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    Coffee Grind for Moka Pot

    ~ When using a Moka-Pot, do you need to grind the coffee beans using a fine, espresso-type grind, or does the regular grind for drip coffee makers work too?

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    Never used one, but have read alot about them. Typical grind fineness should be between drip and espresso. Probably identical to the grind needed for steam "espresso" machines that so many of us have used at one time or another. I don't think any sort of tamping is needed either as there isn't enough pressure to really push through. Good luck with it!

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    Most of the Moka Pot companies recommend a course grind, but I've found that it doesn't have to be overly course.

    My suggestion would be to start off course and go finer until you find the texture that tastes right to you.

    Here are a couple rules of thumb you can follow while you experiment:
    If your coffee is too weak or watery, your grind is too course.
    If it's too bitter, your grind is too fine - this means the coffee is overextracted.

    Of course, the type of beans you're using makes a difference - and some people even say the atmospheric pressure can make a difference (I'm not sure about that last part - just passing on some of what I'm hearing - maybe someone else can explain that part better.)

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    You're kidding right? Maybe most of those companies need a bit of training on how to use the product themselves. I'd say start with fine drip range and go from there.

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    Hi Shadow!

    This afternoon, I took a look at a couple of YouTube videos on how to make coffee with a Moka Pot, and both of the the guys doing the demonstration said to use a fine espresso-type grind. But, when I looked at a third video, the guy said to use regular drip-grind coffee. That's when I decided to post my question.

    I'm still thinking about geting a moka pot. The next time I go to the shop where I get my roasted coffee beans, I'll ask the people there about it. They love the moka pots, and they've been trying to convince me to get one for quite some time.

    I hope all is well with you. I'm very glad to see you posting to the Coffee Forum. I've always enjoyed reading your posts!

    Rose

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadow745 View Post
    You're kidding right? Maybe most of those companies need a bit of training on how to use the product themselves. I'd say start with fine drip range and go from there.
    Maybe they do. Considering the coffee pots are very high quality and they're made in Italy where the Moka Pot was invented, I trusted them enough to use their suggestions as a starting point.

    If I had found this site first, it would have saved me some time.

    By the way Shadow745, I enjoy your posts, too. Took me awhile to recognize your ID, but your signature is unforgettable.

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    I agree with Shadow. Never used one, but I've read before that moka pot grind should start off fine, but a little coarser than for an espresso machine. They should only be coarse enough where they don't go through the filter holes or block them. So if you end up with sediments, go coarser, but definitely not as coarse as drip brew grind. You also don't pack the ground coffee, just level it off to make sure it's even or you run the risk of popping off the pressure valve.

    I've also read that you should always brew the set amount of coffee it's designed for. So you should get the size moka pot you always tend to make. Don't try to make less or more than the indicated size as it will affect the extraction process, i.e. if you have a 4 cup moka pot (cup being espresso cup) don't brew just 2 cups, always brew 4 cups with it.

    Just my 2 cents.
    My cheerful disposition is brought to you today by a STRONG cup of coffee.

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    Shadow & Tazzidaluna,

    Moka Pots is a new company and we're learning as we go. Until I received one for a Christmas gift, I had never used one - but it didn't take long to fall in love with this product.

    Obviously, I was impressed enough to start my new business.

    Both of you seem very knowledgable about coffee. Have you considered entering the giveaway I've mentioned in my other post? I'd love to hear how you like it and what worked for you.

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    Thanks, but I'm actually just a newbie, but have been doing a lot of reading for the past few months. I'd like to check out moka pots in the future, but I'm in that home roasting phase right now. I want to focus on one thing at a time.
    My cheerful disposition is brought to you today by a STRONG cup of coffee.

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    That's a smart plan. We'll probably have more giveaways in the future if things go well.
    The offer stands!

 

 
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