How to Use an Italian Coffee Maker: 8 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Use an Italian Coffee Maker: 8 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Use an Italian Coffee Maker: 8 Steps (with Pictures)

Also known as a stovetop coffee maker, the Italian coffee maker makes strong and delicious coffee, typical of the Mediterranean country. With a tasty and impressive taste, the coffee prepared according to the Italian method is considered one of the best in the world. Italian coffee makers use steam pressure to force water through a filter, which makes the beverage slightly smoother than an espresso. Best of all, they're cheap and easy to use! Just a little practice and you'll also be able to have an Italian coffee whenever you feel like it.


Part 1 of 2: Assembling the Coffee Maker

Step 1. Fill the boiler to the limit with hot water

Take the filter out of the coffee maker and turn hot water into the boiler. If there is no line indicating the water limit, fill the boiler to just below the steam release valve.

  • Be very careful when handling the full coffeemaker. The water will quickly heat the metal.
  • The use of hot water is recommended to reduce the time needed to prepare coffee and to prevent the powder from overheating and burning.

Step 2. girl the coffee beans to form a powder.

Put approximately 20 g of coffee in the grinder and switch it on. The fineness of the powder will depend on your preference. In Italian coffee makers, the types of powder most used are those for espresso coffee and for brewed coffee.

  • Leave the coffee to grind right before using it. Fresh powder is much tastier.
  • The above measure yields a cup of Italian coffee.

Step 3. Put the coffee powder in the filter

Put the coffee in the filter. It is recommended that the powder is very loose and evenly distributed.

When smoothing the powder to make it uniform, be careful not to crush it. Water won't make it through the coffee if it's too compact

Step 4. Assemble the coffeemaker

Fit the filter to the boiler. Then screw the coffeemaker body onto the base.

If the boiler is too hot, hold it with a dish towel to assemble the coffee maker

Part 2 of 2: Passing and serving coffee

Step 1. Heat the coffeemaker for five to ten minutes

Light the fire on a medium low temperature and keep an eye on the coffee. As soon as it moves to the top of the coffee maker, remove it from the heat. The hotter the water you put in the boiler, the faster the process.

  • The residual heat will continue to run the coffee off the stove, so remove the pot from the heat as soon as the drink starts to rise to the top.
  • Adjust the stove temperature during the process, if necessary. If the coffee passes too quickly and threatens to escape from the coffee maker, lower the heat. If it is coming out in droplets without any consistency, increase the temperature.
  • It may take a few tries to find the perfect heat level for your coffeemaker.

Step 2. Stir the coffee with a spoon

After taking the coffee pot off the heat, gently stir the coffee to mix the different layers of the drink, leaving it with a smoother taste.

Step 3. Serve the coffee immediately

Italian coffee must be served fresh. However, be very careful when taking the first sip. The coffee will probably be very hot!

  • Add sugar to coffee if desired.
  • Italian coffee is usually very strong and is not for everyone. To solve this problem, you can dilute it in hot water to make an American coffee.
  • Do not drink the coffee that is left inside the coffee maker. It will likely have a burning taste as it will continue to be heated, even outside the stove.
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Step 4. Clean the coffeemaker with pure hot water

Empty the coffeemaker and let it cool completely before washing it. Disassemble it completely and wash the parts thoroughly with cold water. Finally, dry them with a dish towel.

Remove accumulated coffee residues with dry paper towels


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