Neapolitan flip coffee pot

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A typical Neapolitan flip coffee pot. The pot has already been "flipped". There is no opening at that end of the pot; a lid has been placed there for storage.

The Neapolitan flip coffee pot (Italian language: Napoletana, Neapolitan language: cuccumella) is a drip brew coffeemaker for the stove top. Unlike a Moka Express, a Napoletana does not use the pressure of steam to force the water through the coffee, relying instead on gravity.


The Napoletana is claimed to have been invented in 1819 by a Frenchman named Morize.[1][2] The reason for taking its name from the city of Naples is unknown: perhaps it is due to its popularity in Italy.

Structure and use[edit]

It consists of a bottom section filled with water, a filter section in the middle filled with finely ground coffee, and an upside-down pot placed on the top. When the water boils, the entire three-part coffee maker is flipped over to let the water filter through the coffee grounds. Once the water has dripped through the grounds, the water-boiling and filter sections are removed, and the coffee is served from the remaining pot. If coarse grounds are used, the coffee is brewed quite mildly. Using a very dark, finely ground roast, in the "Neapolitan" style, this method can produce a coffee that has a stronger flavor than an automatic drip brew maker.

Classic Designs[edit]

Southern Italian Riccardo Dalisi redesigned this classic for Alessi. He began his research in 1979 and earned international attention when his design entered into production in 1987.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ William H. Ukers, All About Coffee, New York, The Tea and Coffee Trade Journal Company, 1922, cap.34.
  2. ^ Selecting a Coffee Brewing Method
  3. ^ (Italian) Biografie: Riccardo Dalisi

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