The Moka pot

My coffee journey continues when I found a stack of these pots in a cupboard at our rental house. I loved the cute litte 1 cup version. They come in a 1 cup, 3 cup, 6 cup, 9 cup and 12 cup. I wasn´t sure if it was a moka pot, a greca, a cafetera ? A percolator,  or a cafeteramoka ? What kind of coffee does it make, and, what is the difference between all these names ?

Last updated Jan 24, 2021 at 9:26AM | Published on May 17, 2020

vintage spanish percolator

It percolates… so does that make it a percolator !

I think the official name is a cafeteramoka !! or , a MOKA pot as we call it. 

This is what happens when you’re down to your last nespresso pod. You get desperate. But we happened to be clearing the landlord’s cupboards out at the same time. Lockdown hobby no. 1  ?

homemade sourdough bread

These are the capsules for the professional  / commercial Nespresso machines.

If you stayed in the rooms of our old hotel maison mk, you’ll recognise them !

Sadly, our Italian Rocket espresso machine is still in an attic in the UK, and we can’t get any more Nespresso capsules like this delivered to the island.If anyone has the ristretto capsules in this picture, please be an angel and message us ?

But we’re not short of a Spanish coffee pot, or 2, or 3 ! ( and counting..4,5 !) Not Paul’s usual cup of coffee but needs must when you need your coffee.

I’ve decided this is a MOKA pot because it’s the favourite tool used by the Spanish and Italians to brew their daily espresso. It uses a small amount of pressurised water… and gravity, to push the boiling water through the coffee grounds from the base, and arrives up in the top part of the pot, ready to pour. A percolator is similar, but different. I believe it makes coffee more like a drip coffee maker by heating the water and letting the resulting steam drip back down through the grounds to deliver coffee back into the lower part of the pot. The coffee from a percolator isn’t made with pressure, but by dripping boiling water – as you would do with a normal coffee. Moka makes it in the same way as an espresso machine – with pressurised water going through the grounds. 

For me… Coffee just has to taste good, in whatever form, to serve a purpose…. to make me happy. So I’m claiming the cute iron topped, vintage looking, single serve one in a pretty red ❤️. I’m finding it also helps me limit my intake when I make a single serve at a time. So this’ll do nicely, especially as I like to add hot water and make a long black anyway. Paul has taken hold of the 2 person pretty silver/brass combo pot, and there’s a family version I’m not going near or I’ll be jumping to high heaven by 10am.


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