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Stovetop Espresso Coffee - Moka Pot

This is the recipe for stovetop espresso, or Moka pot coffee. Moka pot is a delicious espresso alternative, that can be consumed plain, or in coffee drinks.
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Italian
Servings 3
Calories 1 kcal


  • 1 3 cup Moka pot
  • 1 burr coffee grinder optional, if you don't have one you can use pre-ground coffee


  • 25 gram coffee beans or pre-ground
  • 200 ml water filtered, or spring water for best results


  • Add warm hot water to the lower chamber and fill to just below the safety valve. Do not cover the safety valve.
    200 ml water
    Fill The Moka Pot With Water 800
  • Grind coffee slightly coarser than espresso but finer than drip. Alternatively, use pre-ground.
    25 gram coffee
  • Fill the filter basket with your freshly ground coffee. Tap the funnel on the counter a few times to level the coffee in the basket. Do not apply much pressure or tamp the coffee. If grounds are packed too much the the coffee will not flow into the upper chamber.
    25 gram coffee
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  • Place the filter basket in the lower chamber and screw on the top compartment. Make sure the rim is clean or it will lose pressure during brewing. Don't forget the gasket.
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  • Place the Moka pot on medium heat over an electric hot plate or a gas stove. As the steam pressure builds, the water will force its way through the coffee into the top compartment.
    Moka pot on the stove
  • Once the the top compartment is full, remove from the stove and pour into your pre-heated cup of choice. You will hear a gurgling noise when all the water has passed into the top chamber. Ideally, you want to take it off the heat just before the gurgling noise.
    Brew Moka Pot Coffee
  • If you plan to keep your coffee in the pot, even if just for seconds, place the Moka pot under the tap water and run some cold water until the pot cools down a little.
    Cool Down Moka Pot



Keyword coffee, espresso, Moka pot coffee, stovetop espresso