and that they don’t go over the top. You can do this by either shaking the basket a bit, or by applying pressure with your finger or a tablespoon.
Step 4: Now it’s time to put the top chamber and the bottom chamber of the pot back together. Make sure you’ve securely screwed on the top to ensure a good brew, but do not overtighten as it may damage the stovetop.
Step 5: Put your stovetop on to brew on a medium to high flame. You don’t want to damage your Moka pot by letting all of the water boil off, so make sure you remove it from the heat as soon as you hear that specific gurgling sound to avoid that familiar lava effect.
And there you have it. Your fresh brew is ready to be served, and you know it’s going to be perfect. And remember that the most important part of it all is the coffee bean itself – and the roast type, of course.