When I arrived in my new apartment as a study abroad student in Florence, the first thing I searched for in my apartment was a coffee machine. Breakfast as I knew it always came served with a huge mug of hot coffee. The coffee machine was nowhere to be found, and you can forget about enormous American-sized coffee mugs! Instead I found a strange metal contraption, and I had no idea how it worked. It wasn’t until much later that an Italian friend took pity on my ignorance and taught me how to use it.
Although you can find places to get your American coffee fix (like The Diner in Florence), you might just find that you like a quick rich cafè from a Moka machine, so here’s how you use it: