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Hi,

I recently hunted out my Bialetti Moka pot I bought in Italy a few years ago. I have a couple of questions. 

I usually drink a large cup of strongish black coffee when I’m cafés but my moka produces something closer to an espresso - very small and VERY strong. Can I simply add boiling water in a 1:1 ratio to get a suitable coffee to my liking?

If so, given my usual coffee size is around 280ml, which size Moka pot would be suitable to use as a base to make the coffee which the boiling water will be added to? (My current Moka is a one pot so it far too small to make a large coffee from so I will need to replace it)

Many thanks.

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I often make a black coffee that way, yes. I use a 6-cup moka to brew for two, or a 3-cup if it's just for myself. The yield is usually around 130 ml from the 6-cup, or 75 ml from the 3-cup; so the 3-cup comes out slightly stronger.

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2 minutes ago, Colin Gummer said:

I often make a black coffee that way, yes. I use a 6-cup moka to brew for two, or a 3-cup if it's just for myself. The yield is usually around 130 ml from the 6-cup, or 75 ml from the 3-cup; so the 3-cup comes out slightly stronger.

Thanks Colin

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On 14/01/2021 at 19:18, Colin Gummer said:

I often make a black coffee that way, yes. I use a 6-cup moka to brew for two, or a 3-cup if it's just for myself. The yield is usually around 130 ml from the 6-cup, or 75 ml from the 3-cup; so the 3-cup comes out slightly stronger.

This is interesting Colin. 

I recently got a 3-cup (Alessi) for my birthday and have been experimenting. I can get 156g of water in the base, filling to just below the pressure valve. 

I have then experimented with between 18g-20g of coffee at various grind sizes. I have to knock the coffee holder on the counter to get it to 'settle' otherwise I can only get very little coffee in. I don't tamp/ compress in any way. 

I have also used an aeropress filter, but not got that to work with this moka pot. Also have to be careful with grind, as too fine a grind and the pressure valve kicks in. 

Results so far I get a yield of anything between 85g-120g. To be honest, all rather nice and enjoyable - certainly I've not yet made anything I can't drink.

I tend to dilute to between 1:2 > 1:3 coffee:water depending on yield and mood. Total roughly 240ml - 280ml 

I use the Hoffman method (acknowledging that he might not have been the first person to have done it, but I saw it first) and it is night and day as opposed to the 'traditional' method. 

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@Colin Gummer That prompted me to update this.... 

I am now quite a long way from where I was in January. I am now down at 13.5 - 14.5g and noticed that there is a greater sensitivity to dose rather than grind size when it comes to the pressure valve triggering. Once down at 13.5-14.5 there is greater latitude to play with grind to get the best flavour out. This seems obvious thinking about it, but with all the talk of making sure the basked it full/ not under-dosing, I think it is easy to over-dose without realising it. 

Lower dose also works well even with an aeropress filter in, smoother results. Yield has settled to between 90-100g. 

I have also noticed (on an induction hob and using a converter plate) that using a lower power/ temperature setting (4 on scale 1-10) produces better and more consistent results.

Also found this video in an old thread here. Same lines (and familiar source) as more current ones, but a good watch nonetheless. 

https://player.vimeo.com/video/2905947

 

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Love the Moka pot! I do a white americano style coffee 1:2 water and some milk for most mornings. 

I recently got a 'pronto cafe' from amazon.it, couldn't find it on amazon.co.uk, literally turn the handle and it doses straight into any Mokapot :) super quick! Would reccomend to anyone who loves their Moka! 

 

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Love the Moka pot! I do a white americano style coffee 1:2 water and some milk for most mornings. 
I recently got a 'pronto cafe' from amazon.it, couldn't find it on amazon.co.uk, literally turn the handle and it doses straight into any Mokapot  super quick! Would reccomend to anyone who loves their Moka! 
 
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What a good idea. Always make a mess when I’m dosing a moka pot. Presumably doesn’t fit all sizes? Found it on Amazon uk just now for around £10 with Prime
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hey yeah works with any size im sure, just have to turn the handle a few times, 1 or 2 turns with my 3 cup bialetti! 

found it on amazon also! thats great they have them now! link below for anyone interested: 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00EE82YCQ/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&psc=1

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10 hours ago, camphoto88 said:

hey yeah works with any size im sure, just have to turn the handle a few times, 1 or 2 turns with my 3 cup bialetti! 

found it on amazon also! thats great they have them now! link below for anyone interested: 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00EE82YCQ/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&psc=1

That looks very nifty. 

I've just put the basket of my 3-cup alessi up against my ROK portafilter and they match almost perfectly. 

Not sure this would work in a portafilter, but I'm now wondering if the ROK dosing funnel might have a dual use. (and therefore justify the postage being the same price as the funnel) 

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I actually weighed the bialletti 3 cup filter after using the 'pronto caffe' and it came to about 16-17g same as the ROK portafilter, then tried the 'pronto caffe' with the portafilter and it worked fine, but not sure how often I would do that tbh! grind fresh for the ROK and any left overs go into the 'pronto caffe' for everyday Moka pot coffee :D

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Good strategy. I can just about squeeze 18g in to my ROK (they say the basket goes to 19g, but I don't see how...) but 15-15.5g seems to be the limit on my 3-cup Alessi before the pressure valve is triggered (gets very sensitive to grind size). 14.5g is much more comfortable. 

I have also be experimenting with aeropress filters in the Moka Pot: 

  1. Filter on top of the coffee basket 
    • Have to be really careful otherwise it gets creased up and doesn't filter very well. Too finickity with a hot pot if you are using pre-boiled water. 
  2. Filter above the metal filter (so when putting it together you go AP Filter > Metal Filter > Rubber seal) 
    • AP Filter ends up ripped in the middle. Even with two filters, they rip. Doesn't filter much at all 
  3. Filter sandwiched between the metal filter and the rubber seal (Metal Filter > wet AP Filter > Rubber seal to 'clamp' it in place)
    • This works the best for me. Filters the most and stays in place the best.

 With the AP filter there is a very noticeable reduction in silt/ fines in the cup. I think I will need some subtler beans to really test the impact on taste. 

 

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