Moka Pot

Moka PotI’ve seen them before but know nothing about them. I’ve even seen my grandmother use them to make espresso for grandpa with one. They are usually stovetop or electric coffee makers. It works by passing pressurized steam through ground coffee. It was invented by Bialetti. Water is placed in the bottom and heated up. It makes steam and forces it up through a strainer into the grounds and back down into the water.

Made of aluminum it isn’t dishwasher safe. It is a classic design since it’s been around since 1933. It won’t make coffee as well as a high-end espresso maker but if you want a stronger coffee, you can just use a Moka Pot. This pot will make the espresso stronger than you are used to having.

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The Victor Crew

How do you like your coffee?

Espresso is made by forcing steam through dark-roast aromatic coffee beans at high pressure, usually using an espresso machine. It should have thick golden brown foam layer called crema on top. It should be taken either as is or with a small spoon of sugar.

Following are some of the other ways/drinks that are made from espresso:

  • Doppio (double) – Double espresso.
  • Ristretto (shrunk or short) – More concentrated espresso (same coffee, less water.)
  • Lungo (long) – Espresso made with more water.
  • Caffe Americano – Similar to lungo, this is a single shot of expresso added to a cup of hot water. (The name originated as an insult to Americans who diluted their espresso.) It has since been perfected to become a rich creamy coffee.
  • Macchiato (stained) – Espresso staine with steamed milk.
  • Corretto (corrected) – Espresso with a touch of grappa, cognac, sambuca.
  • Con Panna – Espresso topped with whipped cream.
  • Caffe Freddo (iced espresso) – Chilled sweetened espresso sometimes on ice.
  • Caffe Latte – Caffe Latte is a single shot of expresso to three parts steamed milk.
  • Latte Macchiato (stained milk) – Steamed milk with a shot of espresso served in a tall glass.
  • Cappuccino – A cappuccino is made of equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and froth milk. It can be sprinkled with grated chocolate or cocoa. Using skim milk makes it a skinny cappuccino.
    • Cappuccino Scuro (dry or dark) – prepared with less milk
    • Cappuccino Chiaro (wet or light) – prepared with more milk
    • Cappuccino Freddo (iced cappuccino) – served over ice
  • Skinny – made with skim milk
  • Tall (double or grande) – a larger portion
  • Cafe Mocha (Mochachino) – This is a cappuccino or caffe latte with chocolate syrup or power mixed in.

Thanks for the lesson Jody!

Jody Tries A New Banana Bread

Her’s a new banana bread recipe I found – try it next time you want something sweet with your coffee…..

Chocolate Chip-Espresso Banana Bread

1 1/2 cups mashed very ripe bananas (3 to 4 bananas)

1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 eggs

1/1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon instant espresso powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (6 oz)

Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray two 8×4-inch loaf pans with canola oil cooking spray. In medium bowl, stir together bananas, 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar, the brown sugar, melted butter, vanilla and eggs. In another medium bowl, stir together flour, espresso powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture to banana mixture, stirring to combine. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into loaf pans. Sprinkle remaining 1 tablespoon granulated sugar on top. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until brown and firm to the touch. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and place top sides up on cooling rack. Cool completely befor slicing.

For even more chocolaty flavor , drizzle with melted chocolate across top before serving.

Jody Victor

Jody Tries Coffee Crisps

For a special treat this Holiday try this delicious recipe with your friends and coffee….

Coffee Crisps


4 tsp water

2 tsp instant coffee crystals or 1 tsp instant espresso coffee powder

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 tsp salt

2 eggs

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 recipe Coffee Icing (see recipe below)

Instant coffee crystals, coarsely crushed (optional)


1. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper; set the cookie sheet aside.

2. In a small bowl stir together water and coffee crystals or espresso coffee powder until dissolved; set aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with and electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionaly. Add eggs and coffee mixture; beat until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour.

4. Drop dough by slightly rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheet; spread dough into 2-inch circles.

5. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 9 to 11 minutes or until browned around the edges. Cool on cookie sheet set on a wire rack for 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool

6. When cookies are cool, fill a pastry bag fited with a very small round tip with Coffee Icing. Pipe icing onto cookies in a zigzag pattern. Or, thin icing with additional whipping cream to make icing of drizzling consistency; use fork tines to drizzle icing over cookies. If desired, sprinkle with crushed coffee crystals., Makes about 20 cookies.

Coffee Icing: Stir together 1/8 tsp instant coffee crystals or dash of espresso coffee powder and 1 tbsp whipping cream until coffee is dissolved. In a small mixing bowl stir together 1 cup sifted powdered sugar, the coffee-cream mixture and enough additional whipping cream (1 to 2 tbsp) to make icing of piping consistency. Enjoy!