The absolute best way to enjoy an Italian Coffee is to hope on a plane, and follow these 5 rules for How to Drink Coffee Like an Italian. For a budget-friendly alternative, spend a coule of bucks on a Moka Pot and follow these easy Moka Pot instructions!
Moka Pot Instructions
What You’ll Need:
- Moka Pot
- Finely ground Coffee (I recommend Illy Espresso Macinato)
- A sink, a spoon, and a stovetop will help too
My Italian husband told me that you have to throw away the first three brews, but I wasn’t able to confirm this. I tasted the first brew made with the coffee machine pictured, and it was so-so. Basically, if you’re particularly picky about your coffee, throw out the first brew or two as some people say that they can detect a slight metalic taste (don’t worry – there’s no danger to your health). As you use your machine, the brews will get better and better as the past coffee in the filter adds depth to the new brews. That also means that you only have to worry about cleaning it thoroughly once in a while! My kind of kitchen appliance.
Step 1: Fill With Water
First, unscrew the top and remove the middle section. Fill the bottom with water up to the screw marker as shown.
Step 2: Add Coffee Grounds
Replace the middle section and fill it with coffee grounds. Don’t pack it down – just spread it loosely and evenly, and make a little heap on top as shown (you’ll probably make a little mess, as you can see)
Step 3: 5-7 Minutes on the Stovetop
Screw the top back on TIGHTLY and put it on the stove on medium low heat. Let it boil until the top section is filled with your nice rich espresso. It only takes about five minutes, so its best not to walk away (I’ve seen kitchen walls that speak of past expolosions from forgotten coffee machines). When you hear the coffee start to come out of the spout, keep the lid closed and wait about another minute for it to finish before turning off the heat.
That’s it! You can add milk or sugar to taste, make a cappuccino, or any other espresso-based coffee drink.