The moka coffee pot was invented in 1933 by an Italian and today it is still the bee’s knees with the many coffee enthusiasts who continue to choose it for making their favourite espresso at home. If you too are a diehard moka lover, hear us out as we offer you a series of tips on how to clean your moka pot: in this way, your coffee machine will keep on working to perfection and making many more steaming hot cups of our favourite delicious black beverage.
Cleaning the moka pot with vinegar and bicarbonate
Whether your moka is made of steel or aluminium, you don’t need any special products to ensure it is always in tip-top condition. All you need are a few natural remedies such as vinegar and bicarbonate to keep it pristine: let’s see when and how to use them.
The first golden rule is never resort to using detergents or washing up liquid, as these are too aggressive and could leave a really unpleasant taste in the coffee pot.
For everyday cleaning, simply rinse the moka pot under running water. After a while, limescale may form. If this happens, try this: fill up the boiler with water and a teaspoonful of sodium bicarbonate, put another teaspoonful of sodium bicarbonate in the filter and put the machine on the hob as if you were making a coffee with the moka pot. Sodium bicarbonate has excellent cleaning and deodorising properties. But before you make your next cup of espresso, it’s better to first rinse it by putting it through its paces once without using coffee.
If you use your moka pot often, we recommend you also clean it more thoroughly at least once a month.
First of all, you need to take it apart and check the condition of the individual pieces: the filter must not have any of its perforations blocked (you can use a pin to remedy this if required) and the seal must still be soft and integral, otherwise it’s time to replace it.
Next, mix 3 parts of hot water and one of white wine vinegar in a basin, then immerse all the components of the coffee machine in this solution. Leave them for about half an hour, rinse under the tap and then make a coffee with no coffee, just water, to rinse it clean.
Cleaning the outside of an encrusted, stained moka pot
Is your moka pot encrusted and stained? To clean its exterior, try stirring at least three teaspoonfuls of bicarbonate into a glass of hot water. You can also add a dash of vinegar to make an even stronger solution. Then use an abrasive sponge to scrub it well, before rinsing under running water.
In any case, after rinsing it, remember the second golden rule: before putting the moka pot away, make sure it’s dry, as any humidity left on the machine could cause grey marks to appear.
How to clean a coffee pot that has not been used for some time
And if you’ve treated yourself to a home espresso machine, but have a sudden, nostalgic urge for a coffee made with your trusty friend, the moka pot? The way you clean a coffee pot that hasn’t been used for a long time is similar to the method explained above. Fill the boiler with 3 parts hot water and one part white wine vinegar and then put it on the hob until the liquid comes out. Repeat twice more, but only with water and finally, rinse the whole machine under running water.
Now that our moka is clean, we can finally make ourselves a lovely cup of steaming hot espresso: discover the blends of ground coffee made according to the exclusive Secret Recipe of Gaetano Aiello to savour all the goodness of real Italian espresso.