Can You Use a Moka Pot on Induction: 5 Essential Tips & Tricks
So you feel like making some real Italian coffee in your Moka pot? You new kitchen comes equipped with induction stoves and your Bialetti Moka pot doesn't work though. Well, there are a few things you can try that don't involve buying a new coffee maker. We've prepared a few tips for you that might get your Moka pot working on the stove. Let's dig into them.
Does a Moka Pot Work on an Induction Stove?
Induction stoves are a very interesting way to cook. They use electric currents that pass through a coiled copper wire under the cooking surface. This creates a magnetic current throughout the cookware. This way, less energy is needed to heat up whatever is on top. They are also widely spread because the temperature control can be very precise, and the generated electromagnetic current only applies heat where it's needed, which saves additional energy.
An induction hob uses an electromagnetic current, unlike the electric and gas stoves. Both of the latter get hot themselves which means the temperature control is not as precise. Also, this way, they take up to twice as long to heat the food (or water) that’s inside the pot.
What Cookware Can You Use on an Induction Burner?
An induction burner uses an electromagnetic current. As magnets attract only steel, you can only use stainless steel cookware. These can be anything from a frying pan to stainless steel cooking pots and, of course, some Moka pots.
Does The Original Bialetti Moka Pot Work on an Induction Stove?
The original Bialetti Moka pot is made out of aluminum. Even though aluminum is a metal, it is not attracted by magnets. This is why not only the Bialetti Moka pot won't work, but any sort of aluminum pot won't work on that stove.
Even if you're using a stainless steel Moka pot, it won't necessarily work as it should either. Most cheap Moka pots are not only made of that. They are a mix between different metals, among which copper, which is not attracted to magnets. If you are on the lookout for a high-quality stainless steel Moka pot that you can use on your induction cooktop, head over to our catalog!
Making Moka Pot Coffee on an Induction Hob?
There are many advantages to using a Moka pot to make your coffee. If you use an induction burner for your cooking, it might be a little tricky to brew Moka coffee. We have prepared a few tips on how to get your Moka pot to work at home with induction.
Buy a Moka Pot Made for an Induction Cooktop
If you haven't bought a Moka pot yet, it's good that you're here. The ordinary Moka pot is made out of aluminum. What this means for you is that it won't work on your induction burner out of the box. Aluminum doesn't work with magnets, and as magnets are what induction uses, it won't heat up.
If you're planning on using your induction stove to make coffee, you should look for a Moka pot designed for it. If you go to a physical store, there is a very simple way to find out whether it'll work or not. Simply hold a magnet next to it. If it sticks, it'll work on your induction stove. If it doesn't, you need to look for another model.
The Moka pots we offer are perfect for an induction hotplate as they are made out of highest quality stainless steel. We offer two different models. One is for three cups of coffee and one for six. This makes it perfect if you often make coffee for more people than just you. If you're using an induction stove, it would be the ideal Moka pot for you!
Put Your Stovetop Coffee Maker in a Frying Pan
If you're using your induction stove, you probably already have some cookware that works with it. Probably the simplest (not so elegant, though) solution would be to simply put your aluminum Moka pot in a pot or pan that you know will work with induction.
It will take a little longer (usually just a couple of minutes) to transfer the heat across the metals. If you already have a Moka pot and some cookware that works on your stove, it is the cheapest solution, though.
It is less efficient than just using your Moka pot directly on the hob, and your induction burner will need a little more energy to heat the Moka pot properly. Keeping that in mind, it is still cheaper than buying a new Moka pot if you have one.
Still, the easiest way to make Moka coffee on an induction stove is to simply buy a stainless steel Moka pot.
Purchase an Induction Adapter
The concept here is the same as above. The main difference is that this is more elegant. An induction adapter looks like a thin frying pan with no edges. What it does is transform your induction stove into a regular electric one.
An induction adapter has the edge over a regular frying pan in energy efficiency. Even though it will need more energy than usual, it is a lot thinner than a frying pan. Water will still heat up a little slower, but it will take around half the time it would in a frying pan.
Another significant advantage of using one of them is that you don't risk scratching the nonstick inside of your frying fan. The good ones are usually pricey, but an adapter will probably save you money in the long run.
Something else you can use is an old-school cast iron pan. This way you won’t have to worry about scratching it as it has no non stick layer. Water will take longer to heat up, though.
There are many suitable induction adapters on Amazon, but I recommend it as it is smaller than most models. This way, it will need less energy to heat up, and as a Moka pot's bottom is not that wide, it will be more efficient for making coffee.
Pass on the Induction Hob
If none of the tips above seem suitable for you and you don't want to buy a new Moka pot, there is a straightforward solution. Just pass on the Induction stove.
This is most helpful if you already have a gas burner or a camping stove of some kind. If that's the case, you only need to get a new gas canister, and you're good to go.
It is not nearly as convenient as the other solutions we offered, but if you already have one lying around, it's not a big deal.
Another solution could be to use a standard electric stovetop that is not induction. These are not expensive and are a good backup for other cookware that won't work with induction.
Buy an Electric Moka Pot
Another great option if you want to make Moka coffee at home but only have an induction stove is to buy an electric Moka pot. They sometimes heat water faster than the normal ones but work differently.
An electric Moka pot will work the same way your kettle does. It comes with its own little hotplate. You plug it in, and it starts heating the water. They are a little more expensive than the normal ones. If you are looking to get one, prepare to spend a little more.
Why Don't All Moka Pots Work on Induction, though?
It all starts with how the Moka pot was invented. Nearly a century ago, the Italian engineer and Inventor Alfonso Bialetti had the brilliant idea to make his own coffee maker. It involved a bottom chamber, a top chamber and a filter in between.
How the Moka pot worked (and still does) is you pour water into the bottom chamber and heat it up. Once it gets to the boiling point, it goes up through the filter where you put the coffee beans. This is where the brewing happens. Then, the water keeps pushing up, into the top chamber, where it pours out and you're left with a delicious cup of brew that's nearly as strong as espresso.
You might be wondering why wasn't the Moka pot made of stainless steel, it would work on induction after all. Well, induction cooking wasn't around back then and stainless steel was way too expensive for a simple coffee maker.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Doesn't Your Moka Pot Work on an Induction Burner?
An aluminum Moka pot won't work on induction as this kind of stove uses magnets, and they do not attract aluminum. You will need to use an adapter, a frying pan, or buy another Moka pot.
Do Lux-Haus Moka Pots Work on an Induction Cooktop?
Yes, a Lux-Haus Moka pot will work on an induction cooktop. The Lux-Haus Moka pot is made of high-quality materials, so the magnets will effectively heat it.
Why Does Your Moka Pot Scream?
A Moka pot may produce a high-pitched sound, that resembles a scream while brewing. This is because the water has turned into steam and it's starting to find its way up to give you your brew. The reason might be not enough water, too much heat tamped grounds or loose seals. Try fixing these for your next brew and it should stop.
Induction cooktops have been around for a while, and they are very effective when cooking. They, however, can be a little tricky if you're trying to make a Moka pot coffee.
If you have an aluminum Moka pot, you will need to either use a frying pan, an adapter, or buy a pot that will work on induction.
Check out our catalog for high-quality Moka pots that will work on your induction hotplate!