5 RULES FOR A PROPER MOCHA
If a good Espresso is the result of competence and technique, coffee preparation with the mocha is a personal rite, which combines passion, subjective taste, knowledge of the specific coffee maker and the use of jealously guarded secrets. Segafredo Zanetti gives you its advice in order to make a proper mocha coffee.
1) The water quality. Consider using mineral water. Hard water modifies the coffee taste. Don’t use already warm water in order to speed preparation. The water has to warm up gradually.
2) The correct amount. Pour the water in the hot-water heater without exceeding the valve level and completely fill up the coffee filter without pressing it.
3) On the stove. Keep the flame low. The slower the boil the better the coffee will be and you won’t burn the gasket, which we advise to change regularly. Keep the coffee maker cover open in order to avoid the steam making condensation and modifying the coffee taste. Once the coffee is ready, take the coffee maker off the heat. Boiling the coffee is a serious crime.
4) Before enjoying the coffee. Stir it with a small spoon inside the coffee maker in order to even out the density. Drink it as soon as it is ready in order to enjoy the fragrance and taste at its best.
5) The maintenance. Clean the coffee maker thoroughly every time you fix the coffee; absolutely don’t use soaps or detergents, but only warm water. Clean the filter scrupulously in order not to leave any remains or deposits. In case of a new coffee maker or one that hasn’t been used in a long time prepare two or three coffees with a small amount of coffee powder before fully operating it. After opening the coffee package put the coffee powder in an air tight container and keep it in the fridge in order to preserve the fragrance.
The Neapolitan version
Some guidance for the less common but still popular Neapolitan coffee maker:
a) Pour the water, always fresh and not hard, up to the small hole of the upper part, the one without a nozzle.
b) Fill the filter up with coffee and without pressing the powder screw down the upper part (the one with a nozzle).
c) Put the coffee maker on the flame and make the water boil, until you hear the whistling, which indicates that steam is coming out of the ventilation hole.
d) At this point take the coffee maker off the heat and overturn it slowly waiting until the water going through the coffee gets to the lower part.
e) After using the coffee maker, rinse all its parts and accurately check that the ventilation hole isn’t clogged.