Category Archives: Italy news

I’ll stick with my Moka pot, thank you

If it hadn’t been for a post that I saw on Instagram last night, I’d never have known that Bialetti, the maker of the famous Moka coffee pot, was seeing a drop in sales. An italian online article dated back in October confirmed this; the cause being placed on the rising popularity of those pod capsules.

We have 4 Moka pots: 1 tazza (Italian coffee cup size), 3 tazze, 4 tazze, and a 2 tazze electric Moka that we always take with us when traveling outside of Italy. I can’t imagine the Moka going out of style and I’d really hate to see Bialetti closing its doors in the future. Still, I suppose coffee could eventually have a different look, and when I saw this on the news this morning, I couldn’t help but wonder what people are thinking these days.

A coffee alarm clock. Seriously? It looks like the perfect gift for a chemist, but I thought I heard a $400-something price tag. Ouch. All so that you can wake up within arm’s reach of a fresh brew. Wow.

The world in shock as Papa Ratzinger resigns


Well this has got to be one of the strangest Mondays yet. Come the last day of February, the Pope will be out. Sotto shock, sotto shock (in shock) – that’s all they’re saying in the news, and considering the fact that the last papal resignation was almost 600 years ago, I guess we’ll be sotto shock for the rest of the week. Below: bronze statue of Papa Ratzinger in Lecce, Puglia.