And here it is. Probably one of the most easiest ways to make a delicious cup of coffee and a nice alternative to Cappuccino without expensive espresso machine. Goood morning.
This pretty old Italian invention has spread all over the world and its the most similar to espresso. But… It is not Espresso. No. Not really. The real Espresso is pulled by 9 bars of pressure but your Moka pot is able to make about 1 – 1.5 bars of pressure. But for its almost boiling brew, the final cup is much stronger then real Espresso. The very ideal morning cup of strong black coffee.
There’s many kinds of Moka pots out there in the shops or online but I suggest to buy the original Bialetti as you can be sure of the quality and it will last longer as well. Don’t get confused about the size as 3 – cup size will make just about 30ml of brew, right enough for one cup. And believe me, It is more then enough. And last but not least, It is very important to clean up the Moka pot very properly as It is made of aluminium and that is definitely not what you want to taste in your cup. Good way to do it is to brew just a water at a higher heat then you would for coffee. And also there’s some cleaning powder for filter coffee machines available as well.
Cafe Au Lait
Is a french classic coffee, usually served for breakfast. White coffee one could say. It is similar to Cappuccino or Caffe Latte but it is made of filter coffee and steamed milk at 1:1 ratio. This is ideal if you don’t want to spend too much on good quality espresso machine but you still want to enjoy cappuccino-like coffee.
So you need some good quality beans, grinder, Moka pot ( ideal for its strong flavour ) or other filter device, steel milk jug and ideally a milk frother ( or use a french press ). Simply make the moka coffee as above and then steam your milk. Thermometer could be handy as you end up with nicely smooth frothed milk. The recommended temperature for milk frothing is between 150 – 155 F. Pour the coffee in a preheated cup and then slowly pour the milk. Serve and enjoy. Bon Apetit…