Steps of preparation & Tips

To prepare a delicious coffee with the VeoHome Moka Coffee Maker, follow our instructions and tips below:

Fill the bottom reservoir with water

Use preheated water, for example, water heated in a kettle. There are several advantages to this: it reduces preparation time, the extraction temperature is more suitable, and the coffee extraction is better. Your coffee will simply be better! How much water should you use? – Filling the reservoir just below the level of the safety valve corresponds to filling the coffee grounds funnel. However, if you want to prepare less coffee, the recommended ratio is 10:1. For example, for 100g of water in the reservoir, use 10g of coffee in the filter.

Choice of coffee grind

Ideally, use freshly ground coffee for more intense flavors and better coffee. You can use the VeoHome Coffee Grinder, seen here. It is small, lightweight, and very convenient – perfect for daily use! The coffee grind should be fine enough – finer than filter coffee, but coarser than espresso. Be careful! If it’s too fine, it can clog the filter and cause rapid temperature rise.

Fill the coffee funnel filter

Pour the ground coffee into the funnel filter and fill it completely. You can gently tap the filter on the countertop to settle the coffee, but do not tamp it. If you have a coffee needle, you can stir to distribute the coffee and break up any lumps. To prepare less coffee, you can first insert the reducer filter (4) inside the funnel. Fill the coffee above the reducer. For the 300ml – 6 cup Moka coffee maker, the reducer reduces the amount of coffee by half. Therefore, reduce the water quantity in the reservoir by half. For the 500ml – 10 cup Moka coffee maker, the reducer allows you to prepare 2/3 of the coffee quantity. Adjust the water quantity to 2/3 accordingly. Additionally, it is also possible to customize the coffee quantity by respecting the 10:1 ratio (water/coffee). In this case, you can directly fill the desired quantity in the funnel.

Heat on low heat

Screw the top part tightly and place the Italian Moka coffee maker on the heat source – gas stove, electric stove, induction cooktop, or ceramic cooktop. Make sure the flame does not exceed the edges of the coffee maker. In the case of an electric stove, preheat the burner before starting to reduce the waiting time. Very important – the intensity of the heat source should be medium to low (less than half of the total available power)! You must avoid a rapid and high temperature rise in the coffee maker at all costs. Too high a temperature corresponds to very high pressure in the lower reservoir. Hot water will burn the coffee and destroy its flavors. Similarly, too high pressure means a too short infusion time, resulting in insufficient extraction. Your coffee will flow out too quickly, in an explosive manner, and will be burnt. To better control the temperature, you can use an adapter disc for induction cooktops. It helps to evenly distribute the heat and adds a buffer layer. Its thermal inertia allows you to continue the extraction even after turning off the heat source.

Coffee extraction

The Italian Moka coffee maker requires attention. Be patient, it will reward you. For that, stay close to your coffee maker. You can open the lid to see what’s happening inside. During this phase, we wait for the coffee maker to heat up and for the pressure to build in the lower reservoir. When the ideal pressure is reached, the coffee starts to come out. As soon as the coffee starts to flow, you should lower the heat source to the maximum, or even turn it off. This is especially true if you are using a small Italian Moka coffee maker and an electric burner with enough inertia to maintain the temperature. For larger coffee makers, you can also move the coffee maker to the side of the burner or lift it slightly. The goal is to maintain the right conditions of temperature and pressure to continue the coffee extraction without overheating. The flow should not be too fast. It should be kept as constant as possible. Too high a temperature will result in an “explosive” coffee flow with splashes and a loud hissing sound. If this happens, remove the coffee maker from the heat immediately. You can place the bottom of the Italian Moka coffee maker under cold water to stop overheating. Be careful not to burn yourself! Attention! You should not try to consume all the water in the reservoir. It is perfectly normal for some water to remain at the bottom. Generally, you can expect to extract about 2/3 of the coffee compared to the initial water quantity.