The Bialetti Moka Express is in 90% of Italian homes. The hexagonal 1933 art deco design ranks it with the Fiat 500 and the Vespa as enduring Italian style icons. More importantly, it makes simply gorgeous espresso.
There are lots of fake Moka Expresses. You can tell the original by the ‘ little man ‘ – a caricature of its inventor Alfonso Bialetti (with his finger raised as if ordering a coffee). Apart from also being the grandfather of the current Alessi CEO, Mr Bialetti is credited with social change by attracting Italian men back to the family home because there was no need to go out for a good brew anymore.
Until 1940 you had to go to the local Piedmont Weekend Markets in Itay to get one of these. It’s easier nowadays.
If you really like travel you may wish to check out the original blueprints at The Science Museum, London.
– listed in Phaedon Design Classics anthology.
– made in Italy
– stay cool bakelite handle
3cup = 200ml; 6cup = 300ml; 9cup = 550ml; 12cup = 775ml