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Last Updated: 10th June 2021

10 Best Moka Pots in 2021 [Stovetop Espresso Maker]

By Helen Cartwright
By Helen Cartwright
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    Moka pots have been around since 1933 when Italian engineer Alfonso Bialetti patented the first-ever traditional octagonal design.

    Broadly described as stovetop espresso makers, they work by forcing boiling water upwards through the coffee and into a separate compartment.

    Not all require a stove to work, as some electric versions have emerged in recent years that use the same method but can keep the coffee warm without over brewing it.

    Moka pots only require water, coffee grounds, and a stovetop or similar heat source to work. Sometimes confused with percolators, they are actually two very individual appliances as percolators work in a slightly different way, and only have two chambers rather than three.

    We have also reviewed percolators if you want to decide which is best for you

    If you want to browse through the best moka pots available, here are our top picks below.

    Our Top Picks

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    What Is a Moka Pot?

    A Moka pot is a form of coffee maker which brews coffee by passing boiling water through the grounds. The water is pressurised by steam, caused by the heat source.

    The traditional Moka pot is a stovetop design, which sits on top of your hob or stove and acts like a boiling pan of water. Most can also be used over a naked flame, too. There are now electric Moka pots available as well, which act more like a kettle. Are these the best Moka pots? It depends, continue reading below.

    How Moka Pots Work

    Before you buy, you will have to ensure the method is suitable for your needs.

    Each pot is usually made up of three chambers: one for the water, one for the grounds and one for the end result.

    The bottom third is the water compartment, with the grounds held in the middle. The boiling water rises up through a funnel to the compartment with the grounds, pushes the grounds upwards, and into the third which holds the newly formed coffee liquid.

    Price

    As expected, electric Moka pots are generally more expensive but can actually be of similar pricing to the higher-end stovetop variants.

    Moka pots are cheaper than purchasing models such as bean to cup, filter or even pod machines, and the continuing price of using them isn’t as much either thanks to the fact they only use coffee granules/grounds and hot water.

    FAQs

    What is the best coffee for Moka pots?

    As long as your coffee is ground, it will work in a Moka pot.

    Illy, Lavazza, Lyons, Taylors of Harrogate and Carte Noire are some popular pre-grind coffee brands you can purchase, and are widely available for a range of prices from supermarkets and other shops, as well as online on Amazon.

    Is my stove suitable for a Moka pot?

    You will have seen that the best Moka pots will not work with induction hobs. This is due to the materials, so if you do have an induction, be sure to buy a dedicated model such as the one we have featured above.

    If you have any other type of hob or even a gas/alcohol burner for traveling, any pot should be fine but always double-check with the instructions and materials.

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