Moka Pot Alternatives For Brewing Perfect Coffee

The Moka Pot coffee maker is a classic stovetop coffee maker that has been enjoyed by coffee lovers for almost a century.

It was developed in 1933 by engineer Alfonso Bialetti, an Italian [1]. He wanted to create a coffee maker that would brew coffee similar to that made in a traditional espresso machine but without the need for electricity.

The Moka Pot quickly became popular in Italy, and soon spread to other parts of Europe and the world. Its popularity was due to its simplicity, affordability, and ability to produce a strong, flavorful cup of coffee in just a few minutes.

By the way, you also have several alternatives to Moka pot to make great cups of coffee. This article aims to introduce Moka pot alternatives brewing methods for coffee lovers who want to explore new brewing techniques.

Moka Pot Alternatives Based On Brewing Similarities

Moka pot uses pressure (1~2 bars) to brew coffee. It is the pressurized method of brewing coffee. There are other three types of coffee brewing available that also use pressure to brew coffee. Those are:

  1. Espresso
  2. Aeropress
  3. Vacuum coffee maker

So, if you find alternatives but prefer similar brewing techniques, then you can go for any of the three mentioned above.

Coffee brewed in Moka pot
Coffee brewed in Moka pot

Here are some Moka pot alternatives for brewing coffee.

Electric Expresso Maker

An electric espresso maker is a machine that uses electricity to produce espresso-style coffee. These machines typically use a high-pressure pump (9~15 bars) to force hot water through finely-ground coffee, creating a rich and flavorful shot of espresso.

Espresso & Moka pot coffee isn’t similar because of the pressure difference. Espresso is bolder & richer than Moka pot coffee. Moka pot can produce espresso-like coffee but not equivalent to Espresso.

De'Longi Magnifica Smart Cappuccino Machine
De’Longi Magnifica Smart Cappuccino Machine that I use every day to quench espresso thirst

Most often espresso machines are costly, and without a serious coffee lover, people usually don’t buy for their home use. If you’re a coffee enthusiast you can go for it. I like espresso, and I own an espresso machine made by DeLongi.

This machine also has built-in grinders or milk brothers, making it easy to create a cappuccino and espresso at home. If you are interested you can check it out on Amazon.

Portable Espresso Maker

A portable espresso maker is a cheap alternative to an electric espresso machine. It is a device designed to make espresso on the go, without requiring a large and bulky machine or access to electricity.

These machines are typically small, lightweight, and easy to transport, making them a great option for those who love to drink espresso while traveling, camping, or simply enjoying the outdoors.

Portable Espresso Machine

The basic principle behind a portable espresso machine is the same as a traditional espresso machine. Water is heated to a high temperature and forced through finely-ground coffee beans under pressure, resulting in a rich and flavorful shot of espresso.

There are many different types of portable espresso machines available on the market. Rechargeable battery-operated espresso machines are prevalent in the market. 

Some machines use manual pressure, requiring the user to pump a lever or press a button to build up the necessary pressure for brewing espresso, while others use automated systems that take care of this process for you.

If you love to drink espresso and enjoy the convenience of being able to make it anywhere, a portable espresso machine can be a great investment.

Look for machines that are durable, easy to clean, and produce high-quality espresso shots like this one. 


The Aeropress coffee maker makes coffee manually and it consists of two plastic cylinders that fit together, with a paper filter at the bottom.

AeroPress Coffee

To use it, you add ground coffee and hot water to the chamber, stir for a few seconds, and then use a plunger to create pressure and push the coffee through the filter and into your cup.

The result is a smooth, full-bodied, and flavorful taste, with low acidity and no bitterness. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to brew coffee with an Aeropress.

  • Step 1- Heat your water: Begin by heating your water to the desired temperature. For AeroPress, a temperature between 175°F and 205°F (92°C) is recommended.
  • Step 2- Grind the coffee beans: Grind your coffee beans to a size that is suitable for AeroPress brewing. The recommended ground size is medium-fine or rough sea sand.
  • Step 3- Assemble the AeroPress: Assemble it by placing a paper filter and securing it to the bottom of the brew chamber.
  • Step 4- Add the grounded coffee beans: Add the coffee grounds to the brew chamber, then pour in the hot water. Stir the mixture gently to ensure that all the grounds are wet.
  • Step 5- Insert the plunger: Insert the plunger into the brew chamber and let the coffee steep for about 1-2 minutes. Then, gently press down on the plunger till you hear an air hiss to extract the coffee fully.
  • Step 6- Pour the freshly brewed coffee into your mug and enjoy!


  • Versatile
  • Simple to use
  • Consistent results
  • Easy to clean
  • Portable and affordable


  • Limited capacity

Vacuum Coffee Maker

A vacuum coffee maker, also known as a siphon coffee maker or siphon brewer, is a unique device used to brew coffee that combines the principles of vacuum pressure and vapor pressure to produce a flavorful and aromatic cup of coffee [2].

The device typically consists of two glass chambers stacked on top of each other, with a filter in between. The bottom chamber is filled with water, which is then heated to a boiling point. As the water heats up, it rises into the top chamber, where it mixes with ground coffee.

Once the coffee is brewed, the heat source is removed, allowing the brewed coffee to flow back down into the bottom chamber.

This happens because of the vacuum pressure that is created as the water cools down and contracts, which draws the coffee down through the filter and back into the bottom chamber.

Vacuum coffee makers produce a very clean and crisp cup of coffee, with a distinctive flavor profile that highlights the nuances of the coffee beans.

The process of brewing coffee with a vacuum coffee maker is also quite visually impressive, making it a popular choice for coffee enthusiasts who want to experience something unique and different.

In general, vacuum coffee makers are an excellent option for those who enjoy a rich and complex cup of coffee and are looking for a brewing method that is both interesting and visually striking.

However, they do require a bit more time and effort to use compared to other brewing methods, so they may not be the best choice for those who are looking for a quick and easy way to make coffee.

Other Brewing That I Love

Apart from espresso-style coffee, I love Frech press coffee with dark roast and medium-coarse grounds. It works on the principle of steeping, but I love the boldness of the coffee.

French Press

A French press is a coffee brewing device that consists of a cylindrical glass or stainless-steel carafe with a plunger and a metal mesh filter. It is also known as a press pot, coffee press, or cafetière.

French press espresso
French press espresso made by me

French Press uses immersion brewing, where coffee grounds steep in the water for several minutes, creating a full-bodied and flavorful coffee. It typically produces a larger coffee than a Moka Pot. It has a bold, oily, and delicious taste

Below are the key steps to follow to get the best possible brew of the French press coffee:

  • Step 1- Heat your water: Begin by heating your water to just below boiling point. (About 200°F).
  • Step 2- Grind your coffee: Coarsely grind your coffee beans (about 2 tablespoons) with a burr grinder to a size that is suitable for French press brewing. Preferably like sea salt grains.
  • Step 3- Add coffee to the press: Add the coffee grounds to the French press.
  • Step 4- Add hot water: Pour the hot water (240 ml) over the coffee grounds and let it sit for about 4-5 minutes. Place the plunger on top.
  • Step 5- Press the plunger: After 4-5 minutes, press the plunger down slowly to separate the coffee from the ground.
  • Step 6- Pour and enjoy: Pour the freshly brewed coffee into your mug and enjoy!


  • Full-bodied flavor
  • Control over brewing
  • Simple and inexpensive
  • Eco-friendly and consistently gives good results
  • Easy to learn and use.


  • Sediment in the bottom of the cup.
  • It can over-extract

If you want to enjoy French Press coffee, you need to buy one, check out this one on Amazon.


For those looking for an alternative to the Moka Pot, espresso maker, AeroPress, Vaccum coffee maker, and also French press are all great options to consider. Each offers its own unique taste and control over the brewing process.

It’s worth noting that the quality of your coffee will also depend on the quality of your beans and the freshness of your grounds. For the best results, try to use freshly roasted, high-quality coffee beans and grind them just before brewing.


Some frequently asked questions and their answers may help you to remove your confusion about the methods.

What is the difference between Moka Pot and French Press?

Moka Pot uses steam pressure to force water through ground coffee to create a strong, concentrated coffee.

On the other hand, French Press uses immersion brewing, where coffee grounds steep in water, creating a full-bodied and flavorful coffee.

If you want to learn more about the differences between French press & Moka pot please read this article.

Can an Electric Espresso Maker replace a Moka Pot?

Each has its use, and they’re two different coffee-making equipment. An electric espresso maker may have a similar brewing principle to a Moka Pot but in terms of producing concentrated coffee, an electric espresso maker is far ahead of a Moka pot.


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