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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.
Features of the Original Bialetti Moka Pot
- Polished aluminum
- Classic octagon shape
- Creates 1 to 12 demitasse cups
- Various colors available
Origins of the Moka Pot
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.
Quick Overview of Brewing
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.
Rich Espresso in Demitasse Cups
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.
Fun Colors Available
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.
Places to Enjoy a Classic Espresso
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the moka pot easy to clean?
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.
Can the moka pot produce less cups of coffee?
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.