There is *life* out there Thanks for the words BP101. It's good to finally get some feedback. I know I'm not making a true espresso with my Moka Pot. Just having a good time working with what it does. This thread is almost like my experiment blog keeping track of what I've changed and my thoughts on my results. It has been fun. I'm hoping that if someone does something different, whatever it is, that they let me know. Even down to different coffees they have tried and all of it. It's just fun. New ideas to play with that do not necessarily have to be mine.
I'm working on getting the Bellman. Should be able to make the arrangements soon. I'm looking forward to it as I get a new coffee doodad to play with and I get to learn to steam up stuff. That'll add a whole to mess of things to my cup I'm sure.
If'n you're using a Moka Pot ... what are you doing with it? Give me the dirt ... or the grounds (as it were) ... on it. Just for fun.
Can't remember where, but I recently saw some notes and video on moka pot brewing (check Square Mile Roasters - pretty sure that was it). If you'll excuse the drama, the almost earth shattering news for me was this:
1. Start with boiling or almost boiling water in the bottom chamber.
2. Fill the water in bottom chamber up to the valve - you will not use all of it.
3. * biggest shocker * Use a course grind and DO NOT TAMP. The video showed press grind or coarser.
The advice was, when you hear hissing or some such, take the unit off the heat source and apply cold, wet bar towels to the bottom chamber (water). A bit much for me, but I get the point about burning the coffee or over extracting the grounds.
Thanks for adding to the thread. I tried to get to the link you sent me but the 'websense' program they have here at work won't let me. I will check it out when I get home. I did however get to a vid on Square Mile Coffee ... www.squaremileblog.com/2009/01/21/videoc...4-stove-topmoka-pot/
This pretty much how I have been doing my brew this last while ... with the exception of the cold wet towel at the end of the cycle to not get the steam going through ... must stop the gurgling they say. I'll give that one a go. And you say the other vid says even a coarser grind? I'm going to check that out too. On Square Mile Grind's video they also use a loose fill of coffee in the basket. Something else to experiment with.
This is what I was after. Some ideas to play with. Awesome It will be tinkering time again on the stovetop ... with my stovetop
To add to my note from the other day. More heat is a good thing. The larger burner on my stove must create a great deal more heat. The process after I get boiling water into the base takes just over a minute ... pretty much cutting the time in half from the smaller element. A gas stove must be the best way to go for these things ... but alas ... we have electric ones.
The link to the jimseven and the squaremileblog vids are the same video. It is a good job. Some experimenting tomorrow morning. I'll start with no tamping or tapping the coffee down in the basket that I do and I'll get that cool towel all ready. Most excellent. I'm looking forward to waking up tomorrow and trying it. Did I just say I'm looking forward to waking up?
My stovetop is leaking like a sieve. It started just a little while ago, but this morning was the worst. I even had coffee coming out between the boiler and upper part. It's usually just steam. I am befuddled by this. I have checked and double checked the old gasket, replaced it even though it looked fine. Is there something I'm missing? Could I be doing something wrong? I'm not using a fine grind of coffee … it's actually a very coarse grind, so I don't think it's building up pressure because of the coffee grind. I'm going to try not tightening it down so much the next time.
Still stovetop'ing away here. I've notice the deluge of comments. Thanks. Keep them coming.