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Use This Tool To Half Fill a Moka Pot Successfully

Moka Pots Apr 04, 2023
How to make half a moka pot

Moka Pots are sold in so many capacities, ranging from a one cup to a 12 cup in size. But what if you have a 3-cup capacity moka pot, but want to make 1 cup, can you half fill your moka pot without problems?

Key Notes

Brewing half the capacity of your moka pot can result in a weak coffee. This is because moka pots are designed to brew at full capacity, using pressure from a full chamber.

However, with the help of a small accessory called a divider, you can easily brew have a moka pot without any issues and get a delicious cup of flavorful coffee.

Keep reading to learn more about it!

Using a Moka Pot Divider (Reducer) To Brew Half a Moka Pot

moka pot divider
Divider (reducer) included with the Cuisinox stainless steel moka pot

This is an accessory that is included with some moka pots, and many users don’t even know it exists.

A moka pot divider is used inside the coffee ground chamber. It acts as a “shelf” that raises the level of the coffee ground and sits it higher up the chamber without having to fill the chamber fully. So you place the divider, fill the coffee grounds over it and brew as usual.

Where to buy a moka pot divider

First, check if your moka pot already came with this part. If not, chances are your moka pot brand does not produce it, but you can try and see if reducers from other brands would fit yours. Just make sure to buy the correct size.

Moka Pots That Include a Divider

How To Use It

To brew half a moka pot, follow these simple steps:

  1. Fill the bottom chamber of the moka pot with water only to half its capacity.
  2. Insert the divider into the coffee chamber.
  3. Add coffee grounds to the filter basket, filling it up to the top. With the use of the divider, using half the amount of coffee grounds will fill the chamber to the top.
  4. Screw on the top chamber of the moka pot tightly.
  5. Place the moka pot on the stove over medium heat.
  6. Once the water in the bottom chamber starts to boil, the coffee will begin to brew and flow into the top chamber.
  7. When the top chamber is half full, remove the moka pot from the heat and serve.

It’s important to note that when brewing half a moka pot cuts the brew time by half. Keep an eye on the brewing process to ensure that you don’t over-extract the coffee, which can result in a bitter taste.

Coffee to Water Ratio for Half a Moka Pot

half fill moka pot

When it comes to making coffee with a Moka pot, the ratio of coffee to water is crucial. If you half fill a Moka pot, the ratio of coffee to water will be off, and you may not get the desired flavor and strength of coffee.

The amount of coffee ground you should use depends on the size of your Moka pot. As a general rule, you should use one tablespoon of coffee ground for every 1.5 ounces of water. If you have a 6-cup Moka pot, you should use around 10-12 tablespoons of coffee ground.

However, if you half fill your Moka pot, you should adjust the amount of coffee ground accordingly. For example, if you have a 6-cup Moka pot and you are only using 3 cups of water, you should use around 5-6 tablespoons of coffee ground.

It’s important to note that the grind size of the coffee also affects the strength and flavor of the coffee. For a Moka pot, you should use a fine grind, similar to espresso.

Moka Pot Sizes Explained

a Moka Pot is a traditional Italian coffee making device. So when it comes to capacity, it’s not your average capacity of an American cup of coffee. It’s much smaller, which is more in line with how Europeans enjoy their coffee.

This is something you have to keep in mind when using different moka pot capacities. For example, a moka pot of 6-cup capacity will not make you 6 large cups of coffees. You have to understand the measurement per cup to get an idea of the actual capacity of the moka pot.

Moka Pot Capacity Chart

The following chart provides an overview of the most common moka pot sizes and their capacity:

Moka Pot SizeWater Reservoir CapacityCoffee Output
1 cup60 ml2 oz
3 cups120 ml4 oz
6 cups270 ml8 oz

It is important to note that the coffee output listed in the chart is an approximation and can vary depending on the brand of the moka pot and how much coffee or water you use.

When buying a moka pot, it’s highly recommend that you purchase the size of the full amount you want to brew. That way, you won’t have to worry about half filling your moka pot or missing up the ratios that can affect the taste and quality of your brew.

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