Wake is on a mission to bring you great tasting coffee that you can make at home, at work or even on the go… sort of. So why settle for anything less?
We’re going to start with the Moka pot. Our House and wake(r) blends are both dark roasts that work great with these little steaming masterpieces. The Moka was invented by an Italian engineer named Alfonso Bialetti in 1933 and quickly became one of the staples of Italian culture, with coffee drinkers loving that they could brew espresso like coffee from their own homes.
Bialetti is still going strong today and you can buy your very own piece of coffee history for around £25! We have a couple of different sized models and would recommend a 4 cup for beginners.
Expect a full-bodied and intense cup with a distinct bitterness and low acidity. By volume coffee brewed in a Moka is typically twice as strong as most other methods due to the pressure and coffee to water ratio.
Here’s how to nail a great Moka with Wake Coffee in 7 easy steps!
Step 1) The First thing to do is to boil your kettle. Temperature doesn’t matter at this stage. Fill the base of the Moka pot with boiling water until it touches the bottom of the pressure valve. Do not cover the valve.
Step 2) Get your coffee ready. You can do this while the kettle boils. If you’re a pro and grinding your own beans you probably don’t need us to tell you but you should be looking for a fine/medium grind size somewhere between espresso and filter. You need to grind enough to fill the basket of your Moka. If you don’t own a grinder make sure that you pick the Moka Pot/Stove Top option before adding your favourite Wake coffee to your cart.
Step 3) Add your coffee to the basket. Fill up the basket (the part with the funnel) and don’t worry about the coffee to water ratio, fill it up to the top and put your faith in the Italians. There’s no need to pack the coffee into the basket, simply level off with your finger and gently place the basket into the base.
Step 4) Screw the chamber onto the base, be careful as the base will be hot so use a tea towel or oven glove to hold it. Once it is on tight, place the Moka pot on the stove.
Step 5) Turn your heat on. We recommend a low/medium heat to start with. Time to sit back, relax, put your feet up and check back in about 5 mins.
Step 6) This next bit is key. You want the coffee to ooze into the chamber, if you hear the coffee start to spurt and bubble, lower the heat! Open the lid and take an Instagram video! Heck, tag us in it as well, we want to see the action.
(Don’t burn the coffee, if it begins to shoot out, it’s too hot. Coffee that is over-extracted can taste too bitter. There is a bit of a knack to it, so be prepared to test your Moka pot)
Step 7) Once you hear a hissing or gurgling sound, the top chamber should be about 80% full. Take the Moka pot off the heat and serve immediately. Leave to cool before drinking as your coffee will be hot!
There you have it, easy right?
If you are searching for an espresso tasting coffee but don't want to fork out on an expensive, space-consuming machine then this could be perfect for you.