Italians are passionate about coffee with taste variations depending on what part of the country people live.
A recent book or should we say encyclopedia, Coffee Makers , Macchine da Caffe (Collezione Enrico Maltoni - Fall 2013 - Italian/English...€ 100.00) by Enrico Maltoni and Mauro Carli features '2000 antique coffee makers photographed in the homes of the most important collectors in the world' from 9th century (Turkey, Syria) to more recent ones.
"A number of events throughout Europe have been organised to present Coffee Makers, during which temporary exhibitions will be set up providing an extensive overview of the antique coffee makers depicted in the book. Many rare models will be on show at these events, ranging from Turkish coffee pots to Toselli’s locomotive, from the lever machines produced by Faema to Bialetti’s Moka, and the authors will be revealing other curiosities, too. Coffee tasting sessions will follow the presentations, the coffee prepared using the valuable coffee makers and different extraction systems."
One of these events will take place at MUMAC ('Coffee Machine Museum') in Binasco (Province of Milan) on December 1st, 2013 at 3:30 PM.
One of the many coffee makers featured in the book is "Idrofiammifuga" 1870, vacuum" (on page 198) pictured above.
(* Images above from Coffee Makers Facebook page)