Are you looking for one of the original Italian espresso machines? Maybe one that was made in the early 20th Century by Achille Gaggia? These were the first commercial espresso makers that made the cafes around the globe so popular. Up until the manufacturing of commercial espresso machines, the public was used to making espressos on their stove top. Obviously, Gaggia’s piston driven espresso machine is going to have better coffee extraction than a stove top contraption. In the end, the modern espresso machine manufactured by Gaggia gave the public a stronger coffee. The only problem was that these machines were so expensive that the everyday person could not afford them. The only way to get a strong espresso at that time was to visit a cafe. This ultimately induced the popularity of cafes, because they had a modern espresso machine that was capable of creating strong tasting coffees.
Shortly after Gaggia released his cafe only modern espresso machine, a home product came on the scene. Alfonso Bialetti was not content with the fact strong espressos could only come from a cafe. He worked to manufacture the Moka Espress, which is a stove top espresso maker that makes a coffee as strong as the cafe. His product was manufactured out of aluminum, which was revolutionary at the time, because it was such a light metal. This product spread in popularity across Italy. Around 90% of all Italians owned one of these espresso makers.
You can still find Moka Express stove top makers in people’s homes. A lot of senior Italians still use them to make their daily espressos. However, if you are looking for an espresso solution for your home, then you can find an affordable option at any department store. There is a full range of espresso makers available. There are some that can fully automate the espresso making process. These typically cost thousands of dollars. However, for basic use, you can get a good home espresso maker for couple hundred dollars. Find out more about italian coffee makers at Gaggia classic coffee or delonghi espresso machines.