How To Clean A Moka Pot

How To Clean A Moka Pot

Moka pots are a type of stovetop espresso maker that originated in Italy. They're designed to make a strong, rich cup of coffee, and they're fairly easy to use once you get the hang of it.

Of course, like any coffee maker, a moka pot needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. In this blog post, we'll show you how to clean a moka pot without damaging it. We'll also cover the most common mistakes people make when cleaning their moka pots.

The Anatomy Of A Moka Pot

Moka pots are typically made of aluminum and have a lid that can be lifted off to reveal the pot. There are many different types of moka pots, but all of them work in the same way.

The different parts of a moka pot includes:

  • the base, where the water is heated
  • the boiler, which makes steam
  • the cup-shaped pot, which holds the coffee grounds.

To clean a moka pot, first remove any residue from before using by wiping down with a damp cloth or sponge. Afterwards, rinse well with cold water and dry immediately. Finally, put away in its rightful place – never leave your moka pot sitting on an open flame!

Clean the Moka Pot

Routine cleaning:

You should wash it after each use - mold can develop if wet grounds are left in the moka pot. Hot water and some gentle rinsing and soft sponge is all you need.

Step 1: Let cool completely and remove coffee grounds immediately after brewed.

Step 2: Disassemble the parts

Step 3: Use sponge (not the abrasive part) and scrub gently with just hot water (no soap)

You can also use a soft bristle toothbrush to scrub down crevices and corners you can't easily get to with a sponge!

Deep clean:

Method 1:

You should descale the moka pot at least twice a year - or more often if you use it very frequently, or if you live in area with hard water (lots of mineral).

Disassemble the moka pot and Immerse all the parts of the moka pot in 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water for 30 - 40 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and let dry completely before use. 

Method 2:

Alternatively, you can also add 1 part vinegar and 2 part water to the bottom chamber and put on low heat on the stove and wait for it to "make the coffee". The process is similar to what you would expect when you make coffee with the moka pot - the water and vinegar solution from the bottom chamber will make its way to the top, rinsing every component in the process.

Rinse thoroughly and let dry completely before reassembling the moka pot.

This method 2 is my preferred method to deep clean the moka pot. 

Tips to Keep Moka Pot in Top Notch Condition

  • Store it disassembled - this keeps it completely dry and reduces the chances of mold
  • Never tamp the coffee the way you do to an espresso 
  • Do not use harsh chemicals or abrasive sponges - it can ruin your moka pot. Just hot water will do!


To Wrap Things Up

If you've been looking for a more authentic coffee brewing experience, you should definitely try using a moka pot. Moka pots are easy to use once you get the hang of it, and they make a rich, strong cup of coffee. Just be sure to clean your moka pot regularly - we recommend doing it after every use - to keep it in top condition.