Most long time users of stovetop espresso makers agree that smaller pots are usually better. They are cheaper to buy, built a bit sturdier, and they tend to make better moka – albeit in smaller quantities.
A 1-cup moka pot is unquestionably the smallest of them all. In the Moka pot world one cup generally refers to 1 to 1.5 ounces of coffee. This amount of water heats up very quickly, even on lower temperatures, and can produce a good drink in much less time than alternative brewing methods.
In America where double shots are so common a 1-cup moka pot may seem too small but a single shot of espresso can make a fine coffee mug sized Americano for a perfect afternoon pick me up.
Note – you can see our featured 2-cup moka pots on this page.
There aren’t nearly as many single cup stovetop espresso makers out there but there are a few to choose from. I’ve listed some of the more popular one’s below for your convenience.
These Single Cup Moka Pots Make a Really Fast Shot of Fake Espresso
Stop by our store for more options or consider jumping up to a still small 2-cup size pot.
Why Would You Want a Stovetop Espresso Maker to be So Small
As I alluded to above a single serving moka pot in my opinion is best for making a quick single serving americano in just a couple minutes.
For my morning coffee I like to have a bit more volume but sometimes in the afternoon I like to make a single cup of coffee. I frequently make a pour over cup or a small batch of french press but the 1-cup moka pot is another really good option to have.
My drip coffee maker also has a hot water dispenser in it so I can easily whip up a single sevring of moka on the stove while my hot water comes to temperature. Once the moka is ready I add it to my mug and then fill to the top with hot water and it’s an easy Americano -like drink.
The moka pot doesn’t really make true espresso but it’s close enough when it’s used in mixed drinks.
Another fun way to use a tiny stovetop espresso maker is to make coffee shots for your dinner prep. If you are making a stew or a chili or some other kind of a marinade a shot of moka from a pot like this can add a lot of potent flavor to your meal.
How Fast Does a 1-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker Brew Coffee?
Curious how fast these little guys are? For starters moka pots can be one of the fastest coffees to brew aside from pump espresso. Here’s a video demonstrating how fast a moka can brew coffee.
The 1-cup pot blows the 4-cup pot out of the water in terms of speed.