Last Updated on April 15, 2021 by Helga Dosa
How to make coffee with a Bialetti? Before I moved to Italy, I literally never done a coffee with a Bialetti coffee maker. Useless to say, that the first coffee I made was not good at all. So, for you to avoid the mistakes I did, here’s a guide for a Bialetti moka pot, and how to make a delicious coffee with it!
How to make coffee with a Bialetti coffee maker?
MOLD IS THE BIGGEST ENEMY: Just about a month ago I was at a friend’s house discussing coffee pots. She had an espresso, an American, a Russian, and a Bialetti. Then, she was complaining about the Bialetti: the coffee tasted too bad. I knew immediately what was the problem, having encountered it many times before that. I opened the coffee pot and immediately noticed several white fluffy spots, some of them even looking like soft cotton.
It was mold, the most common issue with this machine. It does not happen in Italy, first because we use the Bialetti coffee maker every day. Second because everybody knows that you need to have the machine completely dry before closing it, if the machine is still wet and you seal it, mold grows inside.
The remedy is pretty simple: just wash it then put water and boil it like you were making coffee and then throw away the water. Also, if you haven’t used the machine for a long time it is always better to make a coffee or two that you’ll pour in the sink. After that, the Bialetti coffee maker machine is ready to brew again like new.
The first thing to remember is, to wash the Bialetti coffee maker well, dry it, and put it away just when it’s completely dry!
Normally you should just rinse the machine with water and your hands, no soap and no sponge (much less an abrasive one) should be used for everyday cleaning!
Here are our suggestions on how to make coffee with a Bialetti coffee maker!
1– When the pot is new make one or two coffee with cheap throwaway coffee to season the machine. This is key for later the Bialetti coffee maker to make great coffee for you!
2– Always make sure the coffee pot is dry before closing it to store it, to prevent mold!
3– If mold is present clean the Bialetti coffee maker, then make 1-2 coffees that then you’ll throw away.
4– Do not press too much the ground coffee and cook it over low heat!
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5– Make a throw-away coffee (or two) if you haven’t used the machine for a long time! That’s really important for having a great taste after!
6- Turn off the heat just before the coffee fills up! Do not let it boil as it will burn the coffee, and it will also burn the outside on the down part of your Bialetti coffee maker. Good luck then to remove that…
7– Use the best espresso coffee (like Lavazza, Illi, Segafredo) you can find on the market. The quality of coffee is the most important. I know that sometimes means that it’s also more expensive, but you want to enjoy a great quality coffee, right?
8– Stir the coffee before serving it, since the coffee on top would end up being very strong and that on the bottom much weaker if you don’t do it.
9– The Bialetti coffee maker is one of the few things that doesn’t require too much cleaning: the blacker the jug is, the better the coffee!
10– If you want to make nice cream, take out a bit of coffee when it starts to come out from the hole in the jug part of the Bialetti coffee maker. Put it in a cup with about 2 teaspoons of sugar for every cup of coffee. Stir swiftly for about a minute. Then, divide the cream into the cups and add the rest of the coffee to it once it’s ready.
In 1969, Bialetti, the producer of the authentic Bialetti Moka pot, released an ad in which they advised how to get the best out of your Bialetti coffee maker. Here is the translation of the 4 rules!
Instructions from Bialetti on how to use a Bialetti Moka pot
1. Use it every day: the more you use it, the better the coffee.
2. Grind properly a great quality coffee and leave it soft in the basket
3. Refill of water the heating vessel only up to the sign; let it boil in low heat, with the cover-up (the condensation of the vapor can ruin the taste of the coffee)
4. Don’t let it “come up” completely: take the Moka off the heat when it’s 3/4 full. Let it refill with no heat and serve it: this is how you’ll get the best coffee!
“Perché il caffè è un piacere. Se non è buono, che piacere è?“
“‘Because coffee is a pleasure. If it’s not good, what pleasure it has?” (from the advertisement of Lavazza Coffee).
I hope we’ve answered your questions on how to make a coffee with Bialetti coffee maker! Enjoy your coffee!
Paolo Nascimbeni & Katty Piazza
Updated and edited by Helga Dosa