Getting up in the morning with that roaring sound of my
Italian professional espresso maker really gets my blood going. Aside from the
sound of birds chirping outside my bedroom window there is no better sound I
like to hear in the morning.
Espresso is my lifetime lover I can’t do without it. My coffee
has always been the same type for years, a blend of Brazilian green coffee
beans that I toast myself to my liking. Espresso requires special Italian
machines to make it frothy, thick and short.
One type of very common machine for family consumption is
made for a stove top and produces one cup (small machine) up to twenty-four
cups (very tall). The other kind is the café type with a few levels, one for
each cup and with the feature that selects to make one or many cups at once; cappuccino and
steam feature, temperature/pressure gauge and more buttons that you know what
to do. You get the picture, it is a professional machine, which performs for
high traffic cafés.
A coffee maker in Italy like everything in my country must
have style, we just don’t settle for functionality, we want beauty in the
Italian architect Aldo Rossi (1931-1997) using architectural
features of Italian buildings designed many attractive famous espresso makers all produced
by Alessi. He is considered to be the greatest Italian architect of the second
half of the 20th century. It has been said: “Aldo Rossi is an author of
abstraction, geometrical patterns and silent evocation created some of the most
intensely poetic works of architecture and design in his age”.
In his products he utilizes geometrical shapes to make
profound design statements. Aldo Rossi designed the Pens espresso makers,
Cupola espresso maker in 1984 and
La Conica espresso maker in 1988.
designs reflect the harmony and the beauty of the classic architecture of
Aldo Rossi has been
called ‘a poet who happens to be
an architect’. His theory on the nature of design is about offering an
alternative to the technological and functional emphasis of modernism. Italians
love to roll around in antiquity even when making coffee. Our eyes rejoice in
the presence of a Brunelleschi’s cupola, Medieval Towers or Palladian’s
Now transfer all that beauty into food and gadgets to
serve those food and you have pure pleasure. Espresso for Italians has the same
importance as tea for British. It
is one of the many pleasures of the day in the Italian life and it is good for
I read a very encouraging article on the New York Times
about coffee health.
In some researches has been found that caffeine might prove
to be a way to stimulate hair growth in men going bald. Coffee could protect
people against multiple sclerosis. Habitual coffee consumption is associated
with a substantially lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
Higher coffee and caffeine intake is associated with a
significantly lower incidence of Parkinson’s disease. Harvard Medical Study
says coffee drinking may help against heart disease. Women who drink coffee are
(much) less likely to commit suicide.
Abstinence from Coffee drinking might lead to early death. Who would have ever thought of all these benefits!
(All photos property of architect Aldo Rossi)
With this in mind, let us keep the habit of making coffee,
but let us brew it in the classicism of Italian architecture where romance is
written on buildings the world admires.
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Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior Designer with a
passion for kitchens and cooking. She loves to remodel homes and loves to turn
unattractive spaces into castles, but especially loves to design kitchens and wine
grottos. She is
the author of two regional Italian cookbooks:
Come Mia Nonna - A Return To Simplicity
Sins Of A Queen - Italian Appetizers and Desserts