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Bialetti first released their octagonal coffee maker in 1933, and since then it has become one of the most recognisable design icons we encounter in our daily lives.
The story goes that Alfonso Bialetti, an engineer, acquired the rights to make Luigi De Ponti's invention - the simple, elegant and supremely effective Moka Express coffee maker. Bialetti went on to develop a large kitchenware company, but manufacture of the coffee maker remained a constant thread.
Until the Bialetti Moka Express came along, only the wealthiest Italians could afford the cumbersome machinery needed to make fine coffee in their homes. Bialetti brought to every Italian home a simple, elegant stovetop device that made coffee every bit as good as a barista. No wonder Italians abroad think as nostalgically about their Bialettis as Australians do about their Vegemite. The blueprints for the original Moka Express are on display at the London Design Museum, attesting to the iconic power of the design.
The Bialetti was - and still is - made of aluminium*, in 1933 an exciting new material, and wonderful heat conductor previously not found commonly in the kitchen.
Quite simply, the Bialetti Moka Express is the original. There are many knock-offs but only the real thing, has the "little man" (allegedly a caricature of Alfonso Bialetti, finger raised to order a coffee) printed on it.
The design of the Bialetti Moka has remained essentially unchanged since its inception and it's still made in Italy. Today it comes with some interesting variations, and the stainless steel Venus coffee maker, and a really clever milk frother.
*Every so often, a customer of The Good Store mentions that they've heard of a link between Alzheimers disease and aluminium. We try to be respectful, but this is as big an urban myth as Richard Gere and his gerbil. We take Dr Karl Kruszelicki's side http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2004/07/29/1163941.htm : the initial study which suggested this was proven flawed, and no link has been proven since. On the contrary, the proof is to the contrary : it's a fact that 90% of Italian homes have used Bialetti Mokas for over half a century, and their incidence of Alzheimer's is no different than other comparable countries.