Sooner or later, moka coffee lovers will inevitably ask themselves: what’s better: a steel or aluminium moka pot? Tradition seems to favour the version in aluminium, as this was the material used to make the very first model of the coffee pot invented in 1933 by an Italian, but it is also true that there are many points in favour of a stainless steel moka. Each version has its pros and cons so let’s discover their differences together to make a more informed choice.
Pros and cons of an aluminium moka pot: it is bad for your health?
While using a moka pot is still the most popular way of making coffee at home throughout Italy, preferred to more niche systems such as the French press, the most common moka pot used in the homes of Italians is the one in aluminium.
Aluminium moka: pros
- The characteristics of aluminium allow the water to reach the right temperature more quickly, making a stronger coffee.
- Aluminium is a lightweight metal, so the coffee maker is never very heavy.
- An aluminium moka pot is more affordable than a steel one.
Aluminium moka: cons
- It must be cleaned thoroughly after each use, without using abrasive sponges or detergents.
- You must be careful not to put it away while it is still wet, as the risk of limescale developing is very high.
- Recent watchdog investigations have sounded an important alarm on the quantity of aluminium released by the moka pot into the coffee. Even though the migration level of this toxic metal would appear to remain well below the level recommended by the European guidelines, the release of this substance and the potential long-term effects of constant exposure to contamination are still worrying.
Steel moka: pros and cons
A steel moka does not release any toxic metals that could be dangerous for our health. But be careful: it must be made of stainless steel 18/10.
Steel moka: pros
- The first point in its favour is the most important: with a stainless steel moka, there is zero risk of contamination.
- Stainless steel is easy to clean.
- It is extremely durable.
Steel moka: cons
- This material has a specific weight that is heavier than that of aluminium, so a steel moka pot is heavier and more robust.
- It takes slightly longer to heat up.
- It is slightly more expensive than the aluminium version.
In other words, as well as the intrinsic characteristics of each model and our personal tastes, when choosing either a steel or aluminium moka pot, one of the most important factors to take into account is the coffee-maker’s effect on our health. In fact, if we make a decision based on safety, we can once again focus on our coffee break as nothing but a pleasure. So let’s enjoy it: click on this link to discover how to make a perfect coffee with a moka pot