ISSUE 52  |  Greatest Hits of 2014

Atomic Vision: The Sorrentina Stovetop Espresso Maker

December 29, 2014 2:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

Thank the Australians for reintroducing a design classic from Italy: the Sorrentina espresso maker, designed by Giordano Robbiati, and otherwise known as The Atomic.

Milanese-born Robbiati created the iconic Atomic coffee maker in the late 1940s; his machine produces up to six espresso shots and steams and froths milk. Australian company Ikon Exports recently came out with a premium reproduction of Robbiati’s patented coffee machine, manufactured to the same dimensions and standards. In the US, Taylor & Ng is the exclusive retailer.

Above: Made of polished alloy and Bakelite, the Sorrentina is $449 AU (approximately $413 US) and ships to the US.

Above: Detail of the espresso maker.

Above: In the US, the Sorrentina Atomic Coffee Maker is $399.99 from Taylor & Ng.

Go to Coffee & Tea for more of our find, including 10 Easy Pieces: Coffee Grinders and 7 Secrets to Make a Perfect Cup of Coffee.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original ran on July 24, 2013, as part of our Australia by Design issue.