Italian coffee maker, instructions for beginners

Operation of an Italian coffee maker and very simplified principles

The Italian coffee maker was invented in 1933 by the Italian Bialetti Alfonso and has since expanded its fame around the world. In fact, there are three main types of Italian coffee makers:

  • the aluminum coffee pot,
  • the electric coffee maker,
  • and the induction coffee maker.

All these types of coffee makers are equipped with a pressure system divided into three layers. These three layers considered from the bottom of the coffee maker are: the water layer, the ground coffee layer and the prepared coffee layer. The general principle that governs the operation of this device is that the water at the bottom is brought to a boil. Then, the steam produced rises to the floor above to liquefy the coffee powder. This is how the consumable coffee is obtained. In terms of operation of an Italian coffee maker, there is also the sound emission function when the water at the bottom evaporates completely.

Step-by-step guide to making coffee in a moka coffee maker

Italian coffee maker, instructions for beginners

The Italian coffee maker, also known as the mocha coffee maker, is the most widely used coffee maker in the world. This is due to the unique and unmatched taste of the coffee it produces. Therefore, the preparation of coffee with the moka coffee maker follows a meticulous process composed of unavoidable steps.

Steps for making coffee in a moka coffee maker

To prepare coffee for three cups, you must first put water in the bottom tank provided for this purpose. This water should preferably be fresh and filtered before use. Regardless of the capacity of your Italian coffee maker, you should avoid putting water into the tank until it reaches the safety valve, so stop a little below it. Then, pour in 15 grams of ground coffee into the central funnel of the coffee maker and smooth the surface so that it is uniform without packing the coffee. After that, make sure to close the lid of the last compartment intended to collect the coffee.

The coffee maker should then be placed on a source of heat that produces average temperature. Start a timer for five minutes, after which the coffee powder will have completely disappeared and the hot coffee will be left. Turn off the heat source and let it stand for another minute. The base of the coffee maker having been in contact with the heat, it can be immersed in a container of cold or iced water. This will help to force its cooling in order to prevent possible accidents of burns during its handling. The top clasp can then be opened to serve your well-flavored coffee into the cups. The Italian coffee maker is equipped with a pour-over to facilitate this task.

Maintenance of the Italian coffee maker after use

The quality of the Italian coffee also depends on the way to maintain the coffee maker in which it is prepared. So, there are some basic steps to follow to better maintain your Italian coffee maker. It may surprise you, but the best way to care for your coffee maker is to rinse it quickly with water without scrubbing... And that's it! The Italians say that the film formed by the coffee acts as a barrier between the liquid and the metal and that a well used coffee maker will taste better than a new one.

Explanatory video

The video below illustrates the process presented above. The steps are detailed to help you master the technique in record time. You could always activate the slow motion mode to make sure you don't miss any small movement. It would also be useful to reproduce the actions as you go along for a much better assimilation.

References of good Italian coffee makers

The popularity of the Italian coffee maker is specifically related to the existence of certain brands that adapt their models to the needs of users. These brands include Bialetti and Bodum.


Founded by the inventor of the Italian coffee production technique, the Bialetti brand has been offering evolving models of coffee makers. In fact, this brand designs and markets coffee makers with typically contemporary presentation formats with the same traditional method of preparation. They come in small, medium and large sizes, suitable for all kinds of uses. A wide range of colors and shades are used to give a glamorous touch to Bialetti models.

From a functional point of view, coffee makers are not left out of the evolution of technology. We find Bialetti coffee makers capable of program the coffee brewing thanks to the timer they are equipped with. There are also some with hyperthermal properties that can keep the coffee hot after preparation for up to 30 minutes. Beyond all these attractive features, Bialetti coffee makers are sold at affordable prices that defy any competition on the market. Here are some examples:

  • Bialetti Kitty Induction

This is a very popular coffee maker with a capacity of 30 centiliters, enough to fill 6 cups of coffee. It can be used with all kinds of heat sources including induction. It is available in several colors.

Bialetti Caffettiera Acciaio Inox Kitty New 6 Tazze Bachilite Made in Italy, 6 Cups
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Bialetti Caffettiera Acciaio Inox Kitty New 6 Tazze Bachilite Made in Italy, 6 Cups
  • EXCEPTIONAL COFFEE: From its harmonious shapes to its quality materials and ease of use, the Kitty coffee maker has everything you need for an unforgettable coffee experience!
  • ITALIAN ELEGANCE: The Kitty coffee maker renews the Bialetti design for the greatest pleasure of our amazed eyes. Its pure lines give it an elegance that will shine in your kitchen!
  • EYES CLOSED: It would be a shame not to look at it, but the Kitty coffee maker can be used with your eyes closed. Measure out the water and coffee, heat, and enjoy a real Italian coffee in the blink of an eye!
  • BEAUTIFUL BUT NOT ONLY: Kitty is made of stainless steel, has an anti-scald handle and a patented safety valve. Compatible with induction and dishwashers, with a capacity of 6 cups (30cl).
  • BIALETTI TRADITION: Since the invention of the Moka Express, BIALETTI has been putting all its know-how and love of design at the service of coffee lovers. This is still the case with the Kitty coffee maker.
  • Bialetti Rainbow

It is made of aluminum and has a maximum capacity of 30 centiliters, or 6 cups of 5 centiliters. The particularity of this coffee maker is that it exists in different very flashy colors!

Bialetti 4993 Italian Coffee Maker, Aluminium, Orange, 6 Cups
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Bialetti 4993 Italian Coffee Maker, Aluminium, Orange, 6 Cups
  • Sparkling harmonies: seven brilliant shades for a cheerful wake-up call
  • Quality and safety made in Italy: exclusive safety valve, easy to inspect and clean, patented by Bialetti
  • Ideal for the preparation of real Italian coffee
  • All burners except induction
  • Bialetti Moka Timer

Afraid of missing out? Opt for the Moka Timer. This is a recent model of coffee maker that comes with a programmable timer and has the ability to keep coffee hot for 30 minutes. It also has a 360 degree turning system that makes it easy to use, even for left-handed people.

Bialetti Moka Timer Fully automatic Electric mocha coffee maker
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Bialetti Moka Timer Fully automatic Electric mocha coffee maker
  • Made of stainless steel. Programmer with automatic stop. LED display. 3 levels of buzzer. Keeps coffee hot for 30 minutes. Nylon handle. Cold base (4 cm thick). Safety valve.


Established in 1944 by Peter Bodum, after whom it is named, the brand quickly specialized in the production and marketing of household items. It owes its success to the low-cost design policy it has adopted, particularly in the case of coffee makers. In fact, Bodum coffee makers have been at the top of the list of the best design creations for several decades. The brand is characterized by its coffee makers, most of which are equipped with a piston and are gradually adapting to other technological developments.

They are compact, easy to carry and use. They do not require extensive knowledge of how to prepare coffee by the users. Available in small, medium and large sizes, Bodum coffee makers can cover all circumstances. Here are some models.

  • Chambord

As you know, I love Bodum because they have the art of offering beautiful tools at competitive prices. So I couldn't pass up this Italian coffee machine.

It is a moka coffee maker with a capacity of one liter and equipped with a chromed metal frame. With a more beautiful effect, this Italian coffee maker could well become the first item in your collection.

Bodum - 10617-16 - Chambord - Italian Coffee Maker 6 Cups - 0.35 L - Bright Stainless Steel
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Bodum - 10617-16 - Chambord - Italian Coffee Maker 6 Cups - 0.35 L - Bright Stainless Steel
  • Capacity: 0.35 Litre, 6 cups
  • Iconic design CHAMBORD
  • Noble materials. High-quality, finely brushed stainless steel
  • Gas and induction compatible
  • Dishwasher safe

Last updated on 2022-06-26 / Affiliated links

2 thoughts on “Cafetière italienne, mode d’emploi pour les plus débutants”

  1. Hello, it is not possible to keep coffee hot in a moka type coffee maker. The best thing to do is probably to transfer the coffee directly into a thermos.


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