I love coffee. Strong, fresh, black coffee. Otherwise known as hot bean water. And sorry my fellow Canadians, but I don’t mean Tim Horton’s. Although Timmy’s is much better than midnight gas station coffee. What I am talking about is the best coffee in my world, Cowboy Coffee. Or any other fresh brewed, from fresh ground, delicious coffee by any other name. Now Cowboy Coffee, if you don’t know, is where you just pour coffee grounds right into a pot of water. Then you cook it over a fire until it has a chance to simmer for a bit. As it cools, the grounds settle to the bottom, and then you can skim off the top layer of coffee with a cup. You can also speed up the settling process by adding cold water to the top, ever so gently. Cowboy Coffee is typically quite strong because ,when you pour in the grounds, you almost never have a spoon, so you do the free shake with an open bag of coffee grounds and that always leads to a bit more then you would normally use. But I like it strong, so it’s all good. I also drink it black and I can tell you that you really notice the difference between good coffee and bad when it’s not covered up by a pile of cream and sugar.
So what’s my point here? Where’s this story going? Well folks, I’ve found my new love. I was at a garage sale in Kelowna, BC, this summer, when I came across a funny looking little silver pot, genie lantern looking thing. I took it apart and was figuring out what it was, when the host came over to introduce herself. After introductions were made, she kindly explained to me to what the strange contraption is: it’s called the Moka Express and it’s the new light of my life. I’m sorry Cowboy Coffee but it’s time we start seeing other people. Just keep my number for a midnight love affair here and there.
Made in Italy, the Moka Express works a little like a pressurized percolator or a low pressure up side down espresso maker. In between two reservoirs, is a metal coffee housing/filter. To use it, you fill the bottom reservoir with water, then fill the filter with fine ground coffee and lightly tamp, then tighten down the top reservoir. When you heat the entire contraption, the bottom reservoir heats up and creates pressure until the water forces itself up through the coffee grounds and into the top compartment. Just keep the heat around medium if you’re using a cook top so you don’t get a burnt flavour. Otherwise, it’s super easy to make amazing coffee. I recommend adding a little extra hot water or milk to thin it out a bit as it’s very strong, even for me. But the Moka Express isn’t exactly an espresso maker. Apparently, the difference between a Moka Pot coffee and Espresso coffee is the pressure in the brewing process. Espresso is brewed around 15 bars and the Moka Express is only 1 and a half, whatever that means. But the result is absolutely delicious coffee and the blah blah of it, really doesn’t matter. So cheers to the Moka Express! No electricity required and it’s the best coffee I’ve ever had!
I was so happy to have found this absolute gem at a garage sale for $2. I would have been too cheap to try it otherwise. But now that I do know just how amazing it is, I would totally pay the $37 regular in-store price. Well maybe. Anyway, the moral of the story is, you won’t find buried treasure, if you don’t do a little diggin’!
Have you found something amazing that you previously didn’t know existed? Let’s hear about it in the comments!