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this month wins a stylish, six-cup Bialetti Moka Express Black, valued at $99.95. Bialetti’s iconic Moka Express stovetop espresso maker was invented in 1933 and revolutionised the way coffee was made at home. Alfonso Bialetti, Moka’s inventor, is said to have conceived the idea by watching his wife doing the washing with an old-fashioned “lisciveuse”, a huge cauldron for water, laundry and soap. As she boiled the water, it rose up through a pipe in the vessel, absorbing the soap and then pouring it all over the washing.
Voted the fifth-best Italian industrial design of the 20th century, the Bialetti Moka has also become a design icon displayed in museums such as the New York Museum of Modern Art and the Science Museum in London. The new Bialetti Moka Black is an eye-catching new take on the original. Launching in New Zealand on October 1, it can be found in leading coffee roasters, kitchen and homeware stores nationwide. Available in three- and six-cup sizes; visit www.bialetti.co.nz.