SCG’s Great Stovetop Experiments

There is nothing quite like taking a random suggestion and putting it to the test! During our original stovetop prep video, Rade mentioned using sparkling water to achieve some form of crema from the espresso and we also received a viewer suggestion that using preheated water produced a better cup.

We asked him to put these two ideas to the test to determine if either results in a noticeably improved cup. Hilarity ensued.

2 comments for “SCG’s Great Stovetop Experiments

  1. Laissez Fare
    December 2, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I’ve found that pre-boiling the water works much better. Not the only one – see these vids:
    - http://stumptowncoffee.com/guide/moka-pot/
    - http://www.jimseven.com/2009/01/21/videocast-4-stovetopmoka-pot/
    You should take the stovetop/moka off of the heat before it starts to spit…in fact, you don’t even need to keep it on the heat source once coffee starts coming out of the spout.

    • Kat
      December 5, 2011 at 2:56 pm

      Cool! We did not notice any practical flavor difference and have been stovetop brewing for nearly a decade, so think we’ll stick with the traditional method :)

      - Kat

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