by Bryan Albuquerque
The Original Bialetti Moka Pot produces rich espresso on the stovetop or over an open flame. It's a type of coffee maker that has been around for a very long time - since 1933 in fact.
It's a unique way to enjoy espresso while at the same time you're taking part in a tradition of making coffee that dates back many years.
In a time before electricity, the moka pot was providing coffee lovers with rich, flavorful shots of espresso. It's especially popular in Europe and Latin America.
Moka coffee pots, known in Italy as "caffettiere a moka" or simply "moka," were originally designed and produced by Alfonso Bialetti in 1933. The Moka pot was patented in France in the early 1930s, but it is the work of Bialetti Industrie S.p.A. that revolutionized the way Italians drink espresso coffee at home.
The aluminum pot is 3-part design, with a bottom section where water goes, a middle section where ground coffee goes, and an upper part that covers this assembly. There are three "cheeseboro" or studs protruding from the top of the Moka pot - two on the side (for easy removal), and one in the center (to act as a safety valve). Plus there is a knob on top that can be used to remove the cover/top.
Alfonso's son Renato Bialetti took over after his father retired in 1949, but it was also during this year when they began focusing their attention to large companies like La San Marco and La Pavoni.
In 1971, Renato renamed the Moka Espresso pot to "Moka Express" and focused on creating a brand image for this new product (which they still produce today), such as commissioning Alberto Issel to paint pictures of his coffee pots. The moka pots with these paintings are now highly sought after by collectors! Renato also designed what was intended as a satirical political poster which became hugely successful; it is now known as Il Duce (The Leader). This likeness - il DUCE - was added to all their products and can be seen on most of their moka pots.
There are many coffee makers to choose from, but the Moka Pot may be one of the simplest. The name "Moka pot" is derived from an Italian phrase meaning "a coffeepot which fits onto a stove." It uses pressure brought about through steam to force water upwards through ground coffee, producing an intense flavor. The Moka Pot is also known as the "Stovetop Espresso Maker" because it produces a strong coffee concentrate, similar to what you'd expect from an espresso machine.
Moka pots can produce delicious coffee in less than 10 minutes with no messy filters or expensive appliances. Unlike automatic drip brewers, Moka Pots are essentially foolproof and require no electricity. Some customers say a Moka Pot is the cheapest, most versatile and longest-lasting appliance they've ever owned.
The Bialetti Express Moka Pot allows you to make up to 12 cups of coffee in just minutes - each cup as authentic and rich as any espresso bar! It's easy to use because it requires no electrical outlets and the aluminum construction means it won't rust. The Bialetti Express Moka Pot is perfect for any coffee lover!
Bialetti's patented safety valve releases excess pressure, and its unique design allows you to see your coffee brewing in action! Other companies' products use cheap plastic valves which can break. The Bialetti Express Moka Pot is an affordable, high-quality pot that will last.
For the best results, always use coarsely ground coffee beans of a quality you would buy for your French press or drip brewer. The Bialetti Express Moka Pot works on gas, electric and induction stovetops between 6 and 9 volts. Each pot comes with its own user manual.
Features: Makes 1, 3, 6, 9, or 12 cups of great-tasting coffee in minutes Non-stick, rustproof aluminum construction Attractive design allows you to see your coffee brew Patented safety valve releases excess pressure Bialetti offers a free one-year warranty
We touched on the history of the moka pot briefly above. It was invented by Luigi De Ponti and named after the city of Mocha in Yemen.
It wasn't until 1933 that it was patented. That was done by Alfonso Bialette who started Bialetti Industrie. They're still producing moka pots based on that original patent.
That's why the company uses the name Original Moka Pot since they were the first to start producing with the patent. This happened in Italy, and that's where the company still manufactures this type of coffee maker.
Espresso is created by forcing extremely hot water through compacted coffee. It's why you'll see baristas tamping down finely ground coffee before making your espresso.
It's more about the temperature of the water and how fast it's forced through the grind, though.
The moka pot heats water in the bottom of the pot. The steam is forced through the grind and rises through a spout to create the espresso in a moka pot.
When you think of coffee creation, it's usually in the opposite direction. Water is dripped over the top of the grind to gather in the pot below.
With the moka pot, the process is reversed. Steam rises through the grind to produce the espresso.
The moka pot is made with the highest-grade aluminum available. In some pots, you'll find stainless steel or other metals, but this one is made with aluminum. That means the interior of the coffee maker will never be exposed to any BPAs.
The only part of the whole pot that isn't metal is the handle and the rubber seal. It's a material that doesn't have any contact with your coffee, though.
The seal will stop steam from escaping, and won't come into contact with the water. The handle is on the outside of the pot.
With this moka pot, you'll get shots of espresso that are strong and rich. When the output is measured, it's in terms of demitasse cups. The moka pot can create from 1 to 12 cups of coffee depending on the size you choose.
Those cups are 2 ounce shots of espresso. You shouldn't expect to get full cups of coffee from the moka pot.
You can get standard silver moka pots that are highly polished. They even have the cute Bialetti guy on the outside of the pot. These are the traditional ones that you expect to see when picturing a moka pot.
The company has expanded their line to include other colors like gray and black. They have a stunning red called Emotion Red and a lovely one that has the colors of the Italian flag.
While there are some electric moka pots, this one from Bialetti is meant to be used on the top of the stove. Wherever there's a kitchen, you'll be able to use this espresso maker.
It can be taken on camping trips, too. Camping stoves are a good place to use the moka pot. You could even use one over an open flame. It's going to be a bit harder to control the temperature with an open flame, but with experience, it can certainly be done.
You could even use the moka pot on your outdoor grill when enjoying breakfast on the patio. There are many ways to enjoy the moka pot even if you don't use your kitchen stove.
It's very easy to clean the moka pot. All you have to do is rinse and wash the top and unscrew the bottom for washing.
You have to fill the pot as if you were making the entire pot of coffee. If you don't fill the water completely, or use enough grind, you'll end up with a weak brew.
The Original Bialetti Moka Pot is a coffee maker that will make cups of very strong coffee. It's a traditional look that has been around for generations. It's made in Italy with quality metals that will last for years.
You can purchase a silver aluminum or a more modern color for your modern kitchen. They're sturdy enough to take camping or on other outdoor trips.
About Bryan Albuquerque
Bryan Albuquerque is a coffee lover and vaping advocate who writes reviews and information about coffee accessories and KYG. A former coffee addict, Bryan traded his morning fix for an electronic cigarette in an effort to quit smoking, and has never looked back. He's dedicated to helping others make the switch to vaping, and believes that it's one of the best decisions anyone can make for their health.