7 Best Moka Pot Recipes Anyone Can Master

Here are the best Moka pot recipes you can make in under 15 minutes. From everyday lattes and caffè macchiatos to a delightful mug of a cortado, you name it.

Moka pot recipes
Moka pot can make simple yet delicious coffee recipes right away

A Moka pot also goes by the name caffettiera or stovetop coffee maker. Invented by an Italian engineer named Alfonso Bialetti in 1933, Moka pots make stronger coffee than drip coffee but not espresso. This is because the steam pressure in a Moka pot is only 1.5 bars of pressure, way less than nine bars of an espresso machine.

Coffee connoisseurs worldwide know this: using a Moka pot is not the best brewing method for intense espresso drinks. But on the flip side, they guarantee simple yet delicious coffee recipes you can make right away without hitting the coffee shop.

If you’re wondering what else you can make with a Moka pot, check out these seven incredibly easy Moka pot recipes. At the end of the article, you will know how to make classic coffee drinks such as lattes, americano, Cuban coffee, and cortado, and even how to brew tea with a Moka pot.

1. Classic Moka Pot Iced Latte

When summer days are around the corner, nothing is more delightful than an ice-cold latte. With a Moka pot at home, you can make a rich and aromatic barista-style iced latte within minutes.

If you’re still unsure of the best Moka pot to buy, check out this classic Moka Express from the original Bialetti, based in Italy. The best grind size for your Moka pot is medium-fine, so it won’t clog the filter screen.

Use a burr grinder if possible. Check out our explainer on can you use a Moka pot on a glass stove.

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02/06/2024 08:29 am GMT

Classic Moka Pot Iced Latte Recipe

Time to make 10 minutes

Equipment

  • Moka pot
  • Coffee grinder
  • Tall glass
  • Spoon

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ounce medium-fine coffee grounds
  • 3 ounces hot water
  • 1 tsp vanilla creamer
  • 1/2 cup whole milk

Instructions
 

  • Brew Moka pot coffee.
  • Fill half the glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour the coffee over the ice.
  • Add whole milk and creamer.
  • Stir & serve!

2. Foamy Moka Pot Caffè Macchiato

Are you craving a pungent kick of coffee coupled with a thin sweet layer of caramel foam? Learn to make this incredibly easy caffè macchiato to get your day started on a high note. You might find our guide on how to clean an old Moka pot helpful.

Foamy Moka Pot Caffè Macchiato Recipe

Time to make 10 minutes

Equipment

  • Moka pot
  • Milk frother (or a French press)
  • Jug
  • Thermometer
  • Tall glass
  • Saucepan

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 oz medium-fine ground coffee
  • 3 oz hot water
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • Cinnamon powder to garnish optional

Instructions
 

  • Brew Moka pot coffee.
  • Pour the coffee into a mug.
  • Heat the milk over low heat in a saucepan. Keep stirring occasionally and remove the saucepan from heat when the milk reaches 145°F.
  • Froth the milk until foamy.
  • Pour half of the foam into the glass and let it rest until the foam slightly separates.
  • Slowly pour coffee from the Moka pot down the side of the glass into the foam.
  • Add the rest of the foam on top.
  • Garnish the foam with cinnamon powder.
A man evenly fills the funnel of a Moka pot with ground coffee
Add ground coffee into the filter basket and even it out

3. Creamy Moka Pot Cappuccino

Ditch fancy espresso makers and turn to your good old Moka pot to make a delicious mug of Italian cappuccino. Dust it with some chocolate or cinnamon powder to enhance the aroma – the choice is yours.

Creamy Moka Pot Cappuccino Recipe

Time to make 10 minutes

Equipment

  • Moka pot
  • Milk frother
  • Thermometer
  • Coffee cup
  • Jug
  • Saucepan

Ingredients
  

  • 4 oz hot water
  • 4 oz whole milk
  • 1 oz medium-fine espresso blend

Instructions
 

  • Brew Moka pot coffee.
  • Pour the coffee into a mug.
  • Heat whole milk in a saucepan over low heat and stir occasionally. Remove from heat when the milk reaches 145°F.
  • Froth the milk until foamy.
  • Slowly pour the milk over the coffee and serve immediately.

4. Moka Pot Iced Americano

Refreshing and simple, nothing beats an iced Americano on a hot day.

Moka Pot Iced Americano Recipe

Time to make 10 minutes

Equipment

  • Moka pot
  • Tall glass

Ingredients
  

  • 2 oz medium-ground dark-roast coffee
  • 2 oz hot water
  • 4 oz room-temperature filtered water
  • Ice cubes

Instructions
 

  • Brew Moka pot coffee.
  • Add the coffee to a glass with ice.
  • Pour the water on top of the ice and coffee.

5. Sweet Moka Pot Cortado For A Slow Morning

Intense yet creamy and sweet, a cortado is a less-known version of espresso you can try to make at home with a Moka pot. All you need are steamed milk and a shot of strong coffee.

Sweet Moka Pot Cortado Recipe

Time to make 10 minutes

Equipment

  • Moka pot
  • Small glass
  • Microwave
  • Microwave-safe jug

Ingredients
  

  • 2 oz whole milk at room temperature
  • 1/2 oz medium-fine ground coffee
  • 3 oz hot water
  • Chocolate syrup to taste

Instructions
 

  • Fill your jug with whole milk and place it in the microwave. Heat the milk for 45 seconds.
  • Brew Moka pot coffee.
  • Pour the milk into a glass and add the coffee on top.
  • Add chocolate syrup and serve immediately.

6. Powerful Moka Pot Cuban Coffee

Cuban strong coffee pouring from moka pot
Moka pot with traditional Cuban brew

Is there anything better than sitting by a sun-kissed patio with some guava pastries and a warm mug of Cuban coffee on a Sunday morning? I want to round up our Moka pot recipes with a traditional Cuban brew.

Moka Pot Cuban Coffee Recipe

Time to make 10 minutes

Equipment

  • Moka pot
  • Mug
  • Small cup or jug
  • Spoon
  • Whisk

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 oz medium fine-ground coffee
  • 3 oz hot water

Instructions
 

  • Brew Moka pot coffee.
  • Add sugar and a teaspoon of brewed coffee to the jug while the Moka pot continues to brew.
  • Mix the sugar and coffee vigorously with a whisker until they combine and create a brown paste.
  • Remove the Moka pot from the heat and slowly pour coffee into the jug to create a paste.
  • Keep stirring hard to create a foam.
  • Pour the mixture into the coffee cup and serve immediately.

7. Brew Tea In A Moka Pot

Other than a cup of coffee, you can also use your Moka pot to brew tea. Aim for varieties with a higher level of oxidation, such as black and rooibos teas. They perform better with high temperatures without losing the flavor profile and creating an unpleasant bitter brew.

Moka Pot Tea Recipe

Time to make 10 minutes

Equipment

  • Moka pot
  • Teacup
  • Blender
  • Small container

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 oz loose-leaf tea
  • 3 oz hot water
  • Sweetener or milk to pair with tea

Instructions
 

  • Add loose-leaf tea into the blender and start blending until the tea leaves are the size of medium-fine coffee grounds.
  • Once ground, pour everything into a container and set it aside.
  • Add hot water to the lower chamber of the Moka pot.
  • Put the tea leaves in the filter basket and gently tap to even it out.
  • Assemble the basket back into the lower chamber before screwing the upper part on.
  • Place the Moka pot over medium heat on the stove.
  • Remove from heat when the tea starts dribbling out.
  • Slowly pour the tea into the teacup.
  • Add sweetener or milk and adjust to your liking.

FAQs About Moka Pot Recipes

How Do You Make A Moka Pot Taste Better?

Use boiling water with salt to sterilize a stainless steel Moka pot. Then brew some strong dark roast coffee a few times to coat the interior of your Moka pot.

What Do I Do When The Moka Pot Is Whistling Or Gurgling?

Your Moka pot whistles for three reasons, either the high steam pressure cannot escape through the metal tube in the middle of the upper chamber, the safety valve is clogged, or the filter basket is overly filled.
Your Moka pot gurgles when the steam pressure is too high or if the bottom chamber and top chamber are not properly sealed.

What Is The Best Temperature For Moka Pot Coffee?

The Moka pot performs better with 104°F water to make sure it has enough time to boil water without scorching the ground coffee. On high heat, the steam will form too quickly and over-extract the coffee, leaving it bitter.

Author

  • Oanh Nguyen

    Born and raised by a traditional mama-barista, Oanh is a typical Viet coffee aficionado who would spend her entire precious Sunday showing you how to categorize coffee beans just by the looks and smells. She enjoys writing about everything drinks-related while sipping her favorite rosebud tea. Find Oanh on LinkedIn.