How to make the perfect stovetop coffee

Make the perfect stovetop coffee at home with our step by step instructions below.

A stovetop coffee maker works by pushing hot water through the coffee grounds under steam pressure. This makes it similar in preparation to espresso coffee without the need for expensive home equipment or professional machinery.

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1. Boil the kettle and then let it cool for about a minute or so (you don’t want the water being too hot).

2. Fill the bottom chamber with hot water so it sits just beneath the safety release valve.

3. Then the funnel-shaped metal filter where you put finely-ground coffee is inserted above it, fill with Farrer’s coffee and level but don’t tamp it down!

4. Then screw the upper part tightly onto the base. Then put the pot on the stove and turn it on. When the water heats further steam pressure pushes the water through the filter into the collecting chamber.

5. When the lower chamber is almost empty, you will hear the machines famed gurgling noise, which tells you that your coffee is ready, at this point turn off the hob and the built-up steam pressure will continue to extract your coffee. Then simply serve.

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What's the Best Coffee to Use with Stovetop?

We’d recommend you try Italian Blend.

Why Do We Like Stovetop Coffee?

Stovetop works very similar to espresso to allow you to enjoy a similar experience at home without the need for expensive coffee brewing equipment.

Why Should I Preheat Water in a Stovetop?

Using cold water can result in coffee extracting at too low a temperature. For optimal results we’d recommend using water just off the boil.

Who Invented Stovetop Coffee?

The stovetop, also known as the moka pot, the iconic stovetop coffeemaker was invented by Alfonso Bialetti in 1933. The Stovetop Espresso machine was simple and compact, but very capable of making a brew you would normally associate with those produced by large espresso machines in cafes. Bialetti claimed that “without requiring any ability whatsoever” one could enjoy “in casa un espresso come al bar” (“An espresso in the home just like one in the bar.)