Moka Pot (Stove Top) Brew Guide


  • Stovetop (Moka pot)
  • Kettle
  • Scales
  • Fresh coffee beans
  • Adjustable burr grinder (or pre-ground coffee)
  • Filtered water
  • Appropriate heat source

Ratio: 10g of coffee / 100mL water

(Approx. 15g coffee for a 2 cup Moka; 30g for a 4 cup Moka; 40g for a 6 cup Moka)

Grind: Medium-coarse grind


1.) Unscrew the top of the Moka pot. Have your medium-ground coffee ready to go.

2.) Fill bottom chamber with hot water. Some pots have a line indicating the maximum water level; if not, be sure to keep the water just under the pressure valve. Always fill the chamber with very hot water. (We like to use boiling water and pre-boil our water in a kettle first). This not only speeds up the process by taking less time to boil, but will ensure a less bitter taste.

3.) Fill basket with coffee. Even out but don’t press down! Don’t use coffee that is ground too fine because it will make your coffee taste bitter. You can experiment with the amount of coffee used, but a general rule of thumb is a tablespoon of coffee for each cup of water.

4.) Place the metal filter into the water chamber. Make sure it fits snugly and there isn’t anything blocking it. (The pressure needs to build up to start the brewing process).

5.) Screw the top to base. You can use a cloth to assist if the water chamber is too hot. Ensure the two halves are tightened securely or else pressure will release and compromise your brew. 

6.) Place on stove on a low heat. Note that all Moka pots will work on most electric and all gas heaters, and even on an open fire. Only select stovetops, however, will work on induction stovetops. If you’re using an induction heater, please double-check that your Moka pot is compatible first before use.

7.) After a minute, coffee will emerge from the spout. Once you hear a gurgling sound it means that all the water has evaporated from the bottom chamber. Avoid overheating the Moka pot. 

Tip: You can run the base under cold water if sputtering begins – the sooner the pot cools down, the better your coffee will taste.

8.) Pour, drink and enjoy!

Note: The Moka pot naturally produces a coffee with quite a good level of suspended particles, a.k.a grit! Many Moka pot lovers enjoy this thicker, heavier mouthfeel – however, if you prefer a cleaner cup, try adding an AeroPress filter on top of the coffee prior to assembling the Moka pot. This will filter out many of the larger-sized particles and produce a much cleaner cup (if that is your preference!)