Bialetti 06799 Moka Express stovetop espresso maker, 3 cup.

Bialetti 06799 Moka Express stovetop espresso maker, 3 cup.

Who says Europeans live better than Americans? Well, they say so - a lot - but I kind of have to sheepishly agree. I mean, health care and education systems aside, have you seen Italian espresso machines? They're small, cheap, portable and brew a better macchiato than your hulky electric device that breaks after two years and cost you a month's rent - and the zinger is, they've had them since seriously forever. Invented in 1933 by an Italian who no doubt took his espresso very seriously, these chic little aluminum pieces give your fifth floor walk-up one bedroom that Heiress-Slumming-It je ne sais quois - as opposed to the dreaded Post-Grad-Winging-It grunge.