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wildfrank
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Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013, 8:15am
Subject: Has anyone ever seen this Coffee Maker?
 

Just bought this coffee maker.  It was made by an Italian company called Columbia based just outside of Milan, Italy.  I don't know when it was made Just that it was called 'Caffettiera Columbia'  Has anyone seen one like this before, can anyone give me more info re the machine or the company?

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Posted Thu Apr 25, 2013, 12:27pm
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You might try asking Lucio Del Piccolo about it. He owns over 450 moka pots.
You can find his email on his (translated) website. He speaks english.

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Posted Thu Apr 25, 2013, 1:48pm
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Thanks for the referral, already sent an email
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Posted Thu Apr 25, 2013, 3:29pm
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It looks like a variation of a napoletana flip coffee pot.  I'd have to see more closeup photos to be sure.
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Posted Thu Apr 25, 2013, 8:00pm
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I just bought the same maker off ebay a couple weeks ago. True it's really hard to find any info on. I'm thinking it must be the same maker as the Bellman as the model is CXE30 and the Bellmans are CXE (E for electric) 25.
 I couldn't pass mine up as it was a really good price and...well...I guess I'll never have enough coffee making machines :)  I really scored on mine, I can't decide whether I should try it out as it looks absolutely unused. Gaskets like they just left the factory.
 Did you find the video of the guy using one to steam milk for his Mypressi Twist? That's about the only thing I've found on them. Looks like it steams like a champ. Please check back in if you find any more info on them, I'd be very interested. Sorry I didn't save the link for the youtube vid, If I run across it I'll post it for you.
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                Ron

Edit- sorry I just noticed yours is the stovetop model, mine is the electric. I would still very much like to know what you find out about it! Possibly Bellman was bought out by Colombia??
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Posted Fri Apr 26, 2013, 4:50am
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I just bought mine from Ebay, it cost me 6.99 and 6 was the postage!!.  Mine looks like it was only used a few times, it is in perfect nick and makes a very nice coffee (even with the stuff I just drink day-to-day) I'm going to buy some fresh roasted beans today, so I'll let you know how they turn out.
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Posted Fri Apr 26, 2013, 9:26am
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DCcoffeeman Said:

It looks like a variation of a napoletana flip coffee pot.  I'd have to see more closeup photos to be sure.

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Its just a moka pot, isn't it?  With a steam wand attached.

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Posted Fri Apr 26, 2013, 11:01am
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I'm sorry Len, so you've seen many of these? because it's the first I've seen like this for a stove top.  I had to virtually take it apart before I could suss out how exactly it worked, it's beautifully designed and built and I'm surprised it wasn't more sucessful.

I'm sure compared to modern coffee makers it's quite primitive, but it works well and I think it looks quite nice.
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Posted Fri Apr 26, 2013, 12:22pm
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wildfrank Said:

I'm sorry Len, so you've seen many of these? because it's the first I've seen like this for a stove top.  I had to virtually take it apart before I could suss out how exactly it worked, it's beautifully designed and built and I'm surprised it wasn't more sucessful.

I'm sure compared to modern coffee makers it's quite primitive, but it works well and I think it looks quite nice.

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Don't get me wrong, it is a great looking coffee maker.  I guess my remarks were in response to the comment of whether it was a napoletana flip coffee pot, which it is not.  The design of your coffee maker indicates a bottom pressure chamber that screws together with the top part coffee receptacle, with a steam wand that sticks into the bottom chamber and comes up throug the top chamber and is controlled with a couple turn knob valves.  All together a classic moka pot design excluding the steam wand attachment.  Correct?
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Posted Fri Apr 26, 2013, 3:36pm
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That's almost spot on Len!  There are two valves, one for the coffee and once the coffee has come through, you close off the bottom valve, wait for steam to start escaping via a side valve and then you open up the top valve to steam your milk.  The coffee comes through very smooth rich but with no crema.  The steam comes through very hot and makes a goodly amount of dense foam.  I'm really pleased with it.  The smell reminds me so much of my Gran's stove top Gaggia.  She lived in Milan and we used to visit her and my Nono when I was a kid.  I remember the lovely smell of coffee and fresh rosemary she used when she cooked.
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