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Moka Pots

Before we found a winner, we had to learn how to master the subtle techniques that make these small, inexpensive coffee makers worth purchasing.

What We Learned

Often referred to as poor-man’s espresso machines, Italian moka pots are small, inexpensive (under $100) coffee makers that use steam pressure to force hot water from a bottom chamber up through coffee grounds. That pressure isn’t high enough for true espresso extraction, but the coffee they make is stronger and more complex than anything brewed in a drip machine.    ...