Posted Sun Aug 19, 2012, 10:06am Subject: What the Heck Is It?
The library at the college where my wife works recently did a major weeding of old books, and she came home with a lovely cookbook – Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook, 7th Edition with a copyrights from 19523, 1964, and 1965. In the beverages section, they're coffee section mentioned Italian maccina for espresso and had a lovely color plate (reproduced below) with, on the left, what is obviously a stovetop steam espresso maker, but of a design I haven't encountered before, not that I've spent a lot of time seeking out examples. But I'm quite taken with the form of this one, especially the ball on top (maybe some sort of OPV?). Just wondering if anyone had any clues as to manufacturer/model, etc. Also though y'all would get a kick out of it.
Posted Fri Aug 24, 2012, 6:06am Subject: Re: What the Heck Is It?
JUst as a followup, Lucio couldn't help with who might have manufactured it, but he's seen them occasionally. It's an electric pot from the early '50s.
The cookbook had, btw, this to say about espresso:
"This Italian coffee is wonderfully dark and strong. True espresso is made in an espresso machine (page 65). The brew is expressed by steam pressure and rapid filtration.
"Good Italian coffee may also be made in a macchinetta, the Italian-style drip pot that is flipped upside down for brewing.
"Special pulverized coffee, an Italian or French roast is used in either the espresso maker or in the macchinetta. Or get a jar of instant espresso or instant dark-roast coffee. Serve in demitasse cups - offer sugar and lemon peel. Traditionally, cream is not passed."
Instant espresso? Never seen the stuff, but the very thought makes me shudder
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Posted Mon Aug 27, 2012, 6:33am Subject: Re: What the Heck Is It?
YEP, it is out there, mostly used for baking as far as I know, I don't think anyone actually DRINKS the stuff! Even when baking, I use real espresso and subtract an equal volume of liquid some place else in the formula.
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