Reviews – Bialetti Kitty Moka Pot

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Ok I’ll admit it, I can’t get through the day without my morning cups of coffee ( just 2 for now).  Not being exactly a morning person, coffee brings me to consciousness every day.  I would suggest being very quiet until I’ve had the first cup.

For years I used a $160 home espresso machine and before that a coffee press.  Both have their advantages and disadvantages but I grew very weary of the machine.  It took up a ton of space and I kept breaking parts that were not easily replaceable.  Low and behold the solution, the moka pot.  Being the cheapskate that I am, I searched at thrift stores and it took months to finally find one.  I didn’t want to spend $40 and throw it down the drain if I didn’t like the way it made coffee.  So my goal was to spend $5 and try it, the same as a commercial cup of coffee.

Well, I did finally get an aluminum model and used it until the handle literally fell off.  After enjoying the brew for a long time I felt justified to get a high end stainless model.  Turns out, others around me felt that I had waited too long and I wound up giving me a 6 cup Bialetti Kitty as a gift.  I’m thinking they knew the consequences of me not having my go to juice in the mornings.  Anyway, the coffee turned out even better than I expected and it’s a whole lot easier to keep clean and looking great than the aluminum model.


How A Moka Pot Works

Similar to perk, heat from the bottom rises to the top of the pot.  However, that’s where the similarities end.  Perk coffee is delicious due to the recirculating effect whereby it has the time to extract flavor – the opposite of nasty drip coffee.  The moka pot works by forcing the hot water very slowly through the grinds under high pressure.  Since it goes so slowly, it fully extracts every bit of coffee goodness that is available.  I’m amazed by the flavor which is full bodied, robust, and never bitter.  Yum.

The stovetop espresso maker has 3 parts, the bottom chamber, the funnell, and the top chamber.

Bottom – holds fresh water and the pressure valve for safety

Funnel – holds ground coffee

Top – incorporates a seal, micro fine filter, where hot water under pressure is forced to the top

Water is forced through the funnel on the left up through a filter and finally through the tube on the left. Finished coffee is stored in the upper chamber

You must keep the seal clean or you moka pot may not work.  A bad seal allows steam to escape which would prevent the water from moving though the coffee grinds.

Make sure this is spotless before brewing

What we liked about it

What we didn't like about it

Detail showing the spot welded metal handle with foam grip
The foam handle protects you better from burning than a cheap plastic handle

Decoding cup specifications

I have the 6 cup model and that does not mean 6 regular cups of coffee.  It refers to 6 espresso cups or translated, about 2 regular cups.  I would suggest getting a larger size than you need since it does take a while to make coffee this way.  If there are several people in your family that want some, you’ll have to do this more often with a smaller model.

Care and Maintenance

The manufacturer recommends hand washing only and I would agree with this.  The handle would not hold up in the dishwasher.  After a while, the flavor of the brew may degrade.  To solve this problem, run about 1/4 cup of vinegar in water though a cycle and let it soak for 15 minutes.  This will remove the oily film that builds up on the areas you just cant reach with a brush.  That oily film is from the beans and over time it starts to affect the flavor of your coffee.

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