How to make the perfect cup of coffee on a Moka coffee maker
As you can see, making a great coffee at home is relatively easy. It only takes no do a couple of things differently. The key points are two: you don´t want to heat the coffee beans up too much, because it gives them a sour taste. And you want the water to go up as slowly as it is possible to ensure that it gets all the taste and aroma from the coffee beans.
Step 1: warm the water up to prevent the coffee from being damaged by the heat. You don´t need to warm it up too much.
Step 2: pour the water in your Moka coffee maker up to the valve. This will ensure that the coffee strength is optimal for the amount of coffee you will use.
Step 3: put the coffee in the filter. The better the coffee is, the better results you will get. Make you sure that you have a good quality coffee, and that the coffee grind is appropriated for a Moka coffee maker. If you can grind your coffee at home, the results will be even better, as the coffee beans will keep all their taste and aroma.
Step 4: don´t press the coffee in the filter! You will not get a stronger coffee, you will only make more difficult for the water to go up, and you will waste coffee beans. Gently make even your coffee, checking that you don´t leave any coffee beans on the sides of the coffee maker.
Step 5: close the coffee maker. Please, remember that you just poured some warm water on it. Don´t burn your hand! The coffee maker should be very tightly closed.
Step 6: it is very important that the water comes through the coffee very slowly. That´s why we are going to put the coffee maker over a medium heat. Also, leave the top of the Moka coffee maker open.
Step 7: once the coffee starts coming up, switch the stove off if you are using an electric stove, or low the fire to the minimum when using gas. The coffee will come up slow, thick and full-bodied.
Step 8: when the machine is making a noise as if it was clearing its throat it´s time to close the top and remove it from the fire. It´s very important not letting the coffee to boil on the coffee maker.
My personal note
To be honest, when I first read about all this stuff, I thought that all this work was a nonsense clickbait thing to attract coffee folly readers. But during the last weeks, I have been watching so many cooking documentaries about high cuisine and I realized that small gestures can make a great difference and that those small details are what makes a difference between average and amazing. So I decided to give it a try and I was just surprised about how big the difference was between making the coffee in the usual way and taking my time to warm the water up first, and then let it heat up over a medium fire. It added about 8 minutes to my morning routine because it was my first time and I had to pay attention, but I think once you start doing your coffee this way, it should take more or less the same time than using the Moka coffee maker on the conventional way. It is still much slower than using instant coffee but the result is much better, and it really felt nice to start my day with the pride of making a really good cup of coffee by myself.