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Two London-based designers gave the moka pot a welcome 21st-century makeover

Contrary to what Chemex, Nespresso, or Bonavita might have you believe, the absolute best way to brew a quality cup of coffee comes via the decades-old stovetop moka pot. At least according to Something Design’s Federico Sandri and Daniel Debiasi, that is.

Due in large part to this affinity for the moka pot, Debiasi and Sandri recently teamed up with houseware company Stelton to give the classic coffee maker an overdue injection of style. Dubbed the Collar collection, the trio’s collaboration not only promises to brew a fine cup of joe, but intends to look damn good while doing so.

With a history dating back to 1930s Italy, typical moka pots resemble a sort of metallic-looking teapot — albeit a bit taller. Like a convenient travel coffee maker, moka pots haven’t necessarily been lauded for their good looks, despite the fact many believe the device to brew some of the highest-quality coffee around. Not content with letting this aging coffee solution simply fade into obscurity because of its odd appearance, Debiasi and Sandri’s intent to refashion the moka pot should pay off in spades.

“We tried to start with analyzing the whole experience of making coffee rather than only focusing on the quick consumption itself,” Sandri told Dezeen. “We like to imagine that people claim back their time and learn to appreciate the taste of a properly brewed coffee during this little rediscovered ritual.”

All told, the new Collar collection will include an upgraded moka pot it’s dubbing an espresso maker, a coffee grinder, milk jug, and sugar bowl. Aside from wooden handles akin to the espresso maker — which makes it easier to grab while the pot is hot — each product has been dressed in a matte black finish, giving off traditional Scandinavian style. While each product provides different results, all boast similar tapered bottoms, which not only achieve a simplistic look, but allow owners to recognize that each are from the same collection.

Available this September via Stelton’s website, the Collar collection will reportedly cost anywhere from $45 to $85 per unit.