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10 years 2 months ago #3617 by canuk_guy
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I tried doing a search for this, but did not turn up anything. So here's the question ... What process do you follow in using your moka pot? I have been following the same one posted here by Colin in the tutorial section. I read one that pre-heats the water before putting it in the base. Tried it ... didn't do so good, but I'm going to give it another go. What say you moka aficionados?

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10 years 2 months ago #3623 by canuk_guy
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Is it bad etiquette to respond to your own posts? Not sure. If it is, I'll blame the caffine :woohoo:

As I mentioned previously I have been using the same method as Colin has here for using the Moka Pot.

Grind coffee (need to work this out too), put in basket to a nice short round mound. Here I tamp it down by taping the basket lightly on the counter which usually makes it level with the top or still ever so slightly rounded. Pour water in the base. Place on hot stove element (I have an electric stove). Leave on stove until done. Enjoy.

So there are a lot of things to work at here, well that's at least what I have read. Things like ... the coarseness of the grind ... should you use filtered water (I have a Britta filter that I use for drinking water here in Calgary, should I use it or straight tap water) ... should you leave it on high heat that long, does it cook the coffee ... should you use high heat to start it and lower the heat to finish it off ... should you pre-heat the water.

In my quest to make the best Moka Pot I can I figured why not start here. Ask. Compare processes. Try it out.

Here is a link to one I have tried recently.
http://www.stumptowncoffee.com/guides/3#

I'm not having great success with this one. Mostly removing it from the heat when it starts to flow stanches the flow pretty soon after. Working on it though.

Come on guys ... chime in here and help a guy out. Can we get some chit chat happening on this?

Cheers, Guy

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10 years 2 months ago #3628 by canuk_guy
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It seems I am my own best poster in this thread. Is OK. At least I get a chance to see how my trials have been coming, a place for my notes on my attempts. You know, some some suggestions and other experiences are welcome. I'm just saying. No pressure here. Spelling doesn't count. :P

One side note to self: Might be a good idea to only to 2 tries at a go. Anything more than that at a time is tooooooo much caffeine for clear and smooth coherent thoughts put to paper. :woohoo: I mean it sounds good in my head, but on paper it reads not so good and I get a lot of double letter spellings where they do not belong. Thank goodness for spell check.

I have gone through 4 or 5 tries of the process from http://www.stumptowncoffee.com/guides/3 with the same results. It comes off the heat

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10 years 2 months ago #3629 by colin
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I actually did a Bialetti steel stove-top demo for a friend last night -

Actually also found a blog entry from Vancouver of a, get this, stove-top throw down -- latte art with a stove-top? Yes, it can be done!

on www.cleanhotdry.com - search it for stovetop. or click here ...

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10 years 2 months ago #3634 by canuk_guy
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Colin,

Do you follow your process that you have here to the letter? How did they like it?

I visited cleanhotdry and read through their blog. It's a pretty cool and fun read. Stovetop Throwdown ... what a hoot.:lol: They sure raised the bar for me.:ohmy: Now I gotta get me one of them stovetop steamer thingy's. Where to for one of them? And then learn how to .... :blink: I'd better get the moka pot part figured out first.

Oh I begged for some help. I hope it works.

Cheers, Guy

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10 years 2 months ago #3635 by colin
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The stovetop that has a steamer on it is the BELLMAN - they are worth about 99$ if that - and you can buy them in Canada in a few places.

I have one that I never use - you would like, yes?

I had not made stovetop espresso in a REALLY long time -
and I was not impressed with the results.

I have a Bodum stove-top that I must test -- it is a 2-3 cup unit - a biggie, bigger than my Bialetti single brewer in steel.

Must... do... my... reviews...

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