Peter Farran

Bialetti Moka Express

In Classics on March 13, 2010 at 10:51 am

Bialetti Moka Express

Moka Express Espresso Maker

Creator: Bialetti
Year: 1933
Origin: Italy

The Bialetti Moka Express Espresso Maker is a stove top coffee pot made from polished cast aluminum. It has a distinctive, waisted, faceted shape with the famous ‘moustached man’ logo printed on the side. The logo is a caricature  of Alfonso as an Italian waiter. The Moka Express was created to allow working class Italians to enjoy espresso inexpensively in their own home. It has remained successful due to it’s simple elegant design, accessible pricing and long lasting dependability.

The Moka Express after much refinement was released in 1933 after the founding of the original workshop in 1919. The Moka express was designed in Crusinallo at the original workshop and is still manufactured in it’s native Italy.

The stove top espresso is made through steam pressure from the heat below. Hot water is forced through ground coffee into the container on top ready for pouring. The Moka Express was created by Alfonso Bialetti and brought to a wider market by his son Ronato after the second world war particularly through TV advertising.

It’s not commonly known that Alfonso Bialetti is the grand father of Alberto Alessi founder of Alessi. Alberto was surely inspired by his grand father’s success as an industrial designer.


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