On a trip to the lovely medieval hilltop town of San Gimignano near Siena, Italy, I passed the many tourist shops and headed straight for the kitchen supply store, which was stacked to the rafters with Italian espresso makers in every conceivable shape and size, including this adorable stove-top double espresso maker.
I love the low-tech yet streamlined design -- just pop the espresso maker onto the stove and let the espresso percolate right into the classic Italian espresso cups. It had so much more charm than most of what I saw in the tourist shops, and I pictured it like a prop from a stage set of a simpler era, with old friends having a chat around the kitchen table while espresso for two brewed on the burner of a ramshackle stove. It almost made me give up my push-button espresso machine.
- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from Paris. She can be reached at kristin @ apartmenttherapy . com