Rekindling an old espresso-tinged flame
Recently, I became reacquainted with an old friend. We spent nearly a year apart. I have no idea how I survived so long without him. Thanks to Bia, mornings, once again, are simple, relaxed and, even more important … caffeinated. Every weekday I wake up giddy with anticipation. Bia lives at the blue cottage in Aspen. I live near the airport. Every weekday he greets me at the cottage when I arrive for work.
• 7:15 a.m. Wake up, get dressed, do the morning deeds. • 7:45 a.m. Hop on Gary (my hybrid townie bike) and zoom down the bike trail alongside Highway 82 – to Bia. I can’t wait to see him.• 8:05 a.m. I walk into the office. Bia greets me. I fill his tank with water, spoon two heaping tablespoons of espresso into his metal funnel, and screw on his top. I place him on his base, plug him in, and push his red button.
• 8:10 a.m. The day begins. My daily dose explodes into Bia’s “pancia” (belly). Bia gives me my morning fix. Espresso. Thanks to my old friend, I can relax and settle into my day. Bia’s full name is Bialetti Moka Easy Electric Espresso Maker. My “nonna” (adopted Italian grandmother) also had a close relationship with her own Bia. She introduced me to her morning companion when I lived with her while studying in Siena, Italy. Before living with her, I was not a coffee drinker. I owe my addiction to Bia and my “nonna.”Bia makes a great cup of espresso, especially considering how little work is involved. Fill him up. Plug him in. Wait a bit and – bam. Your morning cup. The brew far exceeds a standard cup of joe, though it does not quite live up to an espresso from, say, Ink! But for the ease and convenience, it can’t be beat.
Compact and small, Bialettis come in multiple sizes (from the two-cup to the 12-cup) and a few different varieties (the Mukka Cow Cappuccino puts out a tasty, milky brew). All make great cups of espresso, though most require a stovetop. The Moka Easy, however, wins for its versatility and simplicity – no stove required. If an electrical outlet is nearby, your morning will be complete.Bia is my dealer. I would be lost without our rekindled affair.
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