Unfortunately, my Italian grandmas espresso maker from the old country finally gave up the ghost. I gave it a somber funeral, in Italian, and into the recycling it went. I am guessing it was nearly 70 years old. It could not get anymore transplants. Done, finished, pushing up daisies.
Sooo...I will get another one when I can afford a good one. I tried a couple less expensive models..they stink..relegated to the car camping box..
I found a small French Mess, er, Press, a BodumŪ Black Coffee Press in Outlet Dining & Entertaining | Crate and Barrel
that is perfect for just one or two people and stows nicely.
The problem with French Messes is what to do with the compacted grounds. You have to dig them out, use TONS of water cleaning them and in general, I have not found them worth the bother. But I HATE perced coffee, so I decided to try the Press again.
My solution to the mess? I line the chamber with a Dollar store ziplock bag. A quart sized one is perfect for my pot, in goes the coffee, it steeps, the "squasher" works just fine in it, it pours well..when done, the bag and mess come out and into the trash. The chamber doesn't even need to be rinsed if you are careful.
Nope, it's not ecologically correct, but neither is consuming tons of water for clean up. <_<