I have always been a fan of the stove top cafetera. It was my first coffee maker of choice and is fondly remembered in my household growing up. Memories of dinner with guests always bring to mind the picture of my father raising himself from the head of the table after the main course had been adequately devoured and announcing "Who wants coffee? Black or brown?" Black or brown was my fathers' delineation between what was considered Italian coffee, espresso, and American drip coffee. As an Italian-American household we always offered both. Now he has a fancy espresso machine. Since he takes such pride in his coffee toy, we usually skip the American coffee. I have to admit, it has been a long time since I have heard him ask, "Black or brown?" and thinking about it takes me back.
Back to my new gadget: unlike the signature, silver cafetera that I am so used to, this one has a porcelain top instead of the octagonal, aluminum one. Yes, I am a sucker for this beautiful, white, ridged form but practically speaking, I love how it goes from the stove to the table. The minimal oxidation is nice too. It makes for some easy cleaning. So through some serious google research we managed to track down this item on amazon.com. If you are interested, it is made by a company called Valira and the model is Claudia.