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How to Use a Napoletana

La Cuccumella

The Neapolitan Drip Method
- orziera (barley maker) and drip coffee maker -

How to use the Napolitana· Remove the small cover (not shown).
· Lift off the server (top container with spout).
· Lift the filter group (A+B) out of the boiler (C).
· Unscrew the filter cover (A).
· Fill the top of the filter (B)* with finely ground** coffee;
· Smooth it evenly with a small (demitasse) spoon; do not tamp.
· Screw on the filter cover (A) onto the filled filter (B).
· Fill the boiler (C) with water, up to the small vent hole.
· Reinsert the filter group (A+B) into the water-filled boiler (C).
· Replace the server (with spout upside down).
Turning the Napolitana upside down to complete the process.·Place the Napoletana on your stovetop.
· Center the unit over the heat source so that both the handles and spout are not directly over an open flame or hot elements; use low heat, or a heat diffuser if necessary, or keep the unit to the side of the burner.
· When steam starts coming out of the small vent hole on the boiler (C), the water is boiling.
· As the water begins to boil, remove the unit from the stove.
· Hold both handles securely and turn the entire unit upside down, so the container with the spout is now at the bottom.
· Wait 2 to 3 minutes for the hot water to flow through the coffee grounds, and to completely stop dripping.
· At the sink, remove the boiler (C) and the filter group (A+B), then place the small cover (not shown) over the container with the spout for serving.

* The filter (B) usually has what looks like a small dent or notch along its side. This feature makes it easier to insert and remove from the boiler (C).
** Coffee must be ground properly for a good cup. Ideally, beans should be ground to a size between espresso and automatic drip. If the coffee is ground too fine, the grinds will cake up and prevent water from filtering through.