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September 29, 2014
Unless you are Italian, it's easy to get confused about the difference between a moka coffee and a mocha coffee. A moka (with a K) is that little pot you see above and is a method of coffee making used in most Italian homes since 1933, when it was first invented by Luigi De Ponti for Alfonso Bialetti. A mocha instead is a chocolate variant of the famous caffè latte typically prepared using cacao powder, though variants can be found using chocolate syrup and even nutella (slurp!).
Preparing coffee with a moka is a true daily ritual in Italy, for which all you need is water (ideally filtered), some high-quality ground coffee, and your favourite moka pot. We love the award-winning Lunika by Francesco Fusillo. You can also grind your own coffee using whole beans though it is advisable to purchase pre-ground, as each preparation method requires a different grind particle size; not too fine (as for Turkish coffee) nor too coarse (as for French press). For a cup of La Dolce Vita at your home, follow the instructions below... and Happy International Coffee Day to all our readers!
A native Italian-Austrian based in Hong Kong, Tamara Agusta is a branding expert, integrative nutrition fanatic, aspiring yogi, food nerd, and the General Manager at Profood Hong Kong. Beautiful designs make her happy, and she cannot live without avocados, airplanes, coffee (MOGI, of course) or Evernote. Follow her on Instagram.
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