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?
Is it bad etiquette to respond to your own posts? Not sure. If it is, I'll blame the caffine
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.
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.
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. 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.
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. They sure raised the bar for me. Now I gotta get me one of them stovetop steamer thingy's. Where to for one of them? And then learn how to .... I'd better get the moka pot part figured out first.