Moka Pot by Bialetti
Moka Pot by Bialetti just starting to brew.

Transitioning to a life with minimal electricity was easy for me.  One of the reasons it was easy was because my morning coffee doesn’t come from a plugged in automatic drip machine.  My coffee comes from a Stainless Steel and Aluminum contraption called a Moka Pot.  The Moka Pot, made by a brilliant Italian man more than 100 years ago, forces steam through a filter full of coffee and then up a spout to the coffee reservoir.  The process is most similar to brewing espresso, but at around a dozen mb less pressure.  It also resembles a percolator, but it isn’t’ one of those either.  So the machine, isn’t really a machine since it has no real moving parts, other than a hinged lid.  And even though my grandma called hers a Cafatera (ka-fa-tear-uh) it’s still the same style coffee pot as the one I’m using today and this is why I call it Traditional Coffee. Click here to check out the variety of Moka Pots available today at

Moka Pot by Bialetti
Moka Pot by Bialetti is almost done brewing.

Moka Pots come in different sizes so you can brew just the right amount.  I mostly use the 6  oz pot but also have a 4oz and a 9 oz one as well.  It becomes a thing I think, collecting these pots in different sizes.  The only thing on the machine you ever need to replace is the rubber gasket that is between the top and bottom.  And because I have to order those from I keep spares on hand.  I only need a replacement gasket every couple of years, but still I don’t want to get caught without one.

Moka Pots are also inexpensive, around $40 or less for a coffee pot that will brew coffee for your entire lifetime and doesn’t even need electricity to operate.  There isn’t much to break, although care is still required when emptying the aluminum filter as aluminum is soft & malleable.  Check out the following Moka Pot at Amazon, it’s one that I have although I bought mine for more money at Bed Bath & Beyond.

Now the only “downside” anyone points out is that to make my coffee I need a flame or significant heat source.  Electric stoves are okay to use but gas or open fires are best.  This means I need some “tech” to brew coffee but nothing a camp stove can’t handle.  Speaking of handles… the handle is vulnerable on a Moka Pot and if you are going to be using it outside over a real fire, then use some aluminum foil to cover it and protect it from extreme heat. Same warning for electric burners and gas stoves, watch the handle so it doesn’t get too hot.  I usually shift the Moka Pot off to one side of the burner/flame so that the handle is farthest away from it. I haven’t lost a handle yet, but I might be a bit Type A on those things.

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