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How to Brew the Perfect Espresso

How to Brew the Perfect Espresso

In Italy, coffee is an important part of the daily routine, beginning with that first sip of rich, creamy espresso. Learn how to brew the perfect espresso using the traditional Italian moka, a stovetop coffeemaker, with our simple five-step guide!

1. Get familiar. The octagonal stovetop coffeemaker has three parts: the base, the filter, and the pitcher.

2. Assemble the ingredients. Fill the base with cold water up to the small valve, and set the filter inside the base. Fill this with ground coffee (we suggest medium grind), then tightly screw on the pitcher.

3. Burble and brew. Place the coffeemaker over low heat on the stove. As it brews, the coffee will begin to burble up into the pitcher of the coffeemaker.

4. Remove from heat. When all of the water has risen, the coffeemaker will begin to sputter. Be careful when opening the lid of the pitcher; the still-spurting espresso has been known to scald even the most practiced of home coffee brewers.

5. Drink it hot. Pour the espresso into a cup, and enjoy immediately!


Now that you have mastered the classic espresso, explore the scope of Italian coffee culture!