Moka is the traditional stove-top coffee maker used for home-made coffee in many Italian families. Despite the growing market for coffee pods and capsules, many nostalgic, routine-bound coffee lovers still cling to the old-fashioned pot and its irreplaceable charm made of aromes, flavors and memories. Let’s see what you know and don’t know about Moka.
Who invented the Moka pot? The Moka pot was invented in 1933 by Bolognese inventor Alfonso Bialetti for the Omegna company. Bialetti’s metal, octagonal based pot with its bachelite handle soon became one of the most distinctive icons of Italian design in the world. It has even been exhibited at the MOMA in New York.
Why is it called Moka? The name derives from Mokha, a town in Yemen. It was one of the first regions to farm and produce Arabica coffee.
How do I use a Moka pot? Making coffee with a Moka pot is a familiar ritual made of simple gestures. Fill the bottom part of the pot with water to the small metal valve. Put your coffee grounds into the funnel-shaped filter and place it on the bottom chamber. Screw the top chamber tightly and put the Moka pot on the stove. Now you just have to wait until all the coffee comes out, filling your kitchen with its charming fragrance.
Moka or espresso machine: Which one is better? It’s hard to say, if not impossible. They are two different, almost opposite ways of experiencing coffee. Espresso is bound to the Italian tradition of coffee break at a café with friends and workmates. Moka evokes the idea of home-made coffee, consumed with the family at breakfast or after lunch.
Whether you choose the vintage taste of the stove-top coffee maker or the modern taste of the newest espresso machines, we can be sure about one thing: What really counts is the quality of the coffee you use.
Iced coffee is a fresh, thirst-quenching alternative to the classic espresso. It allows you to enjoy a good coffee even in the hottest days of summer, without altering the qualities of the blend. The original Italian iced coffee is called caffè in ghiaccio (“ghiaccio” means “ice”). This tradition has its roots in the town of Lecce and the wonderful region of Salento, in the South East of the country. Making iced coffee is really simple, you just need to know a little secret.
Take a wide glass and fill it to the top with ice. Make a regular espresso using a good Italian blend and add sugar to your liking. While it’s steamy hot, pour it into the glass and enjoy it right away. If you want to add a personal touch, try using cold almond milk instead of sugar.
The secret for a perfect iced coffee is in the ice. Don’t use crushed ice, but only big cubes just taken out of the freezer.
If you’re traveling in Italy you may hear someone ask for a “caffè in ghiaccio soffiato”, litterally “blown iced coffee”. This means the barman will keep the glass under the steam jet of the espresso machine for a few seconds to make the iced coffee even more soft and creamy.
Enjoy your caffè in ghiaccio.
What is coffee? It may seem a trite topic, yet the fragrant liquid we drink every day still hides many unsolved mysteries. Coffee comes from the seeds of an evergreen plant belonging to the genus Coffea of the family Rubiaceae. The shrub originates from the Horn of Africa. Coffea Arabica and Coffea Canephora (or Coffea Robusta) are the most common species of this prodigious plant – and the most widespread varieties of coffee.
There are many legends accounting for its discovery, from the one of the Ethiopian shepherd who noticed his sheep became excited after chewing wild coffee leaves, to more imaginary and psychic stories involving angels fallen from Heaven. A more plausible legend tells how a fire in an Abyssinian wood accidentally revealed to men the incredible scent of toasted coffee beans.
The word coffee derives from the Arabic word Qahwa, then transformed into Kahve by the Turkish – the first large coffee consumers in history – and then travelled through Europe becoming Caffè, Café, Coffee. But maybe the name is not important – what really counts is the unique scent which wakes us up every morning and accompanies us through our day.
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There was a little store in a lovely Italian city…
This is how the history of a 90 years old brand begins. The two friends, Aldo (Filicori) and Luigi (Zecchini), barely would have guess a future so rich of events. In 1919 there was that small shop behind the main square and a roasting machine more similar to a traditional pizza oven than to the new technologies now available.There was a fabulous coffee aroma, a crowd of people talking, arguing, working, creating and sharing experience..a messy and cheerful shouting and a lot of passion for the typical Italian habit of drinking Espresso – the good one – at any time during the day.
This blog is created to talk about a symbol of being Italian, a product that never stops to attract attention and which make Italians feel proud: Mr. Espresso!
A fast research online is enough to understand how big and interesting in the issue: what is the secret of good coffee? It is healthy or not? What about the last trends? Why “Espresso” is Italian? How it is served worldwide? With your contribution, we’ll try to answer to these and other questions about the Espresso world.
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