Alessi Ossidiana Espresso Coffee Maker

At last count there were 78 billion coffee makers on the market. What could possible merit the purchase of another cliché to bilk pseudo coffee aficionados? Try the Ossidiana Espresso Coffee Maker designed by Mario Trimarchi for Alessi (and forget that part about bilking). Trimarchi designed the Ossidiana and that’s enough, basing this work of art on memories and fragments of images of both the traditional moka pot and the volcanic glass obsidian, its namesake. The coffee maker itself works like a traditional moka pot and is cast from aluminum, then fitted with a thermoplastic resin handle and knob, to work on traditional stovetops.

Find it in 2.5oz, 5.25oz, and 10.5oz versions at Amazon – $68 to $108