You remember once we were talking about things we would miss on our tour around the world, I had quite some things on my list though that list has slowly decreased in size, while Alex's only concern was how to get a hold on a proper cup of coffee on the oceans where it is hard to use an electrical coffee/espresso machine.
While not being a passionate coffee enthusiast myself (yet), I have still tried many varieties to make my man satisfied concerning his coffee needs. So several different moka pots and 5-6 different coffee brands were tested (Illy being the best so far), different types of preparations have been exercised and obviously we also got a proper electrical frother to get the right fluffy consistence on the milk and it was all OK in the end. He was kind of satisfied. But I could see it was just OK. Something was clearly missing. What we didn't know at this time was that there actually existed a stove top espresso machine specially developed for gas burners. So when Londinium Espresso contacted Alex with an offer of a Bacchi espresso machine from Trieste, Italy, he/we naturally got very interested.
When the espresso maker arrived for some day ago and we picked it up from its (beautiful) packaging we instantly got stunned by the extraordinary design of the machine. It is definitely a real piece of art and the sophisticated look of it puzzled well with our vision of how a proper galley should look. It was just like this was that last missing part for our kitchen. Solid, anodized aluminum is used and the machine has an old fashioned valve that whistles when coffee's ready. There are quite some more features and parts to describe the coffee maker fully but these are our first superficial impressions so far. Like with any coffee/moka/espresso machine, they reach their full capacity when used several times and when the piping is fully saturated with coffee flavor so let Alex get back with judgements on the actual coffee in a while and let's admire this beautiful piece of art until then. But it definitely looks like this elegant machine might be able to save us from the coffee related tensions occurred in the mornings. Let's see!