Bialetti Moka Pot Sizes Guide
Bialetti Moka Pot Sizes Guide

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.

Guide Bialetti Moka Pot Sizes

Moka coffee is much more similar to espresso that is made using an espresso maker.

Actually, you may hear some favour to a Moka pot as a stovetop espresso maker.

The generated coffee has a higher extraction ratio than what you get with a new espresso machine.

It is vital to note that Moka coffee is not considered to be an edition of espresso.

The taste of profiles of Moka coffee and espresso are actually pretty different.

The specific taste that you will get out of your Moka coffee will definitely depend on a few different factors.

When you use to make your Moka coffee will have a big impact on the created taste profile.

Things like bean type, grind standard, roast level, and water standard will impact the taste and caffeine level you experience when taking a sip.

Further, you will control much of what the end item looks and flavours like based on how you control heat levels during the brewing process.

What does the Moka pot size mean?

It is vital to know that we are not discussing traditional “cup” measurements when it comes to the Moka pot.

The number of “cups” that your Moka pot can generate actually represents the number of fifty-millilitre expresso-sized cups that can be produced.

One Moka cup equals about two fluid ounces in American measurements. Bear in mind that the right measurements can change.

Anyway, let’s take a look at the standard chart for a Moka pot:

  • One cup will equal two fluid ounces.
  • Three cups will equal 6.5 fluid ounces.
  • Six cups will equal ten fluid ounces.
  • Nine cups will equal 18.5 fluid ounces.
  • Twelve cups will equal 25 fluid ounces.

It basically went like this:

  • For the first brew, I treated it like a single cup brewer. The coffee was burnt, bitter, and smelled like a wet newspaper.

  • I treated it like a three cup brewer for the second brewer, but it still came out way too strong.

  • I made some variable changes for the third brew, still treating it like a three cup brewer, but the brew was much too bitter for my taste.

Bialetti Moka pot sizes: Coffee

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:

Bialetti Moka Pot Sizes Guide
Bialetti Moka Pot Sizes Guide

Size guide

The Bialetti Moka Express comes in various 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 each time.

Many people will have a larger one for groups and a smaller one for solo cups of delicious coffee.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT MOKA POT BY SIZE

Here are our recommendations in terms of the 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 worldwide to make fantastic espresso-style coffee 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

  1. Grind your coffee to a medium-fine grind (slightly coarser than espresso)
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. Place the Moka Express on the stove on medium heat.
  6. Watch or listen for the coffee to start coming out (you can lift the top)
  7. Once the coffee turns light in colour or you start hearing gurgling, immediately take the Moka Express off the heat. The trick is to catch it before you overheat the coffee.
  8. Pour immediately!
Bialetti Moka Pot Sizes Guide
Bialetti Moka Pot Sizes Guide

 

Product features

  • Makes a concentrated, rich espresso-style coffee
  • Made of highly durable aluminium – they have been known to last a lifetime.
  • Easy to clean – rinse & wipe and allow to dry
  • Suitable for gas or electric stoves
  • Great for camping

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1 COMMENT

  1. I purchased one of these (6 cups) to replace a very well used Gaggia Classic Coffee machine which finally died after many years’ use. Reading the reviews of the Gaggia made me realise it would not be worth the expense of buying another. Instead, this coffee maker, with its excellent reviews and over 80 years’ use by coffee drinkers around the world, indicate that this is a real no-brainer. At its price, it is an absolute steal!.

    In use, I followed the recommendations of throwing away the first few batches by using some Illy that was left after the loss of my old Gaggia. It was used on low heat (gas hob), making sure the flame did not extend around the base’s side. After five minutes, the first treacle-coloured coffee gently and quietly flowed out of the column in the top of the pot (lid up to watch!). Gradually, the colour lightened until nearly clear, and a slight gurgling sound heard, removed the pot from the heat. Out of interest, I tasted the first sample before throwing it away. It had a rather bitter taste. After a couple of samples, I made my first coffee to drink, for this used fresh Lavazza Rosa. I followed the same procedure as before but removed the pot from the heat somewhat sooner while the coffee had a brownish tint to it, and there was no gurgling sound and waited while the rest of the water was used up. Drinking this coffee was so different from those initial throwaway batches, perfect!. It took just under 5 minutes of gentle heat before the first coffee appeared and then about another minute or so to complete. I would say that it was as good as anything made using the Gaggia machine. One could buy a selection of pot sizes at a price and still have change left over for what an inferior machine would cost.

    Additional comments: since having the Bialetti for a while now, I thought it would be worth adding a few extra comments. The pot has now acquired a nice coffee discolouration inside, just rinsed out when used at least once or twice daily. I think making the Bialetti well worth having compared to any cheap copies is how well it pours. The spout is very well designed and does not drip at all. Also, the lid fits very well. I have taken advantage of using it with a range of other Italian coffees that are not normally found on supermarket shelves. These include different coffees by Kimbo, Segafredo, Bristot. All of the coffees are enjoyable; I need to decide which are my favourites as it takes a while to get through about 7 different types without having too many open at the same time. If anyone is interested, I can reply with the link for where I found the coffees.

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