Let’s talk about everyone’s favorite coffee bar accessory. Moka Pots.
The Italian invention has been one of the most sought-after coffee brewing devices since it was first introduced in 1933. And now, the moka pot has stepped up it’s game and evolved once again.
We now have the choice between traditional, chic aluminum, and elegant, durable stainless steel moka pots. Stainless steel is used for a variety of kitchen appliances due to its reputation for high quality and now it’s being put to good use for espresso lovers.
But we know that taste can vary. Do you want traditional and less expensive or do you want modern and high quality? Well we’re going to help you out and give you the run down on the differences between an aluminum and stainless steel moka pot. And we’ll also teach you step-by-step on how to use one.
What Is A Moka Pot?
Moka pots were first introduced in Italy by Alfonso Bialetti. These crafty coffee machines are also commonly known as stovetop or Italian coffee makers.
They’re an easy-to-use Italian percolator for making stovetop espresso coffee and have become one of the most favored brewing methods.
Even though they’re an older piece of machinery, their popularity has only increased over time because they make a very rich cup of coffee and a great piece of kitchen decor.
The highest quality stove-top espresso makers, like the MILANO have Italian safety valves, which make sure the coffee percolator can withstand the high-water pressure that develops during the brewing process.
It’s a budget-friendly alternative from bulky electric espresso machines. And all you need is an electric or gas stove-top.
The Difference Between an Aluminum and Stainless Steel Moka Pot
Majority of the moka pots you find today are aluminum. In fact, the very first moka pot created was actually made of aluminum. This material was chosen as the base of these devices because of its ability to gain and lose heat quickly. It was also chosen due to its affordability and versatility. Aluminum gives moka pot brands the chance to sell a variety of color combos.
But over time, stovetop espresso experts have come to realize that just because aluminum was the first option, doesn’t mean it’s the best option.
Top moka pot brands like GROSCHE International still produce aluminum moka pots but they’ve also shifted their focus to new and improved premium all stainless steel stovetop espresso makers.
Other than the weight, the main difference between stainless steel and aluminum is that stainless steel moka pots work on any type of stovetop, including induction, gas and electric stoves.
This makes them much more convenient for the modern-day kitchen with a glass induction stovetop. Another big difference between the two models is heat and durability. Aluminum tends to lose heat fairly quick, meanwhile stainless steel retains its heat for a longer period of time.
Stainless steel espresso makers are higher quality, meaning the pot itself lasts a lot longer than an aluminum moka pot. So, a stainless steel moka pot may be pricier than an aluminum model, but based on many different reviews it’s a worthy investment for any coffee connoisseur.
GROSCHE Presents The MILANO Steel
Here is a look at our newest addition to our moka pot family; the MILANO Steel. It’s a modern take on an all stainless steel moka pot. It comes in a 6-cup and 10-cup size that’s great for serving guests.
How to Make Stovetop Espresso at Home with a Stainless Steel Moka Pot
Step 1: Disassemble your Moka Pot stovetop espresso coffee maker
First, take apart your coffee percolator into its three pieces. They are the bottom boiler, the middle coffee funnel, and the top coffee chamber.
Step 2: Add in filtered water
After that, pour filtered water into the bottom chamber. Fill it to just below the safety valve for a classic Italian style Moka coffee.
Safety tip! Don’t fill water above the safety valve. The safety valve is there to release pressure in case the pressure is too high. That can be due to any blockages. The safety valve avoids a possible explosion of the pot from high pressure.
Step 3: Add fine ground coffee in the filter funnel
Fill the filter funnel with freshly ground medium to fine coffee grounds. The grounds should be level with the top of the filter.
Slightly pat the grounds down but don’t compress them in the funnel or the water will not flow through. Tamping the coffee should only be done in electric high pressure espresso makers.
Step 4: Re-assemble the espresso maker
After that, place your filter into the bottom chamber and screw the upper chamber to the bottom securely.
Step 5: Place on the stove top
Next, put your stovetop coffee maker on low to medium heat of your electric or gas stove. Make sure the handle is not in contact with the heat.
Step 6: Once coffee starts to brew, turn heat down to the lowest setting
Once you hear the coffee start to emerge from the filter funnel, turn down the heat and leave it to complete percolating.
Step 7: Coffee is ready!
When the ‘gurgling’ stops in your stovetop coffee maker and top chamber is full of espresso, your coffee is ready.