How to Bialetti
Moka Pot brew guide

We’ll show you everything you need to know to prepare a perfect Bialetti espresso maker!

Coffee brew guide at a glance

brew ratio
18 g coffee for 2er Bialetti

given by design

brew time 
1 minute

prep time
3-4 minutes

grind size
very fine / fine / medium / coarse

what you need
Bialetti moka pot
coffee grinder

bialetti brührezept brühanleitung

For many, the espresso maker bialetti moka pot is the morning ritual on a camping holiday or in general, along with the portafilter, is the epitome of traditional Italian coffee.

The Bialetti makes a slightly weaker coffee than the portafilter machine. Due to the high temperature during the brewing process, the coffee is over-extracted, which means that it quickly tastes bitter. For this reason, we at Bialetti like to use a slightly lighter roasted, acidic coffee, which brings the necessary balance to the drink. In addition, the first optional step of our preparation instructions helps to counteract this excess of bitterness in the drink.

Here we have put together a practical overview with all
brew guides at a glance:

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brew guide

step 1

water filling

First, we preheat the water in a separate pot or pan so we can reduce the brewing time of the Bialetti on the stove. This results in a better-tasting drink in the cup.
We fill this water up to below the valve.

step 2


Now let’s grind the coffee. It is best to grind the coffee as close to brewing as possible so that no aroma is lost. Grinding the coffee with a hand grinder increases the anticipation of the drink, as the fresh ground coffee sets the first scent and makes you appreciate every cup.

With our 2 Bialetti we use 18 grams of coffee with a slightly coarser grind than the espresso from the portafilter machine.

step 3

Portion and distribute coffee

Next we fill the strainer with coffee. It is important for reproducible results that we measure the amount of coffee.

We distribute the coffee cleanly and evenly in the sieve and gently tap the sieve vertically on the tabletop so that we can compact it a little. We don’t tamp the coffee.

step 4

Insert the coffee strainer, screw together and brew...

We then insert the coffee strainer and screw the Bialetti together.

Attention: it is worth wearing a glove for this, because the water has already been boiled!

Now we put them on the stovetop and brew our coffee at high heat.

step 5


The coffee slowly comes out of the opening at the top. As soon as the brewing process is over, we take the pot off the stove. Acoustically you can notice the end of the brewing, as soon as a hissing and bubbling begins.

As a last step, we stir the coffee with a spoon, as the thick, syrupy concentrate at the bottom of the pot is overlaid by the lighter, watery part of the coffee.

step 6


Now we pour out the coffee and are ready for a delicious cup of Bialetti!

Tip: is the coffee too bitter? Try a coarser grind next time.

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The traditional Bialetti’s are made of aluminum and thus have a negative effect on the taste of the coffee.

We have an alternative made of stainless steel in our web shop.

With the Bialetti, the amount of coffee, the degree of grinding and a high-quality coffee are decisive for a good taste.

Find out everything about the preparation in our recipe!

Since it is aluminum, the Bialetti should not end up in the dishwasher, otherwise it would oxidize due to the detergent!

To clean the Bialetti, simply wipe them out with a sponge or occasionally soak them in coffee fat remover.

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