As far as top quality moka pots go this Alessi 909o is up there with the best of them! Designed in 1979 by Richard Sapper the 9090 was Alessi’s first ever moka pot and their first object to be included in the Permanent Design Collection at the New York MOMA. Not only does it have great style, but it also seems to function really well, receiving rave reviews. It also has an unusual mechanism: instead of unscrewing the top section, you unclip the arm which releases the top pot from the bottom, not something I’ve ever seen before. This pot, which I think must be the six cup model (tiny cups!), has been through the wars – the base of the pot is quite stained as is the inside of the bottom pot, there are loads of fine scratches on the stainless steel, and finally the seal has been well used, but still seems ok for the time being. But I think a bit of wear is maybe preferable to laying out R2600, which is what you’d have to pay for a new six-cup 9090! Even second hand they’re not that cheap, selling for around R1000.
P.S. I’ve photographed it with it’s handle disconnected so that you won’t have to use Google to work out how to remove the top – it really had me stumped!
Dimensions: 19cm tall x 12.5cm in diameter (at base)
NB: We’re overseas until the 14th July, so unfortunately there will be a delay in posting/couriering items until we’re back