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