The moka pot is a symbol of Italy and, as any good Italian, I own a moka pot and proudly inherited a Vintage Bialetti Rollmix Grinder from my parents. I love using both products to brew my coffee and the process of making coffee is definitely part of the experience for me.
In Italy, where making coffee is a daily revered ritual, Bialetti is found in nine out of ten households. Bialetti first brought the world the legendary Moka Express stovetop espresso maker in 1933, revolutionising the way Italians enjoyed their beloved espresso forever. Today, Bialetti has truly earned its iconic status with coffee lovers and design aficionados.
The history of the Bialetti Moka Express begins in the 1920s. Mr. Alfonso Bialetti, was observing his wife doing the washing (not making coffee, as you might expect!), when he had a brilliant idea.
Bialetti's wife, in fact, was using the ancestor of the washing machine, that is to say a huge pot where the soapy water exited through a central pipe in the middle. That laundry method inspired Mr. Alfonso to imagine the most innovative coffee machine. A new design that would make coffee preparation very simple.
At that time coffee was prepared with the Neapolitan flip coffee pot. This coffeemaker was awkward to use and potentially dangerous because, when the water boiled the coffee maker was flipped over. This method meant that you had to be careful and not to spill the boiling water when you were ready to pour your coffee.
So, Mr. Alfonso Bialetti, began working on this idea in his workshop in Crusinallo, in Piedmont, where he made semi-finished goods in aluminium. In this workshop, in 1933, he produced the first Bialetti Moka Express and began a revolution in coffee machines.
This was a bright idea which, despite its age, goes beyond time and beyond fashion. A Bialetti moka pot is an affordable, compact piece of coffee making equipment that can fit into pretty much any kitchen.
If you don't have one yet and you love coffee, they're well worth adding to your coffee making apparatuses. Shop around because the price will vary between shops but I think they are a great investment.
You can even buy one that's been adapted for induction hobs so they really are accessible to any coffee drinker. A moka pot will give you opportunities to drink styles of coffee that you simply can't create with a cafetière or a v-dripper.
Ciao, Annalisa x