Moka noob brewing technique question..


New member
Nov 13, 2009

I bought a Bialetti Moka Express a few years ago, used it for a bit but was never quite happy with my results so I put it away. I recently got it out again, washed it out and replaced the rubber gasket and tried brewing a couple pots of coffee. My results are still bad... it comes out really bitter and the coffee isn't black, its brown because of all the sediment floating around in it.

I use Illy. I fill the basket, no tamping. I use an electric stove on medium heat which makes it come out slowly.. maybe too slowly? It takes a while for it to boil and make a cup on that setting.

I would appreciate any suggestions on how to properly use this Moka Express. My friend in Switzerland made such awesome coffee with it, I would like to do the same. Is the grind too fine? I thought you were supposed to use espresso grinds with it. I am thinking about trying to set the heat higher, maybe the water goes through faster it wont be so bitter?




Active member
Aug 15, 2005
Central North Carolina
Well I've never used any type of Moka pot, but can give a bit of advice. First, get a decent grinder and fresh beans. NOT ILLY. I'm sure Illy beans are quite good as soon as they are roasted, but once packaged or preground/packaged and shipped that freshness is gone quite quickly. Also, I'd say based on what I've read moka style pots require a grind slightly coarser than the typical espresso grind particle size with no tamping of course. Later!