How to Make a Wonderful Easy Espresso / Coffee in a Stove Top Espresso Maker (aka Moka Pot)

by Matthew Ferguson ; Updated September 28, 2017

The moka pot offers a simple means for producing rich coffee. Images

Items you will need

  • Fresh water
  • Finely ground coffee
  • Stove top burner

The moka pot presents a welcome relief from expensive, complicated-to-operate automatic espresso machines. Like those machines, water vapor is forced through a cake of finely ground coffee. The water then arrives in the upper chamber of the pot, where it condenses back into liquid. The brewing method produces a coffee that is akin in flavor to espresso.

Step 1

Unscrew the bottom of the moka pot from the top. There is a filter basket midway between the top and bottom halves. Remove the filter basket and set it to the side.

Step 2

Fill the bottom of the pot with fresh water up to the level of the valve (references 2).

Step 3

Fill the filter basket with finely ground coffee. Wipe away any grinds from the lip of the filter basket.

Step 4

Install the filter basket atop the bottom half of the moka pot.

Step 5

Screw the top of the moka pot back onto the bottom half.

Step 6

Set the electric or gas burner on a low to medium flame. If using an electric burner, allow the burner fully heat up.

Step 7

Place the moka pot atop the burner.

Step 8

Allow the coffee to percolate completely to the top. Listen for the coffee to stop bubbling. The process takes approximately 5 minutes from the time the moka pot is placed atop the burner. If the process takes longer, slightly increase the heat of the burner the next time.


  • Inspect the rubber gasket between the upper and lower chamber periodically. Replace the washer if it is worn or damaged.

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