Thursday, July 18, 2013

Elektra

Elektra espresso machine, Caffè Gambrinus, via Gramsci, Pisa
This is not a Belle Époque version of R2-D2, the little robot from Star Wars, but an old model of an Elektra, the legendary copper and brass espresso machine, on display in a bar in Pisa.

External links: Elektra espresso machines (Wikipedia) - Elektra (Official site)

16 comments:

Revrunner said...

R2-D2--my first thought, too. :-)

Stefan Jansson said...

If R2-D2 ever met this thing it would be love at first sight!

Taken For Granted said...

I fondly remember a coffee shop in Chicago that used a model just like this to serve excellent expresso and cappuccino coffees. It hissed steam and ran dark coffee into little cups. Ah, those were the days.

Jack said...

No no no. It is R2-D2. I would recognize it anywhere.

Randy said...

I would not want to clean it.

Dina said...

Amazing. I've never seen such a contraption; would never have guessed what it was.
It DOES look like Rs-D2's grandfather.

Kate said...

The French Pastry Cafe in the LaFonda Hotel has a spectacular copper espresso machine which I should probably photograph, too. This one is great!!

cieldequimper said...

Either I had never seen one of these or never noticed one! Cool!

Gunn said...

What a nice and unique find!
Thanks for sharing:)

Birdman said...

Wow!
l'll sample a brew.

JM said...

Who knows if Elektra gave birth to R2-D2? :-) Fantastic find!

Luis Gomez said...

So good to see your images!

VP said...

Welcome back, Luis!

Cezar and Léia said...

hey, clever capture!
Léia

Arianna said...

Bella, ma lo fa ancora il caffè? Ciao, Arianna

Traveling Hawk said...

Now, this is interesting to see! The coffee making history...