MochaJoe Senior Member Joined: 31 Oct 2012 Posts: 66 Location: Omaha, NE Expertise: Just starting
Espresso: Gaggia Classic Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Posted Fri Dec 14, 2012, 2:49pm Subject: Paper Filter + Moka Pot
So, I found a tiny 1 cup Moka Pot on sale for 12.99 online. I seasoned it with three brews, and then brewed a cup to drink. It was....interesting. I don't know how to describe it, maybe as sour? It was not gross, but I had to ass some sugar to finish it. It made almost 60ml of coffee.
I had read that using hot water in he chamber would reduce the time it took to brew, and reduce the time the coffee was being heated. So I tried that. Better, but not even as good as my Nespresso pods.
So I read somewhere on here that the thought of using paper filters in the Moka might help so I gave it a try. I already had an Aeropress, so I cut one of the filters to 38mm (the size of the top chamber filter screen, but a tiny bit smaller than the rubber gasket) wet the top chamber and layer the filter down and centered. Used hot water in the bottom chamber, and set on the stove.
The Pot started to hiss a bit more than usual and I thought that the release valve was going to blow. There was a tiny drip of water that came out from between the top and bottom chamber. But then thick, black coffee started pouring out nice and steady! Heck there was even creme, not only in the pot, but still in the cup after my pour.
It tasted much, much better than before! I'm not sure if the filter created more pressure, and that created the crema, or if it just "reduced the acids" like the aeropress advertises? I don't know or really care, but it made me a passable coffee that I can't wait to play with some more.
MikeWI Senior Member Joined: 13 Dec 2012 Posts: 1 Location: South East Wisconsin Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Old Krupp mini Grinder: Hario Skerton Vac Pot: Moka Pot Roaster: Gene Cafe
Posted Fri Dec 14, 2012, 7:08pm Subject: Re: Paper Filter + Moka Pot
Hi MochaJoe, I'm a new person on the forums here, and I use a Moka Pot almost exclusively these days. I recently switched to a manual burr grinder and while I was figuring out where to set the grind I had several cups of coffee that were very sour. I had already been using the coffee for months, but ground it with a blade grinder. I found that the sourness was from having too fine of a grind from the new grinder. I ended up experimenting with brew length and grinds and sure enough, changing one required a change in the other. I have a halogen stove top, so my brews tend towards over extraction with a "normal" pot grind.
Anyway, try some adjustments with your grind, maybe it will help! Mike
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