How To Use a Stovetop Espresso Maker

So, you love espresso. That’s great! But what’s that? You don’t like the cost of buying them on a regular basis? And you’d rather not invest in a bulky, expensive machine for your home? Most Italians make their morning espresso with a stove top coffeemaker called a moka.


How To Use a Stovetop Espresso Maker
How To Use a Stovetop Espresso Maker

These stove top kettles use steam pressure to force water up through coffee grounds and into a separate serving chamber. They are inexpensive, lightweight and easy to use.


In this article, we’ll give you the rundown on how to make stovetop espresso. We’ll break down a short and simple set of stovetop espresso maker instructions, so you can enjoy the perfect cup of espresso on the cheap, whenever you want!


Fill the bottom chamber with water. A stovetop espresso machine has a top and bottom chamber. The bottom chamber should be filled just to the brim with cold water.


It's a good idea to quickly rinse the chamber first, just to make sure it's as clean as possible.

For best results, use filtered water.


Add coffee to the top chamber. Spoon your ground coffee into the top filter, filling it to the brim. Do not pack the coffee down. Instead, level it with your fingertips and wipe any excess coffee of the edges.


While you can use the same grounds you would use for drip coffee, your espresso may turn out better if you use espresso grounds. Espresso grounds are ground finer and espresso gets its layers and flavor from hot water being forced through very fine, tightly packed grounds.


Secure the chambers together. Place the top chamber on top of the bottom chamber. Screw them together tightly so the chambers are completely sealed without any gaps.


You simply place the chambers on top of one another and twist, the same way you would twist the lid on a jar.


Place the espresso maker on the stove. Place the espresso machine directly on the stove. It is not necessary to use a pot or pan. Turn the stove on to low heat.


Remove and serve your espresso. Times vary but check the espresso maker on occasion throughout the process. When the espresso is done, the top chamber will be filled with coffee. At this point, you can remove the espresso maker from the stove and pour yourself a cup.


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