BurntMango Senior Member Joined: 21 Apr 2012 Posts: 4 Location: Land of Enchantment Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Tue May 8, 2012, 6:05pm Subject: Musa Coffee Pot?
Maybe someone can help me here...I found a "vintage" stainless steel moka pot at a secondhand store that looks almost identical to the common Bialetti musa design, but no trace of the logo or any other kind of markings (the handle might be shorter, too). The inside of the chambers have a rough texture like non-stick cookware, and the inside of the upper chamber has a conspicuous solder seam, though not easy to scratch like lead. Even if it isn't a real Bialetti, is it still safe to use? Just want to be sure this isn't an unsafe Chinese knockoff before making coffee with it.
The early Musa had the letters GB on the side of the upper chamber instead of the recognizable Bialetti guy with his finger up. The GB is for the initials of the Musa designer, Guido Bergna.
Also, the bottom did not say "made it italy" like most Bialetti models....but they were stamped with a figure of a cup and the number of cups for its size....they were also stamped "18/10 stainless inox" or something similar to that, in a circular imprint.
There was a visible seam on the inside backing the handle, but not visible on the outside. I do not know of a rough-textured look...maybe you are just seeing an unpolished inside.
If the bottom has the stainless stamping with the picture of a cup, then I'd say you have an authentic Musa with the GB worn off.
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