My Mr. Coffee traditional brewing coffee maker broke the other day, and it was the best thing that has ever happened in my “Coffee World!” I have to admit that I was a bit aggravated, because the coffee maker was only a few years old and I paid around $60 dollars for it. But, a small blessing in disguise? I would say so.

I love coffee. I respond well to it. It keeps me alert and coffee is packed with antioxidants. Studies go back and forth regarding the health benefits of coffee, but the benefits likely outweigh the risks (however, individuals do differ). Plus, I simply love the taste of coffee made from freshly grounded, organic coffee beans. So much, I don’t even add cream or sugar.

While doing research to find a new coffee maker, I was considering investing in a Keurig maker. After a few minutes of investigation, I quickly changed my mind. The makers are expensive, the coffee cups are expensive and I’m not so sure that I want to drink coffee made from grounds stored and brewed from a small plastic container. So while hoping for “modern” ways of making coffee, I was surprised to come across an “old” way of brewing that is now becoming popular.¬†

Lifehacker.com had a poll that allowed readers to rate methods of brewing coffee, and the use of a Moka Pot was at the top of the list. I figured that if it was that good, it must also be expensive. To my surprise, a Moka Pot can be purchased for as little as $30! So after seeing the price, I read on…

Looking over the brewing instructions, making coffee seemed easy and natural. You place your ground (hopefully freshly grounded) coffee grinds into a strainer, fill the bottom with water, screw on the top pot and place on the stove over medium to high heat. After 5 minutes or so, steam passes through the coffee grounds in the filter and collects into the top pot. Remove from the stove when done and serve!

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Seemed interesting, natural and cheap. What was there to lose? So I bought one.

And this has been one of my best purchases ever. I have never had coffee that had as much character, balance, freshness and jolt as a cup made with a Moka Pot. The taste is literally at a level of purity that I didn’t know existed. It’s hard to explain without being too dramatic, but wow! I must say, that I really look forward to my next cup.

Finally, cleaning the Moka Pot is easy. Dump the grounds, rinse with water and let dry. The instructions actually discourage using soap or a dishwasher, because the aluminum pot becomes “seasoned” with the coffee aroma. This results in even better future brews. Long-term maintenance only requires an infrequent changing of a rubber gasket that is used to seal the steam in the pot. This only costs a few dollars to replace.

I definitely recommend making a small investment in a Moka Pot if you have any interest in coffee. It is well worth it.

Thank you inventor Luigi De Ponti for your genius. There is not turning back for me!