Espresso Cup Gift Set FAQs

What type of coffee do you need for a Moka Express?

For a Moka Express, you should use finely ground coffee. The grind should be finer than that used for a drip coffee maker but coarser than what's used for espresso machines.

A consistency similar to table salt works well. Espresso or Moka coffee blends are ideal, but you can also use other dark-roasted coffee beans that suit your taste preferences. It's important to use freshly ground coffee for the best flavour, as coffee can lose its flavour and aroma relatively quickly after grinding.

How do you clean a Moka Express?

To clean a Moka Express, first disassemble it and empty used coffee grounds. Wash the parts with warm, soapy water, paying extra attention to the funnel and gasket. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue, then clean the valve and filter. Dry everything completely to prevent rust, reassemble, and it's ready for use.

For occasional deep cleaning, soak the parts in a solution of water and vinegar or water and baking soda, then scrub and rinse. After each use, rinse with warm water and let it air dry for regular maintenance. This process ensures your Moka Express stays in great condition and your coffee tastes its best.

How do you use a Moka Express?

To use a Moka Express, fill the bottom chamber with water up to the safety valve, add finely ground coffee to the funnel, assemble the Moka Express, place it on a medium heat stovetop burner, listen for the gurgling sound, remove it when the coffee is dark but not spluttering, and pour the concentrated brew into your cup.

Handle it with care as it will be hot, and remember to clean it after use. Adjust the coffee-to-water ratio to your taste, and enjoy your strong, espresso-like coffee.