I was having breakfast at a friend's apartment when I found what is quite possibly the most entertaining kitchen gadget I've seen in a long time. I was poking around her counters when I saw this (And yes, that's a full size electric range, so it's really that small):
moka pot. She had gotten it from a neighbor moving out, and had not yet figured out how it works. Being the engineer I am, how could I not see that as a challenge? I found the entire operation of it very entertaining and clever, so I thought I'd share it with all of my readers. (And I promise, more actual technical posts on electronics and such are coming, they just require free time for me to do technical things first)
Opening the pot revealed three sections:
Operating this is fairly simple. Finely ground espresso beans are added to the middle section, and water is added to the bottom section. There is a gasket between the bottom and top sections, which screw together. As the water boils, it pressurizes the bottom section, forcing the water up the tube, through the grounds, and up into the top section.
Unfortunately, I had so much fun watching it brew that I managed to make quite a mess on her kitchen range, as well as having three espressos with breakfast, which quite thoroughly precluded getting anything that required concentration done for the rest of the day.