Are Italian Coffee Makers as Good as Espresso Machines?

Introduction to Italian Coffee Makers 

Italian Coffee Makers, also known as Moka pots are an alternative to Espresso machines for making a cup of coffee. They were developed to make good Espresso without the expense of a highly-priced machine. However, is making Espresso with a Moka pot the same?

This article will explore and discuss why Moka pots are becoming so popular. We will also compare some brands of Moka Pots and Espresso Machines. 

Moka Pots

Moka pots are now considered a popular Italian alternative to high-cost Espresso machines. Many cafés and restaurants have stopped using them altogether. However, with the rising prices of Espresso makers, more and more people are turning to the Moka pot method as a cheap alternative. Furthermore, homeowners who are tired of paying high electric bills can use a Moka pot to make their coffee at home. Moka pots are a simple way of making Espresso, which caters to the same combination of milk and coffee mix. 

How To Choose A Moka Pot? 

There are various types and varieties available on the market today. However, not all of them are made the same way. To know which one to choose, you should try out each model. Here are some tips on how to do it:

1. Diameter Of The Pot

The diameter of the pot should be proportionate to the amount of water you are going to use. If it is too small, not enough water will enter into the cup. On the other hand, a large diameter will end up with more coffee than you need.

2. Height Of Coffee Mix

This can be done by estimating how much water needs to go in before it drops back down again. Around half an inch is a good measurement. If the mix is too high, you will end up with coffee slowly dripping from the pot.

3. Water Temperature In The Pot 

You should have a good idea of the amount of time it takes for different coffee mixes to cool down. You will need a pot that can keep the mixture warmed up for a long period of time. 

4. Body Of The Pot

The body should be lightweight and not prone to corrosion. It is also important to know that they are designed to keep the heat inside, not outside as well. 

5. Filter Of The Pot

This is the most important part of a Moka pot. The filter will regulate the passage of water into the mix and therefore, control how fast it is extracted. Some filters are made of metal while others are made from cloth or nylon mesh. Each type can extract coffee differently and may affect the taste of your brew. For best results, you should experiment with all types to determine which one you like most.

How Does a Moka Pot Work?

A Moka pot is a stovetop coffee maker that produces a strong, Espresso-like coffee. It’s usually made from aluminum or stainless steel and shaped like an hourglass. The top part of the pot holds water and has a connector pipe leading to the bottom chamber that holds ground coffee beans. 

The pressure of the boiling water forces the ground coffee up through one or two funnel-shaped openings to produce very strong, rich, Espresso-type coffee. Its high-pressure extraction method produces a stronger brew, and unlike drip coffee makers, it doesn’t cause the bitter over-extraction of coffee flavor. Moka pots are easy to clean and maintain.

Making Espresso With a Moka Pot

To make a good Espresso with a Moka pot, follow these steps:

1) First, you need to prepare dry coffee. These can be bought from many different shops and supermarkets in ground coffee or pre-ground coffee bags. Make sure the amount of ground coffee used for your Moka pot is 1/3rd the amount used for your Espresso machine. 

2) Then, place your ground coffee in the filter basket. Moreover, the amount of ground coffee should be enough to fill each filter basket about halfway. An estimated requirement of ground coffee is at least 6 grams of beans per one cup of Espresso. For finer ground, you can double the amount.

3) Next, place your filter basket into the cylinder. Once again, be careful not to overfill it. Fill the cylinder with just enough water. Then lock it into place.

4) After this, place your Moka pot onto a stovetop and switch on the hob to full capacity. Now, wait until the steam starts to come out of your Moka pot. Soak the coffee in water for ten minutes to one hour.

5) After this period, prepare your ground coffee by rinsing it and then decanting each coffee filter into a separate bowl. Pour the wet coffee into the Moka pot on a double-boiler stove. This is because the concentrated water will erupt when you pour it on the stove from a non-stovetop device or when you mix it with cold water in a room temperature environment. Be careful not to burn yourself or your kitchen, and make sure you have the correct temperature for making an Espresso on the stove. 

6) Wait until you have enough pressure to start regulating the flow of water into your Moka pot. The best way to regulate water flow is by turning down the heat, just as you would when using an Espresso machine, or by regulating it by using a tap.

This will slowly increase the flow of water and create a rolling stream of Espresso. Once the machine starts to generate sufficient pressure, you can ’tilt’ it from side to side until you have a good flowing stream or ‘foam’ of Espresso coming out of the pressurized tube. 

Espresso Machines 

Espresso machines are more expensive than Moka pots and can produce a tasty cup of coffee. However, with some practice, it can be easier to make Espresso at home in a Moka pot, than with professional machines. These machines function in the same way but have the advantage of pre-portioned coffee and capsule brew methods with pre-soaked filters. Most Espresso machines have a built-in water tank, but some may need you to use a reservoir or French press method to control water flow.

How To Choose An Espresso Machine 

The first thing that needs to be addressed while buying an Espresso machine is how much money you are willing to spend on it. This will help you narrow down the choices for buying a machine. However, it is also important to ensure that you buy a machine that has all the features of a quality brew. 

How Does An Espresso machine work? 

An Espresso machine is a type of coffee maker that brews coffee through an advanced brewing method and various automated features. The system works by combining hot water with compacted, ground coffee, which is then pushed through a small pipe or steam nozzle and forced into the cup at high pressure.

Suffice to say, when it comes to brewing Espresso, there are several key considerations that you’ll need to make. One very important Espresso machine feature you’ll need to incorporate is a separate milk and crema reservoir. Furthermore, you’ll want to make sure that the Espresso machine has real steam pressure technology for it to work correctly. Also, you should look for a built-in water filtration system since your coffee must taste great when it’s made.

Making Espresso With an Espresso Machine

Step 1) 

First, you need to prepare dried coffee. These can be bought from many different shops and supermarkets in ground coffee or pre-ground coffee bags. Make sure the amount of ground coffee you use for your Espresso machine is 1/3 of the amount used for your Moka pot. This is because you have to use pressure to make the coffee when using an Espresso machine, which can be dangerous if too much coffee is used.

Step 2) 

Next, you need to grind your coffee beans. Grind the amount which is required for the right combination with the water supply. You can brew more than one cup at a time. For this, you will need to use about four tablespoons of ground coffee per 1/4 Espresso cup of water. If it is more than one serving, then use about two tablespoons of ground coffee per 1/2 cup Espresso of water. You will need to increase this amount if you are going for two servings.

Step 3)

Next, you need to pour your water into your Espresso machine and then turn it on. Most models have an automatic shut-off if accidentally left on for an extended period of time, so there is no need to worry about leaving it on. You should not fill your water tank up to the top because you don’t want water bubbling out of your machine.

Step 4) 

Once your Espresso machine is on and ready to go, you should place your ground coffee into the basket and insert the portafilter. This is a metal cylinder that fits into your Espresso machine’s brewing jar. Then, you need to pull the lever down to open the portafilter before pushing it up again until it clicks in place.

Step 5) 

Next, you need to close the portafilter and then turn on the steam valve for your Espresso machine by pressing down on the keypad. The steam valve will close, and you will hear a clicking sound as it starts to create pressure. Depending on how hard you press the keypad, the pressure that needs to be used will increase or decrease. 

Step 6) 

After this, you should wait for the water to start flowing through the portafilter before pressing down on the lever again to open it. The coffee will start to be sucked up into the metal mesh of the portafilter and Espresso should start to flow from the bottom part of the coffee basket. If you hear any hissing or spraying going on, then your machine is leaking.

Step 7) 

To serve the Espresso, you need to pour it into a cup. At this point, you should insert a filter or a paper filter into your Espresso machine’s portafilter before pouring the hot Espresso into your cup. The last step is to add milk if you need it.

Step 8) 

After you have added your milk to the Espresso, you should stir it with a large spoon on top of the machine. This will mix the foam that is created by the Espresso machine, and you should start drinking immediately.

Espresso Machines and Moka Pots

Many people have tried both the Moka pots and the Espresso machines and have concluded that they are not different from each other. For instance, you can make Espresso with either machine as long as you have used well-grounded beans for it. However, both machines are indeed different from each other. 

The Espresso maker uses a special coffee-making machine to heat water and pressures it to extract the coffee. On the other hand, the Moka pot uses a metal chamber and some type of percolator to heat the water and serve you with a delicious cup of Espresso powder.


Espresso machines are different from the other types of coffee makers. If you want to make a delicious cup of Espresso that is easy to make and cost-effective, then you should be able to use the ideas provided here. Moreover, if you have not seen one yet but are interested in buying one for yourself or someone else, then online auction websites like eBay might be a great place to start.