You've probably seen the iconic Bialetti stove-top espresso pot. The Italian coffeemaker, designed by Alfonso Bialetti, has been around since 1933.
In 1947, his son Renato took over the family business, and eventually the pots became known all over the globe. The company has sold an estimated 330 million of the pots, which are also extremely famous in industrial design. Annoying coffee nerds consider the Moka pot controversial ("Do you like your coffee scalded?"), but they remain fast, cheap, and easy to clean, and result in a pretty nice strong cup of coffee.
Renato died recently at the age of 93, and his family decided to have his ashes buried in a large version of the coffeepot he made famous. Mr. Bialetti's coffeepot-encased cremains were on the altar at his funeral, and have now been buried beside his wife. In related news, this morning you Instagrammed a photo of your cappuccino.
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Think you love coffee? This guy was buried in an espresso pot
What's an espresso?
Like a concentrated coffee shot (and the drink of choice throughout Europe), an espresso is "seven grams of specifically roasted coffee, extracted by an espresso machine for approximately 24 seconds," says Tal Inbar, owner of NYC's Macchiato Espresso Bar. Want to drink it the insider way? Don't order it to go. Italians drink their espresso while standing at the café.
What's a macchiato?
A macchiato is "the same as espresso but 'stained' with a little bit of foam—the word macchiato comes from the Italian word that means to stain," says Inbar.
What's a cortado?
"Cortado means cut (it comes from the Spanish word cortar). It's an espresso 'cut' with approximately the same amount of steamed milk." If you find an espresso or macchiato a little too strong, you'll love this option.
What's a cappuccino?
Three equal parts: a third espresso, a third milk, a third froth. "If frothed correctly (and if the texture is correct), this is not supposed to be so distinct and broken apart but rather a smooth, silky texture blending each of the elements," Inbar says.
What's a dry cappuccino?
Don't like too much milk in your coffee? Try ordering your cappuccino 'dry.' "This is usually very little warm milk and more foam or froth," says Inbar.
What's a red eye?
If a regular coffee is no longer perking you up the same way, try a red eye for an extra jolt: "It's drip coffee with a shot of espresso."
What's a caffe latte?
For those who like more watered-down, less-intense coffee drinks, a latte is "the opposite of a cappuccino," says Inbar. "It consists of espresso with a lot of warm milk and a little bit of froth."