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Is ‘Italian” synonymous with “design”?  Perhaps my husband could help answer that question.  A proud European to the core, he practically shuddered with delight when a Bialetti Moka Express arrived in our home.  Was I excited too?  Yes, I adore coffee, especially any with a European preparation involved, but for my husband it meant a glimpse of home.  He even researched the little unit and discovered the Bialetti is a 70-year-old Italian design icon, found in most Italian kitchens.  And a big hurrah was let out from the man who yearns for something more lasting (and more Old World) these days. 

So what is this Bialetti?  Envision a simple coffee pot that brews espressos and prepares unbelievable coffee-house style coffee on your stovetop, without electricity, loud whirring noises, or attitudinal, heavily-pierced baristas rolling their eyes at you.  If you wanted an espresso machine but didn’t want to cough up hundreds of dollars for the countertop hogging unit of your dreams, this darling Bialetti takes up no more than a few inches of space and starts at only $19.95, well worth every dime.  Mine stays on the stove because it’s just that darned charming looking!  And the coffee?  Let’s put it this way:  Since the Bialetti Moka Express’s arrival, my cappuccino machine has been in storage.  The operation is simple.  Place water in the bottom portion, fresh ground coffee in the strainer, screw on the top half, and set the unit on low heat  until all the water from the bottom has found its way to the top.  (I wait for this pleasant little gurgling sound; then I know my coffee is waiting.)  The results is smooth, heavenly coffee with no grounds to chew around.  I haven’t prepared a bad brew yet!  It’s very consistent in its results, with the simplicity of the unit most likely its secret. 

And my Euro husband?  He used to work for an American movie company overseas and says this: “I did see the Bialetti Moka Express sometime in 1993, and had a taste of the coffee it produced. It was a great starter for a hard working day. And it was three Italians that brought this wonderful coffee maker to the film crew. A lot of us gathered there to jumpstart the day. Gianni was brewing, Aldo would comment and Adolfo would bless it, the rest would drink and wish for more.”  I’d say that sums it up nicely!  With no Adolfo for the blessing, though, I’ll just have to thank heaven each morning myself.

Want to win your own Bialetti Moka Express?  The people of Bialetti are kindly offering one to a lucky carp(e) libris reviews reader!

Multiple Options for Multiple Entries:

1.) Just visit Bialetti and tell me something you liked or learned about the company or their products. (You may enter once a day.) Remember, leave an interesting comment. If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.

2.) Blog about, Twitter, and/or Subscribe! Get an extra entry for each of these activities.  Blog about and/or Twitter this giveaway with a link to the post.  Subscribers to carp(e) libris reviews and get an entry too!  Just leave a separate comment for each, giving me a link to your blog post, your Twitter name, and/or a note saying you’re a subscriber.  SUBSCRIBE HERE!  

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  1. I think the fact it’s in soooo many Italian households shows that it’s a quality product. Can’t wait to try it!! Thanks. P.S. I’m like everyone else and like the Pink stuff too!!!

  2. You’ve got to love a company that has a patent on a handle. Bialetti has a patented folding handle. Shows a lot of thought has gone into their products.

  3. The pink dama is so princessy and fun!

  4. I blogged here

  5. stacy linington

    I visited the Bialetti site and was so excited to find a PINK cookware set and a PINK Cappucino maker. I learned that they are helping in the fight against breast cancer which I support. I am so happy to see so many companies supporting this great cause.

  6. It’s a beautiful design! I’d love to win this because I sure do love espresso and coffee!

  7. stacey dempsey


  8. I love the colors available in their cookware collections. The Urban Trends collection colors are so unexpected, as is the “Pink Collection” which benefits breast cancer research. I’m delighted to see that their products are available at Target. I will be keeping my eyes peeled for them there!

  9. I’m an e-mail subscriber.

  10. It can be found in a majority of Italian homes

  11. I learned that Bialetti makes pink cookware! How cute is that? It makes me want to replace all of my old pots and pans.

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  12. I subscribe via email to your blog.

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  13. I heart that the company has teamed up with the breast cancer foundation. ty 4 the great review, awesome giveaway and 4 the entry:)

  14. The The Moka Sound model plays music when the coffee is ready. They think of everything!

  15. I would like to have their 14″ pizza chopper!

  16. subscribe via email

  17. I lerned that Bialetti products did not come to the US until 2001.

  18. I subscribed to your blog.

  19. These coffee makers make a more intensely flavored coffee than American made coffee makers. I would love to try it.

  20. hhh…want this since I am living vicariously through my teacher daughter currently in Italy working for the summer with ACLE…Bialetti stovetop makers bring back memories of making coffee for my own Mom and Dad just to enjoy the aroma. Would love to have alittle bit of Italy here!

  21. I found out that it made it’s American debut in 2001 after decades of being a household staple in Europe.

  22. They have PINK sets! LOVE THAT! But really I read a little about the company and I really like that they focus on quality. Stove top espresso makers are the best and bring back fond memories of my Nonna and Italian family dinners.

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  23. Wow,pink cookware how extraordinary

  24. I subscribe via google reader

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  25. 6/16 entry. Thanks!

  26. Coffee everyday

  27. You can use these coffee pots on almost all types of burners: gas, electric, glass heat sources.

  28. I didn’t know Bialetti made kitchen tools.

  29. stacey dempsey

    my coffee is terrible i really need this SAVE ME wed 17th entry

  30. I love this thing! I have to have L’Omino on my stove right away. I actually saw these being used in Italy last year and they are so easy to use and the coffee is sooo Euro.

  31. I learned that they make such Tools & Gadgets as Lasagne servers, Bottle Pourers, Pastry Crimpers and More! electricisland(at)

  32. stacey dempsey

    I AM SOO TIRED HELP thurs 18th entry

  33. They use the highest grade aluminum in their products.

  34. stacey dempsey

    ya its friday my daily entry friday 19th

  35. stacey dempsey

    ya school is out , but still NEED COFFEE daily entry ,saturday 20th

  36. stacey dempsey

    happy fathers day daily entry sunday 21st

  37. I learned that the company doesn’t compromise. They only team up with reliable partners that incorporate the same high standards, quality and ethics that they have.

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  38. I found that Bialetti coffee products are available at Williams Sonoma.

  39. I’m a cook by profession, I’ve never seen their cookware before, very original designs. Vorrei comprare.

  40. That thing looks amazing. I love the coffee products too. Great.

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  42. I have a a. Bialette moka maker and I was wondering when it was made. There is no rubber seal in it and there is no picture of a man on it with a moustache. Underneath it has a number 115 and another word, hard to read, gru_ _ _ allo and has design of a triangle with A B, C in each angle with a map of a world or something in the middle. If anyone has any info please email me at [email protected] tks

  43. this “Bialetti Moka Express” is nice coz it doesn’t produce a loud whirring noises…aside form that it doesn’t need electricity.. i love its simplicity…

  44. hmm.. That looks elegant! will buy one myself!

  45. I learned they sell lots of tools and gadgets on their site, like a Pasta Fork.