Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Rare 1950’s Italian “Martian Electric Espresso” machine
Check out these photos of a rare “Martian Electric Espresso” machine. Apparently, it was manufactured in Italy in 1955 with parts from Giordano Robbiati’s famous Atomic coffee makers. A functional piece of aluminum art produced to the highest standards, it has a boiler capacity of 1.5 liters of water, a basket capacity of more than 50 grams of ground beans, generates up to 20 cups, and is powered by 240 volts. Sadly the “Martian Electric Espresso” machine was a commercial failure. According to espresso aficionados, only three of these machines are known to collectors worldwide.