Most Recommended Coffee Bean Blends For Stovetop Espresso Makers and Moka Coffee Pots
For brewing great, aromatic coffee using stovetop espresso makers such as moka pots, there are no set rules on what coffee beans are required. A lot of trial and error is expected as taste is very subjective. However, our experience over brewing coffee with moka coffee pots and stovetop espresso makers can help you narrow down the types of coffee blend options depending on your taste and preference.
Basic Coffee Grind Size For Moka Coffee Pots and Stovetop Espresso Makers
The basic guide would be to grind the beans finer than what you normally use for drip coffee makers but not as powdery and fine as espresso machines. Usually, you can just ask for “medium grind”.
Also, our suggestion is to buy ‘sample sizes’ from your favorite coffee bean shop if you have no experience with coffee blends. Try to buy coffee grounds at less than 250grams so you can taste-test more variants until you find one that you like.
Lastly, grind the coffee beans only if you plan to use the ground within 1-2 days. Or purchase vacuum-sealed pre-ground coffee from reputable manufactures like the ones we listed below. The fresher the grounds, the better (and more consistent) your coffee tastes when you brew them in your moka pot or stovetop espresso maker.
Coffee Ground Blends Recommendation
First, we need to clarify that there are a lot of misleading labels out in the market that states a certain type of ground is ‘espresso blend’, ‘espresso roast’, , etc. There is no such thing as a ‘dedicated’ roast to a type of machine. These blends may suit the taste of traditional espresso coffee, but it is certainly not restricted to espresso machines only.
We suggest starting with medium roast blends if you’re unsure. It sets a good ‘half-way point’ to be used on moka coffee pots.
Recommended Full-Body, Dark Roast Coffee
For a strong, full-bodied dark roast coffee, our top recommendation is Coffee Bean Direct’s Indonesia Sulawesi Kalossi beans. This Asian coffee bean’s low acidity makes it a very enjoyable treat. It produces a nice, full-bodied, and not bitter considering its dark blend.
Recommended Decaf Coffee for Moka Coffee Pots and Stovetop Espresso Makers
Our top recommendation for decaf Italian blend coffee would be Lavazza Gran Filtro Decaffinated. The Gran Filtro beans are perfectly roasted and produces wonderful crema (considering the low crema generated by a moka coffee pot). The after-taste is light and not bitter as well. A very versatile coffee whether you like your coffee black, latte, or whatever recipe you might concoct.
Recommended Organic Coffee
Among the numerous organic coffee out in the market, the Cameron’s Organic French Roast earns our top recommendation. This French roast organic coffee has a very good deep-roast flavor that taste great black even for non-black coffee drinkers! The smokey aroma is just addicting without it tasting like burnt coffee even when carelessly brewed on a stovetop coffee maker or moka coffee pot. It’s a little pricey, but honestly, we don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Recommended No-Frills Daily Coffee Blend
The Lavazza Qualita Rossa, Caffe Ground Espresso is the perfect balance between price, taste, and consistency, in our opinion. It’s moderately priced but the coffee beans are very high in quality. The roast is very consistent and never burnt. Ask any European for their recommended grocery coffee bean brand and Lavazza will be a very common answer. The Qualita Rossa suits a moka coffee pot VERY well, the resulting coffee is slightly (and naturally) sweet, strong, and very smooth.
Need help on brewing your first moka pot of coffee? Refer to this page if you need instructions on how to use a moka coffee pot.