Not only does this make amazing espresso, but it is also a science and visual spectacle.


The design of this coffee maker dates back to the 1830's. The machine works using gravity and vacuum principles: first you place ground coffee in the heavy glass brew chamber. Next you fill the boiler chamber with hot water and place it on the apparatus. A tube connects the two chambers. When full of water the boiler sits low on the swing frame and holds the lid open on the alcohol wick burner. When the water boils it is forced into the brewing chamber- at this point the boiler rises and the lid of the burner closes extinguishing the flame. A vacuum is created in the boiler and the brewed coffee from the brewing chamber is now miraculously drawn back into the boiler from where it can be served from the little tap... The tube that connects the chamber has a very fine mesh filter that never needs replacing. The entire process is quite a visual spectacle and the coffee can easily be prepared at the table.

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