Napoletana

History and Origin

The Macchinetta Napoletana has its origin in the 19th century, it was invented by a Frenchman (Morize) in 1819.
Basis for the shape of the Napoletana is one of the first known filter preparation forms that was introduced in 1691 by du Belloy.

The Napoletana was quickly spread through Italy and most of the Neapolitans swear to this form of preparation, even if the rest of Italy the preparation with the Bialetti espresso maker has prevailed in the household.

Coffee for Macchinetta Napoletana

There is not one specific type of bean especially suited for this kind of coffee preparation. The only criteria is as always depending on your preferences, aroma and taste.

Personally we do enjoy the italian espresso roasts which are available both ground and in whole beans should you grind your coffee yourself.

Taste and Aroma

Basically: Darker roasts are more stronger, more bitter in taste.

Lighter roasted coffee from northern Italy or single origin coffees are rather mild and round in taste.

Similar to filter coffee, light roasted single origin 100% Arabica beans will have clear floral notes a mild rounded taste and very little bitterness.

As an introduction to this method of preparation, we would recommend the following varieties:

In whole beans

Salimbene Caffetteria - dark, strong espresso blend of Naples

Ground coffee

Varesina Top - Round, slightly more intense espresso blend

Salimbene Caffetteria

Grind level for Macchinetta Napoletana

The grindness for the Macchinetta Napoletana a medium: between moka pot and filter.

Basically, the finer you grind the coffee, the more intense the flavor in the cup.

Amount of coffee

5-6 grams per cup (about a heaped teaspoon) are generally used.
The ratio of grindness and quantity will very much determine the taste.

Basically: a finer grindness needs less quantity of ground coffee, ground coarsely, you will need more coffee per cup.

As mentioned above - the finer you grind, the more intense your coffee.

Coffee Preparation with the Macchinetta Napoletana

Macchinetta Napoletana Wasserbehälter

1. | Fill with water

First, the part without spout is filled with water. The maximum amount of water is defined by the pressure hole near the top.

2. | Fill with coffee

Fill the ground coffee in the filter mid-section and screw it on.
Kaffeefilter macchinetta napoletana

3. | Insert filter

Now the filter part is inserted into the bottom part (the water tank).
Macchinetta Napoletana vor dem Aufkochen

4. | Close the napoletana

Assemble all parts. The whole now resembles an inverted coffee pot.
Macchinetta Napoletana langsam aufkochen

5. | Heat up

The Napoletana is then placed on the stove and heated up until steam escapes from the pressure hole - the water is boiling!
Macchinetta Napoletana vom Herd nehmen und umdrehen

6. | Flip it

Now the pot is gently takenon both handles off the stove and flipped (now the whole looks again like a coffee pot).
Macchinetta Napoletana ziehen lassen und servieren

7. | Enjoy

The water now runs through the middle filter, wait for 2-3 minutes (or longer, depending on the size of your macchinetta) then remove the upper part carefully.
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