A moka pot - generally heated via stove-top (or electric) - creates coffee by passing boiling water pressurized by steam through ground coffee. It’s an Italian brewing method that dates back to 1933 and remains commonplace in households and cafes throughout Europe. Moka pots come in different sizes and styles.
The “Brikka" variation produces an espresso-esque coffee that’s more visible to crema, due to more compression and higher temperature.
The “Mukka Express” variation allows milk to be frothed and mixed with the coffee during brewing.
Moka pot manufactures will offer different sizes and styles that work with varying compression and temperature levels. It’s completely up to your preference which suits your needs best, both in terms of size/look and the strength of the coffee. Moka pots are sometimes referred to as stove-top espresso makers and produce coffee with an extraction ratio similar to (but somewhat higher than) that of a conventional espresso machine. The brew will generally be stronger than that obtained by drip brewing through a filter; of course bean variety and grind selection play an important role as well.
Below are a handful of hand-picked recommendations for Moka pots:
Info: An affordable, 6-cup stovetop moka pot that heats evenly and produces fairly consistent results. Sturdy build, great entry level moka pot.
Info: One of the most popular brands of Moka pots, Bialetti produces an authentic and rich flavor. These particular pots are made with aluminum. Other consumers may prefer stainless steel pots. This stovetop Moka pot produces a unique, strong coffee brew resembling espresso. For a little more $ this Moka pot is the best bang for your buck on the market.
Info: This 4-cup, stovetop Moka pot is made with stainless steel which lower the possibility of your brew having a metallic taste and look a bit sleeker; however the heat transmission is a bit less effective than the aluminum counterpart.
Info: This brand can be found in a few different sizes (3-9 cup models). This is a stainless steel build, utilizing a swing handle to keep the pot locked and is less prone to pitting and oxidation. This is one of the higher quality Moka pots on the market.
Price: $110 - $160