Alessi’s new coffee maker – Pulcina – will be available to buy exclusively at Selfridges during London Design Festival this September.
Designed by Italian architect and designer Michele De Lucchi in collaboration with premium Italian espresso coffee brand illycaffé, the 3-cup version of the moka will be available exclusively at Selfridges from September 19 until September 30, priced at £49.
Pulcina is the result of 15 years of research by Alessi and illy aimed at creating a moka that ‘improves and enhances the organoleptic properties of coffee to simultaneously stimulate all the senses’.
By analysing what takes place inside a coffee pot, illy has identified what it claims is the ideal shape that the water boiler should be to produce perfect coffee. The internal shape of the Pulcina’s heater automatically stops filtering the coffee at the right moment. This interruption avoids the final filtering stage, which can generate a bitter aftertaste.
The spout is deliberately quite pronounced. Its ‘V’ shape, reminiscent of a baby chick’s beak, is designed to perfectly ‘cut’ drops when pouring (Pulcina means chick in Italian).
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