How to brew espresso with a Moka Pot | How to froth milk at home

In college, I would invite my friends over and make them a mocha using my Moka Pot and hot chocolate. We had a lot of fun using this basic tool! - Jennifer

how to brew with a moka pot

How to brew espresso with a Moka Pot:

  1. Fill the bottom reservoir of a Moka Pot (pictured to the left), keeping the water below the pressure release valve.
  2. Place the funnel piece into the opening of the reservoir.
  3. Fill the top part of the funnel with finely ground espresso beans.
    Lightly pack the coffee when filled.
  4. Screw the top portion of the pot onto the bottom.
  5. Place the pot on the stove-top and turn up the heat to high.
  6. In a few moments, the water and steam will force its way up through the coffee into the top portion of the pot.
  7. Once the espresso stops flowing into the top portion, remove from heat.
  8. Pour into your favorite espresso cup and enjoy. If desired, top with steamed and/or frothed milk.

How to froth milk at home:

With a sauce pan:

    1. Fill a medium-sized sauce pan with cold (whole, 2% or skim) milk, about 1/4 to 1/3 full. Make sure to leave room for the foam.
    2. Put the pot on a burner, with low heat. If using an electric stove, heat the element before putting the pot on.
    3. Start whisking the milk. Whisk faster as the milk heats up, but do NOT let it boil. That will change the flavour of the milk.
    4. Once you have enough foam, leave on burner until desired temperature is reached.
    5. Add to your favorite coffee drinks, and enjoy. 
With a frothing pitcher, such as TuttoCrema: 
  1. Fill the pitcher with cold (whole, 2% or skim) milk, about 1/4 to 1/3 full
  2. Set on a burner, with medium heat.
  3. Begin to froth the milk by pulling the wand to the frothing sieve up and down.
  4. Once enough froth has been created, leave on the burner until the milk is heated to the desired temperature.

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