I borrowed a Bialetti Moka express from a coworker, and he didn’t know the size.
Never try this before, I really didn’t know what I was doing.
As such, I really struggled to try to find a good brew. It basically went like this:
The first brew I treated it like a single cup brewer. The coffee was burnt, bitter, and smelled like a wet newspaper.
The second brew, I treated it like a three cup brewer, but it still came out way too strong.
The third brew, I made some variable changes, still treating it like a three cup brewer, but the brew was much too bitter for my taste.
Then I started looking online for help, and after finding some dimensions online, I realized that I have a SIX CUP brewer, and everything made sense.
On my fourth brew, treating it like it should be, the coffee came out so much better, it was a world of difference.
So, for future reference, here is a listing of Bialetti Moka express heights.
Hopefully, this will be of benefit to someone else who isn’t sure of the capacity of their Bialetti Moka express, such as those who inherited or borrowed them:
The Bialetti Moka Express comes in a variety of sizes – each cup corresponding roughly to a ~30-50ml concentrated shot and most people tend to like doubles. To make a longer drink, many people will dilute the concentrate for an Americano style coffee.
When choosing your size, please bear in mind that the Bialetti stovetop will not work well when partially full, so pick a size that you’ll be happy to fill completely each time. Many people will have a larger one for groups and a smaller one for solo cups of delicious coffee.
Here are our recommendations in terms of number of people being brewed for:
|Cups||Capacity (ml / fl. oz.)||Height (cm. / in.)|
|1||60 mL / 2 fl. oz.||13 cm. / 5 in.|
|3||200 mL / 6.5 fl. oz.||16 cm. / 6 in.|
|6||300 mL / 10 fl. oz||22 cm. / 8.5 in.|
|9||550 mL / 18.5 fl. oz||25 cm. / 10 in.|
|12||775 mL / 25 fl. oz||29 cm. / 11.5 in.|
Walk into an Italian home and you’re more than likely to spot one of these distinctive octagonal contraptions.
For over 8 decades, the Bialetti Moka Express has been used by coffee lovers in Italy and the world over to make fantastic espresso-style coffee simply and easily.
All you need to do is fill the bottom with water, fill the filter basket with freshly ground coffee, and put your Moka Express (or Moka pot as some people call it) on the stove and within minutes you will have a rich and delicious coffee. Read below for more detailed instructions.
How to make a coffee with the Bialetti Moka Express
- Grind your coffee to a medium-fine grind (slightly coarser than espresso)
- Fill the bottom chamber with water up to the valve. Ideally, this water should already be hot to avoid the coffee sitting on the stove too long but cold water works too!
- Place your ground coffee in the filter basket and level off. It should be full but do not tamp the coffee down – you want it loosely packed.
- Place the filter basket in the bottom chamber with the water and screw on the top part (don’t use the plastic handle for leverage).
- Place the Moka Express on the stove on a medium heat
- Watch or listen for the coffee to start coming out (you can lift the top)
- Once the coffee turns light in color or you start hearing gurgling, immediately take the Moka Express off the heat. The trick is to catch it before you overheat the coffee.
- Pour immediately!
- Makes a concentrated rich espresso-style coffee
- Made of highly durable aluminum – they have been known to last a lifetime
- Easy to clean – just rinse & wipe and allow to dry
- Suitable for gas or electric stoves
- Great for camping