Messina, the man of coffee makers who conquered the world

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«My coffee maker met all the requirements I had set myself, it had to work on the stove at home, it didn’t have to use pods or capsules, it had to be ecological, the coffee had to be cheap and finally it had to return a creamy and customizable espresso.
To the question that I had asked myself a long time before, I had given an affirmative answer.
Honestly I had done it for personal purposes, there was no commercial vision in my thoughts.
It was simply a challenge that I had successfully completed and I already felt satisfied having a coffee maker at home and one in the workshop ».
Probably, when he armed himself with stubbornness, Nino Santoro, born in 1957, who invented quality low cost coffee and literally reinvented himself by creating a new job, did not know that he would reach the foreign press from his Santa Teresa di Riva and go beyond the Sicilian borders, with his original “kamira “.
And today he smiles and is moved as soon as we put the name of inventor on him.

It starts with the mocha

But let’s proceed step by step in this Italic dream tale that embodies a great moral, like the fables of Aesop.
Nino, a mechanical expert, like a good Italian who respects himself, always has coffee in his blood.
Indeed, in the 90s he prepared it with the traditional aluminum mocha: “with patience and passion I had successfully experimented and dosed the right formula that provided precise quantities of water and coffee powder which, together with a calibrated flame, delivered me an incredibly creamy coffee that slowly descended on the walls of the conical outlet tube.
A show that looked like a slow and shiny lava flow colored and perfumed with the typical aroma of coffee.
And I proudly boasted of this to friends, who, while trying hard, were unable to do the same, but also to those who following the technological path were buying electric machines that the industry in those years of rampant consumerism was churning out in continuation with increasingly beautiful and sophisticated models, including those with pods and capsules ».
One day, however, his magical mocha clumsily forgotten on the stove at home went up in smoke and Nino could not find a worthy replacement but a fixed worm began to creep into his mind: “In the end I asked myself a simple question,” Why on the stove Can’t you make a good espresso at home? ”, and I remembered with nostalgia what I regularly did with the mocha on the stove of my house.
From that question came the input that prompted me to start an experiment dictated only by an irrational reaction of rebellion in the face of a state of affairs that I did not accept, all this without knowing or hoping to reach a useful result “.
The fight seemed almost titanic.
The coffee market was already firmly anchored in the hands of multinationals that had large capital, laboratories and experts, and just to imagine thinking of countering it seemed “pure madness”.
Nino, hard-headed, remembered Einstein’s phrase “something is impossible to invent until someone who doesn’t know it comes along and invents it”.
And from the idea to the experimentation, the step was decisive and romantic because the inventor began to puzzle at his father’s house, on his large terrace overlooking the sea, where they used to chat, giving life to a sort of workshop with a welding machine, cylinders of gas, drill, grinder and old coffee pots.

The turning point

The turning point came on December 17, 1998, after many months of unsuccessful attempts, and here the fruit of ingenuity materializes: the inverted mocha with a vintage design.
The water is not pushed from the bottom up as in the traditional moka where the water boils and damages the scented oils that make the coffee so good, but from top to bottom like in the bar.
The base, where the cup rests, acts as a boiler where the water is heated to the temperature decided by the preparer of the good drink, awakens the soul, and then rises along the curved tube which also acts as an athermic handle.
And so you get an espresso with a capital “e” using simple mocha powder.
The machine works at low pressure (around 3 atmospheres) and works on any heat source: «That day,” rained “after so many experiments where even my studies came to my rescue, I remember it as if it were yesterday. A victory that was worth a lifetime.
Then dad complimented me and we celebrate with the whole family.
And in order not to go into too much technical detail that would have bored them, I limited myself as I do now to explaining that I had removed the valve and had simply made a trivial application to the body of the coffee maker so that all the parameters inside were under control and simply manageable.
increasing or decreasing the power of the heat source ».
And in the meantime, the brilliant idea, which she recalls in her name, the princess, continues to amaze because she teaches you never to give up.
Even if someone not understanding, like Nino’s father, muttered while witnessing the experiments with a “Do you ever get tired?”.
Because after all it is from perseverance that history is written.
A story that Mr.
Nino wants to print on paper so that one day, when the memory will no longer be the same, he can reread and get excited.
And the talent of the South pressed does not deny that he still dreams big: «We are thinking of a bigger factory – he concludes -, but I have lead feet.
A help from the institutions? We would accept it thinking of doing something for the young too.
Who must arm themselves with curiosity.
As I do, who still voraciously read the instruction booklet for the light bulbs as well ».


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