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Stovetop Brew Guide

Delicious coffee with a Stovetop in 10 easy steps.

The stove-top coffee maker simply pushes hot water through coffee grounds under steam pressure. Very similar to an espresso machine although much simpler (and cheaper!). The Italian Bialetti pot is the go to brand for your stovetop with over 200 million sold around the world. There has been lots of progress since the original in 1933 with stovetops now able to work on induction hobs as well as a new crystal version which allows you to see your coffee as it's extracted. They even come in a range of snazzy colours if you prefer. They're ideal with a medium roast coffee such as our Nabla or Bebo to dark roast coffee such as our Ciara or Oonagh coffee

What you'll need


  • Stovetop coffee maker
  • Coffee grinder (preferably a burr one)
  • 24g of ground coffee (medium to fine- similar to caster sugar)
  • 300ml boiling water
  • Warm milk (if required)
  • Hot water just off the boil (96 degrees celcius or 205°F)
  • Timer
  • Mug

Let's Get Brewing

  • Measure and grind 24g of coffee — just under 3 rounded tablespoons full. 
  • Grind the coffee about as fine as caster sugar
  • Remove the filter-basket and pour the boiled water into the bottom chamber. It should touch, but not cover, the valve.
  • Put as much of the 24 grams of coffee in the filter-basket as possible, then settle the grinds by tapping the base of the basket on the table top. Now add the remaining coffee. Do not tamp (compress) the coffee - you aren't brewing espresso
  • Place the full filter basket back into the bottom chamber.
  • Use a cloth to hold the bottom chamber while you screw on the top chamber.
  • Put the Moka Pot on the stove.
  • Watch the brew and remove from the heat when the coffee starts to blonde.
  • Pour out straight away. Do not leave in the chamber.
  • Warm, not boil, some whole milk and add to the coffee or lengthen with some hot water.

You're done. Now you can sit back, relax and enjoy your great coffee. 

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