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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

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