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Jul 8, 2010 10:19 AM

Do you Moka?

Just read about the Moka contraption for making coffee. Interesting.

Anyone use this on a regular (daiy?) basis?

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  1. I did, but am on hiatus now because I'm pregnant. Thank you for the linked article, I appreciated the brewing tips. Our moka came with a milk frother, which is great.
    My sister and BIL also use one regularly, though we didn't know we each had one until a recent visit.
    Ordered mine of amazon for a very reasonable price.

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    1. re: perries

      Is it that much better than regular brew, or even french press?

      1. re: ipsedixit

        Hmm, I like it better than my french press, but this is possibly a fault of mine that could be corrected if I tried harder with my press - which seems to brew up coffee that is too acidic to my tastes, no matter what I'm using. I thought it was a filter issue, but the moka similarly does not use paper filters, yet the resulting brew tastes smooth and not too acidic. Plus even when I think I'm putting in a coarse grind in the press, there are granules in my cup, which doesn't happen with the moka's clever mechanism.

        We also have a drip coffee maker, and I think the chief advantage of the moka (which is 2-cup size) is just making 2 cups worth strong smooth brew easily, plus it seems to me to make a denser brew than I usually get out of the pot (but could be the cook, again).
        I hope this post contained some useful thoughts - considering I'm in a non-caffienated desert for the duration. Bottom line: for coffee fans, it's not a big outlay to get one and... it's fun!

        1. re: ipsedixit

          A few people in my italian class have them (some multiple) and I've had it a multiple functions. I think it's far better than drip. Compared to french press it's hard to say because french press is so variable. What I've had from the Moka doesn't compare to the best cup of coffee I've ever had which is from a french press. But, it's better than most cups of french press I've had. User skill makes a big difference so maybe a great Moka maker could do wonders. But, FWIW, one of the Moka users makes great espresso so he has good coffee making skills.

      2. My preferred method for making coffee at home, I've been using one for many years, IMO the best combination of quality, convenience and price. The article is good, thanks for posting the link, the importance of the grind and not tamping I know, am interested to try starting with cold water and turning of the heat when the pot is half full.

        1. I am so glad you posted this. I have one sitting in my kitchen (it came free with the boyfriend), and whenever I ask him how to use it, he is less than helpful. I never even knew what the thing was called. The website, however, was very much so.

          He brought it back from the Dominican Republic, and despite the fact that he claims it makes superior coffee, I have to wonder if he even knows how to use it. It's clearly been used, but not since he toted it back to the states. And, like perries, I find the french press a bit too much, so now I'm really curious. Thanks! I have a new kitchen toy to play with, once I dust it.

          1. Absolutely! I have three different pots, all in the 1-cup size, since I live alone. It is my favorite go to coffeemaker, and has been since I "acquired" the taste in college over 30 years ago visiting with the family of my Cuban born roommate. I drink it very sweet (3 demi spoons per demitasse) and very hot. I keep one pot at the ready for when I visit my son in New Orleans, because my cafecita is my favorite wake up, even in that great coffee city. I remember posting tips before on Cookware, I think.

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