AnswerBun.com

Why does water remain in the bottom chamber after brewing with a moka pot?

Coffee Asked by satterly.butte on August 31, 2021

We are new owners of a Espress Nero four cup Moka Pot by Vev-Vigano. We have followed instructions from print sources, on-line articles, and YouTube videos and have yet to see reference as to why the pouring pot is only half full while the boiler still has water in it when the pot starts to gurgle.

Why does some water remain in the bottom chamber of the moka pot after brewing?

One Answer

This is deliberate.

In a moka pot, the downward spout of the funnel does not reach all the way to the bottom of the pot. Brewing will stop once the level of water in the pot falls below the bottom of the funnel (if you carry on brewing after this point, you'll be making coffee with the superheated steam, which will be burnt and bitter).

I'm not sure why this is how it works, but I guess it's to prevent the pot from boiling dry, and retaining a thermal mass in the bottom pot to help it cool down again.

Moka pot animated image from user Alborzagros

Original image from Wikipedia article on moka pot, thanks to user Alborzagros!

Answered by fredley on August 31, 2021

Add your own answers!

Related Questions

Is this moka still safe to use?

1  Asked on October 4, 2021

 

Should any coffee be extracted during pre-infusion?

4  Asked on September 25, 2021 by jason-mccarrell

   

What coffees are the least acidic?

5  Asked on August 31, 2021 by ludwik

     

How to avoid soya milk curdling in coffee?

12  Asked on August 31, 2021 by vclaw

 

Issue pressing down French Press

5  Asked on August 31, 2021 by katyp93

 

Shelf-Stable Half and Half – How stable?

1  Asked on August 31, 2021 by b540glenn

   

Minimum amount of water in coffee

2  Asked on August 31, 2021

 

Simulated Vietnamese coffee in Bobba bars

1  Asked on August 31, 2021 by socaltom10

   

Is dalgona coffee without sugar still “fluffy”?

1  Asked on August 31, 2021 by romna-dolan

   

Where to get coffee in Zurich

1  Asked on August 31, 2021 by user32613

   

Ask a Question

Get help from others!

© 2022 AnswerBun.com. All rights reserved. Sites we Love: PCI Database, MenuIva, UKBizDB, Menu Kuliner, Sharing RPP, SolveDir