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La Cupola Espresso Coffee Maker

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Design by Aldo Rossi, 1985.
By Alessi.

The espresso maker is the last true "invention" among the various coffee making methods in use on our planet. Characterized by quick preparation, concentrated volume and the intense aroma and flavor of the coffee produced by passing water vertically upwards through the coffee grounds, it does not just symbolize Italian coffee, but has also become the typical coffee making method in all the European countries of the Mediterranean basin. The espresso maker is made of cast aluminum with a polyamide handle. The boiler has a thick flanged aluminum base to guarantee even heat distribution and shield the body from flame.

La Cupola, presented four years after La Conica, is the latest development in Aldo Rossi's on-going research into coffee makers. Cast from aluminum and sold at around a third of the price of its older sister (which is made from stainless steel and has a thick copper base), it is Rossi's answer to the classic espresso coffee maker, and his attempt to fulfill his dream of a "coffee maker for all".

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Material(s): Espresso Coffee Maker In Aluminum Casting. Handle And Knob In Pa.

Dimensions: Small- 8.8" H x 7.3" D; Capacity 5 oz. Large- 11.2" H x 3.9" D Capacity 10 oz.

Model(s): ALS-9095 9095

Aldo Rossi

Born in Milan (1931-1997), he is considered by many to be the greatest Italian architect of the second half of the 20th century. His life as an architect started with Gardella and Zanuso. An author of abstraction, reduction and brevitas, his severe language of primary shapes, geometrical patterns and silent evocation created some of the most intensely poetic works of architecture and design in his age.


The Alessi company was founded by Giovanni Alessi in 1921 in Omegna, Italy. Giovanni, a talented sheet metal worker, produced items by hand for the table and the home out of copper, brass and nickel-silver. Giovanni's son Carlo, trained in industrial design, joined him at Alessi and was responsible for many of the designs produced in the 1930s through the mid 1940s.

During the war years, Alessi produced stars for uniforms and mechanical parts for Savoia Marchetti airplanes. After the war, thanks to an enormous demand for brass ladles for the U.S. army, the Alessis expanded the company and started mass production. Carlo's brother Ettore, who joined the company in 1945, was the first to bring outside designers to the company, such as the architects Carlo Mazzeri, Luigi Massoni and Anselmo Vitale. Since that time, the range of products offered by Alessi has expanded to include such items as office accessories and electrical appliances, in collaboration with a growing range of contemporary designers such as Jasper Morrison and Philippe Starck, all the while maintaining Alessi's commitment to design and quality.

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