Espresso coffee machine, Italian, c 1958-1962.
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Espresso coffee machine for home use, of lightweight metal with decorative pocked surface, waist and hinged lid. Water is boiled at pressure in the lower chamber, and the coffee is compressed in a screw-in container. A T-shaped pipe passes through this and ejects the brewed coffee into the upper chamber. Becoming popular in Britain during the 1950s, the espresso machine represented a new and fashionable method of making coffee. It reflects the adaptation of catering machines to domestic use, and Italian influence on UK lifestyle.