Brewing In Architecture

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 than espresso coffee brewing. Espresso has been 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 stovetop and produces one cup (small machine) up to twenty-four cups (very tall). The other kind is the café type with a few levels that make one or many cups at once, the cappuccino and steam feature, temperature/pressure gauge and more buttons than you know what to do. You get the picture, it is a professional machine, which performs for high traffic cafés and I do own one.

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 kitchen too.


Italian architect Aldo Rossi (1931-1997) using architectural features of Italy 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”.

(Architect Aldo Rossi’s Drawings)

In his products, he utilizes geometrical shapes to make profound design statements.
Aldo Rossi designed the Pens espresso makers, La Cupola espresso maker in 1984, la Conica espresso maker in 1988. All these designs reflect the harmony and the beauty of the classical architecture of Italy. 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 Brunelleschi’s dome, Medieval Towers or Palladian’s architectural details. Now transfer all that beauty into food and kitchen gadgets and you have pure pleasure. Espresso for Italians has the same importance as a tea for the British.
It is one of the many pleasures of the day in Italian life, it’s sociable and it is good for you.

(Photo: Alessi)

I read a very encouraging article on the New York Times about coffee health.
Researches have 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 less likely to commit suicide.
Abstinence from Coffee drinking leads to an early death.
Who would have ever thought of all these benefits!

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 entire world admires.
I am here ready to help you with the selection of special objects, gadgets and kitchenware and to design that special Italian kitchen for you. Ciao,

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