相信热衷咖啡的人都会喜爱设计独特的摩卡壶，我们如今常见的摩卡壶于1933年时由Luigi di Ponti发明。不过摩卡壶的流行却要感谢另一位意大利人阿方索•比亚乐堤（Alfonso Bialetti），也正是这位来自意大利著名葡萄酒产区皮埃蒙特的机械工程师，让原本的“Moka Express”成为了现在举世闻名的咖啡器具。
The beautifully designed Moka Pot, equally ubiquitous and divisive among coffee fans, was invented in 1933 by Luigi di Ponti. The machine was quickly put into production by a mustachioed metal machinist from Piedmont, Alfonso Bialetti, who transformed di Ponti's so-called "Moka Express", an aluminum pressure-driven stove-top coffee brewer, into one of the most famous, familiar brewers in the world.
Though it's essentially a percolating device, Bialetti legend suggests that the machine was inspired by early clothes-washing machines which used a heat source to boil a pail of sudsy water and cause it to rise up out of a tube, which could be aimed at soiled laundry. Instead, of course, the Moka Express causes hot water to pass upwards, through coffee grounds, and rise up out of a tube—meaning brewed coffee does not have to pass through any additional coffee filters, as the grounds stay below the final extraction.
作为摩卡壶的推广者，阿方索•比亚乐堤创立了著名的Bialetti公司，公司经过多年发展现已成为一家跨国厨房用具公司。后来阿方索的儿子雷纳托（Renato Bialetti）继承了公司，漫画家保罗•坎帕尼（Paul Campani）根据他的形象设计了摩卡壶的卡通形象，即“一个留小胡子的人”，从而使得摩卡壶走进千家万户。2016年，雷托纳•比亚乐提在瑞士去世，享年93岁。
Bialetti was also the founder of Bialetti Industrie S.p.A, the now giant Italian kitchen-ware company. In 1946, Alfonso’s son Renato took the business; Illustrator Paolo "Paul" Campani was inspired by the appearance of Renato, and created the icon of “l’omino con i baffi” (the mustachioed little man), which has become a symbol of Moka Pot nowadays. In 11 February 2016, 93 year-old Renato Bialetti passed away in Switzerland.