adano12 Senior Member Joined: 24 Jul 2012 Posts: 3 Location: Philippines Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Tue Jul 24, 2012, 9:16pm Subject: Help Please! Moka Pot Machine
I got this Moka Pot aluminum stovetop machinie about 4 months ago. It was working very well until recently, when someone dropped it accidentally and the top part(where it would be screwed onto with the reservoir part) got a little dented. As a result, it would not screw completely. I fixed it, I got a pair of pliers and fixed the dented part. So it closes now.
The problem is, the coffee doesn't go up anymore to the top part. The water boils, but nothing goes up! I only use low heat on the stove. I did not tamp the coffee. It worked perfectly until it got dented.
Posted Wed Jul 25, 2012, 4:16am Subject: Re: Help Please! Moka Pot Machine
Check for leaks. Fill the bottom portion with water as you normally would, then assemble (don't add any coffee, of course). Tilt the pot around to try to get the water to leak out of the seam, or out of the safety valve. If it was dropped, the safety valve area would be my best guess - the valve could have been damaged and thus rendered unusable. If you find a leak, you may be able to repair it, but in the end it's probably less worrisome to just buy a new pot.
MisterJohnnyT Senior Member Joined: 13 Jan 2012 Posts: 59 Location: S.E. Florida Expertise: Just starting
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Posted Thu Jul 26, 2012, 6:03am Subject: Re: Help Please! Moka Pot Machine
Even though it LOOKS like you fixed the dent, it needs to be perfect for it to be air-tight. The pressure will take the path of least resistance. It's easier for the pressure to escape through the imperfect seal than it is for the pressure to push its way through the narrow water-filled stem. The only thing I can think of, besides getting a new one, is to wrap the threads with plumber's teflon tape before you use it. However, you would need to use fresh teflon tape every time you want to use the pot. Another alternative, for example if only the bottom half of the pot got dented, is to buy a new identical model but keep the top half that your friend gave you. You would use a new bottom but still use the old top.
*edit* Just re-read your post. I guess in your case, you would keep the old bottom and use a new top. Are there maybe also old internal parts that could be used with the new top?
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