10 Easy Pieces: Stovetop Espresso Makers by

Issue 55 · Roman Holiday · January 16, 2013

10 Easy Pieces: Stovetop Espresso Makers

Issue 55 · Roman Holiday · January 16, 2013

I have enjoyed a long- term monogamous relationship with the classic stovetop Bialetti, which is fabulously dependable. Here's a roundup of our favorite stovetop espresso makers; all are made from stainless steel and have a six-cup capacity unless otherwise noted. No surprise, they are mostly Italian.

Ilsa Stovetop Espresso Maker

Above: The Ilsa Stovetop Espresso Maker; $66 for a four cup from Amazon.

La Sorrentina Espresso Maker The Atomic

Above: The Sorrentina Atomic Coffee Maker (otherwise known as the Atomic) comes with a milk frother. Originally designed by Milanese-born Giordano Robbiati in the late 1940s, it is now in reproduction. Available in the US for $438 from Taylor and Ng and overseas at Sorrentina Coffee.

pina espresso maker stovetop piero lissoni

Above:The Pina Espresso Coffee Maker designed by Piero Lissoni for Alessi. $118 for the six cup, $95 for the smaller three cup.

Alessi 9090 Espresso Stovetop Maker

Above: The Alessi Espresso Coffee Maker by Richard Sapper; $184 from All Modern.

maillard espress machine stovetop DWR

Above: Designed by London and Bologna-based Sebastian Bergne, the Maillard Espresso Machine is $160 from DWR.


Above: The Neopolitan Stovetop Espresso Maker works by the drip method. Once the water boils, the pot is turned upside down and the water drips into the pot below. Available in either aluminum or stainless steel; $62.95 from Vieco Kitchen.

Bialetti stovetop espresso maker

Above: The industry workhorse: the Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Maker was invented in 1933 in Italy and is made from cast aluminum; $28.95 form Peet's Coffee.

Chambord stovetop epsresso maker black

Above: The Chambord Stovetop Espresso Maker from Bodum; $44.99 from Chef Central.

Giannini stovetop espresso post

Above: Designed in 1968, the classic Giannini Espresso Coffee Maker; $170.99 from Amazon.

la cupola esprsso maker aldo rossi

Above: La Cupola Espresso Coffee Maker designed by Aldo Rossi; $102 from Y Living.

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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on February 4, 2009.

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