One of Italy’s great gifts to the world: the stove-top coffeemaker
Coffee is a quasi-religious experience in Italy.
The type of coffee you use, the method you employ, and — most importantly — the coffeemaker itself are all variables to which Italians devote deep contemplation and scrutiny.
And from this unbridled passion for great coffee, which got its start in Italy around the middle of the eighteenth century, the Italians created one of their greatest gifts to the world: the moka (MOH-kah), as it is known in Italian, the stove-top coffeemaker (like the Bialetti in the image above, a classic). The name comes from the city of Mocha in Yemen, famous for its coffee production.
Perfectly conceived and expertly executed, the moka was developed by Alfonso Bialetti in the early 1900s. In 1933, Alfonso patented the now iconic device and design.
And by the mid-twentieth century, it had become so popular that some of Italy’s top designers began to produce them.
But the classic utilitarian shape of the moka — as pictured above — has never gone out of fashion and it remains a ubiquitous fixture in the home of nearly every Italian family.
Live Like an Italian is giving away the Bialetti stove-top coffeemaker as one of the gift bag prizes for the Live Like an Italian Sweepstakes.
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