“La Bella Macchinetta” was originally posted on Kuched in January 2018. As a neophyte blogger, it was viewed by a handful of the early faithful. Below is an updated, abridged version. Grab a Coffee. Enjoy. Grazie.
AN UNREQUITED LOVE AFFAIR
My Dearest Moka Express …
Is it me?
An insufferable, hopeless romantic, man-crushing?
… So Shamelessly Smitten, The Way I Make Googly-Googly Eyes Over You.
THE INDISPUTABLE ALFA ITALIA
In My Modest Cache Of Indispensable Kitchen Gadgetry I Can’t Possibly Live Without …
I present, The Moka Express Espresso Maker. A 2-cupper by Bialetti.
infatuation obsession with this sensuous Metal Lady, long-enamoured by her perfectly proportioned hourglass figure – albeit, exquisitely ample in the midriff … girl’s got back, y’all … – harkens to the first home-brewed coffee as a young teen.
… The Call Then – As Today – Hypnotic, Fixating, Unbreakable.
CREMA E GUSTO FLIRTATION
In My Pre-Dawn Sanctuary …
I imbibe in An Offering of Self Love … accepting its gifts of Solitude and Tranquility.
As I sit to ponder Thoughts-to-Words.
… The Way Its Always Been.
I AM A HUMBLE BARISTA COURTING BLISS
Accompanied By A Trusted Old Friend …
To sequester the fusion of Chocolate, Caramel and Hazelnut with unfettered affection and reverence.
I fill the vessel with water – filtered, measured, anointed – the Elixir Awakens.
“In an act of Baristical Blasphemy … Scusa, while I tamp, tamp, tamp … ever so gently, the fine ground espresso beans into the cylindrical basket.”
THE BURNER IGNITES
The Room Warms …
Aromatics of ripened fruit and flora in bloom. Aged tobacco and fresh cut wood. A whisper builds to a percolating hiss. Bubbling.
Embodied in the malty vapor and faintly bitter air.
… My First Espresso Of The Day Awaits.
Pseudo poetic folklore aside, the engineering wizardry of the Moka Express was conceptualized in 1933 by Alfonso Bialetti, Italian entrepreneur and proprietor of the self-named, Alfonso Bialetti & C. Fonderia.
Romanticized notions of an enterprising Bialetti, a man so inspired by a rudimentary predecessor of the modern washing machine – lisciveuse – to create the unequivocally, irrepressible stovetop coffee maker.
“It’s as Italian as Vespa and Ferrari and Nonna.”
And, less fussy than Spaghetti alla Puttanesca.
ART DECO DESIGN
Designed at the zenith of the Art Deco period, the instantly recognizable silhouette pays homage to the fashionable feminine figures of the day.
Its taut waist beautifully accentuated with a bosomy Octagonal upper receptacle (brewed coffee) and shapely lower vessel (water).
“The quintessential matrimony of harmony and balance. Irrefutable form following function. Symmetrical, precision crafted aluminum.”
Signor Bialetti’s engineering gem of simplicity and functional genius, the iconic espresso machine is comprised of a handful of easily stackable and hand-fastened parts – 10 components in all – in a smart size structure to easily rest in the palm.
Frugality – ever the willing accomplice to Necessity, partners smartly in the genesis of Innovation – as witnessed by the everyday practicality of the Moka Express.
Hedonistic Coffee pleasure doesn’t come any cheaper. Or, satisfying.
“Budget about a Dime-A-Serving depending on your espresso beans of choice when home-brewing.”
Si, Darlings, our good friends at S’Buckys know how to turn deliciously high profit margins in brewing Black Gold.
IMPOSSIBLY MORE BEAUTIFUL WITH AGE
After Two Decades Of Unwavering Domestication And Gracious Servitude, My Cherished Moka Express Is Lovingly Broken In …
The once shiny aluminum exoskeleton has seasoned to a dignified patina of bronzed- and charcoal-honed luster.
“Battle Scars from countless mishaps on the stove – freefalling, crashing to the tiled floor – and agitation in the sink and dishwasher, are proudly evident.”
It’s survived two near catastrophic firings of an overzealous gas-burner … And, unexplainably, no fewer than one episode of waterless brewing.
FUN FACT CONFESSION
I’d Drink A Lot More Espresso If I Could Watch A Second Sunrise Every Morning …
Espresso in the afternoon or late night has its place.
After a satisfying meal. Accompanying a sweet dessert.
… Always In Good Conversation.
A SIMPLE INDULGENCE
Doesn’t Need A Special Occasion For Validation …
Life – In The Moment – is enough.
When zest and vigour are wanting. To recalibrate your day with a warm smile.
“Non Posso Vivere Senza … I Cannot Live Without.”