The History of the Iconic Moka Pot

The single-serve espresso machine first appeared in Italy in 1901. More than 30 years later, Alfonso Bialetti popularized an even more democratic coffee maker for home use: the Moka Express. This version (now patented) became an iconic symbol of Italian coffee culture—simple yet dignified. The historically significant eight-sided machine helped to make at-home coffee brewing possible at a much larger scale. Today, the Moka Express can be found in institutions like the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and in homage-like variations, such as Alessi’s Moka which appeared at Milan Design Week this year. Learn more at MOLD.