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Alessi Richard Sapper Espresso Coffee Maker


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Richard Sapper Richard Sapper Germany (1932 - )

Richard Sapper (born 1932 in Munich) is a German industrial designer. He received a Compasso d'Oro industrial design award in 1959. Sapper partnered with Italian designer Marco Zanuso and were hired in 1959 as consultants to Brionvega, an Italian company trying to produce stylish electronics that would compete with products manufactured in Japan and Germany. They designed a series of radios and televisions that became enduring icons of an aesthetic known as techno-functionalism. One of their more notable designs was the rounded, compact and portable Doney 14 (1962), the first television to feature completely transistorized construction. Using the aesthetic of sculptural minimalism, the pair designed the compact folding Grillo telephone for Siemens and Italtel in 1965. The Grillo was one of the first telephones to put the dial and the earpiece on the same unit, and today is a featured display at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

The 9090 was not only the first espresso coffee machine in our history, but it was also the first Alessi object designed for the kitchen after the 30s. It also gained us our first Compasso d'Oro Award (in 1979) and it is on display in the Permanent Design Collection at the MOMA in New York. The Espresso Coffee Maker was the first of our amphibious objects, those that can be used in the kitchen but are attractive enough to be used directly at the table. It proved that there was ample space on the market for good-looking coffee machines, and it spurred on almost all household goods manufacturers to try to imitate our lead. Along with Rossi's 9095, even after twenty years it remains one of Alessi's most popular coffee machines.
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  • Simply elegant
  • Magnetic steel heat diffusing base
  • Material: Stainless Steel


  • Overall: 7" H x 4.4" W x 4.4" D
  • Overall Product Weight: 4.5lbs

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  • Overall: 7" H x 4.4" W x 4.4" D
  • Overall Product Weight: 4.5lbs


Product Type: Stovetop espresso maker 
Body Material: Metal
  • Body Material Details: Stainless Steel
Cups or Mugs Included: Yes 
Country of Manufacture: Italy
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Alessi Richard Sapper Espresso Coffee Maker


Extremely reliable machine

 from Redmond WA

I had the 1 cup machine for about 15 years now and it's still looks and performs like new.
The quality is excellent but you should follow some basic guidelines before using this or any other stove-top espresso machine.
1 - Fill with cold filtered water up to the suggested level.
2 - Fill the filter with fine espresso ground coffee and DO NOT press the coffee down like you would do with an electric espresso machine.
3 - Make sure that the top part "snaps" into the bottom part.
4 - Use low heat or flame, do not close the lid, and remove once the top container is almost full.
5 - Close the lid and let rest for a couple of minutes.
6 - Enjoy.

I grew up in Italy and I have quite some experience with coffee and machines. The Alessi is pricey but worth it every penny. And it's also featured at the MOMA in NY!

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Good espresso, but too small

 from buffalo, ny

Used daily for morning coffee — the espresso tastes great, better than my previous maker. Do carefully review the instructions. It is well made and attractive. The "innovative" design, where the handle swings up and then down to click over a metal latch, and there is no twisting to screw the top onto the base, is nice, but will leak if you use even just a bit too much espresso or water. It also tends to leak a few drips from the brass valve when pouring unless you really let all the water evaporate (but don't let it cook without water!). Note that the maker is small — 3 cups means three cups of espresso, and you really don't even get that. If you are looking to serve more than two people, get something else.

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OUR SKU # AAS2164 This item is also sometimes listed under the following manufacturer numbers: 9090/3 FM, 9090/6 FM, 9090/M