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Making a great cup of moka pot coffee at home is a very simple and straightforward method of brewing strong, delicious coffee. This guide is meant as a base recipe for a 6-cup moka pot. Make sure to experiment with the strength of your coffee brew to get it tasting just how you like it.

Coffee brewed with this traditional method is concentrated and you can prepare a cappuccino or latte with the espresso style coffee brewed with a moka pot, however it can be very easy to under or over extract. How can you tell if your coffee is over or under extracted?

Under-extracted coffee won’t have the sweetness and slight bitterness needed for balance, and will have a sour taste. An over-extracted brew will taste bitter, as the compounds that create sweetness and acidity will be overwhelmed.”

The Perfect Daily Grind – “Understanding Coffee Extraction ..”

Now that you have a better understanding of the flavor profile of your moka pot, you are ready to start brewing.

What you’ll need:

  • Moka pot
  • Whole bean coffee or fresh ground (find some fresh coffee here)
  • Nice to have but not necessary : Kettle (for boiling water)
  • Kitchen towels or heat resistant mitts (for handling the moka pot)
  • Your favorite coffee mug (this one is nice)


Preheat your water. Bring to a rolling boil. Cold or room temperature water is fine too, it’ll just take a longer time to brew.

Preheating the water allows us to have better control over the extraction by not allowing the coffee grounds to po


As soon as your water boils, you can proceed to grind your whole bean coffee to a fine grind like you would for espresso.

For this recipe your looking at about 35 – 40 grams of coffee ( approx 5+ tablespoons +/- *adjust to your liking ) for a 6-cup moka pot.

Pre-ground is perfectly fine too.


Pour rolling boiled water up to the bottom half of your moka pot making sure not to overfill beyond the safety valve.

Be careful while pouring the hot water into the boiler pot, ( use those handy kitchen towels or mitts for safe handling )


Fill the filter basket with your ground coffee and then carefully level the surface. Using your finger to brush off the excess grounds is fine too.


Insert the filter basket carefully into the bottom half of your boiler pot.


Use the kitchen towels or heat mitts to handle the bottom boiler pot while screwing the top server lid.

Next place on the stove or heat source over medium heat and let it brew.
* If using hot water to fill the bottom chamber, remember to use a towel or heat mitt so as to not burn yourself *

After a few minutes you’ll be able to know your coffee is ready when you begin to hear the bubbling sounds and steam coming from the brewer.
Remove from the heat so as to not burn the brewed coffee.


” When the water in the bottom chamber approaches a boil, the pressure will push a stream of coffee slowly through to the upper chamber of the pot. “

If the coffee rushes upward really fast , then this means your water’s too hot, if it bubbles slowly and sluggishly turn up your flame.

You’ll know it’s done when you hear some sweet bubbling sounds coming from your Moka Pot letting you know it’s ready to take off the heat and allow it to finish brewing while you get your coffee cup ready.


Pour and Enjoy Gustos Coffee brewed in a Moka Pot

Serve yourself a strong, delicious cup of coffee in your favorite cup, steam some milk and make it a latte. Enjoy whichever way you love to drink coffee.

Keep trying out different variations on how to make your Moka Pot coffee even better by experimenting with different coffee’s , ratios and even water temperatures. All in the search for that balanced and delicious cup of comfort.

You probably already knew how to make your old trusty ‘Grecca’ aka Moka pot coffee but we want to know: how did your Moka Pot coffee turn out ? Tag us on social media , IG & FB and let us know in the comments how you drink your coffee and wether or not you were able to try this recipe out at home!


What water should I use for my Moka Pot?

Since coffee is technically 98.75% water, start by using the drinking water you already prefer, and work from there. We suggest you try fresh, filtered (not distilled) water for your brews.

Cold or Hot water what’s the difference?

The great debate on wether to use Cold or Boiling water to preheat and brew your Moka Pot. The short answer is: There’s no wrong way just know that you will need to adjust your brewing time, as cold water tends to take longer brew. We use warm water to preheat and make the extraction flow quicker.

What type of drinks can I make with Moka Pot coffee?

Honestly, the humble Moka Pot is so versatile that you can use it to make pretty much anything from lattes to cappuccinos and anything in between. Just always start with fresh coffee and fresh water and you’re good to go.

Should I tamp the coffee grounds from my Moka pot’s filter basket?

The short answer, no. You don’t want to tamp your coffee because these pots don’t like excessive pressure, which tamping would produce due to increased density.

This is also why the water should not cover the steam valve. In the worst case they can literally explode! There’s no need to tamp.

How long should my Moka Pot take to brew?

A Moka Pot should on average take anywhere between 5-10 min. This of course, could vary depending on the heat source and initial water temperature.

How will I know it’s ready?

One of the sweetest perks of a Moka Pot, it tells you when it’s ready. You’ll notice bubbling sounds and steam ( and not to mention the aroma! ) coming from the pot’s spout signaling it’s ready to remove from the heat, as it finishes percolating.

What type of coffee is best for a Moka Pot?

Honestly, there’s no wrong answer here, because it all depends on you. We do suggest a strong delicious coffee like : Gustos Premium or Gustos Reserva Juracán both are best sellers and you can tap on the links for more info.

Ratios for other size Moka Pots

These are approximate recipe guides for brewing 1 cup and 3 cup Moka Pots.

1 Cup Moka Pot – 60ml (2oz) Water, 8 grams of Coffee
3 Cup Moka Pot – 200ml (6.76oz) Water, 26 grams of Coffee

Note: You can only brew the amount of cups the Moka Pot is designed to brew at any given moment. For example you can’t brew a 3 cups recipe for a 6 cup Moka Pot.

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