The best way to start
your day is with a great cup of coffee, and in Italy, tradition dictates it’s
best when done in a “moka”. Making coffee is a rite of scents, movements and sounds,
that cannot be matched by the popular automatic machines that nowadays live in
many people’s homes. Even so, it doesn’t mean that making coffee in a moka will
automatically make it great. Today we teach you the Italian secrets to making a
great coffee, so you’re sure to start your day with the right foot.
Begin making sure
that the moka is clean and dry. A tip: never wash your coffee maker with soap
or in the dishwasher.
Secondly, the water
must be cold.
Third, the coffee
for the moka must be thinner than the use you use to make an espresso, and it
should not be pressed once put into the filter.
For the forth step,
you’re going to put the coffee maker at minimum heat and turn it off as soon as
the coffee starts to come out. Even if this means that you’ll get less coffee,
it assures you that it will have a better quality and it won’t have a burnt
Fifth and last
step, remember to stir the coffee before pouring it in the cup to amalgamate
the thickest part that comes out at the beginning with the lightest one that
comes out at the end.
How to recognize a nicely made coffee?
The coffee made in
the moka should not be too thick nor creamy like the espresso, but neither too
The first sign when
we are in front of a great cup of coffee is, with no doubt, the perfume that
comes out from it. A scented air assures us that we are on the right path.
Next, we have to
pay attention to the color that it has when it is still on the fire. The first
liquid must be very dark, and when the heat is off, some hazel-colored foam
should come out; this depends on which powdered coffee was used.
Another sign will
appear when we pour the coffee in the cup. We must make sure that no
transparent liquid comes out, since this means that we put too much water.
The Italian secrets to making great coffee are simple but essential when it’s time to deep dive into this typical ritual of the Italian everyday life.
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