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    Advise Please: My (old) Moka Pot - Should I keep using it or buy a new one??

    hello, I'm new here. great to have found this website. I wanted to consult the moka express experts among you.
    I have my moka for some years now, I guess I haven't maintained it properly, and haven't used it in a while, I found it quite stained and decided to clean it with baking soda and water.
    can you please tell me if it is still ok to use it? or should I throw it? many stains didn't come off, and I am worried for my health if I will be drinking it like this.
    obviously, it will be recommended to switch the filter, but it is the other parts I am more worried about.

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    Since it's made of aluminum which in theory not good for your heath, it's better to keep it oxidized/stained. Because the oxidized layer could function as a barrier between aluminum and your coffee. But since you just exposed fresh aluminum by deep cleaning, just boil a couple cups of water to season it. Yes, you need to replace the gasket from time to time. Good luck!

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    Hello mokiato,

    Welcome to the Coffee Forums website.

    After looking at your photos, I'm thinking that instead of worrying about whether or not it is safe to use your old Moka Pot, maybe you should just toss it and buy a new one. You'll probably need to replace the valve gasket anyway, and sometimes those parts are hard to find . . . so you may as well start fresh with a new one.

    If you were to continue making coffee in your old Moka Pot, you probably wouldn't enjoy the coffee very much, because you'll always be wondering if it's safe to use the old pot or not.

    ~ Rose

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    Even before using a brand new Bialetti for the first time, you still need to season it (brew and throw the coffee away for a few times). The oil from coffee will seal the aluminium surface and prevent coffee from having a metal taste. The gasket costs only $2 each and better to keep spares in the house if you use it often.

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    Gaskets are easy to replace...search amazon super cheap. I personally would toss it and buy a Bialetti. They are made of stainless steel instead of aluminum. My wife bought me a stove top espresso maker. I will post a picture when I get home. I used it twice...it was NYE. The first time it worked great. Then we had few drinks and we made another. I forgot to release the pressure before pulling the portafilter and boom. We were finding espresso grinds for months.
    "Wine is for aging, not coffee."
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    Somebody actually did compare their two versions: Bialetti Showdown: Aluminum vs. Stainless ? Jeff Werner
    and didn't find much difference. The stainless steel one lost their antique look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhyCoffee View Post
    Since it's made of aluminum which in theory not good for your heath, it's better to keep it oxidized/stained. Because the oxidized layer could function as a barrier between aluminum and your coffee. But since you just exposed fresh aluminum by deep cleaning, just boil a couple cups of water to season it. Yes, you need to replace the gasket from time to time. Good luck!
    Thanks, I will replace the gasket for now.

    Quote Originally Posted by PinkRose View Post
    Hello mokiato,

    Welcome to the Coffee Forums website.

    After looking at your photos, I'm thinking that instead of worrying about whether or not it is safe to use your old Moka Pot, maybe you should just toss it and buy a new one. You'll probably need to replace the valve gasket anyway, and sometimes those parts are hard to find . . . so you may as well start fresh with a new one.

    If you were to continue making coffee in your old Moka Pot, you probably wouldn't enjoy the coffee very much, because you'll always be wondering if it's safe to use the old pot or not.

    ~ Rose
    I currently don't have money for a new one.
    after drinking a few cups it tastes fine and I don't think there is much reason for worrying.
    and if I buy a new one I guess it will be stainless, even thoguh I like how it looks much less.

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    Even espresso roast is a little bit less acidic than medium/light roast coffee, it's still acidic (with PH level around 4.5). So it's bad news to aluminum.


    This is the reason for not cleaning the pot too much, just rinse with water and let dry. The oil from coffee will protect the surface.

 

 

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