Neapolitan Stove Top Coffeemaker Instructions

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Neapolitan Stove Top Coffeemaker Instructions
Used properly, the Neapolitan coffeepot can make an excellent cup of coffee. (yellow coffee-cup and strong,dark coffee image by Maria Brzostowska from

The Neapolitan coffeemaker is a traditional manual drip filter coffeepot once common in Naples, Italy. Today it is not used often, but its elegant design is stylish and, although trickier to use than a standard drip filter, it can make excellent coffee. The coffeepot is made up of four parts: a cover, a bottom half with a spout, a top half without a spout and a two-piece filter. The Neapolitan coffeepot is also called a flip drip pot because during the brewing process you must flip the entire pot over.

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Things you need

  • Finely ground coffee
  • Spoon

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  1. 1

    Remove the cover and place it to one side. Flip the coffeepot over so that the bottom half—the half with the spout—is on top. Unscrew the two halves of the pot. Remove the filter and unscrew the filter cover.

  2. 2

    Add your coffee to the filter. Use 28.4gr. finely ground coffee for each cup of coffee you will make. Do not tamp down the grounds. Screw the two parts of the filter together.

  3. 3

    Fill the top half of the pot (the half without the spout) with 1 cup water for each ounce of ground coffee that you placed in the filter. The top half has a small vent hole; do not fill past this hole. Place the filter into the top half of the pot.

  4. 4

    Attach the bottom half of the filter (the half with the spout) to the top half. On some pots the two units screw together, and on other pots they snap together. Place the entire pot onto the hob. The part with the spout should be on top.

  5. 5

    Turn on the heat under the pot. Once the water has started to boil, you will see steam coming out of the vent hole. Remove the coffeepot from the heat. Now for the tricky part: Hold the handle or handles firmly, and turn the entire pot upside down so that the part with the spout is on the bottom. Set the pot down.

  6. 6

    Let the coffee to brew for 3 to 5 minutes, until it has stopped dripping. The time will depend on the amount of grounds you used. Remove the top half, by unscrewing or unsnapping it as before, and place the cover on the bottom half. The coffee is now ready.

Tips and warnings

  • Experiment with different amounts of coffee and water until you get the perfect brew--it may take several attempts.
  • Stay well away from the steam as it comes out of the vent hole.

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