In a rush? Our top choice is the Volcanica Espresso Dark Roast!
Finding the best coffee for Moka Pot can be really tricky.
In this article, I’ll break down my top picks for Moka Pot coffees.
I use my Moka Pot all the time, so this article really matters to me.
I’ll even give you a buying guide on things to look for when getting coffee for your Moka Pot.
Let’s get started!
Best Coffee For Moka Pot: Top 11 Picks
- Volcanica Espresso Dark Roast (Best Overall)
- Lifeboost Embolden Dark Roast (Best Central American Blend)
- Illy Moka Medium Roast (Best Bulk Buy)
- Coffee Bean Direct Dark Sulawesi Kalossi (Best for Cream and Sugar)
- Lavazza Espresso Italiano (Best French Roast)
- Lavazza Gran Riserva Filtro (Smoothest Moka Pot)
- Hawaii Coffee Co Kona Estate Medium Roast (Best for a Special Occasion)
- Koa Coffee Swiss Water Decaf (Best Decaf Coffee)
- Bristot Moka Oro Ground Espresso Coffee (Best Robusta Blend)
- Bialetti Perfetto Moka Classico (Highest Caffeine Content)
- Bustelo Supreme Espresso Coffee (Best Latin-Style Espresso)
Volcanica Espresso Dark Roast
Volcanica seems to never disappoint when it comes to quality coffee. And this espresso roast is also a winner.
The dark roast coffee gives a caramel sweetness and intensity, which means it works awesome in a Moka Pot coffee maker. I drank this coffee for a long time when I was brewing my Moka Pot every day, and let me tell you, I loved every cup.
It has a light acidity, so I found that it worked really well when I wanted to add cream and sugar to my morning brew.
But it also tasted great on its own!
Volcanica designed this coffee as an espresso, which means it works well in the Moka Pot. Moka Pot isn’t technically an espresso machine, but t makes a small and strong coffee, so it works.
The only downside is that the coffee beans are a little oily. So you will have to stay on top of cleaning your Moka Pot every few uses.
- The dark roast gives it a caramel sweetness and intensity, making it a great Moka coffee
- It has a light acidity, making it a good choice for pairing with cream and sugar
- It’s a coffee designed for espresso, which means it was designed in part for the Moka Pot
- It’s Kosher Certified, which means there were no chemicals used while processing this coffee
- These coffee beans are oily, so you’ll need to thoroughly clean your Moka Pot more often
Lifeboost Embolden Dark Roast
Lifeboost is an up-and-coming roaster who keeps putting out winning coffees. And this one is another.
It’s a medium-dark roast that gives you a smooth, balanced, and rich-tasting coffee. So that means it’s a great daily brewer. And when I say daily brewer, I mean you can brew this again and again and never get tired of it.
The 100% Arabica blend means it’s of higher quality and has better taste than an Arabica/Robusta blend. The benefit of that? You get a smoother and more balanced cup.
That’s another reason it’s a great daily drinker.
The Central American blend gives it an almost buttery flavor, making it a great Moka Pot coffee. I find that the subtler flavor notes do better in the Moka style.
The low acidity means it does well with cream and sugar.
The only downside is that it’s still a blend, so you lose some of the unique flavors and notes of single-origin coffees.
- Medium-dark roast that leaves you with a balanced, smooth, and rich coffee, which makes it a great daily brewer
- 100% Arabica beans make it a higher quality than a Robusta bean blend
- It’s a Central American blend, which means it has a smooth and almost buttery flavor, which makes it a great Moka Pot choice
- It has a low acidity, which means it goes well with cream and sugar
- It’s still a blend, so you lose some unique flavors and profiles
Illy Moka Medium Roast
Illy is a great roaster that’s been around a long time. Part of that history is designing coffees specifically for Moka Pots.
This coffee was created for stovetop espresso brewing, making it a solid and reliable choice for you.
It’s a 100% Arabica blend. That means it has a smooth and rich body and tastes much better than an Arabica/Robusta blend.
This is a great option if you don’t prefer a dark roast espresso. It’s a medium roast that leaves you with a smooth, somewhat bright, well-rounded Moka Pot coffee.
And yes, it is a blend, but it’s a blend from around the world. That means you get a great, classic, diner-style coffee from your stovetop espresso maker.
The only downside is that it only comes ground. So you will lose a little bit of the freshness and quality you would get grinding the coffee beans yourself.
- This blend is specific for the Moka Pot, as it was designed with the stovetop brewer in mind
- It’s a 100% Arabica bean blend, which means it is of higher quality than a Robusta bean blend
- It’s a medium roast, so you will find it smooth, a touch bright, and well-rounded
- It’s a blend from around the world, so you’re left with a coffee that has a classic, diner-style taste
- It comes as a coffee ground, so you lose some of the freshness you would get if you ground the beans yourself
Coffee Bean Direct Dark Sulawesi Kalossi
Alright, let’s talk about Indonesian coffee like this Sulawesi Kalossi.
It’s a super dark roast coffee, almost as dark as dark gets. So you get a really rich, smooth, and intense body. But you also get a low acidity.
Indonesian coffees are known for their earthy flavor and exotic aroma. This coffee is no different.
I find that the earthy flavors of Indonesian coffees do best when brewed strong, like in a Moka Pot coffee maker. It also means they make great winter morning coffee.
Coffee Bean Direct even has an option for grinding specifically for percolators when you buy, so it’s a great option if you don’t have a grinder at home.
Plus, it’s a single-origin coffee, so you’ll still get a lot of the flavors unique to the region.
The only downside is that Indonesia isn’t known for exception flavors, so I would actually recommend drinking this with cream and sugar.
- It’s a super dark roast, which means it has a smooth body and low acidity, making it a great Moka Pot coffee to pair with cream and sugar
- This comes from Indonesia, which means it has an earthy flavor, exotic aroma, and a heavy body, making it a great winter morning coffee
- When you buy, you can ask for it to be ground for a percolator, which is a nice touch
- It’s a single-origin coffee, so you get a lot of flavors unique to the region
- Indonesian coffees aren’t known for their exceptional flavors, so I would actually recommend adding cream and sugar
Lavazza Espresso Italiano
Lavazza is another one of my favorite roasters. They are consistent and reliable. And this Espresso Italiano roast is a staple in their lineup.
It’s actually recommended for Moka Pot. And if Lavazza recommends it for Moka Pot, you can rest assured it’s going to taste great.
They use 100% Arabica beans for this coffee, which means it tastes better and is of higher quality than an Arabica/Robusta blend.
The blend is mostly Brazilian coffee, so it has the typical intensity and fun nutty flavors.
The dark roast of this blend gives it a smooth body and fun aroma. That makes it a great daily brewer with or without cream and sugar.
The only downside is that it only comes in 8 oz packages. So buying this coffee in bulk is difficult.
- This coffee is made for an espresso maker, and actually recommended for Moka Pot, which means it will give you consistent and delicious brews
- It’s 100% Arabica beans, which are of higher quality and better taste than Robusta coffee bean blends
- Lavazza is a respected roaster, so you can be sure the coffee beans are evenly roasted and delicious
- The dark roast gives this coffee a smooth body and fun aroma, making it a great daily brewer with or without cream and sugar
- It only comes in 8 oz packages, making buying in bulk hard
Lavazza Gran Riserva Filtro
Yes, Lavazza has more than one great Moka Pot coffee in their lineup. This Gran Riserva is a wonderful Moka Pot brew.
It’s a dark roast blend, so it does have an intense profile. But the hints of cocoa and caramel make it a delicious option for brewing small strong coffees.
This is a mostly Brazilian blend, so you’ll also get a lot of the nutty flavors typical of Brazilian coffees. Personally, I find that Brazilian coffees are really great in the Moka Pot.
This isn’t technically an espresso blend, but the reality is that it doesn’t really matter that much. It’s actually one of the smoothest Moka Pot coffees out there.
Plus, it’s a 100% Arabica blend, so it’s tastier than an Arabica/Robusta blend.
The only downside is that it doesn’t come ground. You’ll need a grinder to enjoy this coffee at home.
- It’s a dark roast blend, so it has an intense profile with hints of cocoa and caramel, which taste really good when brewed in a Moka Pot
- It has a full body that’s typical of Brazilian coffees, so you’ll get intense aromatics along with the intense flavor
- It’s a 100% Arabica bean blend, which tastes better and smoother than a Robusta blend
- While it’s not technically an espresso blend, it’s actually one of the smoothest coffees when brewed in a Moka Pot
- It doesn’t come ground, so you’ll need a grinder to enjoy this coffee
Hawaii Coffee Co Kona Estate Medium Roast
If you aren’t familiar with Hawaiian coffee, there’s really only one thing to know: it’s a prized coffee that’s highly sought and really, really good.
Kona Estate coffee is one of the best in the world, so you can be sure you’ll get a great coffee when you buy this Hawaii Coffee Co medium roast.
It’s always single-origin, so you get the unique flavors and profiles of Kona coffee without needing to worry about a blend.
While it says medium roast, it’s actually a custom roasting profile. That means that the roaster creates the roast specifically for each batch of coffee. That ensures you get the best possible roast for creating a great flavor and brew.
It has a lively and clean body, making it a great Moka Pot option.
The only thing that you should note is that it doesn’t do well with cream and sugar. But most Kona coffee fans will tell you that you shouldn’t add them anyway!
- Kona Estate coffee is a prized coffee around the world, so the taste and quality are unmatched
- Kona coffee is always single-origin, so you get a unique and dedicated flavor profile
- It’s roasted to a custom profile instead of dark, medium, or light, which means you get a specific and purposeful flavor
- It has a lively and clean body, making it a great Moka coffee
- Because it’s a lighter roast, it doesn’t do as well with cream and sugar
Koa Coffee Swiss Water Decaf
What happens if you want high-quality decaf coffee?
You choose this Koa Swiss Water Decaf.
Swiss Water refers to the decaffeination process. They use only water and no chemicals to decaffeinate the coffee.
Using only water means you don’t get any chemical tastes in your cup when you brew.
You retain a lot of the classic Kona coffee tastes without any caffeine.
Kona coffee is one of the best in the world, so you get a crisp and clean body every time. That makes it a great Moka Pot option for daily brewing.
It’s always single-origin. You’ll get all the benefits of single-origin coffee, like unique flavors and profiles.
Plus, it’s a medium roast. That means you get a smooth body and rounded acidity.
The downside? You’re definitely paying for Kona coffee and the Swiss Water process. So it might only be for special occasions.
- The Swiss Water decaffeination process doesn’t use any chemicals, so you get a clean and chemical-free flavor
- Kona coffee is one of the best in the world, so you’ll get a crisp and clean flavor with every brew
- Kona coffee is always single-origin, so you get all the benefits like specific and unique flavors
- It’s a medium roast decaf, which gives it a smooth body and rounded acidity
- Because it’s both Kona Estate coffee and Swiss Water Decaf, it’s really expensive
Bristot Moka Oro Ground Espresso Coffee
This Bristot coffee was designed specifically for Moka Pot.
Yeah, that means it’s a great option.
Need more proof? It has notes of dark chocolate, caramel, and sandalwood. It’s smooth and rich and perfect for Moka Pot.
It’s an interesting blend of 70% Brazilian Arabica and 30% Indian Robusta. That makes it pretty unique. India isn’t a huge producer of coffee.
Plus, this was made for strong brewing, like in the Moka Pot coffee maker. You’ll get delicious brews every single time.
It’s a medium roast, so you get a smooth and balanced flavor. The blend of Arabica and Robusta gives it some intensity, but the roast mellows it out some.
It goes great with cream and sugar.
You should note, though, that the robusta means it has elevated caffeine content.
- Tasting notes of dark chocolate, caramel, and sandalwood make this a great Moka Pot coffee for espresso-style cups
- It’s designed for stronger brewers like the Moka Pot, so you’ll get delicious and consistent results every time
- It’s a medium roast, so you get a smooth and balanced flavor from your brews
- It’s a blend of 70% Arabica and 30% Robusta, so you get a bold and intense flavor profile that goes well with cream and sugar
- Because it’s a Robust and Arabica blend, it doesn’t do well on its own and should be paired with cream and sugar
- The Robusta blend means this coffee has a ton of caffeine
Bialetti Perfetto Moka Classico
Need an extra boost in the morning from your Moka Pot? Want to add intensity to an already intense brewer?
Then this Bialetti Perfetto Moka Classico is for you.
It’s a 50/50 Arabica/Robusta blend, so you get an intense profile and rounded cup. It goes well with cream and sugar.
And it was designed with the Moka Pot in mind, so you’ll get consistent brews and delicious coffee every morning.
It has a creamy and aromatic intensity, which makes it a great daily brewer.
It has flavors of light sweetness, florals, and dried fruit, which come out really well in the medium roast. And because of that profile, it tastes fine without cream and sugar.
Be aware, though, that because of the 50% Robusta beans, this coffee has a lot of caffeine.
- This coffee was designed for the Moka Pot coffee maker, so you can be sure you’ll get consistent and delicious coffee every time you brew
- The profile is full-bodied with creamy and aromatic intensity, so it’s a rounded coffee that’s a great daily brewer
- It’s a 50/50 Arabica/Robusta blend, so you get an intense and rounded cup that goes well with cream and sugar
- Flavors of light sweetness, florals, and dried fruit in the medium roast, so this coffee actually tastes good without cream and sugar
- The 50/50 Arabica/Robusta blend means this coffee has a ton of caffeine because Robusta coffee beans have more caffeine than Arabica beans
Bustelo Supreme Espresso Coffee
This is an interesting Latin-style coffee. It goes great in a Moka Pot because it’s meant to be brewed small and strong.
It’s 100% Arabica, so you get a clean and crisp coffee that’s tastier and of higher quality than an Arabica/Robusta blend.
You’ll get a rich and bold flavor typical of a Latin-style espresso coffee. It’s perfect for pairing with cream and sugar.
Pro tip: try adding raw sugar to the top of your Moka Pot to get a sweet Cubano-style espresso.
But because this coffee is rich, smooth, and has low acidity, it actually tastes great on its own as well.
The only thing is that it’s a medium roast, and I think that takes away from some possible flavors. I would prefer this in a dark roast.
- The espresso-style coffee is great for Moka Pot, and you’ll get delicious Latino-style espresso with this coffee
- The Supreme blend is 100% Arabica, which means you’ll get a cleaner and crisper coffee than an Arabica/Robusta blend
- This coffee has a rich and bold flavor, perfect for pairing with cream and sugar
- Latino-style espresso makes smooth, rich, and low acidic coffee, so it’s good on its own as well
- The medium roast actually takes away from the possible flavors, I would prefer this in a darker roast
Alright, the list is finished.
And as promised, it’s time for me to tell you what I look for when I’m buying coffee to brew in my Moka Pot.
What type of grind should you look for?
I’ve said it many times, and I’ll say it again here: always grind whole bean coffee yourself if you can!
Grinding at home means you get fresh coffee grounds and the best possible taste. When you buy pre ground coffee, more of the beans get exposed to oxygen and start to lose their flavors.
So always buy the whole coffee beans if possible.
Getting an entry-level grinder is really easy and relatively cheap. It’s the best way to level up your home brewing game!
For the Moka pot, you will need a finer grind, so choose the fine grind option on your coffee grinder.
If you must buy pre ground coffee, then look for the grinding options the roaster offers. A lot of times, for espresso or dark roasts, the roaster will offer a percolator or Moka Pot-specific grind.
Choose that option if it’s there.
If it’s not, going with a grind for the espresso machine is totally fine. Ideally, you’d go a touch coarser than an espresso grind. So say espresso grind is a 1/10, go for something like a 2 or 3/10.
IN A NUTSHELL
Always grind yourself, but if you can’t, get the fine coffee grind. Or choose the percolator grinding option if it’s offered.
What roast level is best?
The roast is almost always up to your personal taste!
If you prefer the acidity and brightness of a light roast, then, by all means, go for the light roasts.
If you like the boldness and richness of dark roasts, then go for a dark roast coffee.
Like something in the middle? Then a medium roast will be your best bet.
From personal experience, a medium-dark roast gave me the best Moka Pot coffee.
That’s because I didn’t brew too strong and wanted something that I could put cream in but could also drink black.
If you want a stronger, more espresso-style coffee, going with something darker might be a good choice.
But, again, the roast level is always up to you. Try a few different roasts and pick out one that fits your desired taste and flavors.
It’s up to personal taste. Darker roasts will give you stronger, more intense Moka Pot coffees. Lighter roasts will be more interesting and unique.
What origin should you buy?
As with roast levels, the origin is always up to you. Each region and country has its own specific tastes and profiles.
And blends of those countries or regions will result in fun and interesting combinations of flavors.
For example, I prefer Guatemalan coffees for their chocolatey and smooth flavor. But I also like them blended with African coffees, which are brighter and taste more like pink lemonade.
The reality is that you should try a few different origins and blends. Then pick out a few that you really like and find single-origin and blended options.
The bottom line is that coffee is all about personal taste. No one can tell you that one coffee tastes better than another.
IN A NUTSHELL
It’s a personal taste! But I would recommend trying a bunch of different origins and finding a few that you really like.
My first choice is still the Volcania Espresso Dark Roast.
It has a caramel sweetness and intensity, which means it brews consistently and is delicious in a Moka Pot.
Plus, it’s made for the espresso machine, so it works great when brewed small and strong.
And the smooth, low acidity means it pairs well with cream and sugar.
But as always, your coffee is up to you!
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