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New Year, New Brew: The Moka Pot

January 19, 2018

Note: This is three of four in a series of brew guides for the New Year. Try something new and up your coffee game!

 

What’s a moka pot? It’s a stovetop coffee maker that brews coffee by passing boiling water pressurized by steam through ground coffee. Simple with an iconic, 8-sided design, it’s perfect to pack on a camping trip or to try an espresso-style coffee without an espresso machine.

Step 1

Grind coffee, 20-22 grams. Use a fine grind, such as you would for espresso.

Step 2

Fill the bottom half of your Moka pot with water *

*Some brew guides advise filling the Moka with boiling water, for optimum taste to avoid overheating the coffee. We don’t think this is necessary—with the right flame control, you should be able to heat your water just fine in the Moka. If you do pre-boil your coffee however, be careful assembling your pot. The bottom chamber will be hot!

Step 3

Fill the filter basket with the ground coffee, making sure they are evenly spread and place it into the bottom compartment. Screw on the Moka’s top.

Step 4

Place the pot on the stove and turn the heat to medium and allow the water to come to a boil.

Step 5

As the water from the bottom chamber approaches a boil, the pressure will push a stream of coffee slowly through the upper chamber, creating the brew. You’ll hear a bubbling and hissing sound from the pot. You’re done!

New Year, New Brew: The Beginner’s Guide to Pour Over

January 12, 2018

Note: This is two of four of a series on trying different brew methods in the New Year.

Pour over may seem complicated, but it’s actually as easy and approachable as it sounds: You simply pour hot water over coffee grounds.

 

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

 

1. Dripper or Drip Decanter 

There are all kinds of these on the market, ones that have been tested time and time again, like the Bee House Dripper and Chemex.

I personally use the Hario V60 Drip Decanter at home—my hands fit well around the neck of it and when I’m done, I empty my grounds and throw the whole thing in the dishwasher.

2. Coffee

You’ll need a coarse grind, coarse like sea salt. You can brew all coffee as pour over, but I personally like it for more complex coffees, like ones from our Niche Collection. Subtle nuances in delicate coffees are best highlighted with this brew method.

3. Hot water kettle

Either stove top or electric works!

4. Scale

You’ll certainly welcome to use one, especially when you are first getting started and want to dial your coffee in to your preference. It’s great for consistency, but it’s not necessary.

 

How to Brew:

Step One

Grind your coffee and place in filter.

Pro tip: Pre-wet your filter to rid of paper taste

How much coffee to use? A good place to start is 60 grams for every liter of water.  For my Hario V60, I brew this ratio: 44 grams of coffee to 700 grams of water. This is my preference. Experiment and adjust to the taste that you like!

Step Two

Slowly pour hot water over the grounds. Wait for the bloom (just like the French press brew method) and then slowly continue. Keep brewing until you’ve reached the desired volume.

Step Three

Serve and enjoy! Soooo simple!