The Neapolitan pot
The Neapolitan coffee maker, or "cuccumella", is a bit of a vintage tool. The coffee beverage has a very intense, round taste.
Invented by a Frenchman, J.L. Morize, in 1819, the "cuccumella" spread throughout Italy for home-made coffee preparation and remained the only coffee maker until Alfonso Bialetti patented the moka. Technically, it is a bit more complicated to use a Neapolitan coffee maker a slightly longer process than with a moka since is required.
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The Neapolitan coffee pot includes the following parts:
- A water tank (1), equipped with a handle and a tiny hole located on top just under the edge.
- A coffee tank (2), a hollow cylinder open on one side, and with a small perforated container on the other side where the coffee powder is placed; the top outer part is threaded, to screw the filter onto it. The coffee tank is then housed inside the water tank.
- A filter (3), which is screwed onto the coffee container and prevents the coffee powder from passing into the final drink,
- A beverage tank (4), with a handle, where the ready coffee will be finally collected, which is placed onto the water tank, which already contains the coffee container with the screwed filter. The beverage tank has a spout to pour the coffee.
- There's also a lid to close the beverage tank after removing the water tank.
- Separate all pieces of the coffee maker.
- Pour water into the water tank up to about five millimeters under the small hole
- Place the coffee powder, ground bigger than for the moka, distributing it gently without pressing it into the coffee tank, to the top edge of the container.
- Screw the filter over the coffee tank.
- Insert the coffee tank gently into the water tank filled with water as above, making sure that the water does not spill out.
- Place the beverage tank onto the water + coffee tank, making sure that the two handles match and that there are no empty spaces between the water tank and the beverage tank.
- Place the coffee maker on a cooker of a diameter slightly smaller than the coffee pot, on low fire. When the water boils, a steam or drop of water will come out of the tiny hole
- Close the fire and turn the coffee pot upside down in one shot, holding both handles securely. In this way, thanks to gravity, the hot water will go through the filter and the drink will collect inside the beverage tank. This will take five to ten minutes. The coffee is ready when there is no more water in the coffee tank.
- Gently unscrew the water tank when it is emptied, place a lid over the beverage tank and pour the coffee out of the container with the spout that now is upwards.