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Easy Tips For Using a Stovetop Espresso Maker

Updated on November 11, 2009

Espresso is a wonderful daily treat, and there are so many methods of espresso making to contend with. You don't necessarily have to rely on your home espresso machine, but you can easily use the stovetop espresso maker, often called the Moka Pot, to brew a rich and delicious espresso in moments!

First of all, all you need is a stove! You also need a stovetop espresso pot, and there are many brands and varieties out there available to you. To start out with, make sure that your stovetop espresso maker is free from previous coffee oils that may have accumulated, and that it is cleaned well. Add water to your stovetop espresso maker, and fill just below the designated safety valve, but not any higher. It is ideal to use filtered water because that will improve the taste of your brew, and make sure that the water that you use is fresh and cold.

The grind of coffee bean to use is a fine espresso grind of dark roasted espresso beans. You can use your kitchen grinder to finely grind your coffee, but if the grind is too fine, you will find sediment in your brew product. You can use this test to adjust your grind consistency until it is perfect. After that, add the coffee grounds to the brew basket. Do not tamp the brew basket, but make sure that it is gently packed. You can remove and sweep off excess grounds to level out the filter. It is important to fill the filter the same way every time by not underfilling or overfilling because that will affect the extraction of the brew. This could cause a bitter or weak taste if you do not do this correctly.

After that, place the brew basket on top of the lower portion of the stovetop espresso maker. Make sure that the filter and seal are properly fitted, and then screw them together with the top portion of the device. Begin to brew on medium heat on your stove until you can hear the water boiling. After this, lower the heat for a few moments, and then turn off the heat completely.

To finish, you can pour your delicious espresso product into heated coffee mugs. This will be an espresso sized serving, and you can also serve this delicious drink with steamed milk. There are also selections available in electric espresso makers that have the same body and style of the stovetop espresso maker. Many people prefer these because they are easy to use, and all you have to do is plug them in to have a quick espresso product. Either way, this is a compact and convenient device that many people favor to a larger home espresso machine. You can take the time to perfect your craft until your brew product is to your liking. This will enable you to sip on a rich and delicious espresso any time you like, which is the way that life should be!

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      Sally Branche 5 years ago from Only In Texas!

      I don't drink espresso, but I use an old fashioned stainless steel percolator on my stovetop every day. I think this is the best kind of coffee maker because you buy it once, and it lasts forever. You don't have to buy paper filters or dispose of them, and you can make a pot of coffee over an open fire if you need to! ;D Voted up and useful!

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      john 6 years ago

      can you use milk instead of water?

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      auktionator 6 years ago from Zuerich

      Hello McChug, congrats to your Hub :-)) As you may see, we both got something in common, so please get on with your good work!

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