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Posted Sun Aug 19, 2012, 9:06am
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The library at the college where my wife works recently did a major weeding of old books, and she came home with a lovely cookbook Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook, 7th Edition with a copyrights from 19523, 1964, and 1965. In the beverages section, they're coffee section mentioned Italian maccina for espresso and had a lovely color plate (reproduced below) with, on the left, what is obviously a stovetop steam espresso maker, but of a design I haven't encountered before, not that I've spent a lot of time seeking out examples. But I'm quite taken with the form of this one, especially the ball on top (maybe some sort of OPV?). Just wondering if anyone had any clues as to manufacturer/model, etc. Also though y'all would get a kick out of it.

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Posted Sun Aug 19, 2012, 8:44pm
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it reminds me of a moka pot
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Posted Sun Aug 19, 2012, 9:07pm
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Except that it has the side spout for extractions, like the Alessi and some of the old Brevetti machines - not a Bialetti style Moka pot.
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Posted Mon Aug 20, 2012, 12:14pm
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@ GVDub,
maybe you can send the picture to Sg.Piccolo, he has an extensive! collection of caffettiere:

http://caffettiere.blogspot.com/    and might be able to tell what exactly it is.

your pot in the picture is something like this: Click Here (caffettiere.blogspot.com)

in copper and with round knob on the top.

Good luck!
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Posted Mon Aug 20, 2012, 8:29pm
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outrigger Said:

@ GVDub,
maybe you can send the picture to Sg.Piccolo, he has an extensive! collection of caffettiere:

http://caffettiere.blogspot.com/    and might be able to tell what exactly it is.

your pot in the picture is something like this: Click Here (caffettiere.blogspot.com)

in copper and with round knob on the top.

Good luck!

Posted August 20, 2012 link

Thanks for the tip. I will drop him an email and a copy of the jpg.
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Posted Fri Aug 24, 2012, 5:06am
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JUst as a followup, Lucio couldn't help with who might have manufactured it, but he's seen them occasionally. It's an electric pot from the early '50s.

The cookbook had, btw, this to say about espresso:

"Caffe Espresso

"This Italian coffee is wonderfully dark and strong. True espresso is made in an espresso machine (page 65). The brew is expressed by steam pressure and rapid filtration.

"Good Italian coffee may also be made in a macchinetta, the Italian-style drip pot that is flipped upside down for brewing.

"Special pulverized coffee, an Italian or French roast is used in either the espresso maker or in the macchinetta. Or get a jar of instant espresso or instant dark-roast coffee. Serve in demitasse cups - offer sugar and lemon peel. Traditionally, cream is not passed."

Instant espresso? Never seen the stuff, but the very thought makes me shudder
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Posted Mon Aug 27, 2012, 5:33am
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YEP, it is out there, mostly used for baking as far as I know, I don't think anyone actually DRINKS the stuff! Even when baking, I use real espresso and subtract an equal volume of liquid some place else in the formula.

 
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