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Made from stylish copper-colored, high-quality stainless steel. Finished product is tasty but not too bold. Base feels sturdy and well-made. Heats quickly, cleans easily, and is portable. Suitable for use on all stovetops, including induction. Available in 6.8 or 10-oz sizes.
Small number of users have experienced issues with leaks. Handle can get very hot.
Made from food-grade aluminum and available in a 3 or 6-cup size. Easy-to-use Moka pot with a classic octagonal shape, heat-resistant handle, and built-in safety valve to reduce air pressure. Suitable for use on both gas and electric stovetops.
The lid and seal can leak, spilling coffee and grounds onto counter surfaces when pouring.
Great taste that's easy to produce. The aluminum fixture has a sensor-driven shutoff feature that avoids potential overflows and also keeps coffee or espresso warm for 30 minutes. Capacity of 6 cups. Features a cool-touch handle and air pressure safety valve.
Some users have expressed concerns about durability. Some units have stopped working.
Easy to use, and the end result is delicate on the palette. "Zero detergent" cleaning with Italian-made aluminum construction that requires only water. Produces a rich-tasting beverage with minimal effort, and at an attractive price point.
We love the look of this Moka pot but it may oxidize over time. Few issues with the pot leaking.
Compared to authentic espresso brewed in Italian cafes, this pot shines with its ease-of-use and ability to draw the rich taste out of basic or fine roasts. Equipped with a cool-touch handle and air pressure safety valve. Available in 3, 6, or 9-cup sizes.
Finding the right starting temperature may take a few tries.
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Coffee is serious business — many of us wouldn't want to face the day without our morning cup of java. But the expense of buying daily coffee from a barista adds up fast, and high-end espresso machines have huge price tags. Thankfully, for a fraction of the price of a true espresso machine, you can brew your morning cup in a moka pot and enjoy coffee that’s about as close to espresso as you can get.
One of the most important factors to consider when buying a moka pot is its size, as you need something that can make a sufficient amount of coffee for you and any coffee-loving members of your household. You might also want to consider the material and shape of the pot and whether you’d prefer a stovetop or electric model. In addition, there are several other features that make a moka pot the convenient morning wonder that it is.
We’re here to help you sift through your options. Read our guide to get the scoop on moka pots, including how much you can expect to pay for one and which models we think are best.
The capacity of a moka pot is listed in cups, but it's important to note that this isn't the standard eight-ounce cup measurement. In fact, these listed cup measurements refer to "demitasse" cups, each of which measures around two ounces. Therefore, a six-cup moka pot can hold around 12 ounces, and a nine-cup moka pot can hold roughly 18 ounces.
The majority of people add water or milk to their moka pot coffee rather than drinking it straight, as it's close to espresso strength. We recommend allowing between two and three cups per person, depending on how strong they like their coffee.
As the name suggests, you place a stovetop moka pot directly on your stove to percolate your coffee. Stovetop moka pots are extremely easy to use, and they’re generally less costly than electric models. Most people prefer stovetop moka pots; they’re far more common on store shelves than electric moka pots.
That said, you can also find a small number of electric moka pots for sale. These pots have their own heating element and plug straight into a power outlet. If you’ll be spending time in a place where you don’t have access to a stove, such as a dorm room, hotel, or RV, an electric moka pot is a good choice.
While there are a handful of exceptions, almost all moka pots are made from aluminum or steel.
Aluminum is the traditional choice. Lightweight and inexpensive, these moka pots aren’t as durable as stainless steel, but a high-quality aluminum moka pot could still last you several decades. Now, some people choose to avoid ingesting food and drink that has come into contact with aluminum due to concerns about a possible correlation between aluminum exposure and Alzheimer’s disease. However, there are studies that don’t back this correlation.
Stainless steel is a newer moka pot material. It's prized for its durability and resistance to corrosion — especially 18/10 high carbon steel. It's easy to clean and is non-porous, so flavors from old batches of coffee or dish soap won't linger. On the downside, stainless steel moka pots are generally more expensive than aluminum options.
While color and style is far less important than performance, you might still want to choose a model that matches the style of your kitchen. Some moka pots have a traditional style that looks no different from the original models released back in the 1930s. Others have smoother lines and a more modern appearance. As for color, the majority of moka pots are the shade of plain aluminum or stainless steel, though you can find a few that are colored bronze or painted in bright hues.
Traditional moka pots are octagonal, but some of the more modern-looking options have a round base. Traditionalists may say the eight-sided shape allows for more even heat distribution, but we find the overall quality of a moka pot to be much more important than its shape.
Most moka pots have plastic handles, but some feature metal handles. If you opt for a metal-handled moka pot, it should be a cool-touch metal so that it won't scald you when you try to pour your coffee. Plastic handles should ideally be heat-proof, too, so that they don't melt when exposed to high temperatures.
Moka pots range in price from less than $10 more than $100. A simple aluminum moka pot will cost you between $10 and $30, depending on the quality. If you're looking for a basic stainless steel model or a high-end aluminum option, expect to pay between $30 and $60. The majority of high-end stainless steel moka pots are priced between $60 and $100, but a tiny number of designer models can cost as much as $150.
Q. What are the mechanics behind a moka pot?
A. Moka pots have a bottom chamber and a top chamber, plus an insert that sits between the two. You fill the bottom chamber with water and the insert with ground coffee. As the water heats, steam pressure pushes it through the ground coffee into the top chamber, which features a tube for it to enter through. Once the top chamber is filled with coffee, it's ready to drink.
Q. How should I serve coffee from a moka pot?
A. You should think of the coffee that comes from a moka pot as espresso rather than filter coffee. As such, you should either drink a shot or two as is (like an espresso), dilute it with hot water to make an Americano, or add hot or foamed milk to a shot or two of coffee for a latte or cappuccino.
Q. Are moka pots easy to clean?
A. Stainless steel moka pots are very easy to clean, as they tend to be machine washable. Aluminum moka pots require a bit more care, as they can only be washed by hand. Due to the porous nature of the material, you should only rinse and wipe aluminum moka pots, as soap can leave an unpleasant taste. To prevent rust, be sure to dry your moka thoroughly after washing.