Stove-top Espresso Maker

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The coffee maker is approx 8" high. Its body is aluminium and in 3 sections. It has a white rubber seal and two black plastic handles. The bottom section is a chamber for holding cold water. The middle section sits on this chamber and is made up of two parts - a funnel though which water is forced and a mesh on which coffee grounds sit. The top section screws onto the bottom section and encloses the middle section. The top section consists of a semi-enclosed chamber. At the bottom of the top-section is a mesh and a white rubber seal. At one side is a black plastic handle and at the other side is a spout. At the very top is an aluminium lid, attached to the chamber by a hinge which threads through the handle. In the centre of the lid is a black plastic knob attached to the lid via a single screw.

The side of the top section of the pot is stamped 'Whittard of Chelsea'

Where and how is it used?

It is used on my stove, every morning (sometimes twice). It is used to make coffee - heat is applied to the bottom of the pot, which increases the pressure in the bottom chamber, forcing the water up through the middle section containing the coffee grounds, and filling the top chamber with coffee.

What did you or someone else pay for it?

I don't know how much was paid for it. It was a gift from an ex-housemate to replace my previous one which I had bought for 50p from a charity shop in approx. 1994 but had since lost both handles, the hinge to the lid and had a rotten seal.

Why do you want to add it to the museum?

The thought of not having one of these horrifies me. Stove-top espresso makers have been an important part of my daily life for a quarter of a century.


How was it made?

Is made in a factory

Is farmed

Is mass-produced

Is produced by local cottage industry

Is made to particular specifications

Is craft / hand-made

Is foraged

Is found

Is colonised

Is a service


Materials & Making

Who made or produced your commodity?

The pot itself, its different parts, or the materials themselves? Many people.

Who was paid to make it?

The pot itself, its different parts, or the materials themselves? Many people.

What skills does it take to make it?

The pot itself, its different parts, or the materials themselves? Many skills.

Where was it made?

The pot itself, its different parts, or the materials themselves? Many places.

What does it cost to make it?

What is meant by cost? Money? Environmental? Social? Cultural?

What is it made from?

1. The body of the pot:

Aluminium

2. The handles of the pot:

Rigid black plastic

3. The seal between the chambers:

White rubber

4. Screw attaching plastic knob to the lid:

Some kind of metal

5. Pin attaching lid to plastic handle:

Some kind of metal

6. The thing that attaches the plastic handle to the pot:

No idea

7. :

Buying & Owning

Who decides how much it costs?

Not answered yet

Who or what assesses its quality?

Not answered yet

Where is it sold?

Whittard of Chelsea apparently

Who or what sells it?

Whittard of Chelsea

How did this thing arrive from where it was made to where you got it?

Not answered yet

Where is it used?

Hob

Where is it kept?

Next to the hob

How and by whom is it cared for?

I rinse it out when the residue inside starts to noticeably taint the taste of coffee

How long will it last?

The seal is replaceable so potentially decades

Where will it go when it's finished with?

Aluminium recycling

What is it worth?

My ability to get out of bed and face the day ahead with any kind of enthusiasm


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