My Experiments with Truth (And Moka Pot)

(If you're looking for a quick read, jump straight to the end of the page)

The moka pot is an equipment which has been there around since 1933. Designed by Alfonso Bialetti, the design of this equipment has stayed more or less the same. Initially known as the Moka Express, the Moka Pot powers steam through millions of coffee grounds throughout the world. What makes it unique is the user friendliness, portability and the safety, which has been consistent for the last 87 years. The brews have been consistent, and they deliver a good espresso-esqe shots.

"The problem?"

It's too consistent (read boring). Being the millennial's we are, and our desire to experiment and play around, most of us might start to find the Moka Pot a bit boring. Boring in the sense that we cannot play around with the parameters, and alter our brews.

Staying true to our name, we decided to go around and take our Bialetti 3-cup for a spin.

BBB: Bringing Back Blends

For all the single origin coffees we've been raving about, we decided to take a step back and bring back the blends. However, we decided to profile the single origins ourselves and aimed to deliver a certain brew in the cup. In short, we wanted to create a blend ourselves, blending two coffees which were roasted to different levels and profiles.

"The result?"

We ended up with some absolutely delicious brews, while most of the results were unspectacular and disgustingly flat. Flat enough to question our abilities, and disgusting enough to gulp it down in a flash.

Cheesecake. We're calling this drink Cheesecake.

Our aim was to brew a milk based coffee, something like a Cortado, with even lesser proportions of milk. The intent was to end up with a brew which we intended to compare with a cheesecake. Here is where the blends come in. We created a blend using two coffees. (I know you're curious, wait for the details).

"Follow the cheesecake analogy from here."

We wanted the bottom layer as a medium-heavy bodied coffee with prominent notes of cocoa. The main layer was supposed to be the milk, which on blending around with both the coffees formed a basis for most of the drink. The Topmost layer, the highlight and the spark of the cheesecake for, is a light roasted coffee (YES!), with beautiful undertones that stand out from the whole brew without being too loud.

Sounds delicious?

Let's jump in to the recipe then.

Since we used certain micro lots in brewing the "Cheesecake", and the fact that they wouldn't be available (probably) when you're reading this, we've decided not to reveal the coffees used. We, however, have a broad range of coffees that you should aim at while brewing this. Let's start:

  1. Use 12 g of a medium-dark roast coffee with dominating cocoa notes.

  2. Add 6 g of a light roasted coffee with dominating berries or dried fruit notes.

  3. Blend the beans, and grind them properly to your regular moka pot grind.

  4. Add heated water till the line inside your moka pot. Make sure that you DO NOT cover the safety valve.

  5. Place the filter basket, and add your grounds. DO NOT tamp the grounds, level them up with your fingers.

  6. Brush off the loose grounds, and screw the top on. DO NOT over tighten.

  7. Place the Moka Pot on the stove at minimal heat. Ensure the handle is not subjected to heat, and leave the top open.

  8. Start wondering if the recipe given by Naughty Beans will work or not.

  9. Stop wondering when the coffee starts coming out, and start admiring the heavenly coffee that spurts out.

  10. Remove the Moka Pot from the heat source when you see the stream of coffee has changed it's color to of a light honey. Close the lid.

  11. Flush the bottom of the Moka Pot with tap water to stop extraction. This is extremely important, or your coffee will develop a distinct metallic taste.

  12. Foam 75 ml of milk. We used steam, feel free to use any of the equipment at your disposal. DO NOT overheat the milk.

  13. Get the most beautiful glassware, pour in your coffee. Add your milk over the coffee, preferably with dollops of foam.

  14. Admire the drink, and tell her how beautiful she looks. Place some of your drink on your lips, and tell her how hot, yet sweet she is.

We'll stop with the narratives here. If you decide to brew this, please get in touch with us and let us know how did you like it.

Happy Brewing!

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