Post By Leaf_Bean_Machine
Mocha Pot Questions
I'm a fan of espresso brewing at home and have a Mazzer Super Jolly and failing seal EM6910 but recently acquired a free "Mocha Pot" I think you call it and have some questions after using it several times following a YouTube tutorial:
1. For cleaning, how do I remove stains? Apparently you should only just rinse the pot and not really use detergents - are detergents an absolute "no-no"?
2. It is difficult to remove the O-ring for cleaning and I'm concerned that with repeated removal it might wear down the ring. Is there a trick to removing the O-ring and is it necessary to do this regularly for cleaning?
3. Do I have to dry the mesh filter part before putting ground coffee into it?
4. Cold or hot water into the bottom water chamber? Does it matter?
For a stainless steel pot, just wash as you would any other kitchen pot. Can't comment on aluminium.
I soak the steel pot in warm soapy water then lever the o ring out with the handle end of a small teaspoon. A knife would damage it I think but something small and blunt won't. I take it out every time I wash it which is every day. Still lasts a year or so.
Dry coffee is probably easier to control if everything's dry. It all gets wet when you use it though.
I use cold. Other people say hot. Take your pick...
1. It's important to wash it thoroughly with soap and water. Scrub out all coffee stains you can from everywhere. How bad it is will determine which techniques/products you need to use. A dirty pot will make dirty tasting coffee - don't believe anything that people tell you about 'seasoning'.
Originally Posted by ahmadnz
2. No it's not difficult, just be gentle and use a small, blunt tool. It is important to clean both underneath the o-ring and underneath the screen that the o-ring retains. That will also give you access to the spout/tube for cleaning.
3. Yes dry the mesh filter and also a good idea to measure your dose and the water you put in to get a good brewing ratio.
4. It does matter, watch this video for explanation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObkjKlJe68A
Hope this helps!