Moka Pot vs. French press

Moka Pot vs. French press

Moka pot vs. French press

If you truly prefer the traditional brewing methods, you know how valuable it is to have a French Press and Moka pot in the house. The two methods originated from Italy, and brew strong, rich, and bold coffee. While both are from Italy, the methods they use and resulting brew and quality set them apart. 

A French press makes coffee by steeping coarse grinds in hot water. A Moka pot uses pressure to extract coffee. It works like an espresso maker.

The Moka pot

Moka Pot

Moka pots are also commonly referred to as stovetop espresso makers because of the concentrated and creamy brew they produce. The pot is partitioned into three chambers: one for grounds, one for water, and one that holds the resulting brew. Mostly they are made of stainless steel and aluminum.

How it works 

To use a Moka pot, place it on your stove, fill the bottom chamber with water, and bring it to a boil. As the water starts to boil, the steam travels up and through coffee grounds. The resulting coffee is then sent up via a spout and collect at the top. You will end up with an intense and strong cup of coffee. 

Here are the steps:

  • Add water to the boiler (bottom chamber) 
  • Place the metal filter (middle chamber)
  • Pour finely ground coffee on the filter
  • Tightly screw the upper chamber
  • Place the Moka pot on your stove
  • Bring the water to boil. Steam will travel up through the coffee grounds extracting coffee


  • Easy to use 
  • Makes a very rich and thick coffee
  • Portable 
  • The aluminum body helps to retain heat
  • Easy to clean


  • Requires a pricey grinder to produce a fine texture
  • All parameters need to be accounted ahead, that takes practice 
  • Difficult to control quality from brew to brew

The French press

French press

A French press is a common gadget in many homes today. Since the initial design, it has gone through many improvements. The modern designs are very simple and easy to use. You will also hear some people calling it cafetière à piston, cafeteria, coffee plunger, press pot, or coffee press.

How it works

Basically, a French press has a plunger, a carafe, and a lid. To brew, place coffee in the carafe, pour in hot water, and wait for the coffee ground to steep for at least 4 minutes. Now press the plunger down slowly, and you can enjoy your brew with any accompaniment. You will get a richer and more full-bodied cup of coffee.

  • Boil water to around 205°F
  • Grind the beans to a coarse grind size
  • Add the coarse coffee grounds in the carafe and pour hot water
  • Bloom for 45 seconds and then stir
  • Steep the coffee for about 4 minutes
  • Push down the plunger slowly to filter the coffee
  • Enjoy!


  • Allow you to make coffee according to your taste. For example, you can adjust brew time, temperature, and filtering process.
  • You get a delicious and robust coffee
  • Portable 
  • Right size. Big enough to prepare enough coffee for your family.
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  • Fragile (made of glass)
  • Cleaning up can be a little bit of a task

Here is a detailed comparison of these two methods:

French PressMoka Pot
OriginItaly, 1929Italy, 1933
Grind SizeCoarse Fine 
Brewing MethodSteeping Pressure 
How to Make CoffeePour beans in the carafe, add hot water, steep for 4 minutes and plungeFill the boiler with water, add coffee grinds to filter and place on the heat source to brew
Portability Easy to pack put the fragile glass put them at a disadvantage.More portable plus they are made from aluminum or steel materials which make them almost indestructible.  
Brew Time5 minutes5-10 minutes
Brew Size2-10 (8-oz cups)1-18 (2-oz cups)
Resulting BrewFull-bodied and full flavorStrong and sharp
Average Price Range$10-$70$30-$100

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